The computer window displays selected records from the computers table. The computer table contains a record for every computer that has used the KeyAccess client software to connect to the KeyServer - this may include records representing both physical and virtual computers. In addition to the obvious fields necessary to identify distinct computers, numerous hardware attributes are available for display in the Computers window using the customizable columns feature.
The Computers window is included in the "Standard View" from the KeyConfigure Windows menu. It directly supports various reports that summarize computer deployment information including hardware capabilities, internet location, last login, etc. Links to the Computers table from the software Audit and management Policy tables support management of license compliance for specific computers, computer divisions, and computer groups.
The Display column on the left of the Computers window is used to restrict the computer list on the right to a selected subset. The default listing includes all computer records tagged as Dedicated or Leased. These are the records that require a KeyServer ‘seat’ – the number of such records cannot exceed the number of ‘seats’ enabled by your KeyServer license.
The Display column is divided into three panels. Each one classifies the computer records on the right according to various attributes. Multiple check marks within the same panel increase the selection set - the conditions are OR'd together. Check marks in separate panels decrease the selection set - the conditions are AND'd together. Clicking on the double-check icon that appears between the Display column on the left and the Computer list on the right will toggle the current selection back to the default selection.
To add or change an action defined in a rule, double click to see the filter details and click the 'triangle button' to disclose its configuration details. Filters with an action, i.e. Rules, always appear with a pink cross-hatch icon above any others in the Filters panel and they appear with small icons to the right of the name as an indication of which actions are active. The Discovered rule appears last, just above the line separating rules from plain filters (if any). You can change the the default Login type and Audit behavior specified in the Discovered rule, but the division assignment, Uncategorized, cannot be changed.
A hierarchy of Rules descending down to the final Rule, Discovered, can be configured so that newly discovered computers are categorized into an appropriate Division and the desired Audit behavior is specified. Computer records are matched against the Rules starting from the top - as soon as a rule matches, that rule's action(s) are applied, and no further rules are checked for that Computer. If the matching rule does not specify both Division and Audit behavior, the unspecified attribute will be set according to the the Discovered rule (acting as the default). A rule can also specify a Login type, but unless the Login type specified in the Discovered rule is changed to "Leased", any attempt to set the login type with other rules appearing above will have no effect.
Rules are evaluated every time a client computer establishes a session with the KeyServer. You can disable the dynamic influence of Rules completely for a specific computer – simply drag a computer into the desired division, or if it is already there, use right-click to "Acknowledge" the current state. More generally, any change you make explicitly as the administrator to the Division, Login type, or Audit setting will Acknowledge the computer record. An Acknowledged computer record is no longer subject to any of the automatic actions specified in Rules. Its Division and Audit state will remain fixed unless subsequently changed by an administrator. The Login state, however, may still vary in response to which KeyServer services are accessed as explained above.
Computer records that are subject to rules (i.e. unacknowledged computers) are indicated in the computer list on the right using the same pink cross-hatch icon that signifies a rule on the left. When a computer is removed from the influence of the rules (i.e. it is acknowledged), the pink icon is removed. In order to bring an acknowledged computer back under the influence of rules, drag it onto the Discovered rule (filter). You will see the pink icon reappear for this computer, indicating that it is once again unacknowledged. Whenever rules are changed and reapplied, they will affect all such unacknowledged computers, in order to easily re-categorize them.
The columns shown on the right display various hardware characteristics and other attributes for each computer (or virtual computer) that has connected to the KeyServer using the KeyAccess client. Use right-click in the column header in order to customize which columns are included for display. The few columns displayed in the Computers window by default are described below:
When you double-click on a computer record, its Computer Details Window will open showing all the field values for this record along with panels that show related Policy and Audit information. Note: hardware details for each client computer are always reported by client versions 22.214.171.124 or better, but older client versions will not report this information for computers that have never uploaded a software audit.
Reports are available via right-click that summarize computer data for the set of currently displayed records – however, Audit reports (for software) will never include Dormant or Excluded computers. To report on a single computer record, select just this one record and use right-click, or use right-click from its Computer Details window.
Double-click on any selector (Login type, Division, Rule or Filter) in the left column of the Computers window and a separate window opens listing all the matching computer records. In the case of a filter (or rule), you can show or hide the filter conditions under the disclosure triangle icon at the top. Note: the main Computers window can have its entire left column hidden, making it appear much like these other sub-selection windows. Drag or double-click on the small dot shown within the stripe outlining the left side of the main Computer window to show or hide its 'Display' column.
Right-clicking on a computer in the computers window will allow you to configure or show audit information, depending on how the computer is currently configured. It will additionally show any reports that can be run for just this computer.
Right-clicking anywhere in the filters section allows you to create a new filter (New Filter...).
In addition to context menus, whenever you see the icon representing a computer anywhere in the KeyConfigure interface, it will generally be clickable to expose relevant context or detail and it will be dragable into other user interface elements whenever such a drag has an obvious meaning.
Computers in the computers window can be Dragged and Dropped to the following locations, among others: