These are the release notes for the July, 2010 LogicMonitor release, which will be applied to servers this week.
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- Noc Widget: A new class of widget that summarizes the status of hosts in groups. Simply select the groups you wish to summarize, and you get big green lights if everything is alert free, or red/orange/yellow for critical, errored or warnings, or blue if all alerts are acked.
- Reporting: this is the initial release of our reporting facilities. It’s functionally and UI-wise an early release, but useful already, and will deliver even more next release. You can schedule weekly alert report summaries to be delivered by email, or reports on changes in CPU, or disk usage, etc, for a class of hosts over time.
- Faster alert processing: alerts are now processed in real time, rather than by an alert processor thread that ran every minute. This will reduce the time to alert.
- A change in Scheduled Down Time behavior: previously, hosts in SDT had alert processing suspended. From this release, alerts are still processing, but only displayed on the portal, not sent out. This means that you can look at the LogicMonitor portal before the SDT has ended to determine whether the host is running correctly.
- datasources have display groups, allowing related objects to be grouped in a container. This serves both to keep related datasources together, and also to make the default host display cleaner, by grouping less frequently referred to datasources (such as Dell hardware monitoring datasources) into a collapsed group.
- Datasources are now searchable: the datasource tab now has a search box that can be used to quickly locate datasources based on text in the datasource Name, Display As field, or Description, Applies To or collector fields.
- Flexible graphs and overview graphs now support Stack graph type. This is very useful for showing things like storage space used across an enterprise by business unit, and stacking them to show total used.
- Initial release of windows event log monitoring
- Initial release of snmp trap reception alerting. (We still prefer polling to traps – the single UDP packet of a trap is much more likely to be lost than repeated polls – a trap is being sent when something is wrong – precisely when it is likely to be lost.)
- Alert replies scheduling downtime now accept decimal fractions of hours (ie. replies of the form “SDT .5” to schedule downtime for 30 minutes.)
- Iphone support is improved (dashboards display correctly.) You can scroll the right hand panel in the host display by using two fingers to scroll up/down.
- The Active Discovery section of Datasources is now form based, making it much easier to define datasources.
- The Alert tab Download Report button now allows the selection of arbitrary time ranges. Alert history on the server now covers one month.
- overview graphs are automatically limited to the top 10 instances, if there are more than 10 instances in an instance group. The top 10 are selected by whichever instances have the highest values for the first defined line on the graph.
- Many usability enhancements, such as the entire area of the heading tabs are now click-able, rather than just the words “Dashboards”, “Hosts”, etc. Datasources with only a single instance for a host automatically expand that instance when you expand the datasource.
- When alerts are responded to by replying to an SMS or MMS message, the system will determine the admin that did the acknowledgment by searching the pager field of all accounts to find a match, and use the matching account name in recording who took the action.
- Where there are too many instances of a datasource, dragging and dropping them into instance groups was not feasible, as often the target was not visible on the screen. You may now click the tool icon next to the instance group, and select “Set Membership” to assign instances to the instance group.
- There are now datasource collectors for arbitrary TCP and UDP ports that can send strings and examine the responses for data.
- Users logging in to their portal when an agent is down will be prompted to acknowledge the down agent.
- The host tab now shows the monitoring agent for every host, in a mouse over tool tip.
- Improved XenServer monitoring: there is now support for VMs of the same name; Xen Active Discovery now supports filters; when a xen host is added to a pool, monitoring automatically changes to drop monitoring that is now reported through the master; the xen host state as seen by the Pool is now monitored, as are Pool HA metrics (overcommitment, etc).
- replying to an “Agent Down” alert with “SDT X” will now correctly schedule downtime for the agent for X hours.
- Deleting an OID in the OID to categories table is possible again.
- acknowledgement emails were coming from [email protected], instead of [email protected]
There are variety of new datasources available, including for Kemp Loadmaster load balancers, HP Blade switches, Sensatronics environmental monitors, and more. As always, if there are any devices you wish to monitor that your portal is not automatically supporting, let us know, and we’ll address it.