What's new in this release

BigFix Inventory provides new features and enhancements that facilitate your work with the application. Check out what is new.

10.0.5 Application update

  • Improved contracts management

    The improved contracts management allows you to access and manage contracts from one single report. The new contract supports any license metric and shows 'All Metrics' data. See also, Contract management. The previous contract management functionality is now deprecated.

  • Updated predefined dashboard

    The predefined dashboard now includes contracts with access to contracts of all statuses. You can perform all actions selecting the contract type. The quick search on the predefined dashboard allows you to search contracts with contract name.

  • Custom metrics management on Products & Metrics panel

    BigFix Inventory now allows you to add, modify, and delete metrics using the UI. For more information, see Managing license metric through the UI.

  • New Product Publisher Name column

    The "Product Publisher Name" column on Software Classification panel indicates the name of the publisher of a product that a software instance is assigned to.

  • Combine package data with software instance data

    Package data is now combined with software instance data to using a new Unified Software API. For more information, see Unified software API.

  • Notification about duplicate UUIDs

    The To Do list shows notification about duplicate UUIDs (Universally Unique Identifier). The list of computers with duplicate UUIDs is shown as a warning. For more information, see Duplicate UUIDs problem.

  • Disconnected scanner can be used to mark computers that run on public cloud

    BigFix Inventory allows you to use disconnected scanner mark computers that run on public cloud. For more information, see Identifying disconnected computers as running on public clouds.

  • Splitting of logs in VM Manager tool

    To improve readability of logs, the communication with a hypervisor is captured in the configuration file. For more information, see Log files.

  • Catalog distributed in GZIP format instead of BZIP2

    The downloaded software catalog from BigFix Inventory by endpoints is now available in .gz (GZIP) format instead of .bz (BZIP2) format. The purpose is to discontinue the use of BZIP2 compressor/format in BigFix Inventory. Next releases will include further changes.

  • Removal of use of zip/unzip binaries on Windows Endpoints

    The multiarchive tool 7zip is used on Windows endpoints instead of zip/unzip binaries. This change is applicable to the scanner update. The zip/unzip binaries are still available for other areas.

  • Suppressed package discovery

    BigFix Inventory adds capability to suppress packages in the Package Data report and Package Summary report to view the relevant packages only.

  • Performance improvement

    Improved processing of computers groups by restricting the default and maximum limit of maxAggregationThreads and maxReaggregationThreads variables to control the number of CPUs that are used.​

  • 'Component Detailed Version' column added in some of the predefined reports

    The Software Installations, Current Installations, and Software: Discovered in the last 2 weeks predefined reports now show the Component Detailed Version column by default.

  • BigFix Inventory installation date available in audit snapshot

    The “data_condition.txt” file of audit snapshot now shows the BigFix Inventory installation date.

  • Trace scanner setting change

    Trace scanner settings now shows two options, Default and Verbose, where Default represents the min and Verbose represents the max.​

  • Skip lock flag is Advance Server Settings

    Skip lock flag is added to exclude the locked endpoints while downloading the catalog.

  • Security enhancements
    • Rails upgraded to version 5.2.6 - CVE-2021-22880, CVE-2021-22904, CVE-2021-22885
    • Updated Ruby bundler - CVE-2019-3881, CVE-2020-36327​
    • IBM Java JRE upgraded to version 8.0.6.30 ​
    • IBM WebSphere Liberty upgraded to version 21.0.0.6​
    • Using POST parameters as GET parameters to enhance security.
    • TLS 1 and TLS 1.1 are disabled and TLS 1.2 is supported - Install appropriate service pack or content update for Microsoft SQL Server database. See also, Software requirements.
    • VMware ESXi minimum version requirement updated to VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 3. See also, Detailed System requirements.
  • Support for new platforms and systems
    • Debian 10 x86 (64 bit) by using the BigFix client
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on zSystems by using the BigFix client
    • Red Hat Virtualization 4.4
    • SLES 15 on zSystems by using the BigFix client
    • Ubuntu 18 guest on Ubuntu KVM on Power using BigFix client and the disconnected scanner
    • NEC Cloud IaaS Instance
    • MS SQL 2019
  • End of support
    • Support is withdrawn for Windows 2008 and 2008 R2.

10.0.4 Application update 10.0.4

  • Improvements in file facts import

    Improved file fact import performance. The import.log shows status of file imports. This helps in distinguishing between correct files, files with errors, files encountering unpacking issues, and invalid files. The import progress shows estimated time left to complete an import. The file path is recorded in the import log.

  • Removal of the “Caused Detection” column and the “enable_caused_detection” setting

    The Caused Detection column is removed from the Package Data and Scanned File Data reports. The enable_caused_detection parameter is also removed from the advanced server setting. Saved reports that use this column are not automatically migrated and you must manually re-create the reports. The Recognized column is now the primary option to perform your tasks.

  • Reporting information about the detailed version of applications discovered by package-based signatures

    Installed software components that are discovered by specific packages are reported with a detailed component version which is the same as the package version. The version information is shown in the Component Detailed Version column in the Software Classification report and in component_detailed_version column in REST API.

  • Improvements in reporting information about detailed version and file size

    The rules used to determine the version information to be shown when there are multiple discoveries, have been updated. For details, refer to Component Detailed Version. On the Details page of Software Classification panel, detailed versions of for all such matched discovery means are displayed, together with the overall Component Detailed Version for a given software component instance. The file size information for matched file signatures is also displayed.

  • Database connection encryption

    With BigFix Inventory you can encrypt your database connection by using the encryption that the database engine and JDBC driver support. For more information, refer to Configuring database connection encryption.

  • Regular database index rebuilding

    Starting from the version 10.0.4, BigFix Inventory has a script that manages regular database index rebuilding.

  • Search software catalog by component name on the new dashboard

    The new dashboard is extended with the functionality of catalog search by component name. Catalog search widget is removed from the old dashboard. The new quick search option and existing filters in reports provide equivalent functionality.

  • Fixlet available to download PVU table

    The 'Download PVU table' option now allows you to download the latest PVU table. Download the file and then manually upload it to BigFix Inventory server. For BigFix Inventory to be compliant with IBM Subcapacity, you must upgrade the server.

  • Parameter added to show hidden values

    A "show_hidden_values" parameter has been created and added in Advanced Server Settings, which allows you to manage hidden parameters.​

  • Suppressed discovery of certain software products

    Added new custom rules to suppress the discovery of software publishers, such as Adobe Systems Incorporated and Microsoft Corporation, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux software component. With the rules implemented, the reports for those vendors do not appear under the Software Classification report.

  • Automatically enabled performance logs

    Performance logs are now automatically enabled. The logs can be disabled and enabled back if required.

  • Updated the EOS (End of Support) date for Microsoft software products

    The EOS date of Microsoft products, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Windows OS, and Visual Studio has been updated. The EOS of non-IBM components has also been updated.

  • Security enhancements
    • axios NPM package upgraded to version 0.21.1 - CVE-2020-28168
    • IBM JRE is upgraded to version 8.0.6.25 due to critical CVE-2020-27221
    • WebSphere Liberty updated to v.21.0.0.1
    • rest-client updated to version 2.0.1
    • formtastic updated to version 4.0.1
  • Support for new platforms and systems

    Support is introduced for the following platforms and systems:

    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 8 on x86 by using the BigFix client​
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 and higher 8.x versions on Power by using the BigFix client
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on zSystems by using the disconnected scanner
    • Ubuntu 20.04 on x86 by using the BigFix client​
    • IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud​
    • Tencent Cloud Server Instance​
  • End of support

    Starting from version 10.0.4, support is dropped for Windows 7.

10.0.3 Application update 10.0.3

  • Certification of License Activation Process for BigFix

    BigFix Inventory now supports automatic component assignment for all active BigFix products. For more information, refer to Assigning components to active BigFix products.

  • Improved user interface

    Improved interface in the menus, dialogs, and reports

  • Support for new platforms and systems

    Support is introduced for the following platforms and systems:

    • Alibaba Elastic Computer Service
    • Red Hat 8.2 or a higher version for BigFix Inventory server. Check BigFix Platform system requirement.
    • Disconnected scanner on Red Had Enterprise Linux 8 on z Systems
  • Security enhancements

    To maintain security, the following selected components and libraries were updated:

    • Rails upgraded to version 5.2.4.4
    • Upgraded icu4j libraries to supported version
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 20.0.0.11
    • Changed Websphere configuration to use TLS 1.2 by default for fresh installation. For existing and upgraded BigFix Inventory installations, manual configuration is required. For more information, refer to Enabling secure communication.
    • Addressed the security vulnerability of SSO login by implementing secure SSL cookie. For more details, refer to the Knowledge Base article.

10.0.2 Application update 10.0.2

  • New vendor-specific predefined reports

    BigFix Inventory offers vendor-specific predefined reports that provide software discovery and licensing information for specific software vendors like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, VMware, and HCL. These reports help Software Asset Managers manage software at their organization and get prepared for contract negotiations and license audits. For more information, see Vendor-specific predefined reports.

  • New default dashboard

    BigFix Inventory now shows the predefined vendor-specific reports on the default dashboard to provide some out of the box data to the vendors.

  • Installation path of all discovered software

    Inventory reports now show the installation path of all discovered software (IBM and non-IBM). If a product is installed in multiple paths, all paths are reported as separate instances. Previously it was applicable only to IBM software.

  • Software Classification details view

    The details view now shows only matched detection. It does not show signatures that does not match. It includes a link with complete list of signatures.

  • Extended list of default exclusion list on Windows for scanner installation

    For a newly installed scanner, the list of exclusions has been extended with directories containing large files that are not related to the software discovery. For upgraded scanner, to extend the list of exclusions with directories containing large files that are not related to the software discovery, follow the procedure described in the KB article.

  • IBM software catalog delivered only with application updates

    Starting from 10.0.2, the IBM software catalog is a part of BigFix Inventory application and BigFix Inventorydoes not support manual update of HCL catalog any longer. However, manual catalog update continues to be supported for non-IBM vendors.

  • Setting entitlements

    BigFix Inventory now allows you to marks products as entitled through for products and metrices. Setting entitlement works along with bundling assistant.

  • Audit trail for user management operation

    You can now enable a conditional user management parameter to allow the audit trail report capture information, such as creation and deletion of users. It also shows any modification in the user role and user computer group.

  • Streaming of JSON responses for UI and API requests

    Starting from 10.0.2, BigFix Inventory uses HTTP streaming in JSON responses. With this improvement, pagination in the API is optional and all data can be fetched with a single query. The applications integrated with BigFix Inventory and using the pagination feature, should consider increasing the page size or dropping the paging option for improved response time. For more information, see also REST API considerations.

  • Support for ISO 19770-2 delta/patch tags

    Component Detailed Version now provides complete information about fix packs through ISO 19770-2 patch/delta tags. Previously the tags used to get rejected on both, endpoint side and server side. The functionality works with BigFix Inventory server version 10.0.2 or higher and Initiate Software Scan fixlet version 10.0.2 or higher.

  • Support for new platforms and systems

    Support is introduced for the following platforms and systems:

    • SLES 15 SP1 on Power
    • vSphere ESXi 7.0 and vSphere vCenter Server 7.0
    • Disconnected scanner on Red Had Enterprise Linux 8.1 on Power
    • Disconnected scanner on Ubuntu 20 x86
  • Security enhancements

    • IBM JRE is upgraded to version 8.0.6.15
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 20.0.0.5
    • Several libraries for Ruby on Rails component are upgraded
    • Upgraded jQuery to 3.5.1
    • Obsolete and unused libraries removed from production
  • End of support
    • Starting from version 10.0.2, support is dropped for the following:
      • IBM DB2 10.1 as database for BigFix Inventory server
      • VM Manager tool version 32-bit
      • IBM i 6.1

10.0.1 Application update 10.0.1
  • Updated software catalog

    New version of Catalog for enhanced software discovery. The catalog includes:

    • IBM License Metric Tool Software Catalog version 9.2.19.0.
    • capability to discover and collect evidence about usage of Oracle Java Commercial Features: ‘Java Flight Recorder’ and ‘JRE Usage Tracking’. This discovery is intended to help customers to check usage of Java Commercial Features. The knowledge about usage of these features is needed for older Oracle Java commercial licenses that are applicable for Oracle Java before version 11.
    • added discovery capability for 800+ software versions for number of titles including Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle software
    • 5 Ideas to discover or enhance discovery of specific software
  • Package Data report is updated with data from Solaris IPS package manager

    Support for Solaris IPS package manager is available for endpoints with BigFix client installed.

  • Configurable limit of custom software classification rules

    More custom software classification rules can be defined now to automate classification process. Provides ability to redefine limit on custom software classification rules using Advanced Server Settings panel. Supports up to 100 custom rules.

  • Enhanced API for Scanned File data with additional properties for Windows executables

    Collection of additional properties for Windows executables is optional feature that is disabled by default. This function is limited to 50 000 endpoints, has additional storage requirements and impact on data import time. Rollout to endpoints requires proper planning and verification before function is enabled.

  • The Software Summary report becomes an integral part of BigFix Inventory

    The Software Summary report provides an overview of software inventory in your environment. Each row represents a set of software instances that are grouped by the selected columns. The report was introduced as a preview feature and improved over the past releases. It now becomes an integral part of BigFix Inventory. For more information, see Available reports.

  • User interface changes

    User interface is updated in line with HCL brand for login window.

  • Updated scanner

    New version of Scanner for Windows to allow collection of additional properties for Windows executables.

  • IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting equivalent

    BigFix Inventory 10.0.0.0 is equivalent to IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) 9.2.18 for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting. For current status of IBM validated releases, see BFI and HCL FAQ.pdf

  • Enabler for reporting IBM Cloud Paks

    BigFix Inventory reports information about utilization of license metrics by non-containerized products that are installed as part of IBM Cloud Paks. For more information, see: Licensing of non-containerized Cloud Pak programs.

  • Inventory Exploration report becomes deprecated

    Instead of the deprecated report, use the Software Summary report that provides extended information about your software inventory. For more information, see Available reports.

  • Support for MS SQL 2016 Express and 2017 Express as a database for BigFix Inventory

    Express editions of MS SQL 2016 and 2017 are supported as a database for the BigFix Inventory server. For specific requirements, see: Software requirements.

  • Support for new platforms and systems

    Support is introduced for the following platforms and systems:

    • Citrix Hypervisor 8
    • IBM i 7.4
    • Oracle Compute Instance
  • End of support for some operating systems and virtualization technologies

    Support is dropped for the following operating systems and virtualization technologies. If you are using any of them, upgrade to newer versions that are supported by BigFix Inventory

    • Operating systems

      • Debian 7
      • IBM i 5.1
      • Oracle Solaris 10
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on x86
      • Ubuntu 12
      • Ubuntu 14
      • Windows Vista
    • Hypervisor and virtualization technologies
      • Red Hat Virtualization 3.x
      • VMware vSphere 5.x
      • XenServer/ Citrix XenServer 6.x
  • Security enhancements

    To maintain security:

    • IBM JavaJRE is updated to version: 8.0.6.5.
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 20.0.0.2.
    • A number of libraries has been updated.

Application update 10.0.0

  • 10.0.0 Detailed Component Version discovery for Oracle Java and Oracle Weblogic

    Starting from this release new mechanism is available for Patch level reporting. Detailed Component Version discovery is supported by Extended Signature feature and recent catalog content.

    This functionality is available for:

    • Oracle Java Runtime Environment
    • Oracle Java JDK/SDK
    • Oracle Weblogic
    • Oracle Weblogic Enterprise Edition
    • Oracle Weblogic Suite
  • 10.0.0 Extension of the computer_hardware API association and related computers report
    • You can retrieve information about parent layer hostname.
  • 10.0.0 IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting equivalent
    • BigFix Inventory 10.0.0.0 is equivalent to IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) 9.2.18 for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting. For current status of IBM validated releases, see BFI and HCL FAQ

  • 10.0.0 User interface visual changes

    • User interface visual changes in line with HCL brand.
  • 10.0.0 Update of the end of support dates for IBM software

    • Information about the end of support dates is refreshed for the IBM software basing on the IBM Lifecycle data
  • 10.0.0 Usability improvement to the user interface

    To improve user experience, the following name changes are applied:
    • Scan Health is renamed to Software Scan Health
    • Missing Software Scan is renamed to Missing Scan
    • IBM Capacity Data Completeness is renamed to Capacity Scan Health
    • IBM Software Classification is renamed to Software Classification
    • The Latest Software Scan column is renamed to Last Software Change
  • 10.0.0 Support for DB2 11.5 as a database for BigFix Inventory server

    DB2 11.5 is supported as a database for the BigFix Inventory server. For specific requirements, see: Software requirements.

  • 10.0.0 Security enhancements

    To maintain security:

    • IBM JavaJRE is updated to version: 8.0.6.0.
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 19.0.0.11.
    • Several libraries for Ruby on Rails component are upgraded.
  • 10.0.0 Support for new systems and hypervisors

    The following new systems and hypervisors are supported:

    • IBM z15
    • AMD Epyc processor
    • zCX (System Z Container Extensions)
    • Nutanix on x86 with AHV

Application update 9.2.17

  • 9.2.17 Support for new platforms and systems
    The following platforms and systems are now supported:
    • Hyper-V 2019
    • Linux VMs on Nutanix AVH (IBM Power only)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 endpoints
    • RHV 4.2 and 4.3 using new API available in RHV-M 4.x
  • Important changes:
    • 9.2.17 Removal of the legacy IBM Software Classification panel

      The IBM Software Classification was already deprecated and substituted with Software Classification panel in application update 9.2.13. At this point, the IBM Software Classification panel is entirely removed. The new Software Classification panel allows simple software classification and ensures better performance. It is fully customizable and allows you to create custom classification rules.

    • 9.2.17 End of support for MS SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 database for BigFix Inventory server

      The support for MS SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 database for BigFix Inventory server is discontinued. It is related to Microsoft officially ceasing the support in July 2019. For more information, see: Prepare now for end of support in 2019 and 2020 (Microsoft). To upgrade to BigFix Inventory 9.2.17, first migrate to newer MS SQL version that is supported by BigFix Inventory. For the list, see: Software requirements.

Application update 9.2.16

  • 9.2.16 Drill down for better understanding of reported values on Software Summary report extended to software usage statistics

    You can additionally use drill down on Software Summary report to see the detailed information about the software instances that contribute to software usage through the related columns, for example, Used, Unused, Used in the Last Month and other summary columns. For more information, see: Available reports.

  • 9.2.16 Improved reporting of FlexPoints
    • BigFix Inventory reports information about the highest license consumption of FlexPoints over a specified reporting period for an entire FlexPoint bundle as well as the contributing products.
    • You can view the license metric utilization trends for the entire bundle, as well as its components on the Metric Quantity History graph. The graph presents information about the values calculated by the system and the values that are declared by the user.
    • Two new columns are now available on metric reports: Peak Date and Metric Quantity. For more information, see: Report columns.
    • The All IBM Metrics report shows only license consumption on a bundle level. To see the detailed information about license consumption for the contributing products, drill down by clicking the name of the bundle.
    • Audit snapshot is extended with an additional file that outlines the usage of FlexPoints in your environment. The flexpoints.csv file contains information about the FlexPoint bundles and the underlying products.
    For me information, see: IBM FlexPoints.
  • 9.2.16 Setting metric quantity for license metrics that are not calculated by BigFix Inventory

    You can manually declare the metric quantity for selected license types for which does not calculate license metric utilization out of the box. You can also use this option to customize the metric quantity if needed. For more information, see: Setting and removing the declared metric quantity.

  • 9.2.16 Extension of the computer_hardware API association

    You can retrieve information about additional hardware parameters, such as the serial number, vendor, model, or type of the physical server. For more information, see: computer_hardware association.

  • 9.2.16 Custom rules for automatically suppressing components that meet specified criteria

    By specifying the relevant criteria, you can create the custom rule which automatically suppresses the matching components in the future. For more information, see: Creating and managing custom rules.

  • 9.2.16 Extended support
    • Support for new platforms and systems
      • Certified support for the newest BigFix platform updates: 9.2.18 and 9.5.13
      • Debian 9 x86 and x64
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 x86-64
      • SMBIOS3 on Linux
      • server on Windows 2019
      • server on MS SQL 2017 version 14.0.3162.1 for fresh installations
  • 9.2.16 Security enhancements
    • Rails is upgraded to version 5.1.7 to maintain security.
    • WebSphere Liberty Profile is upgraded to version 19.00.4 to maintain security.
    • Update of the Xerces library to version 3.2.1 on AIX to keep the scanner secure and reliable.

Application update 9.2.15.2

  • Security enhancements
    • WebSphere Liberty Profile is upgraded to version 19.00.4 to maintain security.

Application update 9.2.15

  • 9.2.15 Preview feature: New Software Summary (Preview) report

    The report provides an overview of software inventory in your environment. Each row in the report represents a set of software instances that are grouped by the selected columns. You can drill down the Software Summary report to view the details of the instances in a group. The report also provides software usage statistics that contain information about usage of the specific software based on the listed instances. You can check how many instances of a product within the group are used and how many are not. You can see an overview of software usage statistics from last month, last quarter, and last year. You can also track the number of software instances within the group for which software usage is monitored and for which it is not. For more information, see: Available reports.

  • 9.2.15 Extended reporting of usage statistics for Java

    BigFix Inventory introduces a new and improved method of reporting usage for Java Virtual Machine and Runtime Environments. Paths to Java processes that run on a computer are matched with paths in which the software is discovered. Based on this information, BigFix Inventory can determine exactly which Java instance was used. It is possible to distinguish between usage of BigFix and Oracle Java installed on a single computer. For more information, see: Monitoring and reporting software usage.

    Software catalog in version 9.2.15 does not contain usage signatures for Java any more. To report usage of Java, upgrade the BigFix Inventory server to version 9.2.15.

  • 9.2.15 Extended support
    • Support for new platforms
      • Windows 2019
      • Oracle SPARC-M8 processor
      • Ubuntu 18.04 on x86
    • Support for new virtualization technologies
      • vCenter with external Platform Services Controllers (PSC) on different computers
      • Solaris Kernel zones on Oracle Solaris x86 and SPARC with nested virtualization. For more information, see: Client installation on Oracle Solaris
  • 9.2.15 New Software Installations report that is based on the new data model

    The new version of the Software Installations report is introduced. The old report is deprecated and moved to the bottom of the Reports menu. It is planned to be entirely removed in the future. The new report view is based on the new data model and consistent with other reports. For more information, see: Available reports.

