Hyena Voted WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Award Winner!
December 19, 2012 - Leading Windows networking resource site, WindowsNetworking.com, announced that Hyena was selected as the winner in the Network Administration category of the WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Awards.
“Our Readers’ Choice Awards give visitors to our site the opportunity to vote for the products they view as the very best in their respective category,” said Sean Buttigieg, WindowsNetworking.com manager. “WindowsNetworking.com users are specialists in their field who encounter various solutions for Enterprise Networking at the workplace. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition from peers within the industry.”
See full press release here!
New Features in Hyena v9.2
Customizable Group Member Displays
The group membership displays can now be customized, much like any other Active Directory query. Group member queries are accessible under File > Manage Object View > AD Queries.
The group membership display can be modified for direct group member listings, indirect group member listings, as well as listing the current members of dynamic groups.
Hyena v9 has met the Microsoft 'Compatible with Windows 8' logo requirements!
"Compatible with Windows 8" certification means this product met Microsoft testing requirements for compatibility with 64-bit and 32-bit Windows 8. To earn the "Compatible with Windows 8" logo, apps and devices must pass Microsoft-designed installation, performance, reliability and security tests so you can be sure these products are compatible with Windows 8.
Exchange 2010 Changes
Added capability to specify the domain controller to be used on Exchange 2010 functions. This feature uses the -domaincontroller PowerShell option to explicitly force the command to be executed on a particular domain controller. To set a particular domain controller for a domain, modify the Exchange 2010 domain template (Tools > Settings > Exchange 2010), and include the optional domain controller in the domain template.
Usage of this capability should be limited to those instances where Active Directory (Powershell) is unable to resolve an account name. This usually happens because the server the command is being executed on is in a child domain, causing PowerShell to be unable to lookup the account on the server where the command is being executed.
Viewing Open Files Changes
The "Open Files" menu option is now available on the context menus (either left or right window) for share objects. When viewing the open files on a share, Hyena will show all open files in the directory that is being shared. A new column showing the path (if any) that is being used as a base for the open file listing has also been added.
Fixed sorting of results from "View Deleted Objects" function.
Fixed problem with viewing event details on events that are forwarded from another computer using Microsoft's new Forwarded Events feature in newer EVTX/Crimson event logs.
Fixed problem on non-English versions with incorrect time offset being displayed on filtered events.
Fixed problem with Exchange 2010 settings being reset under certain conditions.
Hyena v9.0 New Features
Support for the EVTX Event Log System
Hyena v9.0 is the first version to offer support for the newer EVTX (sometime referred to as 'Crimson') event log format. The newer EVTX format was introduced in Windows Vista, and carried over to Windows 7 and Windows 2008. Although similar in appearance to the older EVT log format, the EVTX system is entirely new and in some cases incompatible with the older EVT system originally introduced in Windows NT 3.50.
The primary limitation to using older versions of Hyena on EVTX-based operating systems were the frequent inability to format message descriptions and not being able to access the newer Microsoft or vendor-specific event logs.
For more information on the EVTX options, see the Event (Crimson/EVTX) topic in Hyena's help file.
Displaying All Domains
A new menu option, "View all Domains", is available either on the main File menu, or on the context menu for the Enterprise object. The primary purpose of the View All Domains option at this time is to enable access to Exporter Pro for multiple domains from Hyena's right window. By multi-selecting domains in Hyena's right window, selecting Tools > Exporter Pro > Export from Selected Objects, Active Directory reports can be generated for multiple domains at the same time.
Mail-Enabling and Disabling Exchange 2010 Distribution Groups
Distribution groups (Universal groups in Active Directory) can now be mail-enabled and disabled by selecting the mail-enable/mail-disable option from the Exchange 2007/2010 Functions menu for any Active Directory universal group.
Right Window OU Contents Sort Order
The sorting of the contents of Hyena's right window has been changed when displaying the contents of OUs that contain other OUs/containers. In the past, everything was sorted based on the sort column contents. With this change, OUs will always be listed first in the list, similar to how sorting of files and directories are handled.
Displaying Binary (OCTET_STRING) Active Directory data types
Hyena can now display the ASCII characters of OCTET_STRING AD data fields, which are used by some directory extension utilities to store user data.
Group Policy Editor Changes
Hyena will now execute the most current Group Policy editor, GPME.msc, if it is present on the system.
Windows 8 Support
Small changes were made to allow Hyena to run on Windows 8.
Service 'Delayed Start' Support
We've added support for seeing the delayed start status when viewing all services/devices in Hyena's right window and to the Service Properties dialog.
Additional Command-Line Support
Additional command-line options were added to allow starting Hyena and automatically inserting and selecting/expanding a domain, server, or computer. For more information, see the Command Line Options topic in Hyena's help.
Hyena v8.8 New Features
Hyena v8.8 fully supports the Windows 2.0 task scheduler used by Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Options include viewing all scheduled tasks on one or more computers, viewing tasks by folder location, showing running tasks, task termination and more.
Viewing Tasks on Multiple Computers
Viewing tasks on a single computer is one thing. But trying to see if the same task is scheduled on multiple computers can be a challenge even for Microsoft's own tools. Just as with the Windows Task Scheduler 1.0 interface in Hyena's previous versions, you can also view all scheduled tasks, and sort appropriately, for all computers accessible by Hyena.
View Tasks by Folder or by Computer: It's your choice
Tasks with the new Task Scheduler are folder-based, which is great for organizing tasks into different management areas. But what if you don't know which folder the task is in ? Hyena does not force anyone to know what folder a task might be in. You can choose to either see all tasks on a computer (ie a 'flat view'), or if you know the folder location, you can navigate the task folder structure and go right to it.
Viewing the running tasks on a computer, setting properties, and starting and stopping tasks are all standard features supported by Hyena's support for Task Scheduler 2.0.
Update and Revision History
Hyena v8.6 New Features
Improved 'Manage Directory Attributes' Capability
Hyena can now modify Active Directory attributes using multiple values from existing directory attributes. Instead of using complex scripts to perform this action, now full or partial values from one or more attributes can be used to update Active Directory.
For example, to change the 'DisplayName' attribute of a user to be the contents of the first name, underscore, then the last name, and with the user having a first name of "Blake" and a last name of "Edwards", use:
To use the first four (4) characters of the last name, use:
Enhanced Active Directory User Group Membership View
Active Directory user group memberships now can be viewed more easily, including the capability to view user group membership for multiple users. By using the powerful sorting and exporting capabilities in Hyena, this information can now be quickly and easily managed or reported through Microsoft Excel.
New Advanced Settings
Two new advanced settings have been added, which can be set under Tools > Settings > Advanced.
Re-Enabling RAS (Dialin Tab) for Windows 7
Due to changes made by Microsoft in Windows 7, current release versions of Hyena will forcibly disable the RAS (Dialin) properties when viewing the User Properties. This was done to prevent errors when attempting to view or save any dialin settings, since these errors were creating a large number of support incidents. These errors were the result of Microsoft changing Windows 7 system components that essentially disabled the RAS functionality. When used on Windows 7, Microsoft's own Active Directory Users and Computers snapin will also not display any RAS/Dialin settings.
Microsoft may have either addressed these issues, or this may only be a continuing issue when a Windows 7 client is used to manage a pre-Windows 2008 domain. To allow the possibility that some configurations can still be used to manage user dialin settings, the user properties Dialin tab can be re-enabled on a Windows 7 client by setting to true the Advanced setting ForceWindows7RAS. Note that you must still also turn on the option to show user RAS (dialup) information on the Tools > Settings > User dialog. This setting also has no effect on the Shell Properties for a user as these dialogs are still controlled by Microsoft.
If changing this setting, Hyena must be restarted. When enabled, the Hyena user properties dialog will have a Dialin tab. If an error is encountered when trying to view or save the Dialin settings, then the client does not have the right Microsoft support libraries to manage RAS settings. Turning this advanced setting back off will prevent the errors.
Hiding Junction Points
Microsoft uses file system Junction Points (called "Reparse Points") to provide backward compatibility for some Windows folders. These folders are usually pointers to another location and are therefore usually, but not always, inaccessible. Attempts to access the contents will result in 'Access Denied' errors. Hyena will now display these junction points with an alternate icon image, with a shortcut arrow, next to the folder, similar to what is done now in Windows Explorer when run on Windows 2008 or Windows 7. Normally, these directories are hidden by default in Windows Explorer, but they can be displayed by using the View menu options.
