Something new again!
We present: Asset.Desk 8.10.8
New features and improvements:
- Comprehensive license management for virtual clients
- Windows Agent now with scan profiles
- vCenter Scanner enhancements and new features
- Indicator for the total cost of ownership in an environment with desktop virtualization
Advantages of virtual environments
The use of virtual or hosted desktops and thin clients can…
- …reduce costs
- …simplify client administration
- …standardize the IT infrastructure
- ….help optimize the company’s hardware investment
- …provide greater security because all corporate data is stored in the data center
- …enable enterprise-wide centralized desktop management
- …reduce the time and money spent on commissioning and securing the desktop
- And finally, remote access is enabled. This allows employees to connect to their virtual desktops from any device and from any location. They have easy access to files and applications and can work remotely from anywhere in the world.
Comprehensive license management for virtual clients
In the case of virtual clients, license management is not computer-related but is primarily based on named users and server-side licenses. Software applications from the catalog are therefore more likely to be assigned to employees via groups from the Active Directory. So while the scan of software applications from hosted desktops is not necessarily significant, for the control of software licenses one still wants to know whether and how often the purchased software applications on the virtual clients are used by employees. Asset.Desk can help you with this from now on!
FCS Windows Agent now with scan profiles
The trend towards desktop virtualization places new demands on the scan scope of FCS Windows Agents. More flexibility is needed for infrastructure with hosted desktops. Therefore, scan profiles for the FCS Windows Agent were introduced with version 8.10.8. For each scan profile, it is now possible to define how the scan scope should look like on the client: For physical PCs and notebooks, which will continue to exist in the company in a limited scope, the complete scan of hardware and software is required. For hosted desktops, on the other hand, only the software used for application metering is of interest. This can now be differentiated in the profiles. For the Windows Agent, several profiles with various scan settings can be created for different client types, whether physical or virtual. When installing the agent on the client, the appropriate profile must be specified.
vCenter Scanner improvements and new features
Asset.Desk has long provided vCenter Scanner as an optional module to read data from ESXi hosts and guest operating systems.
With this release, we’ve optimized vCenter Scanner and introduced a new parameter in the settings that lets you choose whether to create, update, and map VMs as devices in Asset.Desk using the VM name or the name in the guest operating system. This creates more flexibility in different VMware environments. The devices created from the VM information in Asset.Desk appears in the tree below the respective ESXi host.
TCO in Asset.Desk
With the ability to map commercial data, capture and consolidate costs, Asset.Desk allows an indication of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to be determined even for a desktop virtualization environment.
First all involved components such as client end devices, NW elements, servers, storage media, licenses must be recorded in the system. This can be achieved either by automatic scan or manual creation. A complete and clean inventory is the basis for the subsequent cost calculation. Asset.Desk offers object books on all levels in the system to map costs. The TCO of desktop virtualization mainly includes costs for: End devices, data centers, and servers, data stores, operation of the virtual desktops, components of the NW infrastructure, software licenses, and operation of the data center. If the virtual desktops and applications are hosted and managed by a cloud service provider, the billing data of the cloud service provider is included in the overall view.
All costs converge in the cost analysis of Asset.Desk and are consolidated there. The costs can be displayed, split and analyzed in different dimensions (object groups, object types, cost centers, time period).
You are already an FCS customer and have an Asset.Desk support contract?
Then you can download the new version for free in our download area herunterladen.
You do not have a support contract, want to purchase the new version or have questions?
Our sales team will be happy to advise you!
We wish you much success and efficient management of your inventory!
Your FCS IT Management Solutions team