  • 9.2.15 Extension of the To Do list

    The To Do list is extended and additionally displays information about the outdated scanning actions that need to be restarted. For more information, see: To Do list.

  • 9.2.15 Documentation extended with new topics
    Documentation is extended with new content, including the following help topics.
  • 9.2.15 New look and feel of the user interface

    The look and feel of the user interface is refreshed. The reports are now more vivid with a new blue action bar, updated action icons and selected buttons.

  • 9.2.15 Usability improvements on the management panels

    Several improvements are introduced to simplify the navigation and usability of the selected management panels, including Users, Saved Reports, Advanced Server Settings and Contracts. You can use filters based on the available columns, and save the custom view as a predefined view. You can also export these reports to a CSV or PDF file.

    Limitation: To filter the Contracts report by the All Computers computer group, use its English name regardless of the interface language. The name of this group is not translated.

  • 9.2.15 Filtering reports by using matches exactly operator

    You can filter reports and retrieve data from specified columns by using the matches exactly operator. This operator is used to exactly match two values, including upper and lowercase characters.

  • 9.2.15 New naming convention for the exported reports

    The names of report files that are exported, or received in a scheduled email follow a new, more meaningful naming convention. Additionally, the email subject contains the name of the predefined or custom report that is included.

  • 9.2.15 Extended discovery of Oracle Databases certified for Oracle Database 18c: 18.3.
  • 9.2.14 Discovery of new components from Citrix, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Citrix, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.15.

    Below is the list of the most important newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.
    • Added discovery capability for Citrix products
      • Citrix XenApp
      • Citrix XenApp Reports
      • Citrix XenDesktop
    • Added discovery capability for Hewlett-Packard products
      • HP Business Process Monitor
      • HP Business Service Management
      • HP Operations Agent
      • HP Operations Manager
    • Added discovery capability for Oracle products
      • Oracle Clusterware
      • Oracle Linux
      • Oracle SOA Suite
  • 9.2.15 Names of fixlets in the BigFix console contain information about version

    Names of the fixlets are extended with the information about the currently available version. By default, fixlet version is updated with each release of server. For more information, see: Ensuring currency of scanner actions and fixlets.

  • 9.2.15 Security enhancements

    Rails is upgraded to version 5.0.7 to maintain security.

Application update 9.2.14

  • 9.2.14 Reporting license usage for Adobe Creative Cloud products on Windows

    reports utilization of the Registered User metric for Adobe Creative Cloud products. The information is extracted during regular software scans directly from computers where components of some Adobe Creative Cloud products are installed. Based on the scan results, the Registered User metric is calculated and its utilization is displayed on the All Metrics report. Detailed information about users is shown on the Software Users report.

    Thanks to this feature, you can track licenses of Adobe CC products in to analyze trends, define thresholds and optimize costs by identifying users of unused instances. For more information, see: Software Users report and Registered User.

  • 9.2.14 Reporting license usage for BigFix Rational portfolio

    Information about the usage of Floating User metric is now available on the All Metrics report for BigFix Rational products. The calculations are available thanks to integration with BigFix Rational License Key Server. The usage is provided by the .slmtag files. For more information, see: Other IBM metrics.

  • 9.2.14 Tagging software for more flexible categorization

    You can now tag software components, or instances of the discovered software to classify them. The tags might, for example, emphasize the ownership of a software product, categorize it as a test or free of charge instance, or mark it as blacklisted or approved. For more information, see: Adding and removing tags.

  • 9.2.14 Preview feature: The new dashboard is extended with additional widgets and quick search

    The newest additions to the new BigFix Inventory dashboard include the summary of the most important inventory data, recent changes, discovery gaps, and security issues in one place. The dashboard is also extended with quick search that allows you to easily find information related to file hashes, file names, vulnerabilities and software inventory. For more information, see: Dashboard.

  • 9.2.14 New predefined reports

    New predefined reports are available under the Software Classification, Scanned File Data and Computers reports. For more information, see: Available reports.

  • 9.2.14 Reporting end of support dates for Microsoft products

    The end of support dates are automatically populated for Microsoft software that according to information provided on 20 November 2018 is announced to be out of support between 30 November 2015 and 1 November 2021.

  • 9.2.14 Best practices for configuring VM managers

    Documentation provides best practices for configuring VM managers. For more information, see: Best practices for configuring VM managers.

  • 9.2.14 Top navigation bar extended with the Mail icon icon for providing feedback
  • 9.2.14 Changes in the Report menu

    The Software Catalog report is renamed to Products & Metrics. A link to Software Components report is added under Reports in the main menu.

  • 9.2.14 Users panel is expanded with the information about time and date of the last login
  • 9.2.14 Improvements on the VM Managers panel

    Several improvements are introduced to simplify the navigation and usability of the VM Managers panel. You can filter the report by any available column, and save the custom view as a predefined view. You can also export the report to a CSV or PDF file.

  • 9.2.14 Migrating software classification with REST API

    The PUT operation on the /api/sam/v2/software_instances REST API allows you to define, change, or migrate your current software classification. It can be used to migrate your software assignments when moving clients between the instances of BigFix server. For more information, see: Classifying software (v2) and Tutorial: Migrating software assignments between two BigFix servers.

  • 9.2.14 Retrieving information about the license utilization peak and the contributing software instances through REST API in version 2

    If you have custom tools or internal processes that use the software_instances REST API, you can now achieve your goals by using the v2/license_usage and v2/software_instances REST API. It is best to adjust the tools to use REST API in version 2. For more information, see: Mapping functions of the software_instances REST API.

  • 9.2.14 Discovery of new components from Citrix, Oracle and SAP and other

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Citrix, Oracle, SAP and other. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.14.

    Below is the list of the most important newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.
    • Added discovery capability for Citrix products
      • Citrix Diagnostic Facility
      • Citrix PowerShell Snap-In
    • Added discovery capability for Oracle products
      • Oracle Discoverer
      • Solaris
    • Added discovery capability for SAP products
      • SAP PowerBuilder
    • Added discovery capability for Adobe CC 2019
    • Improved usage reporting for Java products
  • 9.2.14 Certification of Microsoft Edge browser

    Microsoft Edge is certified as a supported browser for BigFix Inventory. For more information, see: Software requirements.

  • 9.2.14 Support for new virtualization technologies
    • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.4.x
    • Solaris Kernel zones on x86 without nested virtualization (not yet announced as BigFix subcapacity eligible). For more information, see: Client installation on Oracle Solaris.
    • SLES 11 for PowerVM on Power9 in Power8 compatibility mode.
    • SLES 12 for PowerVM on Power9 in native mode.
    • SLES 15 on Power9 with disconnected scanner in P9 native mode.
  • 9.2.14 Security enhancements
    • To maintain security, Java is upgraded to the newest version: 8.0.5.25.
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 18.0.0.3.
    • Update of the Xerces library to version 3.2.1 on Solaris Sparc and Solaris x86 to keep the scanner secure and reliable.
  • 9.2.14 Information about the session time out after a period of user inactivity

    The session timeout specifies the period of user inactivity after which the session ends, and the user is required to log in again. Before it happens, you are notified that the session is about to end.

Application update 9.2.13

  • 9.2.13 Utilization of the Registered User metric for Microsoft Office 365

    reports utilization of the Registered User metric for Microsoft Office 365. The information is extracted during regular software scans directly from computers where components of Office 365 are installed. Based on the scan results, the Registered User metric is calculated and its utilization is displayed on the All Metrics report. Detailed information about users is shown on the Software Users report.

    Thanks to this feature, you can track licenses for Office 365 in to analyze trends, define thresholds and optimize costs by identifying users of unused instances. For more information, see: Registered User.

  • 9.2.13 Reporting additional IBM metrics based on the resource utilization data that is delivered by .slmtag files

    Additional IBM metrics that are based on the resource utilization data are displayed on the All IBM Metrics and All Metrics reports. scans computers in your infrastructure to find the software components that are reported with .slmtag files and then aggregates their metric quantity. For more information, see: Reported license metrics.

  • 9.2.13 Version currency of Internet browsers and other selected software that changes frequently

    BigFix Inventory automatically detects all versions of a number of software components on Windows. These components include Internet browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera) as well as components such as Adobe Air, Adobe Flash Player, Slack, and other. The components are detected by generic signatures while their versions are automatically retrieved from files or packages that caused detection. Such an approach allows for avoiding catalog gaps and ensures full discovery currency.

  • 9.2.13 Reporting utilization of FlexPoints

    FlexPoint is a license metric unit that can be used to determine the cost of IBM products that are purchased as part of FlexPoint bundles. Each product from a bundle is licensed based on a different license metric but all metrics are converted into FlexPoints. Products that are currently available as part of FlexPoint bundles are products from the IBM Cloud and IBM Analytics brands. For more information, see: IBM FlexPoints, and Classifying FlexPoint bundles.

  • 9.2.13 Preview feature: Visibility of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs)
    • Information about CVEs is shown on the Software Classification report on which CVEs are matched with software components through component detailed versions.
    • The details of CVEs are extended to include a link to a description of the CVE in the National Vulnerability Database as well as the version of the CVSS, either 2.0 or 3.0.
    • Information about CVEs can be filtered and sorted by the CVE name. The filter shows the software that meets the specified criteria by searching through the full list of CVEs of each reported software instance.
    Thanks to the improvements in showing information about CVEs you can better identify, monitor, and analyze potentially vulnerable software and at the same time prevent potential threats.
  • 9.2.13 New predefined reports available under Software Classification panel
    The Software Classification report is extended with four predefined views:
    • Out of Support Software that shows software installations for which support already ended
    • Software Approaching End of Support that shows software installations for which support ends within the next three months
    • Vulnerable Software that shows software installations for which at least one CVE was matched
    • Vulnerable Software - Recent that shows software installations that were discovered within the last two weeks and for which at least one CVE was matched
    The views provide you with a quick overview of software that might pose security threats in your environment.
  • 9.2.13 Preview feature: Security dashboard and reporting

    The new security dashboard shows a preview of security features in the form of widgets. To view the dashboard, click Go to New Dashboard & Reporting on the homepage. For more information, see: Dashboard.

  • 9.2.13 New To Do list on the top navigation bar
    The top navigation bar is extended with a To Do list that, at present, displays the following information under the The image shows the To Do List icon. icon:
    • Failed imports of data
    • Availability of a new version of the application
    • The need to configure connections to virtualization hosts for some of the computers
    The relevant information is indicated with a number that is displayed on the icon. The number is shown until you take action to address the displayed information. For more information, see: To Do list.
  • 9.2.13 Information about the shared processor pool

    displays information about the identifier of the shared processor pool under the Shared Pool ID column on the Hardware Inventory, Computers, Software Installations, Oracle Databases and Software Classification reports.

  • 9.2.13 REST API associations for quick analysis of security risks

    The /api/sam/v2/software_instances REST API is extended with two associations:

    • cve that allows to retrieve information about Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) that were matched with a particular component through its detailed version
    • release_component_lifecycle that allows to retrieve information about when a component reaches its end of support
    The associations provide you with a method for retrieving information about software that might pose security threats by using REST API.
  • 9.2.13 Filtering reports and retrieving data through REST API request by using is empty and is not empty operators

    You can filter reports and retrieve data from specified columns by using the is empty and is not empty operators.

