FileWave Admin Console 9.1.0
Updated Post: This post has been updated to reflect the changes in FileWave 9.1.0 released early this summer.
The FileWave Console is the tool you will use to manage your server, add new client devices, deploy FileSets, do Inventory Control and deploy Mac OS X Images. It is the Center of Operations for FileWave. Seems like a lot of things to take, but don’t worry, we are going to take it apart section by section and give it a good overview. The FileWave Admin Console has a horizontal menu that changes based on the option you pick on the vertical menu to the left (it’s the dark column).
Lets take this console apart and lets discuss everything you are seeing here. We are going to begin with the Dashboard section on the vertical menu and we will go from there.
The Dashboard is a new element added in FileWave 9.1.0, where you can see an informative overview of every informational bit the server has to offer. The Dashboard can be detached from the Admin screen and moved to a second monitor if available. This panel can also be viewed from an external browser or a tablet because its layout is responsive, so it will look good on a Phone or Tablet. From the Dashboard itself you can configure alerts in the forms of email and you can asses pretty much al the initial information you need from your FileWave server.
The client view is where you can see all your clients that have been added to FileWave.
You can add new clients by choosing the appropriate option from the menu bar as seen below.
Update Model: FileWave has version control over everything you do. Made a change that you didn’t test and it crippled a system? no worries, you can roll back that change and it will be like nothing happened. After every change, application deployed or any update you conduct in FileWave, you click on Update Model and this is when the changes are carried out.
New Client: Clicking this option opens a pop up where you can choose from where you want to bring a new device into FileWave.
Checked-in Clients: When you click this option it will show you which clients have “checked-in” with the FileWave Server.
Enrolled Mobile Devices: These are Mobile Devices you have run the MDM client on and are available to be added into FileWave Admin Console.
Text File: If you have a list of computer names you wish to add to FileWave, just put them on a Text file and you can import them this way.
Enter Name: If you need to add a computer by its dns name, you can do so through this panel.
New Group: This creates a new group, very useful if you are like me where you want to have groups of computers depending where they are located or which office they are part of.
New Smart Group: Smart Groups are dynamic groups that contain devices dynamically, for example, if you want to have a smart group for holding all the MacBook Air laptops on your company separate from the MacBook Pro’s, you can configure a group that allows you to do this based on the specs you configure.
New Association: An association is a process that you will push to a client. It could be a script you are pushing, or an application install or a profile management change. It is greyed out because we don’t have anything to push at this time.
Client Monitor: Client Monitor is just that, its an option that gives you a sneak peak into a system in particular, from there you can see what associations are running or scheduled to run, you can also remote into that computer using Screen Sharing.app from OS X. At this point its greyed out because we haven’t added any systems to the manager.
Take Control: FileWave is a tool that allows multiple administrators and has multiple administration levels. If you are alone doing all the configuration you are fine, but if you have another Administrator, then you want to take full control of the console you can, by using this option.
Tools: This is a shortcut menu for all the tools at your disposal. This option is available through all the different menus.
Note: The Client Monitor, Take Control and Tools section of the menu doesn’t change across all the menu options, and are available at all times.
A FileSet is a propietary format FileWave uses to compact any applications, script or installations of any kind you wish to deploy in FileWave. At first you might think this is a hindrance, because nobody likes proprietary formats, but I assure you when you see FileSets in work, you are going to love them.
New Desktop Fileset: A FileSet is the packaging system FileWave uses to deploy applications, profile changes or scripts.
Above are all the options you can create a FileSet from. I will go in depth over each one, on our next installment called FileWave Adding Clients and Deploying Applications segment.
New FileSet Group: This option allows you to create a group of FileSets. For example, if you want to have a group called “Adobe Plugins” then inside you store the FileSets for Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Adobe Air, etc.
New Mobile FileSet: This option allows you to build a FileSet that will be deployed on a Mobile Device such an iPhone, iPad or Android Device.
Associations is where you deploy or associate FileSets to devices that have been added to FileWave. When you add an association its not immediately executed. It gets added to the Associations Console, where you can further optimize its deployment or add it to the FileWave Software Kiosk.
Edit Association: Allows you to further edit an Association you have made for deployment of a FileSet.
Association Tools: Are all the tools you have at your disposal when you are in the Associations phase of your deployment.
Imaging from the FileWave Admin Console, like the Dashboard is a new option on FileWave 9.1.0. Now you can upload a slim image to FileWave just like a Fileset and assign it to a Mac or a PC. The PC side of the imaging client, now also has a Driver DB you can create so your imaging and driver injecting will be seamless.
When in the iOS Inventory, you can browse any iPhone or iPad devices you have deployed in your environment.
Device Info: Works the same as Client Monitor for OS X / Windows Client Devices, except it gives you pertinent information on the Mobile Device you are querying about.
Refresh: Refreshes the view of the inventory in case any changes have been applied.
Customize Columns: You can add different column format options to further optimize how your devices are displayed.
FileWave’s License Manager offers a birds-eye-view to the Administrator on the amount of licenses deployed for any particular FileSet that is linked to an Application. For example lets say you own 100 licenses for Adobe Photoshop. You can create a record of how many are available for deployment and every time you deploy a Photoshop FileSet to a Device in your environment, FileWave accounts for it. So for example, if you have a PO for 200 licenses of Snagit v12, and you are at License 190, FileWave will alert the admin that the licenses are about to run out.
One of FileWave’s best tools is the Inventory Query tool. It allows you to build queries over your environment as plotted by FileWave.
In order to build a query, just click on the New Query toolbar button up on the horizontal menu bar. This will open the query builder. For this example I am going to build a query for detecting our Microsoft Office for Mac deployments.
The query builder consists of a series of drag an drop capsules which you can later on edit to pin point what you want to track. This query will result in listing me every Mac device on my environment that is running Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4, for example. It is very intuitive and easy to create your own queries, but don’t take ease of use for lame. Inventory Query is very powerful. You can create Smart Groups from queries you made in Inventory Query to group specific sets of devices and deploy software on them.
So far we have covered FileWave Server Installation and Configuration, and the FileWave Admin Console, but we still got lots to go so be sure you check the rest of the series our FileWave installments:
Part 1: FileWave Server Install and Configuration
Part 2: FileWave Admin Console 9.1.0
Part 3: FileWave Adding Clients and Deploying Applications
Part 4: FileWave Software Kiosk
Part 5: FileWave Reports, License Management and iOS Reports
Part 6: FileWave Image Capture and Deployment