Product Newsletter Blog for August 2019
Product updates and releases covered in this newsletter:
Ivanti Security Controls 2019.2 expanded support for Linux
Enhance your patching and improve your reporting
Ivanti Security Controls 2019.2 builds on the initial 2019.1 release and continues to bring together best-in-breed security features from across our portfolio.
Check out the release highlights:
Linux-based patch capabilities
We’ve expanded our patch capabilities and added support for CentOS version 6 and 7. Rest assured there is no need to learn how to use ISeC patching again. Administrators will enjoy a consistent experience whether you use CentOS, Red Hat, or Windows.
This latest version of Security Controls delivers native Linux reporting. Combining Windows and Linux reports, you can now see everything in one panel. We’ve updated the three most common reports that security admins want to review. These now include all supported operating systems in a customer environment, enabling admins., and managers to understand details such as missing patches by severity.
- Deployment status by machine
- Executive Summary
- Machine Patch Status Summary
CVE-to-Patch made its first appearance in 2019.1. It allows the import of assessments from vulnerability analysis vendors and maps all the patches related to the CVEs automatically. As of this release, the CVE-to-Patch feature includes more metadata and filtering options to make it even easier to reach decisions as you try to build out patch groups.
Application Control enhancements
We’ve further enhanced the application control capabilities, rounding out features introduced in 2019.1. One such enhancement is the inclusion of Configuration search to make it easy for admins to find rules within configurations. You can read the complete list in the release notes.
For further details about Security Controls 2019.2, check out the release notes.
IT ASSET MANAGEMENT
Asset Manager 2019.2 cloud update improves localization and data import experience
The localization experience in the 2019.2 version of Asset Manager has been improved within the contract management views. The data import has also been enhanced to facilitate linking to many relationships using Excel import. Please refer to Ivanti Community for more information on the latest Asset Manager 2019.2 cloud release.
License Optimizer features new, simplified menu bar and data import enhancements
The latest License Optimizer update comes with various enhancements. The Data Import instances now report when the import started and how long they took to complete. The Core Control Generic inventory audit tool in data import has now been renamed General. Also please note that we have removed audit tools from the list that are not used in the inventory import, simplifying the user experience. Instead of overwriting, you now delete the inventory import you no longer need. Explore the new updates and check out the new, simplified menu bar that includes “it was here, now it’s here” lookup.
IT SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Service Manager 2019.2 cloud release enhances REST APIs and mobile self-service experience
This new cloud release for Service Manager now allows you to create and use REST API keys for authorizing endpoints. The mobile experience is improved with the ability for you to access your ‘My Items’ in the Self Service portal from a link in a notification email. Also, several customer support issues have been fixed in this release. Please refer to the release notes in the Ivanti Community for more information on the 2019.2 cloud release.
Ivanti Cloud recently added two new data sources to improve the Device Reconciliation Smart Advisor. We now have connectors to CDW and SCCM. These new data sources can be toggled on or off in the Smart Advisor to quickly show the results you’re seeking for the following:
Devices without an agent: Using the Active Directory and Endpoint Manager or SCCM connectors, you can see which devices are being reported from Active Directory but ARE NOT being reported by Endpoint Manager or SCCM. IT should take action by deploying an Endpoint Manager or SCCM agent to the devices listed in Active Directory or by removing old devices from Active Directory, if the devices no longer exist.
Missing devices: Using the Active Directory, CDW, and Endpoint Manager or SCCM connectors, you can see which devices are being reported in CDW but ARE NOT being reported in Active Directory or in either Endpoint Manager or SCCM. IT should take action by attempting to relocate the devices or writing them off.
Devices without purchase information: Using Active Directory, CDW, and Endpoint Manager or SCCM connectors, you can see which devices are being reported in Active Directory and Endpoint Manager but ARE NOT being reported in CDW. IT should take action by discovering if these devices are actually getting used on the network, and if so, include them in Active Directory and deploying either an Endpoint Manager or SCCM agent to them.
Xtraction 2019.1 simplifies administration, boosts user experience
Xtraction 2019.1 heralds the arrival of capabilities to enhance administration and user experience.
In this release, we’ve focused our efforts on:
- Automated license generation
- Advanced warning of session time out
- Always-on administrator access
- Ad hoc and scheduled export experiences aligned
- Auto-sizing of columns in list view
- Performance improvements
Let’s dig into the detail of what a few of these enhancements deliver to you.
Automated license generation
If you haven’t already sampled the delights of Xtraction, well now is the time to request a license. Ivanti customers that own any product are entitled to a license, and now it’s even easier to get that license. We’ve removed some of those irksome steps to streamline the licensing process to generate a license automatically. Log into our license portal from your designated Xtraction server and the rest is child’s play. Xtraction is also available for organizations not using other Ivanti solutions. We have countless connectors for leading IT solutions and databases, so contact us for a demonstration.
Session time out notifications
In environments where analysts rotate in and out of an application, you need to ensure that you are managing license seats efficiently, by logging staff out to allow others access. But, from a user perspective, it’s frustrating if you are logged out without warning. That’s why we’ve added a session termination warning dialog with the option to renew a session or terminate it. Administrators will still have the reigns on licensing as well as provide that all-important user experience.
Administrators have 101 things on their plate and waiting for session availability should not be one of them. From this release, administrators logged in locally will have access to the server whenever they need, no matter whether a session is available, or even if all licenses are tied up.
For further information, check out the release notes.
Android Enterprise validated EMM for supply chain mobility
Our Avalanche 6.3.1 release adds support for Full Device Management and Dedicated Device modes of the Android Enterprise platform. Complementing the Work Profile mode already supported, Avalanche now has all three Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) flavors supported for your supply chain and retail deployments. But that’s not all. We’ve also added scan-to-enroll capabilities and greater administrative control to lock down access to device setting; features designed to simplify deployment and optimize productivity.
- Read more about What’s New in Avalanche
- Get the latest release from our Downloads site
- Find documentation and more on our Community
UNIFIED ENDPOINT MANAGEMENT
2019.1 SP1 for Management Center and Environment Manager Released
NEW features available for both Management Center and Environment Manager
Management Center - Deployment of Ivanti Cloud Agent
Ivanti Cloud Agent provides real-time insight on endpoint devices allowing IT to zero in on issues affecting device health. The agent also provides recommended actions to ensure high productivity and business continuity.
Ivanti Management Center 2019.1 SP1 enables the Ivanti Cloud Agent, and its associated options file, to be distributed to endpoints across your organization. Distribution can be done from a centralized point, making adoption of Ivanti Cloud fast and straightforward.
Merely download the Ivanti Cloud Agent and its unique options file from an Ivanti Cloud tenant, import them as packages into the Management Center and apply them to Deployment Groups for instant deployment and installation on managed endpoints.
Note: Ivanti Cloud Agents are only currently supported in physical environments, not virtual environments.
For further details on this feature, please refer to the online help.
Environment Manager - Auto-Copy Toggle for Multiple Sessions VHDs
In Environment Manager 2018.3, Ivanti introduced the ability to use VHD Cache Roaming to provide users with access to their cache when working across multiple virtual sessions. This update enables users within a non-persistent Windows environment to have multiple sessions running at the same time.
However, to provide this multi-session support, a VHD is created for each device logon, with a maximum of 5 VHDs retained per user.
Feedback from individual customers identified this capability as not being needed by default. The feature now has the option to toggle multi-session support ON or OFF, to help reduce disk usage on back-end storage.
For further details on this feature, please refer to the online help.