Release Notes

What's new in version 6.0

February 2017

This version includes massive improvements over previous releases and resolves various issues reported in previous versions.

  • Now the Inventory Analyzer reports the state (enabled or disabled) of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

  • Starting with Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008, the Inventory Analyzer retrieves the list of available Windows features. For each feature, its state is reported: Enabled, Disabled, Absent, or Unknown.

  • The CPU socket (slot) type reported on Windows and Linux computers.

  • The number of CPU cores reported on Windows and Linux computers.

  • All e-mail messages generated by the standalone inventory analyzers for Windows, macOS, and Linux now include standard headers indicating that the message has been automatically generated. This helps detect and prevent mailing loops.

  • The type of disk drives (HDD or SSD) detected.

  • The PowerShell version reported.

  • Now the Skip the browser cache directory File Scan option works correctly with the latest versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.

  • Remote audit now gathers information about connected monitors for computers running Windows 10.

  • The Inventory Analyzer no longer incorrectly reports the type of Information events from Windows Event Logs as Errors.

  • The File Scan no longer reports non-existing old versions of upgraded system components (such as Internet Explorer 9 when the 11 version is installed).

  • The standalone Inventory Analyzer now supports TLS 1.1 which allows it to send audit snapshots via email services with tightened security, such as Google's Gmail.

  • The /silent and /q command-line options, which force the standalone Inventory Analyzer to run in silent mode, now hide the progress indicator as well.

  • Now the Inventory Analyzer more accurately collects attributes of various hardware components, such as chassis, ports, and slots.

  • Improved SMBIOS data processing for VMware virtual machines. Both Windows and Linux inventory analyzers disregard empty memory slots, CPU sockets, and slots for CPU cache devices.

  • Detection of the primary video card has been improved, which allows Alloy Discovery and Alloy Navigator to load monitor information to the database correctly.

  • Support for macOS Sierra (version 10.12).

  • Solved the issue with slow transfer speeds of audit snapshots, in some cases causing failures due to timeouts.

  • The standalone Inventory Analyzer no longer fails to send audit snapshots via e-mail if a Microsoft Exchange Server is specified as the SMTP server.

  • Solved the issue with slow transfer speeds of Linux audit snapshots, in some cases causing failures due to time-outs.

  • Now the Linux Inventory Analyzer more accurately collects some attributes of such hardware information as chassis, ports, and slots.

  • Added support for advanced operations in Alloy Snapshot Viewer data grids, such as Windows Features, Programs, Windows Update (Hotfixes), etc.:

    • quick search — press CTRL+F to activate the filter box in the grid's upper right corner;
    • record sorting — click a column heading to sort records by that column; 
    • record filtering — choose the items you want to see using drop-down lists in column headings.
  • The Audit Snapshot Viewer now shows the number of CPU cores for computers running Windows or Linux.

  • The Audit Snapshot Viewer now displays the CPU socket type. The new data appears in the Hardware > CPU and Mainboard section.

  • A new SSD column for disk drives shows whether each disk is a solid-state drive or not.

  • Now the Audit Snapshot Viewer shows the version of Windows PowerShell.

  • The label for the User Account Control field has been corrected.

  • The Audit Snapshot Viewer no longer throws an access violation error when opening monitor information (Peripherals > Video System > [Monitor]) from the Main Console or Network Inventory console.

  • Audit snapshots of ESXi hypervisors now contain the Virtual Machines section, where you can view the names and state of all virtual machines hosted on the hypervisor.

For instructions on how to update Alloy Audit Tools, see Update instructions.
For things to consider before updating, see Update considerations.