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Description: NIC Configurator 2018

NIC Configurator 2018 acts as a conduit, allowing you to think smarter by spreading your network adapter optimization settings across your entire computer network based on optimization properties built into every computer network adapter such as Speed and Duplex, TCP Offloads, Jumbo Packet, and others.

The NIC Configurator 2018 client monitors network adapter connection status and these advanced properties to automatically ensure they always match your NIC policies, even if your network adapter selections spread across multiple computers and NIC brands.

When a network adapter setting does not match its NIC policy setting, and auto-configure is enabled, NIC Configurator 2018 will detect this non-compliant status and modify the network adapter properties to match the settings in your NIC policy. A notification is also sent via text and e-mail which shows the non-compliant computer, network adapter, and NIC properties.
This is also displayed on the NIC Configurator 2018 Compliance Monitor screen.

NIC Configurator uses NIC policy to standardize network adapter advanced properties across hundreds or thousands of active directory computers.

 

 

 

 

Software Fixes & Updates

 

 

 

DATE

FIX / UPDATE

  09-04-2021

The below Windows network administration functions have been added in Compliance Monitor as menu options. These options appear after right-clicking a selection of rows in the Compliant or Non-Compliant sections. Clicking a menu option will perform that task on each computer in the selection and display the results on the screen for your analysis.

Disable TCP Chimney Offload

Enable TCP Chimney Offload

Display TCP Connections

Display All Connections

Display Route Table

Display IP Config

Display IP Config /ALL

Display Contents of the DNS Cache

Release IP Config from DHCP Enabled Network Adapters

Renew IP Config on DHCP Enabled Network Adapters

Flush DNS Cache From Selected Computers

Register This Host with its DNS Server

Force Group Policy Updates

  08-26-2021

In some cases, in the Non-Compliant section of Compliance Monitor, an empty row would appear at the top of the list and this empty row would be counted towards the number of network adapters that are Non-Compliant with their NIC policy.

As of this update, this behavior has been resolved.

  06-11-2021

NIC Configurator 2018 now includes the following Power Management options, which are available to be added to a NIC policy.

Option 1: Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

Option 2: Allow this device to wake the computer

Option 3: Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer

All options ccan be saved to a NIC policy as Enabled or Disabled.

  06-06-2021 Updated NIC Configurator 2018 documentation to include instructions on how to remove the software and automatically remove NIC Configurator 2018 clients installed on remote computers.
  03-07-2021

Fixed source code in Compliance Monitor that did not show all NICs on a computer as being down even though Compliance Monitor displays the computer as unreachable.

As of this update, when a computer is identified as being unreachable, all network adapters on that computer will read as being "DOWN!!!" in Compliance Monitor.

  02-28-2021

On the Client Removal dialog box, when querying for computers by entering a domain name, if the domain entered was unable to be found, a "Could not find the Active Directory domain object. Please try again." message would appear, however after clicking the OK button to clear this message, another (unplanned) error would occur which exits the main dialog program, not allowing retry. This has been corrected.

As of this update, after the "Could not find the Active Directory domain object. Please try again." message appears, the program will return back to the main dialog box allowing you to try again.

If a domain name is entered to find computers to remove the NIC Configurator 2018 client, the name must be in the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) format.

(example: vegas.myteksupport.com, or myteksupport.com).

  02-18-2021

In Compliance Monitor, the "Message / Non-Compliant Property" column now shows the non-compliant network adapter advanced property(ies) by name, which makes it easier to remediate these property settings values back to your NIC policy preferences.

However, if Auto-Configure is enabled, NIC Configurator 2018 will automatically remediate the settings to match the settings in the network adapter's NIC policy.

  02-17-2021

In Compliance Monitor, if a computer or network adapter is listed as Down, the text and background color in that particular row will now be highlighted in a different color to accentuate the importance of remediating the network adapter status back to Connected.

The default Sort of rows in Compliance Monitor has now been set to Ascending on the Computer Name column. Previously, the default sort was Descending on the NIC Policy column.

  02-06-2021

Made some cosmetic changes on the small monitor for Compliance Monitor. Added a border around the monitor portion when viewing in Full Screen mode to place the focus on client network adapter data results.

