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Have an idea for changing FlexNet Manager? The product team wants to hear it

Flexera abideaua
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You can help shape Flexera's future by sharing ideas for improving FlexNet Manager solutions. We know you work with this product, probably every day. Not only see how well it works now, but you also have ideas for making it better.   

Your feedback is essential to informing product decisions and shaping how FlexNet Manager and other Flexera solutions will evolve.  The Ideas board is gone. But, don’t worry. Ideas you submitted to the Idea board are not lost. And a new spot for collecting ideas will find a permanent place on the Flexera Community in June.  

In the meantime, we still want to hear your suggestions.    

The comments below this article are your spot to offer ideas. Flexera’s product team will regularly review the ideas you post.  The product team primarily is watching for ideas that gain traction among members of the community.  That’s why it’s important for you to both leave your ideas but also support other excellent product ideas you see.   

How it works:    

  1. You’ll need to register with and log in to the community. Click “Sign In” in the upper right-hand corner. If you don’t have an account, create one by clicking “Let’s go!’ on the sign in page. Or log in if you already are registered.   
  2. Check if your suggestion already is posted in the comments below. If it is, click the thumbs up to give it a kudo. More likes will increase the visibility and help us prioritize.   
  3. Submit your idea for a product change, if it isn’t there.   

One more thing: You don’t need to mention bug fixes or other issues that Flexera’s Support team could handle.  

You can open a support case by clicking on “Get Support” drop-down menu at the top of the page if you have a maintenance plan.   

Thank you for your help. 

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76 Comments
adrian_ritz1
Intrepid explorer

Hi @pavol_holes ,

I'm aware of the solution and actually test it, but this is available only for Windows, what about rest of the OS, like Linux, AIX, HP-UX,etc?

When you use only one beacon, you will have 6-8 packages to deploy, for 4-5 beacons , you will have a lot more packages to deploy :)

 

andy_swaby1
Flexera beginner

Out of the box reporting to monitor changes on the estate.  Such as:

  • Any new commercial software discovered in the last x number of days
  • Any license where the compliance position has changed in the last x days

 

fappelhof
Occasional contributor

Dashboard with possibility to filter on Enterprise groups

Now there is one general Dashboard.

It would like to see possibilities to filter it on Enterprise structure like location, corporate unit or costcenter to give for example a nice specific overview to the corporate unit it involves.

Of course als possibilities to save view in management index.

Best regards, Frank

nalinih
Occasional contributor

- Please include IP address while listing devices for an Application

- An option to export the Targets, Rules and the schedules of all the Rules

PeterRoweCrayon
Flexera beginner
Hi, We have a large Financial Services company - an existing and long-standing FNMS customer, here in Australia that would like to see a Google Cloud PowerShell-based adapter, like the ones that currently connect to both Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.
thompsd
Flexera beginner

We've had some challenges recently understanding why certain licenses have been \ not been assigned to installations.

It would be useful if there was

1. a troubleshooting guide of how to approach this and things to check

2. a log against an inventory device that showed the reasoning and logic steps that FNMS has followed to reach the allocation it has.

RobertH
Active participant

Add 120 and 180 day options to the event views; e.g., Hardware Assets | Events | Asset Lease Expiry.  Or, alternatively, provide the ability to add these options ourselves with instructions for doing so.

mfranz
Analyst

Application Used: Yes - No - No data.

Application usage metering results from the WebUI can be problematic as a "no" can mean either

  1. there is no metering data (for compliance reasons, or technical issues)
  2. there is metering data, but the application was just not used.

I would like to see the output enriched. For example, if there was no usage data for the specific inventory at all, why not have it say "no data"?

gymason1
Flexera beginner

Oracle needs lots of improvements. For starters, the Oracle Instances view should include the full path to each instance, where Cluster and Host information is shown in their own field. Similarly to what is shown in the Virtual Devices and Cluster view, but with each item existing in it's own field. For instance, path DBCLUSTER01/ESXi01/DBServer/Ora123 would display as:

Name                       Type

DBCLUSTER01     Cluster

ESXi01                     Host

DBServer                VM

Ora123                    Instance

And when exported to Excel, each would be in it's own field/column rather than concatenated into one field/column as happens today when exporting from the Virtual Devices and Cluster view. For instance, Column A = Cluster, Column B = Host, Column C = VM, Column D = Instance.

This type of information is quite useful when analyzing the Oracle license consumption for the entire virtualized environment.

gymason1
Flexera beginner

The Oracle Instance view should include:

The options Installed and Used by each instance, currently listed in the Oracle Instance Properties view, should be visible. I understand this would mean multiple line items for each instance if enabled via the field chooser but they would allow the ability to see all Oracle information in a single view.

The Business Application and Licensed (Yes/No) fields currently listed in the Oracle Instance Properties view should also be visible.

mfranz
Analyst

Windows Agent - WMI tracking.

As mentioned in the discussion here, please consider improving the agent functionality. If inside Windows standard functions are called to collect WMI data, it should be possible to also introduce a parameter for alternate namespaces.

mfranz
Analyst

Improved library import logging.

For on prem installations, ARL/SKU/PURL issues, I have to look for logs in completely other places than the rest of the logs. And even then, the files do usually contain very limited details and I have to run the executables to see any specific errors. Improvements could be:

  • Incorporate the corresponding logs into the (ProgramData) logging folder structure
  • Make the logs available for download in the WebUI
  • Improve the default log level
Tooling42
Active participant

Hi All,

it would be nice to get a simple way to check which account has access to which tenant.

When you go to "All Accounts" in a tenant, you will see all accounts of all tenants.
That is fine, but when you have more than 20 tenants it's not so easy to check it.