Hyena will by default display all system files and folders, including junction points. To turn on or off the option to view these special system pointers on directory displays, use the HideFileReparsePoints setting.
Hyena v8.5 New Features
Exchange 2007/2010 Integration
At last, Hyena now supports basic mailbox functions and Exchange properties administration for Exchange 2010. While the mailbox create/disable functions are only supported on Exchange 2010, the mailbox Properties integration will work on any Active Directory-supported Exchange version, including Exchange 2007. And, although the installation of Powershell is required for Exchange 2010 mailbox creation, the Exchange Administration tools no longer need to be installed.
Exchange 2007 users can immediately start managing user Exchange properties now !
Additional Terminal Services Features
One of the many relatively unknown features in all versions of Windows is the internal inclusion of Terminal Services. Even if Terminal Services is not used or enabled, some capabilities are still present. All Windows versions have what is called a 'console session' which represents the active session that is attached to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Hyena can now display only the console sessions for a computer, using either of these methods:
To display the console sessions for multiple computers, select the computers in the right window. Once the console sessions are displayed, messages can be sent to them by selecting them from the right window, and selecting Send Message. This method of sending messages does NOT require the messenger service, which is now essentially removed from modern Windows versions.
Remotely Controlling Sessions
The 'Remote Control' feature found in the Microsoft Terminal Services Manager utility (TsAdmin.exe) is now available in Hyena. To remotely control another session, you must first be running Hyena in a remote session. Then, display the Terminal Server sessions for a computer, select the session to remote control, and select Remote Control from the context menu. The behavior and functionality of this feature should be the same as using TsAdmin.exe.
User Image Rules
By default, Hyena will only show a different image for disabled user accounts. Hyena can now be configured to show up to 10 (ten) different images for users depending on different states including disabled, locked, password expiration, and account expiration settings. Moreover, the application of these images can be prioritized depending on the importance you place on them.
For example, if knowing visually that an account is locked out is important, then this 'user image rule' can be placed at the top priority. Or, if accounts that have expired (passed the account expiration date) is important to know, then its image rule can be placed higher in the rule list. Individual rules can be enable/disabled as well.
AD User Query SymbolsWhile Active Directory contains a great deal of information, often the formatting of some elements leaves a bit to be desired. For example, while the directory (LDAP) path contains the container name where the object is found, it can be difficult to parse out for reporting. Hyena now supports several special symbols that can be placed into its AD queries for showing object container, password age, days until account expiration, and more.
Hyena v8.1 New Features
User Communication Portal
The User Communication Portal is a new option available for Active Directory users.
The Communication Portal queries the known Active Directory attributes that are related to email, phone, and web addresses and displays the values. Templates can then be created for email and phone contacts, or web addresses can be visited directly. The email communication uses the mailto:: protocol. This protocol supports specifying default values for the subject, cc:, bcc:, and message body of the email. These are all optional values and are stored into the template. By creating multiple templates, a different message type can be configured for different purposes, ie a scheduled system shutdown, company announcement, etc.
The calling communication uses the callto:: protocol. This protocol uses a number of parameters and settings, and can be used with NetMeeting, Skype, and other communication systems.
New Update Check Utility
Hyena's older 'Check for Updates' facility has been disabled when run on Windows Vista and later, due to problems with the User Account Control (UAC) facility. In order to have greater control and UAC compatibility, we've created our own update checking system. When executed, a small dialog is displayed which shows the license information currently being used. This new system can be run manually from Hyena, through its own shortcut, or automatically (the default) every 30 days when running Hyena.
Exporter Pro can now be used to export Terminal Server session and process information. These new exports are available on the 'Other' export properties tab.
To prevent errors caused by missing 32-bit libraries, Exporter Pro is now available in a native 64-bit version.
Hyena v8.0 New Features
Now Available for the x64 Platform
Hyena v8.0 is the first release built to support the 64-bit platform. Take advantage of the full potential of the 64-bit processor and Windows 64-bit components, especially for large-scale Active Directory projects. To upgrade to any 64-bit version, simply download and install the 64-bit version (English, French, German, or Spanish)
Support for Windows 2008 Fine-Grained Password Policies
Windows 2008 introduced a great new feature for creating multiple levels of password policies. Unfortunately, there isn't any direct GUI interface in Windows to manage these new policies...until now!.