  01-14-2021

Made some cosmetic changes on the Import NIC Policy dialog and on the Save NIC Policy dialog to remove double ampersigns in the display text.

Also in the Import NIC Policy dialog, we allowed more Flow Control property values to be imported from the NIC policy store file. Previously, only the Enable and Disable flow control settings were allowed to be imported, which was a mistake in that version because customers were allowed to select more Flow Control values for NIC Configurator 2018 to automatically monitor and modify. The new values added for allowable import into a NIC policy for Flow Control are as follows:

Rx & Tx Enabled, RxEnabled, TxEnabled

  06-06-2020

On the NIC Configurator 2018 opening dialog box, when clicking the Clients > Install menu items and then typing a name in the Computer Group edit box, no results would be returned after clicking the Find button, even though the computer group existed in Active Directory and there were computer objects listed as members of the group.

This only occurred when the computer group in Active Directory was located outside of the Users container.

This has been fixed. As of this update, NIC Configurator 2018 will find members of computer groups that are located inside or outside the Users container.

  01-11-2020

Added support for the Microsoft NIC teaming adapter (Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Driver).

Added auto-configure (modification) support for the Microsoft teaming adapter via NIC policy.

NIC Configurator 2018 can automatically ensure this network adapter matches the advanced settings in its NIC policy.

  01-11-2020

Added auto-configure (modification) support for the Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter on Hyper-V servers via NIC policy.

NIC Configurator 2018 can automatically ensure this network adapter matches the advanced settings in its NIC policy.

  01-09-2020 Added support for the Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter on Hyper-V servers.
  12-22-2019 Added "Buy Now" button to the opening dialog, which brings you to the PayPal Checkout shopping cart screen, when clicked, to purchase NIC Configurator 2018 + 100 Client Access Licenses.
  12-22-2019 Added "View Updates" button to the opening dialog, which brings you to this page when clicked.
  12-16-2019 Fixed issue with "Test Send" button generating an error when testing e-mail and text message notifications. Errors were occurring even when users were configuring e-mail and text message settings correctly.
  12-16-2019 The Notification button in Compliance Monitor now gives users the ability to disable e-mail and text notifications after this feature has been enabled.
 

12-12-2019

Added code to the NIC Configurator 2018 client that detects when a network adapter being monitored is in the "Other Unspecified State". This was previously intentionally not noted.

NIC Configurator 2018 monitors and detects network adapter changes and displays any state other than "Connected" in the Compliance Monitor's "NON-COMPLIANT" section which can be configured to generate an automated e-mail or text message to your phone. The below network adapter changes are captured and displayed on Compliance Monitor's screen.

0-Disconnected
1-Connecting
2-Connected
3-Disconnecting
4-Hardware Not Present
5-Hardware Disabled
6-Hardware Malfunction
7-Media Disconnected
8-Authenticating
9-Authentication Succeeded
10-Authentication Failed
11-Invalid Address
12-Credentials Required
13-Other Unspecified Status

12-01-2019

Fixed issue with NIC Configurator 2018 client not installing when selecting computers from another domain.

     

 

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The following operating systems are supported:

- Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012,Windows Server 2008

NIC Configurator 2018 requires modifying Group Policy.

- NOTE: Read the NIC Configurator Installation and Usage document before using product. [MS WORD | PDF]

 

 

 

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Create NIC Policy for
These Network Adapter Performance Properties:

Power Management
ARP Offload
Auto Disable Gigabit
Energy Efficient Ethernet
Green Ethernet
NS Offload
Interrupt Moderation
Speed and Duplex
IPv4 Checksum Offload
Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4)
Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6)
Network Address
Priority VLAN
Receive Buffers
Receive Side Scaling
Jumbo Packet
Shutdown Wake-On-Lan
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4)
TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6)
Transmit Buffers
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4)
UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6)
Flow Control
Wake on Magic Packet
Wake on pattern match
WOL & Shutdown Link Speed

 

Work Smarter

NIC Configurator 2018 monitors the below network adapter connection states and alerts you when your adapters move away from the "Connected" state.

Disconnected
Connecting
Connected
Disconnecting
Hardware Not Present
Hardware Disabled
Hardware Malfunction
Media Disconnected
Authenticating
Authentication Succeeded
Authentication Failed
Invalid Address
Credentials Required
Other Unspecified Status

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