  • 9.2.13 Support for server on MS SQL 2016

    server is now supported on MS SQL 2016 for fresh installations. If you used MS SQL 2016 with earlier versions of the product, see: Software requirements.

  • 9.2.13 Discovery of new components from Citrix, Symantec, Oracle and other

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Citrix, Symantec, Oracle and other. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.13.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.
    • Added discovery capability for Citrix products
      • Citrix Edgesight
      • Citrix Presentation Server
      • Citrix XenDesktop
    • Added discovery capability for Symantec products
      • Veritas Cluster Enterprise Agents
      • Veritas Cluster Server
      • Veritas Cluster Server Bundled Agents
      • Veritas Cluster Server Disk Reservation Modules and Utilities
    • Added discovery capability for Oracle products
      • Oracle Clusterware
      • Oracle GoldenGate
      • Sun Cluster HA for WebSphere MQ
  • 9.2.13 List of software components with end of support dates is updated

    The information about the end of support dates is refreshed for your BigFix software components for which the dates were announced since the last update of the list. The data is based on the information contained in BigFix Lifecycle in September.

  • 9.2.13 Performance improvements
    • The import of VM Manager data is optimized to decrease the processing time.
  • 9.2.13 Security enhancements
    • Java is upgraded to the newest version to maintain security.
    • TLS 1.2 is enabled in BigFix Java by default.
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty is upgraded to version 18.0.0.2 to address CVE-2018-1553.
    • Update of the Xerces library to version 3.2.1 on Windows to keep the scanner secure and reliable.
  • Support for new virtualization technologies
    • vSphere ESXi 6.7 and vSphere vCenter Server 6.7.
  • 9.2.13 End of support for migration from License Metric Tool (LMT) and Tivoli® Asset Discovery for Distributed (TAD4D) version 7.x

    Starting from 1st October 2018, migration from License Metric Tool 7.x and Tivoli® Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.x will no longer be supported. The support will not be available regardless of the version of License Metric Tool 9.x or BigFix Inventory 9.x that you are using. For more information, see: End of support for migrating from LMT and TAD4D version 7.x.

Application update 9.2.12

  • 9.2.12 Reporting detailed hardware information

    BigFix Inventory introduces a detailed hardware scan that allows you to retrieve detailed hardware information related to memory, operating systems, storage, processors, partitions, network adapters, SMBIOS data, IP addresses and logical processor capacity data. You can use the collected information to report and monitor hardware in your infrastructure. The new scan gives you a clear overview of your physical assets. For more information, see: Detailed hardware scan.

  • 9.2.12 Preventing security threats with information about Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) added to the software catalog

    Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) is a list of known security threats that are assigned identification numbers. BigFix Inventory uses CVE that is provided by the National Vulnerability Database to help you identify potential threats in your environment. In this release, BigFix Inventory presents initial integration with National Vulnerability Database as a preview feature. Thanks to the visibility of potentially vulnerable software, it is possible to identify and prevent potential threats. For more information, see: Preview: Checking Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs).

  • 9.2.12 Retrieving information about the discovered software component as specified in the Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) dictionary

    Common Platform Enumeration is a standardized naming scheme for software. This information is available in REST API for integration scenarios. BigFix Inventory uses the CPE dictionary to match CVEs and indicate known vulnerabilities in software products. You can analyze and compare the CPEs based on the data feeds provided by BigFix Inventory with other sources, such as CVEs that are available in the National Vulnerability Database. For more information, see: component_cpe association.

  • 9.2.12 Enhancements to reporting end of support dates

    The end of support dates for selected BigFix software products and components for which the information has been announced are now available on the Software Classification panel. Additionally, a new Predefined End of Support column is available on the Software Components report. The column indicates whether the end of support date was provided by BigFix or was specified manually by a user.

  • 9.2.12 Using Review Lite script for extended discovery of Oracle databases

    Review Lite is a standard script used by the Oracle auditors to control the number of Oracle licenses within a company. BigFix Inventory allows you to automatically run this script on all computers in your environment. The results are interpreted by BigFix Inventory which provides you with an overview of the report that you are required to deliver to the auditors. For more information, see: Discovering usage of Oracle Database features.

  • 9.2.12 Automatic scanning of remote shared disks

    Until now, remote shared disks could only be scanned with a manual procedure. With the newest release of BigFix Inventory, you can optimize this process and set up automatic scans. As a result, a single computer is designated to scan a specific shared disk and discover the installed software. The data is then automatically populated to all computers on which the same shared disk is mounted. For more information, see:Discovering software on shared disks.

  • 9.2.12 Collecting utilization data of SAP license metrics with License Administration Workbench 2.0

    Support for collecting SAP license metric utilization data is extended to License Administration Workbench (LAW) 2.0. LAW 2.0 allows the creation and storage of multiple consolidations. SAP Metric Data Collector uses these consolidations to display the SAP utilization data in BigFix Inventory. For more information, see: Collecting utilization of SAP license metrics.

  • 9.2.12 Flexible license management by specifying the type of relation between a component and a product as charged or not charged based on the specific license agreement

    BigFix Inventory allows you to specify the individual relation between a product and a component as charged or not charged. For example, when the existing relation between the component and the product is charged, but your license agreement states that the component is not charged.

  • 9.2.12 Refreshing scan data on a computer through the Support Page

    When the software scan, capacity scan, or VM Manager Tool scan finishes successfully on a particular computer but its results are not uploaded to the BigFix server, you can force upload of the data. You can do it directly from BigFix Inventory without the need of accessing the BigFix console and running a separate fixlet for each type of scan. For more information, see: Troubleshooting problems with computers.

  • 9.2.12 Resuming a connection to the VM manager

    You can resume a connection to a VM manager that is in the Invalid credentials - suspended status by clicking the Resume button on the VM managers panel. For more information, see: Understanding the VM Managers panel.

  • 9.2.12 Information about full version of already discovered files

    Scanned File Data report displays the full version of discovered files. After upgrade, the data is imported to BigFix Inventory during a number of consecutive data imports to avoid performance issues. Each consecutive import contains data from 10000 computers.

  • 9.2.12 Extension of audit snapshot
    Audit snapshot is extended with the following information.
    • The PVU audit snapshot package is extended with an audit_snapshot_summary.csv report. The report contains a summary of all software products that were installed in your environment during the period for which the snapshot is generated and which are charged. For more information, see: Content of the audit snapshot.
    • Charged column is added to the audit snapshot report. It indicates whether the relation between the component and the product is charged based on the license terms.
  • 9.2.12 A new link to Learning Resources under Help Help icon

    The list of quick links under Help Help icon is updated with the link to Learning Resources on the BigFix Security Learning Academy. The site consists of video tutorials for the product.

  • 9.2.12 Security enhancements
    • Java upgrade which addresses the following CVEs: CVE-2018-2633, CVE-2018-2618, CVE-2018-2603, CVE-2018-2602, CVE-2018-2579, CVE-2018-1417, CVE-2018-2783, CVE-2018-2794.
    • Update of the Xerces library to version 3.2.1 on Linux to keep the scanner secure and reliable.
  • 9.2.12 Support for new virtualization technologies
    • Power VM on Power9 on AIX, IBM i and Linux.
    • KVM on IBM Power8.
    • Management of Citrix Xen through VM manager.
  • 9.2.12 Deprecated content
    The following reports and panels are deprecated with this application update:
    • Usage Properties
    • Package Properties
    • UNIX Package Properties
    • Current State Values

Application update 9.2.11

  • 9.2.11 Improved license planning and prevention of security risk by setting up and monitoring end of support dates for specific software

    BigFix Inventory provides end of support dates for BigFix software components as announced in BigFix Lifecycle. You can also specify the dates manually, both for IBM and non-IBM components. You can use this information to easily define license demand for the future. You can also use it for security purposes. For example, to determine whether software installed on a computer that is under investigation is still supported.

  • 9.2.11 Utilization of the Virtual Processor Core (VPC) metric for BigFix products

    BigFix Inventory measures utilization of the Virtual Processor Core (VPC) metric. The metric is based on the number of virtual cores (vCPUs) that are available to the product. VPC consumption is reported on the physical server level as well as across servers similarly to other license metrics such as PVU. For more information, see: IBM Virtual processor core (VPC).

  • 9.2.11 Introduction of the Package Data Summary report

    The Package Data report lists software packages that are discovered on the computers in your infrastructure. You can find out what is the name of every package, its version, vendor, description, and type. Every occurrence of the package is listed as a separate row on the report.

    This application update introduces the Package Data Summary report. The report provides an aggregated view of the discovered packages with a number of times each package appears in the infrastructure. This number is a hyperlink that brings you to the detailed list of computers where the package is deployed.

    From the Package Data Summary report, you can generate software signatures with one click. You can also select multiple packages and create signatures in bulk. As a result, the process of creating signatures from package data is simplified. You can easily create software signatures for up to 20 components at once. Additionally, the report provides information about which packages were already used as signatures so you can focus only on the remaining ones. For more information, see: Available reports and Creating signatures from package data.

  • 9.2.11 Reporting information about the detailed version of Windows applications

    Installed software components that are detected based on the presence of specific files are reported with a detailed version which is the same as the file version. The information is shown in the Component Detailed Version column on the Software Classification report. The information can help you decide whether versions of installed software components are covered by your entitlements and are in line with the company policy. It can also be used for security purposes. For example, to check whether the latest security patches are installed or whether versions with vulnerabilities exist in the infrastructure.

  • 9.2.11 Discovery of new components from Windows, Corel, Adobe, Symantec and SAP

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Windows, Corel, Adobe, Symantec and SAP. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.11.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.
    • Added discovery capability for Windows products
      • Windows Defender
    • Added discovery capability for Corel products
      • CorelDraw Graphic Suite
    • Added discovery capability for Adobe products
      • Adobe Flash Player
      • Adobe Lightroom CC
      • Adobe Lightroom Classic
    • Added discovery capability for Symantec products
      • Altiris Deployment Solution Agent
      • Altiris Patch Management Agent
      • Symantec Encryption Desktop
      • Veritas Enterprise Vault
    • Added discovery capability for SAP products
      • Sybase Central
  • 9.2.11 Simplification of updating the software catalog

    The process of updating the software catalog is simplified. You simply need to run the Software Catalog Update task that downloads the software catalog, and automatically uploads it to the BigFix Inventory server during the next import of data. Manual upload of the software catalog through the BigFix Inventory user interface is no longer needed. For more information, see: Manually updating software catalog.

  • 9.2.11 Optimizing data imports thanks to enabling a new schema of the BigFix database

    The process of importing data from BigFix to BigFix Inventory is optimized thanks to using an improved schema of the BigFix database. The improved schema is enabled by default in fresh installations and during upgrades from earlier versions. The only requirement is to have the BigFix server in version 9.5.5 or higher.

  • 9.2.11 Preventing accumulation of unprocessed data in case of failing imports

    When the imports of data are failing for a longer period of time, you can enable skipping certain import steps. In such a case, the import continues even if these steps fail. When the import finishes, it is marked as partial because only data from successfully completed steps is processed. Enabling partial imports allows for quicker system recovery after a problematic import and prevents accumulation of unprocessed data. For more information, see the description of the enable_partial_imports parameter in: Advanced server settings.

