02. 05. 2018 Charles Callaway NetEye, Release Notes

NetEye 3.13 and 4.1 Release Notes

NetEye 3.13 Release Notes

Welcome to the latest version of our NetEye Unified Monitoring Solution that introduces methods to automate business process creation, scheduling of asset import via CSV, load balancing best practices, and improved Grafana dashboards.

Product: NetEye
Release Number: 3.13
Release Date: April 30, 2018
Release Type: Minor
Previous Release: 3.12

System Requirements: NetEye 3.12 installation or higher

These release notes for NetEye 3.13 describe new features and improvements to version 3.12 and provide information on how to upgrade.  The complete change log, which includes all fixed issues, is available via the banner link “NetEye 3.13 Upgrade Available” (see the section “How to Upgrade” below).


New Features

Automated Business Process Creation and Update via the Perl API

If hosts and services involved in business processes can be identified from an external source, you can use the NetEye Perl API to create and update those business process nodes via the command line.  If you have a large number of such nodes, this can save you a significant amount of time compared to using the GUI to add nodes one by one.  The Perl API allows you to use the full range of parameters found in the GUI, and once the Business Process nodes have been added, you can also commit the changes via the API.

With consulting, this can also be done with data sources such as an external CMDB.

Scheduled Asset Management Import for CSV

With this new addition, GLPI can use the file injection plugin to import assets from CSV files either singly, or scheduled at regular intervals.  With this release we introduce an automated action (GLPI cronjob) to import a local CSV file that can be provided by an external database or application, such as a configuration management or discovery tool.


Improvements

New Monitoring Interface Version

NetEye 3.13 includes an update to Thruk2, the monitoring GUI.  We have merged our extensions into the monitoring interface, and ported our NetEye themes and extensions.  Thruk2 includes new columns in the Host and Service Details panels, and all columns can now be reordered and hidden, directly from the GUI.  With this update, you can take advantage of improvements made by the community to the Thruk2 software base, such as increased startup time and overall speed, improved memory usage, and improved logcache performance.

Documented best practices for distributed and non-distributed load balancing

Do you need to scale monitoring on multiple nodes, or have multiple sites with different subnets, and want to integrate monitoring on a central NetEye server?  You can implement load balancing of host and service checks on a load-balancing node.  Checks are assigned statically (via a hostgroup) to a dedicated worker node.  Scheduling and configuration remain on the central NetEye node.  With this release we provide the documentation with a best practice approach for load balancing.

Updated Availability and Performance Data Dashboards

We have improved the default Grafana dashboards that display availability and performance data.  This includes usability improvements such as automatically showing periods of outages and trends, more status filters, additional links to relevant views, and an improved color scheme.  We have also switched to using a new performance data database.


Technical Preview

ITOA Availability

We will soon release an add-on product to NetEye called ITOA, or IT Operations Analytics, which will include new post-processing logic (e.g., anomaly detection), multi-level visualization dashboards, and true Alyvix data integration.


How to Upgrade

Upgrading from NetEye 3.12 to NetEye 3.13 can be performed locally by following the documentation already provided in NetEye 3.12.  This upgrade procedure will still be possible for all future NetEye 3 minor releases.  The base requirement is a NetEye 3.12 installation based on CentOS 6.

Step 1:

Update the NetEye 3.12 documentation package with the following command:

yum --enablerepo=neteye update neteye-documentation

Step 2:

Execute the upgrade procedure as described in the just updated documentation via the banner link “NetEye 3.13 Upgrade Available” at the top of the main NetEye documentation page.


NetEye 4.1 Release Notes

Welcome to the latest version of our NetEye 4 Unified Monitoring Solution.  After our initial version 4.0, this new version introduces integrated analytics dashboards, once-only user authentication, an upgrade to the latest versions of Icinga2 and IcingaWeb2, and a large number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

Product: NetEye
Release Number: 4.1
Release Date: April 30, 2018
Release Type: Minor
Previous Release: 4.0

System Requirements: NetEye 4.0 installation or higher

These release notes for NetEye 4.1 describe new features and improvements compared to version 4.0.  For information on how to upgrade, please contact Service & Support.  With this release we have substantially upgraded the documentation package.  In future releases, the update procedure will be provided as part of the documentation package, just as we currently do with NetEye 3.


New Features

Analytics Dashboards for Monitoring Data in Dashboards, Maps, and Monitoring Views

This feature adds links for performance data dashboards to the monitoring views for both hosts and services.  Analytics dashboards dynamically create a single dashboard for every service running on that host without having to name each one separately.  Similarly, for a host view with multiple service check results, the analytics dashboard will automatically create graphs on that dashboard for all hosts and service checks.

In addition, when hovering over a map pin in NagVis, the selection of which hosts and services to show can be customized without leaving the dashboard.


Improvements

Upgrade to Latest Icinga2/IcingaWeb2

We have updated the underlying Icinga2 package to the latest 2.8.2 release, which focused on security and stability bugfixes.  In addition, we updated the IcingaWeb2 package to version 2.5.1, which includes improvements to AD and LDAP integration, as well as the user interface.    Both packages have raised their PHP version dependencies to 5.6.

 

Technical Preview

Availability of MQTT collector for IoT projects

NetEye 4.1 includes as standard an MQTT collector for gathering data from multiple data sources, such as IoT devices, and importing that data directly into InfluxDB so that Analytics can display it with its full set of graphing features.  (This is also available for NetEye 3.13.)

 

Contact

If you have any questions about this minor release, you are more than welcome to get in touch with us by sending email to neteye@wuerth-phoenix.com.

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