September 2010 Release

These are the release notes for the September, 2010 LogicMonitor release, which will be applied to servers this week.

New Features:

  • Role Based access control: allows fine grained access control to hosts, dashboards, and more. More details.
  • Batch job monitoring. LogicMonitor can now monitor periodic jobs to ensure they start when scheduled; complete with a valid exit code; and complete within the expected time. The results of the periodic jobs are displayed in the host view, and alerts are triggered for unexpected issues. More Information.
  • Time based escalation chains: Escalation chains can now support subchains, allowing alerts to be escalated through different stages depending on the time of day or day of week.  This can be used to create alert routing to staff that “follows the sun”, for example. (e.g. Alerts go to European staff during the night, then East coast staff, then West coast staff, as the day progresses.) More Detail
  • Multi level host groups: You can now create multiple levels of child-groups, and drag hosts into different groups. Right click a parent group and select “Add Child Group”
  • The ability to collect interface descriptions when discovering interfaces. This allows you to collect the interface description from Cisco (and other) switches automatically. This is not enabled by default, as we’re not sure everyone maintains their switchport descriptions.  If you do, for a representative host, click the tool icon next to Interfaces- and select Edit Datasource Definition.  In the form that displays, enter .1.3.6.1.2.1.31.1.1.1.18 in the Description OID field of the Active Discovery section. Click Save, scroll down and Submit, and you’re done.
  • Clone a custom graph: You can now clone a custom graph (from the manage widgets page, right click the graph and select Clone) to speed the creation of similar custom graph widgets.
  • a new instance grouping system that supports dynamic creation of groups based on regular expressions. See Dynamic Instance Groups. This is particularly useful for Xen Server monitoring, amongst other things. If you are using Xen Server monitoring, let us know so we can update your datasources to apply this improved grouping.
  • Creation of custom graphs now uses the same inline forms UI as the rest of the system.
  • Shareable URLs for dashboard graphs: when looking at the SmartGraph version of a dashboard graph, the URL in the browser updates to a URL that can be shared to refer to the same graph.
  • Xen Server enhancements: Virtual machine CPU information is now tracked; Xen Servers are automatically detected by the Auto Properties subsystem; Better display grouping of Host data.
  • The total monitored hosts are now displayed at the top of the host tree.
  • Datapoint descriptions are now shown as a mouse-over when setting thresholds on a host  instance.
  • The webpage collector now adds the Content-Length header automatically.
  • addition of the system.displayname property (useful for dynamic groups, to match hosts where the Displayname is consistent, but the hostname is IP address, for example.)
  • the memcached collector now accepts IP address to collect against, instead of only applying to the host’s IP – this allows the datasource to work with Gear 6 memcached appliances, that vary the IP address instead of the port that Memcached listens on.
  • support for Groovy as a script for collector, AD and directly as a post processor.  Now you can really geek out!

Bug Fixes:

  • fixed an issue where sometimes graphs were not shown when the datasource or instance was expanded
  • Alert rule matching is now non-case sensitive.
  • Better enforcement of polling interval after the agent gets new configuration
  • SDT HOST returned misleading ack message, implying it was just a specific alert placed in SDT, instead of the entire host.
  • Weekly SDT on Saturdays failed.
  • Search for datasources didn’t work in IE
  • The most recent sample displayed on a graph would sometimes drop to zero when there was no data yet reported. This has been corrected to not show any data for such times.

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