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FusionInventory plugin for GLPI 0.84+3.0

The FusionInventory plugin for GLPI maintainers (ddurieux and kiniou) are glad to announce the 0.84+3.0 release.

You can download it from the forge and read installation instructions from documentation.

This version brings the following new features:

  • [GENERAL] Remove the use of mcrypt PHP extension which are obsolete
  • [AGENT] add possibility to define a different port of an agent, if not defined use port defined in general option
  • [TASK] for netinventory and netdiscovery, you will see in end of job the number of devices inventoried and found
  • [TASK] Add button to force end all taskjobs of a task
  • [COMPUTER INVENTORY] Move general option 'automatic computer transfer entity' in entity configuration/form
  • [COMPUTER INVENTORY] Improve detection of virtual machine
  • [COMPUTER INVENTORY] Enhance computer inventory, mainly for update softwares
  • [NETINVENTORY] Remove SNMP model creation menu, as SNMP models are now obsoletes

It also fix many bugs, see changelog for details.

Last, it also provides better performances, and our small test setup is able to process 13.2 computer inventories per second.

We are already working on next version for GLPI 0.85, with the following features:

  • possibility to lock a field for an item type
  • automatic deletion of agent after X days without contacting the server
  • selection of SNMP authentications and ordering for network discovery
  • tasks rewrite (not finished)
  • cleanup remaining references to SNMP models

We're also working on a REST API for a universal FusionInventory server. More info in a few months.

Posted Sun Jul 20 14:01:12 2014

FusionInventory Agent 2.3.9 release

Hello FusionInventory users,

The FusionInventory Agent maintainers are glad to announce the 2.3.9 release.

You can download it from the usual places:

See download instructions for details.

This release improves printer consumables identification during network inventory, and adds support for Huawei devices identification (H3C devices were added in 2.3.8). It also externalize the knowledge used for such recognition from the perl code into static data files, to allow easier update without updating the agent itself. Multiple minor local inventory issues were also fixed, mainly for Windows platform. One of those issue involves a behaviour change: user-installed softwares won't be inventoried by defaut anymore, unless scan-user-profile configuration option is used, as it could result in user profile corruption (#2555).

The subsequent 2.3.9.1 release only fixes an installation issue when installing from sources.

We did our best to provide a solid release, please contact us if you believe you find something unexpected.

Posted Tue Jul 15 00:00:00 2014

Hello FusionInventory users and future users,

The FusionInventory team will be present in Paris (France), the 20 and 21 May 2014, at meeting SolutionLinux.

The developpers present at the exhibition stand are:

  • David Durieux (the 2 days)
  • Guillaume Rousse (the 21 only)
  • Kevin Roy (the 2 days)

So if you want to speak agent developpment, prefer come the 21 instead the 20.

For people come on stand, we will offer a very nice FusionInventory gobelet:

In the background of the stand, you will see too a unique comic from commitstrip created for us.

Know too we will share the stand with GLPI project ;)

See you at SolutionLinux!

Posted Sat May 17 00:00:00 2014

FusionInventory Agent 2.3.7 release

Hello FusionInventory users,

The FusionInventory Agent maintainers are glad to announce the 2.3.7 release.

You can download it from the usual places:

See download instructions for details.

This release drops support for deprecated SNMP dictionary and SNMP models, allowing a large code cleanup for network discovery and inventory, while also providing better retrieval of firmware and serial numbers. It also fixes multiple minor issues with local inventory, and allows to log executed commands with debug level two or more. See the Changes file for details.

The subsequent 2.3.7.1 release only fixes a crash for BSD users in local inventory.

We did our best to provide a solid release, please contact us if you believe you find something unexpected.

Posted Tue Apr 29 00:00:00 2014

No mandatory SNMP model anymore

The FusionInventory network inventory task, which should be more precisely described as remote inventory through SNMP, has always been plagued by a critical limitation: SNMP models. Such a model enumerates mappings between SNMP OIDs and inventory variables, such as 'the location is available at OID .1.3.6.1.2.1.1.1.6.0', and was mandatory because there was no intelligence in the agent itself, making it unable to perform anything without this information. In order to inventory any kind of device, the relevant model had to be defined first and assigned to this device second, which was a problem in itself, as device identification was based on exact matching of SNMP SysDescr string only... (See ?Network discoveryimprovements for details).

Since the agent 2.3.4 release, we introduced simple but radical changes, using default hardcoded OIDs for most variables, and minimum intelligence for determining what to extract from the context. The agent is now able to retrieve almost every interesting information from any device out of the box, which is a huge improvement of the situation. Some specific pieces of information are still problematic:

  • firmware version numbers seems way too much versatile to be automatically retrieved
  • printers print counters seems also lack any kinf of standardisation
  • printers consumable levels are easily extracted, but identifying them precisely is quite difficult

Network inventory without model was sofar only possible from command-line, through fusioninventory-netinventory executable, as the GLPI FusionInventory plugin didn't allowed to run an inventory task for devices without model. This constraint has been relaxed with 0.84+2.1 release, and is now only enforced for agent whose version is less than 2.3.4.

Posted Wed Mar 12 00:00:00 2014
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