Improved Remote Desktop Integration
Hyena can now directly access the built-in Remote Desktop (RD) client without the need for custom tools. Moreover, the options used can be completely customized for any RD configuration.
Event Time Offsets - Showing events using an offset filter allows an interval of time to be specified instead of a definitive starting and ending time. Offset settings can be aa set internal of days, hours, or minutes.
Improved Active Directory Attribute Management - The attribute editor of the Manage Directory Attribute function can now be directly accessed for a single attribute for one or more selected objects in any AD query. For example, to modify the logon script of one or more users, execute an AD query that contains the 'scriptPath' attribute. Select one or more users, then right click somewhere in the column area of the logon script attribute in the right window. The menu option will be titled Modify 'Script'. Hyena will then display the attribute editor and allow updating the logon script attribute.
Additionally, the resulting view from the 'View All Directory Attributes' function has been improved to also support modification of any attribute displayed.
See the 'What's New' section in Hyena's help file for a complete list of changes in v8.0
Hyena v7.7 New Features
Terminal Server Session Management
Extensive Logging Capabilities
More User Active Directory Attributes
Easier Microsoft Excel Exporting
Hyena v7.5 New Features
Improvements to User Photos in Active Directory
A number of advanced options (see below), as well as a new View option, has been added to the Active Directory user photo integration. A new help topic has also been added to fully explain user photo storage in Active Directory.
New Advanced Options
A new 'Advanced' dialog has been added to the Tools > Settings dialog, for easier control of the many advanced settings in Hyena. New advanced settings for user photo integration, ping, and others have been added. See the Advanced Settings topic in Hyena's help file for a complete list and descriptions.
A new option for logging WMI queries and method executions has been added to the Tools > Settings dialog.
Exporter Pro Improvements
A number of new features have been added to Exporter Pro, including exporting of open file information and file version information. Support has also been added for inclusion of special symbols in output file names for date and time values. See the Release Notes section in the Exporter Pro help file for a complete list of changes.
Hyena v7.3 New Features
Improved User Copy Options
The 'Copy User' function has been improved to allow selectable attributes to be copied. Plus, named templates can be created for even faster selection of common user copying scenarios.
New Active Directory Features
New Advanced Settings
Exporter Pro Changes
Hyena v7.0 New Features
Improved Active Directory Query Management
The Active Directory query options have been both streamlined and simplified in Hyena v7.0. Queries can now be created or customized more easily, and a new View All Directory Attributes option lets you see all existing AD elements for any object. The 'View All' option is convenient for determining the attribute names used by Active Directory.
Custom Active Directory LDAP Filtering
Active Directory has always included a powerful mechanism that supports server-side filtering, but until now this capability was difficult to fully utilize. Hyena now provides an easy method of assigning the LDAP filter from Microsoft's query builder to Hyena's Active Directory engine, a combination that provides for a lot of new flexibility and performance improvements. New All Disabled Users and All Contacts default queries have been added which use this new capability and any number of other custom filters can be easily created.
Custom LDAP filters can also be executed at sub-container levels, providing the capability to search multiple directory levels, or even the entire directory at one time.
Microsoft Vista Compatibility
We've made a number of minor changes to address compatibility and integration issues with Microsoft Vista and will continue to monitor Vista feedback by our customers.
Added a Registry Security dialog.
Improved the Active Directory filtering options (through the AD toolbar) to improvement performance and integration with the new query options.
Added a new column (cn) for the name of the group when displaying group members.
When a column in Hyena's results window (right window) has been sorted, the sorted column will be highlighted if a Windows XP manifest file (enabled by default) is being used.
Improved the performance of reading from a shared settings file stored to a network or WAN location.
Added capability to enter multiple target computers in the Copy Printers To... option. Also saved previous settings on this dialog.
Enabled copying (Control-C) of the SID and GUID information on the Object tab of any AD properties page.
Enabled context and property sheet extensions for Active Directory contact objects.
Added status bar message when retrieving directory information for multiple objects when using the Manage Directory Attributes function.
Enabled the Security and List Security options for Active Directory public folder objects.
Added additional space to the Computer Properties > Software > Properties dialog, and also enabled multi-select on the main computer software listing, so that multiple items can be copied to the clipboard.
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