New Features 2019
This page highlights the new features that were added to the latest releases in 2019. For details about new features added in 2018, see New Features 2018.
The Getting Started help, which gives a quick description of how to determine an initial Effective License Position, and then discusses what that means, has been incorporated into this help, and is now available from here: Getting Started.
A new check box that enables you to configure reconciliation to run automatically after the import completes has been added to the Settings page in Data Import for both Inventory and License imports.
On the Data Import Settings page, if you have selected Run recognition after import, then also selecting Run reconciliation after recognition configures the system to run recognition and then reconciliation automatically when the import completes. A benefit of this is that it ensures that the Estate Overview dashboard that appears as the home page always displays the latest information.
You can now import user data from Ivanti Data Services into License Optimizer, in a similar way to how you can import inventory data. Before you can import user data from Data Services, you need to have configured a connector; for more information on this, see Ivanti Data Services.
When you have a connector to Data Services, you can import inventory data from there.
To import user data from Ivanti Data Services:
1.On the navigation bar, expand Data Management, then click Data Import.
The Data Import page appears.
2.Under Import Types, click the User List tile.
The User List Sources page appears, showing a data grid of existing data sources that you have set up.
3.Click New User List.
The Create New User List Import page appears.
4.In the Import Name box, type a name for the data source, then in the User List Type drop-down select Ivanti Discovery User.
The Select your sources section appears.
5.Select the check box alongside the User List File row, then click Save.
The data source is saved and the User List File page appears.
Although these pages often refer to "files", we are not going to use files when we import using the Ivanti Discovery User type, but are going to import directly from the Data Services database using an API.
6.On the User List File page, in the Select the file to import from uploaded files drop-down, select Ivanti Discovery API, then click Next.
The Map User List File page appears.
7.Complete the remaining pages of the wizard and then queue the import as for other data sources.
When you click Configure Connectors on the Data Import page, you are now asked to enter your Ivanti Cloud credentials before you can access the Connectors page.
A new check box, Server Software, has been added to the General tab on the Software Library page, to enable you to identify server software.
For information about the General tab on the Software Library page, see Software Library page: General tab.
We have updated the format of this help to make it easier to navigate using the Contents control that is on the left on large screens.
There is also a new video added to YouTube that helps you to decide which option to choose during software teaching: Watch a related video (5:34)
When you buy licenses, you usually know the vendor SKU (stock keeping unit) that you used. This SKU identifies exactly what it is you have bought. You can now use SKUs to help you to enter license records more easily.
To add a license using a SKU:
1.Under Entitlement on the navigation bar, click Licenses.
The Licenses & Contracts page appears.
2.On the gears menu, click Add New License.
The Add New License page appears.
3.Alongside SKU Number, click Look up.
The SKU Search dialog appears.
5.Select the required SKU in the data grid, then click OK.
The SKU Search dialog closes, and the Add New License page updates with all of the information available from the SKU.
6.Complete the remaining fields on the Add New License page as required, then click Save to save the new license.
For information about licenses, see Licenses.
More fields have been added to the Add New License and Edit License pages:
•Level (Microsoft only)
•Cores (Microsoft only)
You can also add these columns to the Licenses tab of the Licenses & Contracts page.
For information about licenses, see Licenses.
Some changes have been made to the Software Library page.
On the General tab, two new fields have been added. You can now record the End of Support Date, and select a Pool to categorize the purpose of the software at a very high level.
On the Licensing tab, where you can add SKUs (stock keeping units) to metrics, you can now record the following additional information for a SKU:
•License Agreement – the name of the license agreement, linked to the vendor
•Pack Size – the number of licenses in the SKU
•License Type – select from Base, Upgrade, or Maintenance
•Cores (Microsoft only) – the number of processor cores covered by the license
On the Categories tab, the list of categories now includes UNSPSC (United Nations Standard Products and Services Code) values. UNSPSC is a universal classification framework for products and services. You can type in the Category drop-down to search either for the UNSPSC value or the corresponding category name. The column UNSPSC Code has been added to the data grid on this tab.
When you add a price list on the Pricing tab, Polish Zloty is now available as a currency.
For information about the Software Library page, see Software Library.
For information about UNSPSC values, see https://www.unspsc.org/.
A new dashboard called Estate Overview has been added under Business Intelligence > Dashboards on the navigation bar and is now the page that appears when you log in or when you click the Ivanti logo at the top of the page. This dashboard provides you with useful information about your IT estate as soon as you have completed your first inventory import.
The dashboard shows:
•End of Life Installs
•Upcoming End of Life Installs
•Overlapped Install Count
•End of Life Install Count
•Operating System Count by Vendor (top 5)
•Install Count by Vendor (top 5)
•Install Count by Title (top 5)
•End of Life Installs (180 Days) by Vendor
•OSI Count by Partition Type
•Operating System Count by Title
•Operating System by Vendor
For more information about dashboards, see Dashboards.
A number of short videos about improving and understanding your license compliance have been added to the Ivanti Help YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/IvantiHelp)
There is a License Optimizer playlist: View the playlist
Recently added videos include the following topics:
•Improving SQL Server license compliance by setting the edition
Watch the video (6:09)
•Improving license compliance by setting hardware specs
Watch the video (5:31)
•Using business units
Watch the video (4:17)
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