Application update 9.2.10

  • 9.2.10 Reporting usage of products such as Microsoft Office at suite level aggregated per computer

    The Usage per Computer report shows product usage aggregated per computer so that you can easily identify where the product is deployed and how frequently it is used. Based on this information, you can decide whether you want to extend the license for this product or not.

    For product suites such as Microsoft Office, the usage is reported for the entire suite rather than separately for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other components. By default, the report is calculated regularly after every import, but you can also configure it to be calculated on demand. For more information, see: Available reports.

  • 9.2.10 Collecting and measuring utilization of SAP license metrics

    This application update provides an end-to-end automation process for scheduling generation and retrieval of SAP license utilization reports by leveraging the provided ABAP plug-in. The process can now be handled entirely by the Administrator of BigFix Inventory without the need to engage the SAP Administrator.

    Once the SAP license utilization reports are processed by BigFix Inventory, the related SAP license usage data is available on the Resource Utilization report. For more information, see: Measuring and collecting utilization of SAP license metrics.

  • 9.2.10 Adding products to the software catalog

    You can easily add a custom product and the license metric that it uses to the software catalog. You can then assign the relevant components to this product so that your software classification is correct. For more information, see: Adding a new product to software catalog.

  • 9.2.10 Information about imported part numbers that influenced the initial classification is visible on the Software Classification panel

    Part numbers that are available on Passport Advantage represent products that you purchased and license metrics that these products use. When you upload part numbers to BigFix Inventory, they affect the default assignment of components. Information about part numbers which caused that a component was assigned to a particular product is displayed on the Software Classification panel. The information gives you a better understanding of rationale behind the default classification that was proposed.

  • 9.2.10 REST API for advanced integration and data sharing

    You can retrieve information about utilization of license metrics, query and set thresholds of the utilization as well as query and set values of custom fields by using the api/sam/v2/license_usage REST API. For more information, see: Retrieval of license metric utilization (v2) and Setting license metric thresholds and custom field values (v2).

    You can also retrieve computer properties, including custom computer properties, by using the computer_details association for the api/sam/v2/computers REST API. For more information, see: computer_details association.

  • 9.2.10 New computer status - Outdated VM Manager Data

    When hardware inventory data is not retrieved from a VM manager for more than 30 days, default PVU counting is applied and higher utilization might be reported. To allow the Infrastructure Administrator to troubleshoot problems with VM manager connection before they affect the reports, the Outdated VM Manager Data status is introduced. The status indicates that there are problems but license metric utilization is not yet affected. For more information, see: Computer statuses.

  • 9.2.10 Stand-alone scanner for monitoring isolated HP-UX computers

    If some of your HP-UX computers cannot be managed from a central location due to security reasons, you can discover software and hardware inventory by using disconnected scans. Scan results are placed in files that can be later on used to import the collected data to the BigFix Inventory server. For more information, see: Discovering software and hardware with disconnected scanner on Windows and UNIX.

  • 9.2.10 Information about the number of partition cores

    The number of partition cores that were assigned to a virtual machine when the peak of the metric value occurred is shown in the Partition Cores column on the All Metrics report and in the audit snapshot. You can use the information to better understand how particular VMs contributed to license metric consumption. For more information, see: Report columns.

  • 9.2.10 Discovery of new components from HP, SAP, BMC and other

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Oracle, SAP, and Red Hat. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.10.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.
    • Added discovery capability for HP products
      • HP Application Lifecycle Management
      • HP Business Process Monitor
      • HP GlancePlus
      • HP OpenView Internet Services
      • HP OpenView Performance Agent
      • HP-UX Image Viewer Subsystem
      • HP-UX LAN Link Product
      • Mercury Business Availability Center
      • Mercury Interactive Quick Test Professional
    • Added discovery capability for SAP products
      • BusinessObjects Enterprise
      • Crystal Reports .NET Server
      • SAP BusinessObjects WebIntelligence
      • SAP Crystal Reports
      • SAP SQL Anywhere Network Database Server
      • Sybase PowerDesigner
      • Sybase Software Developer Kit
    • Added discovery capability for BMC products
      • BMC Atrium Orchestrator
      • BMC Batch Impact Manager
      • BMC BladeLogic RSCD Agent
      • BMC Control-M Agent
      • BMC Control-M CM For Advanced File Transfer
    • Added discovery capability for CA products
      • CA Erwin Data Modeler
      • CA Application Management .NET Agent
      • CA ARCserve Backup Diagnostic Utilities
      • CA Clarity and Portfolio Management
      • CA ControlMinder
      • CA eHealth
      • CA Erwin Data Modeler License Server
      • CA Erwin Mart Server
      • CA Plex
      • CA Process Automation Orchestrator
      • CA SiteMinder
      • CA SiteMinder Web Agent
      • CA Spectrum
      • CA Unicenter CA-XCOM Data Transport
      • CA Unicenter DSM Agent + Remote Control Plugin
      • CA Unicenter NSM
      • CA Unicenter Software Delivery
      • CA Universal Job Management Agent
    • Added discovery capability for Tibco products
      • Tibco ActiveMatrix Adapter for Database
      • Tibco ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks Service Engine
      • TIBCO Designer
      • Tibco Hawk
      • TIBCO iProcess Workspace
      • TIBCO Spotfire
      • TIBCO Third-Party Core Libraries
    • Added discovery capability for Veritas products
      • NetBackup Bare Metal Restore
      • NetBackup for Microsoft Exchange Server
      • NetBackup for Microsoft SQL Server
      • NetBackup for SAP
      • NetBackup for Vmware
      • NetBackup Remote Administration Console
      • Symantec System Recovery
  • 9.2.10 Optimizing the import of data

    You can optimize the process of importing data from BigFix to BigFix Inventory. The option is available for BigFix 9.5.5 and higher. To enable the feature, change the value of the schema_next parameter to true. For more information, see: Advanced server settings.

  • 9.2.10 Serviceability improvements

    To avoid a situation in which the import of data fails due to deadlocks of SQL queries, the step during which the deadlock occurs is retried up to 5 times before the import fails.

  • 9.2.10 Support for Docker containers under Red Hat OpenShift

    BigFix Inventory supports software discovery on Docker containers under the Red Hat OpenShift container application platform. For more information, see: Discovery of software in Docker containers.

Application update 9.2.9

  • 9.2.9 Reporting of SAP license usage with integration of SAP License Administration Workbench (SLAW) and SAP USMM

    You can have reports of SAP license usage consolidated into BigFix Inventory by integration with the SLAW and USMM tools. The measurements from all SAP systems in the SAP landscape are transferred to the central SAP and combined into one SLAW report. You can integrate the report into BigFix Inventory so that utilization of license metrics for SAP products is shown on the Resource Utilization report. The capability is available for all SAP products that can be measured by SAP SLAW and USMM tools. For more information, see: Collecting utilization of SAP license metrics.

  • 9.2.9 Discovery of Oracle Database extended to Solaris

    Reporting of Oracle Databases is extended to Solaris 10 and 11 for all discoverable versions. You can retrieve granular information about the edition (Standard or Enterprise), options, Management Packs (including Oracle Real Application Cluster, RAC), and user concurrent sessions of Oracle Databases that are deployed in your environment. For more information, see: Extended discovery of Oracle Database.

  • 9.2.9 Discovery of new components from Oracle, SAP, and Red Hat

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Oracle, SAP, and Red Hat. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.9.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.

    • Added discovery capability for Oracle products
      • Oracle Business Process Management Suite
      • Oracle Database Gateway for APPC
      • Oracle Database Gateway for Informix
      • Oracle Database Gateway for Microsoft SQL Server
      • Oracle Database Gateway for ODBC
      • Oracle Database Gateway for Sybase
      • Oracle Database Gateway for Teradata
      • Oracle Database Gateway for WebSphere MQ
      • Oracle JRockit
      • Oracle Procedural Gateway for APPC
      • Oracle Transparent Gateway for DRDA
      • Oracle Transparent Gateway for Microsoft SQL Server
      • Oracle Transparent Gateway for Sybase
      • Oracle Transparent Gateway for Teradata
    • Added discovery capability for SAP products
      • SAP Crystal Server
      • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise
      • Sybase Enterprise Connect Data Access
      • Sybase IQ Server
      • Sybase Replication Server
    • Added discovery capability for Veritas products
      • Veritas NetBackup Client
      • Veritas NetBackup Media Server
    • Added discovery capability for CA Technologies products
      • CA Unified Infrastructure Management
      • CA Unified Infrastructure Management Snap
    • Added discovery capability for Red Hat Technologies products
      • Red Hat JBoss Data Grid
      • Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
      • Red Hat Satellite Server
    • Added discovery capability for AXWAY products
      • Axway Transfer CFT
      • Axway Transfer Interpel
    • Added discovery capability for RES products
      • RES ONE Automation Agent
      • RES ONE Automation Console
      • RES ONE Automation Dispatcher
  • 9.2.9 Adding custom fields to license metric reports

    You can extend information that is related to software products by adding custom fields on the All Metrics report and its derivatives. The information can be of any type and therefore can help you better identify ownership and purpose of the discovered products as well as license management information such as purchase orders, product owners or other. After the information is added, you can use it to create filtering and grouping criteria such as contract name, placement, allocation, date, or other. For more information, see: Adding custom information to license metric reports.

  • 9.2.9 Reporting information about the detailed version of software components

    The installed software components that are detected with software identification tags are reported with the detailed version, on condition that the tag collects this information. The information is shown in the Component Detailed Version column. It can help you decide whether versions of the installed software instances are covered by your entitlements and are in line with the company policy. It can also be used for security purposes, for example to check whether the latest patches are installed for security purposes. For the components that are discovered with other detection methods, the values in Component Detailed Version and Component Version columns are duplicated.

  • 9.2.9 Stand-alone scanner for monitoring isolated AIX computers

    If some of your AIX computers cannot be managed from a central location due to security reasons, you can discover software and hardware inventory by using disconnected scans. Scan results are placed in files that can be later on used to import the collected data to the BigFix Inventory server. For more information, see: Discovering software and hardware with disconnected scanner on Windows and UNIX.

  • 9.2.9 Filtering the Package Data report to view the packages that can be used to create new software signatures

    Package Data report is extended with information about which of the packages that are discovered in your infrastructure are already used as software signatures. Thus, it is easier to identify which packages can be used to extend software discovery. To narrow down the Package Data report to packages that can be used to create new software signatures, filter the Package Data report by the Recognized and Caused Detection columns.

  • 9.2.9 Improved security of storing VM manager passwords

    You can overwrite the default key that is used to encrypt VM manager passwords or change the default password to the VM Manager Tool keystore. For more information, see: Improving security of storing VM manager passwords.

  • 9.2.9 Configuring LDAP server that uses load balancer to preserve server certificates

    If your LDAP server uses load balancer that dynamically changes the list of hosts, and the connection between LDAP and the BigFix Inventory server is secure, set up the BigFix Inventory server to preserve certificates of the LDAP server.

  • 9.2.9 User interface improvements
    The following user interface improvements are introduced:
    • The look and feel of the application is improved to be more in line with other BigFix applications.
    • A panel that is used for configuring the collection of data that is displayed on the Unrecognized Scan Data report is removed. Collection of the data is now enabled by setting a parameter that is available on the Advanced Server Settings panel.
  • 9.2.9 Scanner improvements
    The following scanner improvements are introduced:
    • The scanner provides support for a wider range of national characters. Character encoding in scan outputs and in scan configuration files is in the UTF-8 format.
    • 64-bit version of the scanner is available for AIX. The 32-bit version is removed.
  • 9.2.9 Version of the application build visible in PDF reports

    The PDF reports that are generated in BigFix Inventory contain detailed information about the version of the application. The information can be helpful for troubleshooting purposes.

