CMS 7.1 - First Time Setup - Great when it works
I really didn't wanna gripe about the First Time Setup as I am sure it should do what it says on the tin, but I am having huge huge troubles getting it to work, and when it doesn't, I'm having huge huge troubles finding out why.
So basically of course it happily find the sever you install it on and also install the Agent, this ( I think) is part of the installation anyway. So my next task was to try to discover and install the Agent to my own machine. So I ran the discover computers wizard, put in only the IP of my machine, it ran (could see the icon turning in the left hand pane) and then nothing. No report popping up to say, hey I ran but did not find anything and this is why. So you have to go to the network discovery tasks in the right hand pane and click through to see how many computers the task discovers. It was zero, but no explanation as to what happened (i.e. no ping reply recieved).
I figured that my PC was blocking ping, so I opened up the firewall to accept these requests. Having run the dicovery wizard again, my PC still did not appear in the discovered computers list. So I again looked at the discovery task and the task had found 1 device. However that's as useful as that report got, I could not assertain what the device was it had found. No network name, no IP, no MAC no nothing, just a 1 next to discovered computers.
So off I went to the reports section. After a while searching around I founs the discovered devices report. It had an entry for my PC under its IP address. So my immediate thought was a) why wasn't the First Time Setup showing my PC in the discovered devices list and b) why couldn't I find this information directly from the discovery tasks?
Having mulled this briefly, I then remebered that I had set the Discover Computers wizard to automatically install the agent to discovered computers. Now my PC clearly does not have the agent installed on it and it is showing as such on the First Time Setup page (as you would expect as it isn't even showing as discovered even though a report in says it has). The wizard did not say at any point that it had failed to install the wizard on discovered computers, it did not say if it had tried to and I cannot find a report anywhere confirming or denying if an installtion attempt was made and if so, what happened when it tried.
This is my biggest issue with CMS. Everything feels extremely disjointed and smoke screens (in the form of missing or hard to find information) seem to be in place at every step. Is it just me, am I being blind and missing the point, or is CMS basically a pretty shell with no substance and it's up to the user to it up in entirety to get anything meaningful out of it. At the moment I feel like there's a masssive barrier to entry and what should be a fairly straight forward product to use is actually an extremely powerful backend engine with some window dressing to pretend it's easy to use. I wish I could harness it's power, it's clearly got a lot to give, but at this rate I just wanna say "you know what, I like the stand alone DS, it's light weight, it does what it says on the tin, it's easy to use and the non web interface is quick and eficient to use. It's frustrating, but there you go!
Feedback would be most appreciated and I sincerely hope it me being a muppet, not CMS 7.1 being bad.