Spider 6.4.3 - Release Date: 13th February 2020

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Spider 6.4.3 update is available 

Release Date: 2020-02-13

A new update has been released for Spider. Please see the included improvements and corrections below. 

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Highlights

SAM priorities

Spider now provides an easy way to operate SAM with a focus on certain manufacturers. Not every manufacturer is relevant for every customer within their SAM. Spider introduces four priority indicators (A to D) that can be set as SAM priority for each manufacturer. An application-wide global filter only allows filtering according to the selected SAM priorities. As a result, Spider only displays data from these manufacturers, e.g. the applications, installations, compliance, etc. This allows you to focus on specific SAM priorities and hide the rest of the data from other vendors. This is a proven concept, which is already known under various names. One dimension of this concept could be the level of SAM maturity for a particular manufacturer. Another dimension could be the risk associated with a particular provider.

Freeware products

The freeware classification from the product catalog is automatically adopted on the product. The field freeware therefore no longer needs to be set manually and is a protected field. There is no compliance calculation for freeware products.

Improvements

Common

  • A new configurable service task makes it possible to update business objects (e.g. assets, licenses, maintenance, contracts) based on the results of a database view.

Asset Management

  • For the asset type "Mobile device", the IMEI and telephone number of the devices supplied by the InTune Connect-or are now also displayed.

License Management

  • The details page for cloud subscriptions has been revised and more data is displayed.
  • Another calculation rule for the end of software assurance for Microsoft Select Plus contracts has been added. This calculation rule applies to volume license contracts.
  • A new report for Windows 10 installations has been added, which shows the normalized Windows 10 versions and links to the respective asset. This function requires recognition version 1.1911.1 or higher.

Oracle Database Services

  • The page for displaying the Oracle license scopes has been revised and more data is displayed. If there is a version change from Standard to Enterprise, an explanation is now displayed.
  • The view page of an Oracle database has been completely revised. More data was added about the inventoried database instance as well as about the system on which the Oracle database instance runs.
  • In the Oracle dashboard, it is now possible to download the server worksheet (as an Excel file) and the LMS raw da-ta (as a tar.gz file). This function requires recognition version 1.1911.1 or higher.

Contract Management

  • A new calculation rule updates the anniversary field for volume license contracts. If the anniversary is exceeded but the end date has not yet been reached, the field is recalculated. The new value is the old anniversary plus 12 months unless the end date is earlier. If the anniversary is empty, then it will be filled with the start date plus 12 months, provided that the calculated date is before the end date or no end date is specified.

Corrections

Common

  • Due to an error, it was possible to start long-running search queries several times, which led to inconsistent behavior of the result display.
  • Due to an error, it was possible to create several filters for the same attribute or parameter field in object searches. This is now prevented. If search settings with several filters for the same column are available on existing systems, these are initially displayed and applied.
  • Due to an error in the object search, filters on type parameters were not discarded if the limitation to the types was discarded. As a result, an error occurred.

License Management

  • The details page for cloud subscriptions has been revised due to some errors. Among other things, no results were displayed for subscriptions with many user assignments. Instead, an error message was displayed.
  • A product could not be assigned to software if the product name contained certain special characters.

License Metric Procedures (LMP)

  • The report "Definitions for license metric procedures" has been revised. The "Type" column did not return the correct results.
  • A calculation error for Windows Server Core licenses on server systems with one CPU and more than 8 cores has been corrected in the license metric procedure.
5 Comments
Active participant

Hello,

thank you for updates,  may I ask you how can I setup "SAM Priority" - it is not possible via bulk change.

Is there a report for Freeware products?

Thank you

Vlad

Flexera
Flexera

Hi Vlad,

regarding Sam Priorities… With this update, we've delivered a page where you can set up the priorities easily by drag and drop: It is called "SamPriorities". Please make sure your user is permitted to view the page (if you add the permission you need to re-login with your user).

We will investigate in "Setting SAM Priority via bulk Import" and if we can confirm the issue, this will be fixed with the next update.

Freeware products can be found by the standard products search. Please make sure you have the field "Freeware" selected in the fields list. Then you can add a filter to display freeware products only.

Flexera
Flexera

Hi Vlad,

sorry, I've sent the response without rechecking. The following Pictures should have been attached.

SAM PrioritiesSAM Priorities

 

Freeware productsFreeware products

 

I hope this answers your questions.

Have a nice day
Christian

 
Active participant

Hi, 
thank you for update, I was able to find Freeware field :-), it is great, thank you.
But, unfortunatelly I (even my colleague) cannot find the "page" where SAM priorities are... 😞
I have all roles assigned.SAMPriorities.png

Flexera
Flexera

Hi,

based on your system's settings, it may be necessary to add the for to at least one of your roles. Please find the edit page of one of your roles > Click on the Forms Tab > Then click "Assign application form" (in the menu region Mange).

Add from to roleAdd from to role

 
In this page, you should find the page "SAMPriorities". After saving the form and relogin you should be able to see the page in the main menu under

Spider Licence > Settings > SAM Priorities

SAM Priorities in main menuSAM Priorities in main menu