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Giveaway of the day — Total Network Inventory 5 Professional 

Software inventory and license compliance audit.
$125 EXPIRED
User rating: 39 (75%) 13 (25%) 32 comments

Total Network Inventory 5 Professional  was available as a giveaway on July 2, 2021!

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Total Network Inventory 5 Professional provides powerful tools for software inventory and license compliance audit.
TNI 5 will show you all the software installed on your network: what version is present, what computers have them, how many copies are found, and whether your licenses actually allow that many.

License keys for some applications will be scanned automatically, and you're completely free to manually specify them for the rest. By the use of the filters, tags, grouping, search, and software tracking feature, you can be sure to never overlook anything.

Asset Inventory Management Software
All software from your Windows and macOS devices is gathered in a single place with comprehensive search and filtering capabilities. Browse, organize, and discover your software and installations, star important items, assign tags, add comments, and much more.

Built-in software database
Don't waste your time setting up the SAM module. TNI has a built-in updatable software database, which allows the program to automatically divide your software into paid, free or shareware, assign a category and select an icon to be displayed in the list.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ Windows Server 2008; Network TCP/IP

Publisher:

Softinventive Lab Inc.

Homepage:

https://www.total-network-inventory.com/

File Size:

36.4 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime, 1-year updates

Price:

$125

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#15

I also had problems getting it to access other computers on the network.
To be honest I had problems with using this software FULL STOP.

In the end I realised that you will need to edit the registry on remote computers as well as adding their login details.
See their "help" screen at https://docs.softinventive.com/tni/faq#FAQ-Accessisdenied

For Windows client versions starting with Vista, an additional step should be taken: it concerns the User Account Control (UAC). It restricts administrator rights for remote logons in certain cases. You should either disable UAC or make changes to the registry: create a DWORD parameter (name: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy; value: 1) in the "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system" key. A reboot may be required.

You can modify both settings easily by running a .reg file with the following contents on such computers:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa]
"forceguest"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system]
"LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy"=dword:00000001

After I did that it finally began getting information from my 5 other computers.
I have not tried getting any information from my phone or network devices - anyone?

Reply   |   Comment by TonyB  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#14

Your evaluation period has expired!

How can this be?
There are 5 hours, 17 minutes, 11 seconds left!

Reply   |   Comment by CityPages  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

You could download Spiceworks for free; it is always free and has no limitations. It is great for use in a business environment from small businesses to big businesses. It will also work fine in a home environment.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

It is always good to read the comments. When I read that there was a 25-asset limit built into this free 1-year licensed program, I already knew that it would be a waste of time downloading with the number of programs that I have. Thanks commenter for saving me some time.

Reply   |   Comment by Starchild  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Similar issues. a bog standard computer with more assets than can be handled. Deleted and will avoid in future. Crippleware.

Reply   |   Comment by John Cox  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

You can back up or restore Total Network Inventory to another computer by backing up the settings. The recovery is done using the "config.ini" file
from the infusion folder !
Another option is to create a ZIP archive with a backup of the repository and then restore it from the archive,
using the "Storage" menu in the program !

Reply   |   Comment by V.Goranow  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#9

Downloaded, installed, registered..or so I thot. Seems the 25 asset limit won't even cover most home users as it missed mine by 14 assets...and I have a very small footprint.
Thks anyhow GOTD, but that was a waste of 15 min. Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

DJ, so you claim that you have 39 separate devices (PCs, routers, printers) in your "home" environment?
You either have a home repair shop or you don't understand the program.

Reply   |   Comment by John Doe  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

John Doe, Perhaps you should read the timestamps of when most, if not all of these comments were posted. It is difficult to re-comment on a program when the giveaway period was 2 days ago. It's also difficult to read comments/helpful hints and instructions that were never posted when the giveaway was ongoing.
I do understand the program, now, but when you first open it and it blurts out "Asset limitations exceeded. Your license is for 25 assets, you have exceeded it by 14 assets" it leaves a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth..
Thks to Peter Monahan and a few others, I finally understand how this works. The developers need to do away with that "example" garbage from the get go and do a clean sheet walk through for newbies, and we need to see helpful comments during the giveaway period.
P.S. On my "home" network, according to this program, I have more than 3-4 assets. With the advent of smart TV's, smart home devices, and IPTV, many home users will see higher asset levels on their "home" network.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

It opens with a 48 asset DEMO, just start our own inventory to cerate a new set of assets, 25 at a time - we can create as many 25-asset inventories as we want:

- Click [ Storage ] in upper left
- Click [ Create ]
- Click [ Create a new storage in default folder ]

Done.

It then replaces the DEMO assets with as many as 25 current network assets.

