vScope 3.4 is a major upgrade of the functionality in vScope. The most obvious thing is the newly design Dashboard that takes collaboration to a completely new level. However, we have also made performance improvements in the backend to enhance the overall vScope experience.
Introducing a new Dashboard
The most obvious change in vScope is the redesigned Dashboard. The new Dashboard introduces new features and values that aligns with vScope’s overall benefits: accurate information to the right people at the right moment. The biggest news (except the dazzling new design) are the collaboration features, new widgets and support for multiple dashboards. You can read all about it here.
Share your Dashboards with team members, external consultants or if you’re a hosting provider, your customers. The collaboration features put you in charge of information distribution. Add other vScope users and assign their permission level to your Dashboard with just a few clicks.
New widget – Comparison
Besides the KPI, Ratio, Top 5 and Tracker widget that was available before vScope 3.4, you now have access to a Comparison widget. Perfect to track the relationship between two values.
Probably one of the most requested features – multiple Dashboards. In vScope 3 you no longer need to gather all your important widgets in one Dashboard. Instead, craft dedicated Dashboard views for various use cases or people in the organization. By choosing favorite Dashboards you can put the most important ones in the top bar of your Dashboard for easier access. Piece of cake!
Learn how to make the most out of the Dashboard
NOTE – This feature requires vScope 3.
Overview directory machines in vScope
In vScope 3.4 you can view all machines from your Active Directory directly in vScope. The information found about machines in the directory is however quite limited which means that it is not sufficient to build a proper documentation on. The neat (and unique) thing with vScope is that this information is correlated with information from eg. WMI and VMware which will help you get a much better understanding of how your clients and servers are configured and used.
- How many laptops are in our AD?
- How many machines have been used within the last 90 days?
- What applications are installed on my directory laptops?
- How well is my client discovery coverage in vScope?
Here is a quick demonstration of how to build your first report about your directory machines, showing machines that haven’t been used for the last 90 days. (Notice the range filter 90d-):
NOTE – This feature requires vScope Directory.
Track individual VM backup size
For many of you interested in billing and capacity planning this new feature will help you get an even better overview of your backup performance. If you have enabled per VM backup in Veeam, vScope 3.4 will now help you visualize the growth and size of this. Why not build a widget for it?
NOTE – This feature requires vScope Backup.
Import tags via the API
Maybe you are trying to keep up with your documentation manually by adding notes next to your machines in some kind of spreadsheet (if you are familiar with vScope you know that this is something that really should be automated. Have a look at this video to learn more about tagging in vScope). Now when you have vScope you would like to reuse all the tags that you’ve already added in another document/system. How do you proceed? In vScope 3.4 you can import tags from eg. spreedsheets into vScope by matching on for example name of a resource. The tags will be converted into “manual tags” in vScope.
Learn how to import tags with this guide.
New improved Tailored recommendations (and widgets)
While updating the Dashboard we decided to rebuild all Tailored recommendations to better fit the needs and feedback from our customers. We now have around 120 dynamic tables that will be displayed depending on what is found by your vScope installation (and products licensed). And don’t forget the 70+ widgets added.
- Improved history performance
- Allow change of DN for directory users without breaking connection to vScope
- Version range filter is now available on more tags than application version
- Removed Spectre/Meltdown case
- Removed auto follow on “Welcome to vScope Tracker”
- New “Time since”-tags for various date tags
- New tag for Division
- New tag for User / Email enabled on User Groups
- New tag for Organizational unit for Users/Groups/Group policies
Server / Client
- New tag for DHCP settings on machines
- New tags for BIOS producer and BIOS versions
- New tag for WMI job type
- New case for untrusted certificates
- New Tracker cases related to Veeam jobs warning
- Veeam Backup jobs finished with a warning
- New Veeam Backup jobs the last 30 days
- Dynamic disk has exceeded its size limit
- Veeam probe now includes Veeam Replication jobs
- Improved performance in Veeam categorization
- Greatly improved speed of Veeam discovery
- Various improvements in the MSSQL probe
- Performance improvements in the Docker probe
Various bug fixes
- Fix for creating dynamic tag with ranges where preview does not match end result
- Fix for viewers receiving email notifications
- Fix for 404 issues when sharing tabbed tables to viewer
- Fix for Hyper-V Veeam backups not stitching properly
Fix release: 3.4.1
- Improved performance through caching
- Fix for Tailored recommendations of Veeam Backup
- Added hardware information about ESXi hosts
- New tag for running for physical machines
Various bug fixes
- Fix for filtering of tags including $-characters
- Various UI fixes for Internet Explorer
- UI fix for top 5 widgets where rows are hidden in certain zoom levels
- Fix for DHCP leased tag showing even if machine not found by WMI/SSH
Fix release: 3.4.2
- vScope now supports Linux agent backup jobs and tape jobs (Veeam)
Various bug fixes
- Fixes in the Azure probe
- Fixes to not clutter the UI with warning messages when migrating from old to new Dashboard