These are the release notes for the January, 2011 LogicMonitor release, which will be applied to servers this week.
- ESX hardware monitoring – ESX hardware is now detected and monitored automatically, using the CIM providers VMWare provides for common server hardware. Note that hardware monitoring is only displayed for ESX hosts if you add the ESX host itself to LogicMonitor – it cannot be monitored only by adding VCenter.
- IPMI discovery, monitoring and event logs are now supported. This provides a method for monitoring hardware status for devices that do not expose other hardware monitoring methods.
- Dashboard management has been rewritten to be more powerful and intuitive. The Add Dashboard, Delete Dashboard and Manage Widgets buttons have been replaced by a single Manage Dashboards button, that takes you to a screen that allows you to add/delete/edit dashboards for individual users, or shared dashboards. From this screen you can also create/edit/modify widgets for any dashboard, or copy and move widgets. See here for more details.
- The Show Properties/Show Alerts button in the hosts view has been replaced with a tabbed view.
- Agent installation has been further simplified. The agent credentials and configuration are now included in the binary downloaded from the server, so no configuration is needed. Note: one impact of this change is that you cannot re-use the same agent download to install on more than one host.
- Ability to compare metrics for hosts within a group. When clicking a group in the Host view, all the datasources of all members of the group are shown, as before. However, when expanded, a list of hosts with instances of that datasource are shown. You can then easily expand each host, to allow comparison of the datasource across members of the group.
- AD_JMX (JMX Active Discovery) now supports 2 dimensional wildcards.
- AD_JMX now supports dynamic domains, instead of just dynamic objects and attributes. (This is useful for Solr monitoringwhen using multiple cores, among other cases – a new Solr datasource utilizing this will be released soon.)
- support for JMXMP – JMX Messaging Protocol – as an alternative to RMI.
- A new type of Report – Alert Trends report in this initial release simply summarizes the amount of warnings, errors and criticals for a group or set of hosts, over a time period. It will soon be enhanced to include the historical trends, also.
- Alll reports now support a new schedule, “every two weeks”.
- The any roles the the privilege to acknowledge alerts now also have the ability to schedule downtime.
- The addition of an Expect Client that can be used by datasources to interact with arbitrary protocols. (We’ll be releasing datasources to support IMAP and other protocols that use this feature.)
- Improved flexibility with ESX counters – counters with multiple instances (e.g. disk requests where there are multiple disks per VM) can now be summed, instead of always averaged.
- Each dashboard now has a unique url, to allow easier sharing.
- Lots more improvements in UI, speed of host discovery, improved wizards, etc.
- The error displayed when scheduling weekly SDT has been resolved.
- SMS templates were ignoring the template subject line.
- There was a bug stopping the agent from restarting after server reboot on some windows platforms.