  • 9.2.9 Software catalog enhancements

    The Software Catalog column is replaced with a set of columns that define the organization that provides the definition of a component, product, publisher, release, signature and version. For more information, see: Report columns.

  • 9.2.9 Changes in PVU calculation on PowerKVM

    Rules of counting subcapacity licenses on PowerKVM systems were clarified and multithreading no longer impacts the number of reported cores. BigFix Inventory is adjusted to the change and thus the number of PVUs that it reports is lower. For more information, see: Subcapacity (Virtualization) License Counting Rules.

    To ensure that the change in counting rules is reflected in BigFix Inventory, restart the Run Capacity Scan on Virtualization Hosts fixlet and run the import of data. The reported value might not change immediately, as the report shows the peak value.

Application update 9.2.8

  • 9.2.8 Utilization of the Single and Dual Physical Processor metrics for Microsoft Windows Server

    BigFix Inventory measures utilization of the Single Physical Processor and Dual Physical Processor metrics for Microsoft Windows Server. You can use the information to calculate the license demand for this product. The feature is supported for Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter. For more information, see: Microsoft Single and Dual Physical Processor.

  • 9.2.8 Utilization of the Oracle Processor Core metric for Oracle Databases

    Reporting of Oracle Databases is enhanced by processing the core factor and measuring utilization of the Oracle Processor Core metric. You can use the information to calculate the license demand for Oracle Databases without the need to manually calculate core factors. The feature is supported for all discoverable versions of Oracle Database (Enterprise Edition). For more information, see: Oracle Processor Core.

  • 9.2.8 Reporting software installed on shared disks based on software templates

    To ensure completeness of software discovery, it is necessary to collect data from shared disks. The solution that was available in the previous application updates could be resource-consuming when shared disks were used extensively. The new solution is based on creating software templates which allows for limiting the impact of the shared disks scan on the performance of the infrastructure.

    To report software that is installed on a shared disk, one of the computers on which the disk is mounted is scanned to create a software template. Then, the template is replicated within a computer group that contains other computers on which the same disk is mounted. For more information, see: Discovery of software on shared disks and Step 2b: Optimized mode - Manual scanning of remote shared disks.

  • 9.2.8 Collecting executable files based on application usage

    To improve software discovery on Linux and Solaris systems, you can use files associated with processes that have been run on the computers in your infrastructure, regardless of their extension. These files, with supplementing information such as path and size, are available on the Scanned File Data report and can be used to create custom discovery and usage signatures for software components. For more information, see: File system scan.

    To use this feature, you require the BigFix server and client in version 9.5.5 or higher. Collecting the files is enabled by default for new installations. If you are upgrading from earlier versions, restart the Initiate Software Scan actions, and start them again by using the new version of the fixlet. Ensure that you run the file system scan and application usage statistics scan.

  • 9.2.8 Version 2 of REST APIs for software and hardware inventory
    New REST APIs for software inventory (api/sam/v2/software_instances) and hardware inventory (api/sam/v2/computers) provide the following improvements:
    • Historical information about uninstalled software and removed computers
    • Complete information about software classification, including product to which the component is assigned and its license metric as well as the status of confirmation, exclusion, and suppression
    • Associations that allow for retrieving additional hardware inventory information, computer health or usage data with a single REST API call
    • Improved security to ensure that a user who has access to a subset of computers can retrieve data only from these computers

    The APIs are planned to substitute the following existing APIs: software_inventory and computer_systems. For more information, see: Retrieval of software inventory (v2) and Retrieval of hardware inventory (v2).

  • 9.2.8 Assigning a new license metric to an existing product

    When your license terms define that a particular product uses a specific license metric but such a relation is not available in the software catalog, you can assign any of the license metrics available in BigFix Inventory to any of the products. It gives you more flexibility to accommodate the assignment of license metrics to products in accordance with your contract terms. For more information, see: Assigning an additional metric to a product.

  • 9.2.8 Configuration of user account lockout

    To increase BigFix Inventory security, you can set conditions under which user account is locked. You can set the maximum number of failed login attempts, the period within which these attempts must occur for the account to be locked, and the period for which the account is locked. By default, user account is locked for 5 minutes after the user attempts to log in to BigFix Inventory more than 10 times within 5 minutes. For more information, see: Configuring user account lockout.

  • 9.2.8 Stand-alone scanner for monitoring isolated Solaris computers

    If some of your Solaris computers cannot be managed from a central location due to security reasons, you can discover software and hardware inventory by using disconnected scans. Scan results are placed in files that can be later on used to import the collected data to the BigFix Inventory server. For more information, see: Discovering software and hardware with disconnected scanner on Windows and UNIX.

  • 9.2.8 Automatic decommissioning of computers that are inactive for a specified period of time

    When infrastructure management policy makes a process of deleting decommissioned clients in BigFix difficult or impossible, you can enable automatic decommissioning of inactive computers directly in BigFix Inventory. Inactive computers are then decommissioned after a specified period of time, and are no longer included in metric calculation. For more information, see: Automatically decommissioning inactive computers.

  • 9.2.8 Fixlet for collecting logs to troubleshoot problems with computers

    If you are asked to provide data for troubleshooting problems with computers in your infrastructure, you can run the Collect Logs from Endpoints fixlet, and provide the generated output to BigFix Support. The output contains log files needed for troubleshooting purposes. For more information, see: Troubleshooting problems with computers.

  • 9.2.8 Viewing all signatures that are defined for a component in the software catalog

    When a component that is installed in your infrastructure is not discovered, you can check signatures that are defined for that component in the software catalog. You can then use this information to troubleshoot software discovery. To find the list of signatures, use the Software Catalog widget and search for the component. The list of all signatures is displayed on the component details page. For more information, see: Troubleshooting software discovery.

  • 9.2.8 Improvements of the VM Manager Tool

    VM Manager Tool is further enhanced to attempt to automatically fix common problems with the VM manager connection parameters. For example, it tries using a default port or a different URL suffix as well as changing the VM manager type. It also tries to correct more than one mistake at a time.

  • 9.2.8 Improved browsing of the software catalog content

    Browsing the Software Catalog report is improved so that it is more intuitive and consistent.

  • 9.2.8 Serviceability improvements
    To improve serviceability of the application, the following enhancements are introduced:
    • BigFix Inventory can reconnect to its database when the active connection was reset or closed without the need of restarting the application server.
    • Logging of the disconnected scanner on IBM i is improved.

  • 9.2.8 Information about supported operating systems can be dynamically generated through SPCR

    Information about operating systems and hypervisors that are supported by each component of BigFix Inventory including the server, the BigFix client, and disconnected scans is moved to the Software Product Compatibility Reports (SPCR). You can dynamically generate reports with information about specific operating system or hypervisor, as well as selected components. To view predefined reports generated per component and per operating system, see: Detailed System requirements.

  • 9.2.8 Support for new operating systems and public clouds

    You can install the BigFix Inventory server on Windows Server 2016. You can also identify computers as running on the Google Compute Engine public cloud. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements.

  • 9.2.8 Discovery of new components from Oracle, SAP, and Red Hat

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Oracle, SAP, and Red Hat. To discover the components, ensure that you upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.8.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.

    • Added signatures for Oracle products
      • Oracle Linux
      • Oracle Data Integrator
      • Oracle JDeveloper
      • Oracle Service Bus
    • Added signatures for SAP products
      • SAP SQL Anywhere Personal Database Server
      • SAP SQL Anywhere Network Database Server
      • SAP SQL Anywhere High Availability Option
    • Added signatures for Red Hat products
      • Red Hat JBoss Fuse
      • Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio
      • Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
      • Red Hat JBoss Web Server
    • Added signatures for TIBCO Rendezvous
    • Added signatures for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

Application update 9.2.7

  • 9.2.7 New Software Classification panel replaces the BigFix Software Classification panel

    The Software Classification panel introduces a new way of looking at software inventory and relations between the discovered components and licensable products. It provides a flat structure with software installations broken into single components, which makes it easier to view software assets and manage relations between them. The new panel provides functions such as reassigning, suppressing and sharing components, excluding products as well as confirming software classifications. The panel replaces the existing BigFix Software Classification panel. For more information, see: Software Classification panel.

  • 9.2.7 Creation of custom classification rules

    When you are assigning a component, or excluding a product, you can create a custom classification rule that will be applied when the same component or product is discovered in the future. It allows for automating actions on analogical components or products, and facilitates the process of software classification. For more information, see: Creating and managing custom rules.

  • 9.2.7 Utilization of the Physical Core and Virtual Core metrics for Microsoft SQL Server with Software Assurance

    BigFix Inventory measures utilization of the Physical Core and Virtual Core metrics for Microsoft SQL Server. You can use this information to calculate the demand for Microsoft SQL Server licenses. The feature is supported for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016 (Standard and Enterprise edition) with Software Assurance. For more information, see: Microsoft Physical Core with SA and Microsoft Virtual Core with SA.

  • 9.2.7 Utilization of license metrics for VMware vCenter and vSphere

    You can retrieve information about license metric utilization for VMware vCenter and vSphere. You can use this information to calculate the demand for VMware licenses. The data is collected by the VM Manager Tool and is displayed on the Resource Utilization report. For more information, see: Measuring license metric utilization of VMware products.

  • 9.2.7 Discovery of SAP components

    You can retrieve information about SAP components that are installed on Linux and AIX computers in your infrastructure. The discovery is supported for all SAP components that are based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x. For more information, see: Discovering SAP components.

  • 9.2.7 Utilization of the Install Instances metric for BigFix products

    The All Metrics report is extended to include information about the utilization of the Install Instances metric for BigFix products. You can see not only the current number of installed product instances, but also how that number changed over time. You can also set a threshold, to easily monitor when the number of installed instances exceeds your expectations. For more information, see: License metric utilization, and Reported license metrics.

  • 9.2.7 Overview of license metrics that are used by BigFix products in your infrastructure

    The All Metrics report is extended to include not only products with license metrics for which utilization is calculated, but also all other BigFix products in your infrastructure. Even though metric utilization might not be calculated for these products, it gives you an overview of all IBM metrics for which you should have licenses. For more information, see: License metric utilization and Reported license metrics.

  • 9.2.7 Discovery of software and hardware inventory with disconnected scans on Windows and Linux

    If there is no direct connection between some of the Windows or Linux computers in you infrastructure and the BigFix server, you can discover software and hardware inventory by using disconnected scans. Scripts that are provided in the disconnected scanner package initiate software and capacity scans, and prepare scan results that you later on upload to BigFix Inventory. For more information, see: Discovering software and hardware with disconnected scanner on Windows and UNIX.

  • 9.2.7 REST API for adding and changing VM managers

    If you have a large number of VM managers to define, you can use REST API requests to add and change VM managers in your infrastructure. For more information, see: REST API for managing VM managers.

  • 9.2.7 Adding custom part numbers to the catalog

    Custom part numbers can be assigned to products with custom deals, or any other software that is not included in the software catalog by default. Custom part numbers that you add are matched against the part numbers that you obtain from Passport Advantage to improve the accuracy of bundling assistance. You can check which of your uploaded part numbers were matched against the catalog part numbers or custom part numbers on the Software Catalog report. For more information, see: Part numbers and Adding custom part numbers.

