New Features 2020
This page highlights the new features that were added to the latest releases in 2020. For details about new features added in 2019, see New Features 2019.
You can now add your own categories to entries in the software library, in addition to UNSPSC values.
Custom categories enable you to add site-specific categories to help you to identify the purpose of the software you have installed across your site. You can then sort your software by these categories to identify where you have multiple software titles on your estate performing the same function. This then helps you to make decisions about where you can consolidate software titles to cut costs and reduce security risks.
To create custom categories:
1.On the Software Library page, click Manage Custom Categories.
The Custom Categories dialog appears.
3.In the Category Name field, enter the name of your custom category, then click Save.
The category is added to the list on the dialog.
Click to edit the category, or to delete it. If you delete a custom category, it is also removed from any software library entries that you associated it with.
To associate a custom category with an entry in the software library:
1.Open the required software item in the Software Library.
2.In the details panel, click the Categories tab.
3.In the Category drop-down, select the custom category you require.
Custom categories appear at the top of the drop-down list with (Custom) after their name. UNSPSC codes appear lower in the list, with their code in brackets after their name.
The custom category is added to the software item. You can remove the category from the item by clicking .
For more information about categories in the Software Library, see Software Library page: Categories tab.
You can now specify expiry date reminders as part of a general license import using two new columns that have been added to the General License import template:
- Renewal Event Reminder – how long before the renewal date you want to be reminded. This value appears in the Task and Event Reminder - License Renewal? field on the License page.
- Email Ids for Reminder – the email addresses to send the reminder to. This appears on the corresponding Calendar event. You can enter multiple email addresses, separated by commas.
We have simplified the Data Import page by removing the Connector Types section. This section contained a single tile that opened the Sign in to Ivanti Cloud page in a new window, so that you could set up connectors in Ivanti Cloud for use in License Optimizer. This tile was added when Ivanti Cloud was new and provided only these connectors, but now that Ivanti Cloud contains many more features and is much more widely used, it makes sense to tidy the Data Import page as most users now log in to Ivanti Cloud directly.
If you have Ivanti Service Manager (either cloud or on-premise) and Ivanti Cloud, you can configure your system to enable you to log Incidents in Service Manager to request the removal of unused software directly from the Software page in License Optimizer.
For information about identifying reclamation opportunities, see Identifying license reclamation opportunities. For information about configuring your system to log Incidents in Service Manager, see Reclaiming licenses using Ivanti Service Manager.
Ideally, you want to minimize the number of entries in you local Definitive Software Library, and use the global Definitive Software Library that is maintained by Ivanti as much as possible. To support this, you can now delete entries from your local DSL, provided the entries have no children and are not being used by License Optimizer (for example, you cannot delete a vendor that has products, and you cannot delete entries that are added to an OSI).
You will want to delete items from your local DSL if they are better presented in the global DSL, no longer needed, or if they contain errors. You can delete Items (editions/versions), Products, and Vendors.
To delete a local DSL entry:
1.In the Software Library, find the item that you want to delete, and select it in the Items panel.
2.On the Recognition Phrases and Recognition Files tabs in the details pane, delete all of the recognition phrases or files for programs or licenses by clicking alongside the entries.
3.On the General tab, click Delete at the bottom of the page.
The Item is deleted.
4.Repeat for any other items you want to delete from your local DSL.
Sometimes you may find that the DSL entry is used somewhere that you cannot delete that usage, and so you will not be able to delete the DSL entry itself. In this situation, you need to contact support.
Previously, you could set the business unit that imported licenses were associated with on the Settings page of the data import wizard for the General license type. That option has now been removed, and instead you specify the business units that the licenses are associated by setting the Valid For column of the import spreadsheet to BusinessUnit and then specifying the names of the business units in the Valid For Names column.
You can associate a license with multiple business units in the spreadsheet by separating their names with a comma. If you do not specify a business unit, it is associated with the top level in the business unit structure.
For more information about data import, see Importing data.
You can now add the column Cost Per Year to the data grid on the Licenses & Contracts page using the menu.