Every time when we start a user review, we must check every tenant separately.
Perhaps you can add one more tab on "Accounts" like check "permission of an account" ?

Best regards

Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about showing in FlexNet Manager Web UI - Dashboard - in detail which PURL has been imported successfully and not only update the version number right after the first one has been imported successfully.

Thanks & best regards

Oliver

Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about not only support SOAP WebServices in our Business Adapter Studio and Business Importer on our beacons, but also support REST and/or JSON WebServices interfaces for importing data into FNMS.

Thanks & best regards

Oliver

 

Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about getting a create staging database script for at least every major on-premise release available here for downloading in our Customer Community?

Thanks & best regards

Oliver

anne_watson
Active participant
  1. When doing a bulk update from any window, other than All Inventory, do not refresh back to the All Inventory view;
  2. Allow for additional columns in Unprocessed Views - particularly Location and Corporate Unit - expiry date would also be nice;
  3. When deleting Corporate Units and Subnets, unless they are nested under a parent, you have to delete one at a time. How about adding a checkbox selection to the left, like there are with assets;
  4. When joining an inventory record to an asset, how about automatically changing it's status to Installed.  Otherwise you have to open the asset, change it to Installed,  join it to the inventory record and then save;
  5. Keep the vendor names consistent.  We now have Adobe Systems and Adobe, so if we want to run a recon by Publisher, we cannot select both, so that's a problem;
  6. Create the ability to run a report for new inventory added/removed for daily stats;
  7. Create statuses for Purchases that make sense - like Returned;
  8. Create statuses for Licenses that make sense - the only ones that work are Active and Retired;
  9. Allow for manual User merging, if the rules do not automatically merge users where they should have;
  10. Allow for targeted agent deployment through collections.

I'm sure i'll think of more.

Nico_Erasmus
Intrepid explorer

BI Data:

There has to be improvement in the data stored for reporting , even if it is only available via Cognos.  FNMS is well behind competitors like SNOW, Service Now and License Dashboard in this space.  -- It should be easy enough to study the competitors offerings and bring some fresh capabilities to FNMS BI.  

I am aware that there are things planned for June 2020, but I am not aware of what is included.

For starters, I would like to see time based trend reporting.  This is desperately needed for licenses, application installations, hardware changes etc.

 

Regards,

Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about synchronizing Flexera PLC Library Download with Downloading the latest Library version via direct links in real time, as there sometimes seems to be different versions (PLC very often does only contain the old version from one week before)

 

Tooling42
Active participant

Hi,

new topic: Replication to collect-a-NDI-file-based-on-TenantUID

For some tenants we have a need to use the repliaction on the application server as it is written here:
https://community.flexera.com/t5/FlexNet-Manager-Knowledge-Base/How-to-configure-replication-to-coll...

Here we can see, that there is an enhancement request also for this feature on an Inventory Beacon. That sounds good for a tenant with one beacon.

But for tenants in our multi-tenant environment with more than one inventory beacon, it would be nice to use the repliaction on the application server with a filter based on the TenantUID, e.g.

<!-- Replication -->
<add key="ImportTenantUIDForReplication" value="ABCEFGHI123456" />

Then we don't need to check all master inventory beacon of a tenant and we will found only files of the selected tenant on the application server. Atm unfortunately we found files of all tenants on the application server.

Best regards

flexeranoob
Occasional contributor

We require a functionality, where the User Creation is logged.  Who created a new user, when did he create it, IP address etc.  Right now, the tool doesn't seem to have a log. This is critical from security purpose.

Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about still having the FlexNet Manager Suite Release Notes available as a PDF download to be able to share with customers at least for on-premise implementations?

Thanks & best regards

Oliver 

manishkeshav
Intrepid explorer

Hi

How about adding all agents for download, as in ubuntu and debian. Also ad a sample mgsft_rollout_response for download as well.

regards

Manish

Tooling42
Active participant

Hi,

new topic: Replication of rules of all beacon servers.

We have a lot of rules and five beacon servers. On all beacon servers we can see all rules, but only one beacon will excute a rule.

E.g.
Rule#01 until #05 should execute on beacon#01
Rule#06 until #08 should execute on beacon#02
No rules for beacon#03, beacon#04, beacon#05

All other beacons will give us a "Out-of-Scope" message. You can imagine how many unnecessary entires we have in the system tasks like these every day:

Total discovered devices: 0
Oracle database servers discovered: -
Oracle virtual servers discovered: -
VMware virtual servers discovered: 0
Microsoft Hyper-V servers discovered: -
Microsoft SQL servers discovered: -
XenDesktop devices discovered: -

Devices discovered: 0
Devices skipped: 0
Devices inventoried: 0
Devices failed to be inventoried: 0

Is there a way to check if the rule is for a beacon server or not,
before the rules will send to the beacon servers? Unfortunately atm the check will done after the repliaction of the rules to the beacon servers.

It would be nice to avoid these entries because also with the filter:
'Only show last run' and task type: 'Discovery and inventory rule' and expand all we have a long list of entires: 96 results returned.

Best regards


Flexera oqueck
Flexera

Hi,

how about telling all the people here providing such good ideas, how often members of Flexera Support & Engineering are reading and reviewing this posts and provide feedback about what's done and what's not?

Thanks & best regards

Oliver

mewinger
Flexera beginner
To safe additional costs adopt full functionality of FNMS Application-Server, DB and Beacon, onto Linux Operating System. We are mainly using Linux-Servers as standard OS for our Infrastructure components. Main use-case is to safe additional costs, also to have an homogen Infrastructure, as well as to lower operational and administrativ efforts. Then we could spend more money on Flexera licenses. ;)