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Description: NIC Configurator 2018

Software code was digitally signed on: Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:00:53 PM

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NIC Configurator 2023 allows you to set network adapter advanced settings on mutiple computers from a central server console. Settings such as Wake on Lan, Speed and Duplex, TCP Offloads, and others can now be standardized on network adapters across groups of computers with NIC policies.

The NIC Configurator client monitors network adapter connection status and these advanced settings to automatically ensure they always match NIC policies you create, 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, NIC Configurator will detect this non-compliant status and optionally (if auto configure is enabled) modify the network adapter properties to match the settings in your NIC policy. A notification is also sent via text or e-mail which shows the non-compliant computer, network adapter, and NIC properties. This is also displayed on the NIC Configurator Compliance Monitor screen.

 

 

 

 

Software Updates and Fixes

 

 

 

DATE

UPDATE / FIX

  07-10-2023

 

Updated the M2 radio button on Client Traffic Flow Monitor to display the following NIC adapter receive and send traffic information.

-- Broadcast Bytes, Broadcast Packets, Multicast Bytes, Multicast Packets

Changed the folder path where Excel Reports get auto-saved to the users documents folder inside a subfolder named MyTekSupport.

 

  07-07-2023 Updated the Excel Report button on Client Traffic Flow Monitor so that the report will only run if there is data from NIC Configurator 2023 clients in the monitor.
  07-05-2023


Added the coding changes I made to the Purchased version into the Trial version. These changes are as follows:

Cleaned up extra empty rows appearing at the bottom of Client Traffic Flow Monitor. Removed the 8 radio buttons on the top portion of Client Traffic Flow Monitor.

Added 3 radio buttons to the top portion of Client Traffic Flow Monitor. In future updates, these buttons will show the following NIC traffic:

--First button (M 1, Default), Unicast Bytes, Unicast Packets, Packet Errors, and Discarded Packets
--The second button (M 2), Broadcast Bytes, Broadcast Packets, Multicast Bytes, Multicast Packets
--The third button, (M 3) All Bytes

  07-04-2023

Updated NIC Configurator 2023 Client Traffic Flow Monitor to show Unicast Bytes, Unicast Packets, Packet Errors, and Discarded Packets, itemized by network adapter name.An Excel Report button is also active on Traffic Flow Monitor in order to auto-save these metrics with one-click periodically (recommended once a day), as shown on the Client Traffic Flow Monitor page.

  05-18-2023 Updated Compliance Monitor so that it generates a different message when the NIC Configurator 2023 Client service is detected to be stopped. Updated code so that detecting whether the service has stopped on a client is performed faster. The previous (slower) method would cause freezing when testing on over 1,000+ network adapters. This behavior has been resolved.
  05-04-2023 Fixed issue with the NIC Configurator 2023 client not installing on remote domains.
  04-18-2023 Added the ability to start NIC Configurator 2023 Client service on remote hosts using Compliance Monitor. If Compliance Monitor detects the NIC Configurator 2023 Client service is not started, you can right-click remote hosts then select Start Client Service from the popup menu.
  04-03-2023


Fixed issue with Compliance Monitor not accurately notifying when the NIC Configurator 2023 Client Service has stopped on a remote computer. As of this update, information will be seen in Compliance Monitor and a notification email or text will be sent if those options are enabled. This issue had only occurred when no network adapters were displayed in Compliance Monitor's NON-COMPLIANT dialog window.

Fixed issue with not being able to set Auto-Config on a network adapter when a computer had multiple network adapters with similar adapter display names.


  03-08-2023

NIC Configurator 2023 Compliance Monitor now detects if the NIC Configurator 2023 Client service has stopped running on remote computers.

Notifications can also be sent to email addresses and mobile text numbers if configured in the Compliance Monitor dialog by clicking the Notification button.

  03-01-2023

Fixed the freezing issue when clicking on the Save button in Schedule Verifier 2023 dialog.

As of this update, clicking the Save button will correctly auto save the contents of the dialog into an Excel spreadsheet if Excel is detected on the computer.

  12-15-2022

NIC Configurator 2023 trial download (64-bit) is released.

  09-10-2022

Modified NIC Configurator 2018 Compliance Monitor with cosmetic changes for a better look and feel.

Added space to the top of Compliance Monitor for a display Ad.

  10-21-2021

When auto-configure is enabled on a network adapter and any of the following properties are configured in the network adapter's NIC policy, NIC Configurator 2018 will ensure that TCP Chimney Offload State is configured correctly (either Disabled or Enabled) in the Windows operating system where the network adapter(s) resides.

If ANY of the following properties are enabled in the NIC policy, TCP Chimney Offload is set to Enabled.

If ALL of the following properties are disabled in the NIC policy, TCP Chimney Offload is set to Disabled.

ARP Offload

NS Offload

IPv4 Checksum Offload

Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4)

Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6)

TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4)

TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6)

UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4)

UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6)

  10-06-2021 Added support for the VMWare VMXNET3 Ethernet Adapter used in virtual machines.
  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 dapters

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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Software code was digitally signed on: Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:00:53 PM

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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