vScope Academy

Detailed demonstrations to let you make the most out of vScope.

PART 1 – DISCOVERY MANAGER

ABOUT DISCOVERY MANAGER

Every day vScope gathers information from your datacenter during so called Discoveries. These are platform independent and lets vScope cross-relate data from any part in your datacenter.

Discovery Manager is the engine of vScope and in which you define the what, the how and the where about your IT resources. Here is where you configure and manage the discoveries conducted by vScope.

PART 2 – TABLE EXPLORER

ABOUT TABLE EXPLORER

vScope Table Explorer lets you build dynamic IT documentation in form of tables. The power of vScope Table Explorer is that the information displayed in the tables can be of any kind and from any resource in your datacenter. All data in vScope is also automatically updated which gives you always up-to-date information and makes vScope a one-stop-shop for information about your IT.

With additional features such as share, save, History Browsing and plot graphs – vScope Table Explorer helps you to faster go from insight to action.

PART 3 – TRACKER

ABOUT TRACKER

vScope Tracker offers automated cross-platform analysis of IT to make organizations become more proactive in their workflow resulting in a more solid IT foundation. Tracker is digital expert consultant providing operational insights with concrete suggestions for action.

With additional features vScope Tracker lets you subscribe to email notifications about certain cases and also customize analyses to your and your organization’s needs or create your own.

Feature demos

Learn more about a specific feature in vScope.

WORKING WITH TAGS

ABOUT TAGS

Tags come either out-of-the-box in vScope or are defined by the user. User-defined tags gives you the power to include your IT organization’s tacit knowledge into vScope and let you build build customized analyzes around this information.

User-defined tags are either of the type Manual or Dynamic:

– Manual tags are like post-it notes that you stick to certain resources in your datacenter e.g. Notes or Tasks related to specific servers

– Dynamic tags are based on rules and gives you the opportunity to, based on a certain criteria, automatically tag your resources. E.g. site based on IP or Function based on server name.

After specifying the tagging rules – the Dynamic tags’ values can be defined in three different ways:

1. A fixed value
2. A value based on another tag
3. A value based on a tag from a related resource

Short use-cases

Quick tips & tricks

AVOID ADOBE LOCKY RANSOMWARE

In this case, vScope lets you quickly identify all servers that have Adobe Flash installed. These servers may be targets for Locky Ransomware due to a security hole in Adobe Flash.

Ransomware is a type of malware that holds a victim’s computer “hostage”. The attacker typically blocks off access to the system until a sum of money is paid over the Internet.

MIGRATING MS SQL 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 extended support has ended and you will no longer receive security updates. vScope can speed up the migration by quickly pointing out all SQL 2005 installations and their dependencies to other servers and applications.

MANAGING THE DASHBOARD

vScope Dashboard provides instant actionable insight in the IT infrastructure. The Dashboard consists of widgets and widgets can be of different kinds such as:

  • Top 5: listing the top most/least of any resources in the datacenter.
  • KPI: Instant insight in metrics about servers, file system usage, databases, etc.
  • Tracker: Overview compliance and ensure high system availability

Here is how to set it up by adding more widgets and organizing them in a way that suits you.

HISTORY & TRACEABILTY

vScope provides full historical traceability of any changes occurring in your datacenter. This gives you the power to easily track down configuration changes, do trend analysis and be proactive in your operations.

Here is a quick video in Table Explorer that shows one way of how you can overview changes that happened while you were gone on, let’s say, summer vacation.

HAVE A LOOK AT VM VERSIONS

Here is how to easily overview all VM versions in your datacenter.

In this video we build a simple documentation in vScope Table Explorer showing RAM and CPU settings for all our virtual machines. The table will also include information about if the machines are powered on or not. 

By using the tab functionality and categorizing the machines depending on their VM version, vScope gives us a better overview and understanding of what our IT really looks like.

FINDING ALL LOCAL ADMIN ACCOUNTS

.With vScope you can easily overview all local admins on every single server or client that has been inventoried by vScope. Here is how it is done in two different ways – first from the perspective of user groups and then from a user’s perspective

FIND SPECIFIC WINDOWS UPDATES

Installing KB2992611 could result in slow SQL Performance (Microsoft Technet). But when disaster strikes, how do you know which of your servers that has KB2992611 installed AND is running SQL Databases?

vScope lets you browse your IT for any specific configurations and settings. Like in this video, where we quickly find and list every server that has KB2992611 installed AND has Database Systems running on them. Easy!

FINDING UNUSED EMAIL INBOXES

Too often, unused user accounts in the AD are connected to an email  inbox which requires some type of licensing. This means unnecessary costs but also the opportunity to make quick savings for any organization trying to lower its spendings. Here is a short video of how to make use of vScope Table Explorer to easily find these cost savings.

YOU’VE SEEN THE VIDEOS

Now, see it for real!