Easy as 1-2-3.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Monahon  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Peter Monahon, Well that is what confused the hell out of me - I was seeing a Demo. That certainly was not obvious.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Woodley  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

I'm confused, installed and did a scan which found my devices.
How on earth do I add the username / password for those systems.
Tried the help button and to be honest I'm even more confused.

Reply   |   Comment by BaldEagle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

BaldEagle, GOT IT - AT LAST.
I could not get any data from a remote PC no matter what username/password I tried.
Then I realised that i had to edit the registry on the remote PC.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa]
"forceguest"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system]
"LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy"=dword:00000001
A bit worried about doing that but it worked. I can now get the details from my other computers on the network.

Does anyone have any comments on the safety of this?

Reply   |   Comment by BaldEagle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

BaldEagle,

Well - I think they should consider redesigning this software.
Yes it could be useful but I'm going all over the place to try and do anything and it's not very intuitive.
For example the registry change - why not just give users a simple file to run on their other computers rather than mess about with regedit. OK I know how to create a reg file and use it but not everyone does.
It could also look up MAC addresses on the web and identify routers, phone makes, Kindles etc.

To be honest I spent too long playing with this and I just can't be bothered.
Ex. Network Manager

Reply   |   Comment by BaldEagle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

BaldEagle. My apologies they HAVE provided an app to run on other PCs.
And it's even mentioned on the same help screen (click the ? on the errors) - sorry!
Click on Options > Resident Agent > Export Resident Agent.
I placed it on a USB stick and managed to run tniwinagent.exe on each of my PCs.
After a few seconds a new file is created in the same USB folder that has the application.
Put the USB stick back in your management station and Storage > Insert each new file.
The PCs and names appear on the left and you can then see their hardware and software details.

It took a while but I may actually use this - could have been easier to use / understand?

Reply   |   Comment by BaldEagle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

The setup.exe does not install under Windows Server 2008. It needs at least Windows Server 2008 R2 or its desktop equivalent Windows 7 to be executed.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Very funny - it comes with 48 assets as a demo, which exceeds the 25 asset limit right from the get go, it tells you TO remove some assets, but does not explain, show, or empower us on HOW TO remove the demonstration assets.

Brilliant!

Right-click any asset and look for "remove" ... nope, no such action available.

Right-click and "scan" and it found 24 assets ( 11 of them duplicates ) NONE of which it added because ... "no network interface".

So much for inventory of my network.

2nd try:

- Click [ Storage ] in upper left
- Click [ Create ]
- Click [ Create a new storage in default folder ]

Done.

It replaces the demonstration assets with my network's assets.

Easy as 1-2-3.

BUT, ONLY the current PC gets inventoried.

ALL other computers on my network were reported as "Scan failed".

At least they suggest troubleshooting:

- Jul 2, 2021 at 8:41 AM — Hint: the error "Access is denied" may be caused by security settings on the remote computers. Please click the Help button to the right to read more about possible solutions.

- Jul 2, 2021 at 8:41 AM — Hint: the error "No open ports for supported protocols" may be caused by firewall settings on the remote computers. Please click the Help button to the right to read more about possible solutions.

Windows File Explorer can browse to the other computers, see and use their shares, so there is a lack of savvy here.

The information available from the ONE computer it is running on is vast, and it appears to be starting to build an inventory, such that if it ever finds another computer, it might add to a database such things as "2 copies of Adobe Acrobat", showing where they are installed, version numbers, and so on.

Sadly the [ Network map ] feature is manually drawn by us end users, no automatic mapping, it just lets us diagram a pretty picture, with no auditing capability, so build a map of 1,00 computers, and it doesn't care if it's wrong or right ... "allows you to build graphical representations of network infrastructure and manage them by creating and editing maps" ...!

I can drag and drop assets to the map space, but I could not draw lines in the map.

Rename things, like 10.0.0.1 with no name, to rename it as "Router" did NOT rename it anywhere, and lists of options were NOT alphabetical, so read the entire list to find things, if available at all ... I eventually fond a way to add "Router" as the name of 10.0.0.1, but I really don't know now how to find that options again - it's there, esplore!

There is no way to sort assets by address, only by their discovered or manually changed name ... oh, wait a minute, click the [ A/IP ] box and select [ Node names ][ IP Address ] and it re-sorts the list in IP order ... or play with [ Additional field ] and or [ Sort ] settings under that [ A/IP ] button to see what changes in the way it sorts the list of assets.

Everything we have learned form Windows Files Explorer over the years to search, sort, and select items in a list - forget about all that, these folks have complete different ways of managing things, hunt for controls, they may be there someplace, their programmers apparently felt empowered to reinvent the wheel and ignore ... everything users already know from their experience of Windows File Explorer.

"... Make it look and work EXACTLY as precedented in every prior Windows program ..." was NOT an instruction given to these programmers.

I right-clicked my nameless router to rename it, and it offered 10.0.0.1 as the current name ... oh, well, let's replace 10.0.0.1 with "Router", but it actually renames the device AND left the 10.0.0.1 address intact, whew.

- - - - - - - - - -

I think this is a neat software tool designed by networking professionals who have complete control over their customer's networks from specification, purchasing, setup, configuration, and maintenance, BUT ...

BUT this does not seem to be a savvy troubleshooting and tuning tool when thrown at networks NOT setup by these programmers, such as the ersatz collection of devices in the real world of my experience.

FREE Advanced IP Scanner finds 10 devices on my current network, this finds 8 ( ignore that 24 - 11 duplicates = 13 assets, only 8 actually showed up ), so this is just a tool to use along with many other tools, it is NOT the penultimate tool - it doesn't even have wireless scanning to find wireless in the area.

Thanks for letting us explore this and share, please let us know when v6 presents appropriate improvements incorporating our feedback.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Monahon  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

How to make a map - MANUALLY
( there is NO automatic mapping feature ):

1 - Click on [ Network map ] in topish row
2 - Click on Operations > [ Selection ] on far right
3 - Click and drag an asset item under [ ... storage ... ] on far left, drag item to middle map area, let go
4 - Click and drag another asset from the fat left to the middle map, now you have two items that you can link
5 - Click on Operations > [ Links ] on the far right
6 - Click and hold and drag on one item in the map, then drag to the other item in the map, let go, a line will be drawn.

To change the qualities of a link,
1 - Click on Operations > [ Links ] on the far right
2 - Click on a link to highlight it,
3 - Then on the far right under Operations > [ Link ], click Link properties > [ Type ] and scroll the drop-down menu to choose straight or curved or broken lines.

Easy, no?

No.

I could NOT find this in the instruction manual.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Peter Monahon,

YES - I tend to agree with most of what you say.
It would be nice if they had a short video showing us poor idiots how to use their inventory system.

But I have finally found out how to get past the not being able to access other devices on the networks.
Well PCs, could not get anything from the router or my Android phone.
On Windows 10 (and other versions) you need to edit the REGISTRY - a daunting task for most users.

On the "remote" PC run REGEDIT and add these two keys (first one was already there on my PC)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa]
"forceguest"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system]
"LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy"=dword:00000001

Now run the scan again.
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY COMMENTS ON THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF THIS?

Reply   |   Comment by BaldEagle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

BaldEagle, I do not know the exact purpose of these settings and I am not motivated to research them right now, but I checked these registry parameters at work and they were set by default as in the example.

And because at work we have an Active Directory domain configured and remote administration is enabled out-of-the-box, perhaps these parameters are disabled by default only for WORKGROUP PCs.

Reply   |   Comment by John Doe  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

"Limited to 25 assets". So it's basically a 'crippled' licence version.

Reply   |   Comment by Stewart  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Not 'crippled' but just a minimal available.
25 assets license (PRO-version) costs 135 USD on their store. I think this license will cover the needs of most small offices without ever expanding it.

Reply   |   Comment by Com Truise  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Com Truise, I would think any limitation on it could be defined as "crippled".

Reply   |   Comment by Hott2  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Com Truise, This wont cover the needs of most home computers never mind business. I just downloaded and installed it then registered it..missed the mark by 14 assets.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

DJ, in my understanding, a home environment is one or two computers and a router. Optionally a printer and a switch. It's far from 25, don't you think?

There may be a bunch of mobile and IoT devices, but this program does not know how to scan them anyway, so they will not take up the limit.
Such devices can be added manually, but it seems that the limit does not apply to them. I've just manually added and cloned 100 switches - and I'm still under the limit...

Reply   |   Comment by Com Truise  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

DJ, Thanks to the 2 Peter's comments/helpful instructions yesterday, along with BaldEagle,'s comments, went back through this "mess" and agree with BaldEagle's statement of "It would be nice if they had a short video showing us poor idiots how to use their inventory system." That, doing away with the "examples" BS and get right to the crux of things at the start, and auto finding the network's devices (assets) would also be a win.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

License limited to 25 assets. This is not stated anywhere.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Usher  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Jeff Usher,

You could try the free Belarc Advisor - no limits, free updates

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

I have installed the program, and attempted to put in key provided. Program does not seem to accept the key since in has limitations listed at the top left. Message says "License Limitation Exceeded". Remove unnecessary assets or upgrade license. (Seems to allow 25 assets)

Reply   |   Comment by Guy Regimbal  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#1

Licence details: Lifetime, 1-year updates

Can you explain what does it mean ?

Reply   |   Comment by Paweł  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Paweł, It simply means that the software owners are giving us a lifetime license coupled with 1year updates! Even after the one year update is done we would still have a lifetime license that would not expire without updates from software owners servers. Thank you so much Softinventive Lab Inc. for this giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Luminaire  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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