Clutter: when to delete, when to hide

trash

The KeyConfigure user interface supports deletion of any of the main objects, but you should think twice before deleting. Often the motivation for deleting objects is to “clean up” the data. However, there are better ways to clean up than simply deleting data. Deleted objects can no longer be displayed in reports and this can obscure […]

The KeyServer Client Communication Protocol

Computer Network

The K2 client-server communication protocol is lightweight yet robust.  It is also fault tolerant, and supports your configured license Policies with the greatest possible transparency to end users. UDP port 19283 is opened on the KeyServer host in order to receive client connections.  As a KeyServer administrator, there is generally no need to understand the details […]

Sassafras Software Congratulates new 2013 IAITAM Fellows

IAITAM Fellow

Sassafras would like to congratulate Barbara Sellers, IT Director and IT Asset Manager at USAA, and Heather Young, Microsoft Global Director of SAM Programs, as the newest members of the internationally respected IAITAM Fellowship program. The IAITAM Fellow designation is the highest level of personal professional recognition offered by IAITAM, and is awarded on a […]

Using Asset ID for IT Asset Management (ITAM) with K2

Asset ID in K2 QR code

There are various ways to identify computers uniquely based on hardware properties. In particular, a MAC address or a hardware Serial Number typically are unique across all computers and are readily available in any systems containing computer records. K2 uses these properties as well as others to maintain a unique ID for each computer. However, […]

BSA report on SAM in Cloud Computing

The Cloud

The Software Alliance (a.k.a the “BSA”) has published an interesting paper on the importance of Software Asset Management (SAM) in Cloud Computing. In summary, Cloud computing does not exempt an organization from their need for SAM but rather, the cloud requires its own additional management policies and procedures. Fortunately, usage and entitlement optimization reporting for […]

New Browser definitions added to PRS

New Browser Definitions

We have recently added definitions to our Product Recognition Service for versions 23-25 of Firefox, versions 29-30 of Google Chrome, and version 11 of Internet Explorer. If you have these versions installed at your site, you should automatically receive the new product definitions. However, your Products window may be filtered to hide Ignored products, in […]

Ignored status for Products

Ignored Products

In K2 version 7.1, we added a new Status for Products called “Ignored”. This gives you an easy way to control which Products should be excluded from Audit Products reports. Here we’ll discuss some other aspects of this new Status, and describe why some products from PRS are initially set to Ignored. Ignored and Audit […]