  • 9.2.7 Extension of two bundling rules: bundling tags and part numbers

    The bundling tags and part numbers rules are extended to increase the accuracy of bundling assistance. The rules now use information contained in part numbers to assign components not only to proper products but also to proper license metrics. For more information, see: Bundling tags and Part numbers.

  • 9.2.7 Two-phase matching of file signatures

    When a file signature used for discovering a component on Windows had size and version specified, the component was discovered only when both properties matched. Applications that are frequently patched required separate signatures for every patch. Currently, if a patch modifies only the size of the file signature, the signature will cause software discovery.

  • 9.2.7 Configuring security policy for user passwords

    If your company has a security policy for user passwords, or you want to improve the application security, you can configure BigFix Inventory to require that user passwords fulfill specific requirements. By default, user passwords are required to be at least 8 characters long and contain one lowercase character, one uppercase character, and one digit. For more information, see: Configuring security policy for user passwords.

  • 9.2.7 Improvements of the VM Manager Tool

    VM Manager Tool is enhanced to attempt to automatically fix the most common problems with the VM manager connection parameters such as adding default URL suffix, correcting the user name format, and testing the WinRM and PowerShell protocols for Hyper-V VM managers. For information about disabling this functionality, see: VM Manager Tool settings.

  • 9.2.7 New look and feel of the user interface

    Look and feel of the user interface is updated for improved experience. The possibility of selecting all columns while configuring the report view is added.

  • 9.2.7 Support for new operating systems and virtualization technologies

    You can use Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016, Xen Hypervisor, Oracle VM, RHEV-M 3.6 as well as VMware vCenter, and ESXi 6.5 as supported virtualization technologies on selected operating systems. You can also install the BigFix client on AIX VIOS. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements.

  • 9.2.7 Discovery of new components from Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle

    The software catalog is extended to discover a number of new components from Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle. To discover the components, ensure that you upload the software catalog published in March 2017, and upgrade BigFix Inventory to version 9.2.7.

    Below is the list of the newly added components. To learn about their exact versions, use the Software Catalog widget in BigFix Inventory to browse the catalog content.

    • Components of Microsoft SQL Server
      • Analysis Services
      • Integration Services
      • Master Data Services
      • Reporting Services
    • Components of SAP
      • SAP Crystal Reports
      • SAP Crustal Reports Viewer
    • Components of Oracle
      • Oracle Adapter
      • Oracle B2B
      • Oracle BPEL Process Manager
      • Oracle Business Process Management Suite
      • Oracle Business Rules
      • Oracle Coherence
      • Oracle Human Workflow
      • Oracle Mediator
      • Oracle SOA Suite
      • Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder
      • Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition
      • Oracle WebLogic Suite
      • Oracle WebLogic Server
      • Service Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo
      • Tuxedo Jolt
      • Tuxedo Message Queue
      • Tuxedo Server
      • Tuxedo System and Application Monitor Plus
      • MySQL Connector C
      • MySQL Workbench
    • TIBCO Enterprise Message Service

Application update 9.2.6

  • 9.2.6 Preview Feature: Utilization of the physical core-based metric for Microsoft SQL Server

    BigFix Inventory measures utilization of the physical core-based licenses for Microsoft SQL Server. You can use this information to calculate the demand for Microsoft SQL Server licenses. The feature is supported for versions 2012, 2014, and 2016 (Standard and Enterprise edition). For more information, see: Microsoft Physical Core with SA.

  • 9.2.6 Preview Feature: Extension of the Software Classification panel
    The Software Classification panel introduces a new way of looking at software inventory and relations between the discovered components and licensable products. It provides a flat structure with software installations broken into single components, which makes it easier to view software assets and manage relations between them. The preview panel is extended with the following functions:
    • Selecting the license metric of a product to which you are assigning the component
    • Excluding a product or a component from license calculations, for example when it is a trial version
    • Viewing information about components that were installed during a specific period and their assignment
  • 9.2.6 Enhanced discovery of Microsoft Exchange editions

    You can retrieve information about editions of Microsoft Exchange Servers that are installed in your infrastructure and verify how many licenses are needed for each edition. For more information, see: Discovering Microsoft Exchange edition.

  • 9.2.6 Reporting high water mark of Oracle Database user sessions

    BigFix Inventory retrieves the number of user sessions that are registered into the Oracle Databases deployed in your environment, and provides their high water mark. You can use this information to calculate the demand for the Oracle Named User Plus license. For more information, see: Metering the number of Oracle Database concurrent sessions.

  • 9.2.6 Measuring application usage on Mac OS X

    Information about application usage for software that is installed on Mac OS X is available on the Software Installations report. You can use this information to verify whether extension of license is needed for particular software instances based on their frequency of use.

    To enable collecting application usage on Mac OS X, stop actions created by the Initiate Software Scan task that are currently running. Then, activate the Application Usage Statistics analysis, and start the package data and application usage statistics scans by using the updated task. For more information, see: Activating the analyses and Initiating software scans.

  • 9.2.6 Utilization of the Install Seats metric for products discovered by SWID tags

    The All Metrics report is extended to include information about the utilization of the Install Seats metric for non-IBM products that are discovered by SWID tags. You can now see the number of installations of software that is discovered by SWID tags and for which the software catalog does not define license details. For more information about SWID tags, see: Support for ISO/IEC 19770-2. For more information about the Install Seats metric and the All Metrics report, see: License metric utilization.

  • 9.2.6 Upload of PVU table and software catalog during the upgrade

    During the upgrade, new versions of the software catalog and PVU table are uploaded to BigFix Inventory to ensure that the latest software is properly discovered and that new processors are correctly matched. The versions that are uploaded are the newest ones that were available during the release of the application update to which you are upgrading. For more information, see: Upgrading to BigFix Inventory v10.

  • 9.2.6 Reduced impact of scans due to the optimization of the scanner cache folder on the endpoints

    The scanner cache folder is used to store information about scanned files and directories in your file system. By knowing the hierarchy of files, the scanner can locate them quicker, which results in shorter scans. The amount of disk space that is needed for the cache depends on the number of files that are being scanned.

    Fresh installations of BigFix Inventory use the optimized cache which includes only files that are relevant for the types of software scans that you are running. The optimization results in a reduced size of the cache on the monitored computer. Scanner cache settings are not changed during the upgrade. For more information, see: Optimizing scanner cache configuration.

  • 9.2.6 Searching the software catalog by part number

    The Software Catalog report provides information about product part numbers and associated license metrics. Thus, you can check which products your part numbers represent and what license metrics they use. This information facilitates the process of software classification. You can also verify whether a particular part number is contained in the current software catalog, and thus influences bundling assistance.

  • 9.2.6 Best practices for database backup

    Documentation provides best practices for creating database backups. For more information, see: Backing up and restoring the database.

  • 9.2.6 Fixlet version visible in the BigFix client logs

    The BigFix client log contains information about versions of fixlets that were run on the specific computer. The information can be used for troubleshooting purposes, for example to determine whether the action should be restarted because it was created by an old version of the fixlet. For information about the location of client logs, see: Component log files.

  • 9.2.6 Additional options for migrating from License Metric Tool and Tivoli Asset Discovery for Distributed 7.x
    You can decide whether you want to migrate the following items that used to be migrated by default:
    • Software bundlings
    • Software exclusions
    • VM managers

  • 9.2.6 Improved performance of generating CSV reports

    Generation of CSV reports is now faster and consumes less resources.

  • 9.2.6 Support for new operating systems and virtualization technologies

    You can detect software that is installed on Windows Server 2016, Ubuntu 16 for IBM Power Systems, and SUSE Linux 12 for IBM Power Systems on Little Endian Architecture. You can use XenServer and Citrix XenServer as supported virtualization technologies on selected operating systems. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements.

Application update 9.2.5

  • 9.2.5 Utilization of the Install metric for non-IBM products

    Information about non-IBM products that use the Install metric is available on the All Metrics report. You can see not only the current number of computers on which the product is installed but also how that number changed over time. You can also set a threshold, to easily monitor when the number of installed instances exceeds your expectations. For more information, see: License metric utilization.

  • 9.2.5 Preview Feature: Extension of the Software Classification panel
    The Software Classification panel introduces a new way of looking at software inventory and relations between the discovered components and licensable products. It provides a flat structure with software installations broken into single components, which makes it easier to view software assets and manage relations between them. The preview panel is extended with the following functions:
    • Selecting and assigning multiple components at once
    • Confirming the assignment of components
    • Classifying products from vendors other than BigFix
  • 9.2.5 Bundling tags for improved software classification

    Bundling tags facilitate the process of software classification allowing you to save time and effort related to analyzing to which product a particular component belongs. They contain information about the part number of a product to which the instance of a component should be assigned. Thus, they increase accuracy of the automated bundling. For more information, see: Bundling tags.

  • 9.2.5 Software discovery on IBM i

    You can discover software that is installed on the IBM i systems. The discovery is based on a semi-automatic procedure that uses scripts to initiate software and capacity scans. Because there is no direct connection between the IBM i systems and the BigFix server, the scans that are initiated on these systems are called disconnected scans. Although the scans run automatically, you must perform several manual actions, such as installing the scanner, or uploading the results to BigFix Inventory. For more information, see: Discovering software and hardware on IBM i.

  • 9.2.5 Software discovery in Docker containers

    Docker is a platform that allows for automating the deployment of applications inside software containers. BigFix Inventory discovers software that is installed inside Docker containers. It also measures license metric utilization of the discovered BigFix products. For more information, see: Discovery of software in Docker containers.

  • 9.2.5 Determining the usage of Virtual Processor Cores (VPC)

    You can use BigFix Inventory to track the consumption of Virtual Processor Cores (VPC). VPC is a unit of measure by which a program can be licensed. It can be considered as a physical processor core, if the server is not partitioned for virtual machines, or as a virtual core assigned to a virtual machine. For more information, see: Determining the usage of Virtual Processor Cores (VPC).

  • 9.2.5 Information about software scan duration

    Information about the duration of the software scan is available in the Software Scan Status analysis. You can use this information, for example, to review the scanner timeout settings or verify whether optimization is needed to reduce the length of the scan.

  • 9.2.5 New VM manager status - Insufficient rights

    The Insufficient rights status indicates that no data was collected from the VM manager because the user that is defined for this VM manager does not have sufficient rights.

  • 9.2.5 Information about processor brand string

    Information about the processor brand string is available on the Hardware Inventory report. It contains a full specification of the processor including its brand, model, and speed as read from the computer operating system. You can use this information to apply vendor Core Factor values.

  • 9.2.5 Forcing reupload of software scan results

    When the import of software scan results fails, or when software is not reported properly on the Software Installations report, you can use the Force Reupload of Software Scan Results task to troubleshoot the problem.

  • 9.2.5 Installing the scanner in an alternative path

    You can choose whether you want to install the scanner in the default directory (on the C: or opt drive) or the directory where the BigFix client is installed. This option is useful, for example, when the security policy in your company does not allow for installing software on the C: or opt drive. For more information, see: Installing the scanner.

  • 9.2.5 Support for new operating systems and virtualization technologies

    You can detect software that is installed on Debian 8 for x86 and Ubuntu 16 for x86. You can use z/KVM as a supported virtualization technology on SUSE Linux 12.

Application update 9.2.4

  • 9.2.4 Setting metric thresholds for BigFix products

    You can specify a metric threshold that is used to show how the metric consumption that you would like to maintain relates to the actual consumption. You can then schedule emails to be sent whenever metric consumption for any product exceeds the threshold. For more information, see: Setting license metric threshold.

  • 9.2.4 Sharing feedback

    If you encounter problems with panels and reports or think that some of them might be improved, you can quickly share your feedback by simply clicking the Send Feedback button that is in the top-right corner of the user interface. Each panel has a separate button that creates an email message with the panel name, version of the application that you are using, and your comment. For more information about other available communication channels, see: Give us feedback.

  • 9.2.4 Preview features

    Preview features allow you to work with the newly implemented functions and to provide your feedback to influence their final form. These features are subject to BigFix Support. For more information, see: Preview features.

  • 9.2.4 Improvements for VM managers
    The following improvements are introduced in the area of VM managers:
    • Until now, the VM Managers panel listed only VM managers that are managed in central mode. Now, it also lists those that are managed in the distributed mode. Options such as editing, deleting, or testing connection are still applicable only for the former. However, the read-only view of the latter gives you a clear overview of all VM managers that are defined in your infrastructure. For more information, see: Understanding the VM Managers panel.
    • VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance allows for reducing virtual machine and application downtime to zero. If a server failure occurs, a live shadow instance of a virtual machine is created. The instance is up-to-date with the primary virtual machine. BigFix Inventory can handle situations when shadow instances of virtual machines are created and can properly calculate PVU utilization of software that is installed on such machines.
    • When VM managers in your infrastructure have status other than OK, and you are not sure how to troubleshoot the problem, you can simply click the name of the status. You will be redirected to a documentation page that provides the most common reasons for each status and how to proceed.
    • When the security policy in your company does not allow for transferring VM manager credentials through the network, you can configure BigFix Inventory so that the credentials are not transferred to the server. They are also not displayed on the VM Managers panel when you edit the VM manager. For more information, see: Advanced server settings.

  • 9.2.4 API to retrieve cluster information

    Information about the cluster to which a computer belongs is available on the Hardware Inventory report. Now, the information can also be retrieved through REST API. It can be then used, for example, to calculate license demand for Oracle or Microsoft. For more information, see: Retrieval of clusters.

  • 9.2.4 Support for BigFix database restoration

    You can enable an import that retrieves all software scan data from the restored BigFix database. Such an import is time-consuming and should be run only when problems with incomplete data occur after the database is restored. When you enable the option, the import runs once and returns to the normal operation mode. For more information, see: Database problems.

  • 9.2.4 Optimization of the scanner cache configuration

    The scanner cache folder stores information about scanned files and directories in your file system. By knowing the hierarchy of files, the scanner can locate them quicker, which results in shorter scans. The amount of disk space that is needed for the cache depends on the number of files that are being scanned. If the current location of the cache folder cannot ensure sufficient disk space, you can optimize the cache. Thanks to the optimization, the cache includes only files relevant for the types of software scans that you are running. For more information, see: Optimizing scanner cache configuration.

  • 9.2.4 Discovery of software that is not in the current software catalog

    When BigFix software is discovered with a software ID tag but is not in the current catalog, a warning sign is displayed on the Software Catalog widget. It indicates that a newer version of the catalog needs to be uploaded. For more information, see: Support for ISO/IEC 19770-2.

  • 9.2.4 Support for new operating systems and virtualization technologies

    The BigFix client can be installed on Oracle Linux 7 and on Power Linux on the Little Endian architecture. Support is added for PowerKVM virtualization technology. Additionally, support for Multiple Shared Processor Pools is extended to Linux. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements

Application update 9.2.3

  • 9.2.3 Support for Unicode

    Starting from V9.5, the BigFix Platform can gather data from BigFix clients that are deployed in different geographical locations and thus use different code pages and languages. The data is encoded into UTF-8 format, and reported back to the BigFix server. As a result, regardless of the system and encoding that the clients use, the data is correctly displayed both in BigFix and BigFix Inventory. For more information, see: Unicode.

  • 9.2.3 Collecting file MD5 and SHA256 checksums for security purposes

    Checksums are long strings that describe the content of files and act as their fingerprints. You can enable the calculation of checksums for files on your computers to check their integrity and to ensure that they were not altered or tampered with. For more information, see: Collecting file checksums.

  • 9.2.3 Conditional report emails based on the number of rows in the report

    You can configure reports to be emailed to specified recipients regularly or when a specific number of rows is exceeded in the report. This option is useful for alerting the recipients about changes to the key data or when the recipients do not work with BigFix Inventory, yet must have access to the reports. For more information, see: Scheduling report emails.

  • 9.2.3 Controlling scan schedule directly from the BigFix Inventory user interface

    The Scan Configurations panel is extended to allow for basic configuration of software scans per computer groups directly from the BigFix Inventory user interface. Use this method as an alternative to scheduling scans from the BigFix console.

  • 9.2.3 Data visibility and license reporting per computer group limited to authorized users
    Improvements that are introduced in the area of data visibility and license reporting per computer group include:
    • Limitation of information that is displayed on the Audit Trail report to actions performed only within the computer group to which the user who views the report has access.
    • Possibility of enabling and disabling subcapacity calculations per computer group. For more information, see: Setting up computer groups.
    • Reporting historical data for deleted computers within the scope of a computer group.
    • Introduction of permissions to upload part numbers and view contracts. For more information, see: Roles.

    The improvements give more flexibility and better management of data visibility in situations where computers are divided into groups and each group is managed by a different person. For example, in the service provider's environment or when computers are divided into regions or business units.

  • 9.2.3 Replacing Software Knowledge Base Toolkit with BigFix Inventory for managing the software catalog content

    You can use a tool that moves the custom catalog content from Software Knowledge Base Toolkit to BigFix Inventory. Then, you can stop using Software Knowledge Base Toolkit and start managing the catalog content entirely in BigFix Inventory. Managing signatures in one application instead of two saves your time, facilitates the work, and reduces maintenance costs.

  • 9.2.3 Flexible date filtering

    You can use time filters to display data starting from or ending at a particular date. For example, you can view computers that were not seen within the last week or contracts for which maintenance ends within a month. When you combine this feature with conditional report emails, you get instant notifications about changes within your environment including reports on which data fulfills specific time conditions.

  • 9.2.3 Collecting host serial numbers

    You can collect serial numbers of VM manager hosts and define the format in which the information is displayed on the reports. For more information, see: Advanced server settings.

  • 9.2.3 Forcing capacity scan data uploads

    When the import of capacity scan data fails, you can run a single capacity scan and force the upload of its results to ensure that the data on reports is refreshed. For more information, see: Initiating the capacity scan on all computers.

  • 9.2.3 Changing advanced server settings from the application user interface

    You can change advanced settings of the BigFix Inventory server, for example settings related to the configuration of the central VM Manager Tool, on the Advanced Server Settings panel. Additionally, a number of new parameters is added. For more information, see: Configuring advanced server settings.

  • 9.2.3 Manually adjusting the PVU per core value from the BigFix Inventory user interface

    In earlier versions of BigFix Inventory, the PVU per core value was adjusted by using a fixlet. Starting from this version, the fixlet is deprecated. The PVU value can be changed on the Hardware Inventory panel instead. For more information, see: Changing the PVU per core value.

  • 9.2.3 Support for new operating systems and virtualization technologies

    The BigFix client can be installed on Cent OS 6 and 7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 are supported on z/VM. Additionally, support for RHEV-M 3.5 is provided. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements.

Application update 9.2.2

  • 9.2.2 License reports per BigFix subcapacity region

    BigFix subcapacity licensing rules define three regions. To properly calculate subcapacity values for products that are installed in multiple regions, generate the audit snapshot for each region. Then, for every product, sum up the subcapacity values from all regions. The value that you obtain is the overall subcapacity usage for the particular product. For more information, see: Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules, BigFix subcapacity regions and Tutorial: Reporting subcapacity usage per computer group.

  • 9.2.2 License reports per organizational business unit

    You can manage software and view reports per organizational business unit. To do this, divide the computers in your infrastructure into groups that represent these units. Then, create dedicated users, each with access only to a particular computer group. For more information, see: Organizational business units and Tutorial: Reporting subcapacity usage per computer group.

  • 9.2.2 License reports in the service provider environment

    A service provider is a company that provides other organizations with access to software installed on machines that are owned and maintained by the service provider. 9.2.2 Available from 9.2.2. To properly calculate subcapacity values in the service provider environment, divide the computers in your infrastructure into groups that represent your customers. Then, manage software and generate audit snapshots separately for each customer. For more information, see: Service providers and Tutorial: Managing software in the service provider environment.

  • 9.2.2 Creating extended signatures

    Extended software signatures are based on data elements such as file names, registry keys, or specific strings. They allow for discovering software that otherwise might not be discovered with file or package signatures. You can now create extended software signatures directly in BigFix Inventory without the necessity of installing Software Knowledge Base Toolkit. For more information, see: Creating extended signatures.

  • 9.2.2 Software Knowledge Base Toolkit is being sunset

    Software Knowledge Base Toolkit was used by BigFix Inventory users to create complex signatures, and was required at the time when BigFix Inventory could not provide equal capabilities. Now, with the possibility of creating complex signatures directly in BigFix Inventory, Software Knowledge Base Toolkit becomes deprecated and will eventually be discontinued.

  • 9.2.2 Consolidated endpoint information

    Hardware information, such as processor details, is available on the Computers, Software Installations, and Oracle Databases reports. Combination of software and hardware information on a single report facilitates the calculation of processor-based and core-based licenses for non-IBM products.

  • 9.2.2 Disabling the calculation of extended software aggregates

    Software aggregates are pieces of data that are gathered during software scans. They are processed during the successive data imports and later on displayed on the Inventory Exploration report. You can disable the calculation of extended software aggregates to reduce the length of data imports in very large environments where multiple computer groups are defined. For more information, see: Disabling the calculation of extended software aggregates.

  • 9.2.2 Configuring location of the scanner cache folder

    The scanner cache folder is used to store information about scanned files and directories in your file system. By knowing the hierarchy of files, the scanner can locate them quicker, which results in shorter scans. Change the location of the cache folder if the default one cannot ensure sufficient disk space. For more information, see: Optimizing scanner cache configuration.

  • 9.2.2 Identifying VM manager duplicates

    You can use the vmman_collecting_hostnames_enabled parameter to identify duplicate UUIDs on VMware vSphere. When you set the parameter to true, host names of virtual machines with duplicate UUIDs are written in the log file. For more information, see: VM Manager Tool settings.

  • 9.2.2 Defining time range of reports in relation to the current date

    You can define the time range of reports in relation to the current date. Then, the report provides you with data for a specific period, for instance the last 2 weeks.

  • 9.2.2 REST API for retrieving raw scan results

    You can retrieve raw scan results through REST API to improve the monitoring of your environment by quickly discovering software that was installed or modified recently. Shortened data imports cause that data about installed software reaches the server more quickly. They also allow for increasing the number of imports that you run each day. For more information, see: REST API for retrieving raw scan results.

  • 9.2.2 Support for new platforms

    The BigFix client can be installed on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (x86). Additionally, support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 on Power 8 is provided. For more information, see: Detailed System requirements.