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Geneos Release Notes GA4.0

Overview

Released: 20 February, 2017

Last updated: 24 March, 2017

ITRS is pleased to announce the release of Geneos GA 4.0.x.

Geneos GA4.0 succeeds GA3.8 as the latest version of ITRS’ application performance monitoring tool. It is the next step in the Geneos evolution, introducing new capabilities that co-exist with existing Geneos deployments and giving ITRS customers the flexibility to adapt and evolve at their own pace.

The first release, GA4.0, focuses on laying the technical foundations to support those new capabilities and features coming up over the next few releases.

Active Console 2, Gateway 2, Netprobe, and EUEM Netprobe are upgraded to GA4.0.1 that include the following fixes:

  • ACX-4409: Adds signed EUEM XPI in the AC2 package.
  • GWX-2824: Fixes metadata stream targets published through the publishing module of Gateway.
  • NPX-914: Removes installer inside Netprobe zip package.
  • PLI-2298: The Custom view and All Traps view of the Trapmon plug-in show the same data.
  • PLI-2314: Fixes missing files in the EUEM package.

Highlights

Geneos 4.0 provides an upgrade path to new components and capabilities without breaking existing Geneos GA3.x deployments. It lays the foundations for subsequent releases to deliver new capabilities. As such puts in place the necessary framework and architectural changes required to support new technologies, and to allow our customers to leverage evolving technologies of the future.

To view the highlights in the Geneos release, see What's New.

Notice of changes

Introduces changes to Geneos packages in GA4.0:

  • Name of the package file is geneos-<component>-<version>.<platform>.<tar.gz/zip>
    • For example, geneos-netprobe-4.0.0.solaris-x64.tar.gz.
  • Packages contains a root directory <component>.
  • Libraries are located within a sub-directory named lib or lib64:

GA4.0 introduces the following compatibility changes:

Notice of change Affected component Alternatives/Upgraded oath

Following 32 bit components will NOT be available to download in Geneos GA4.0 and newer.

Note: These are still supported in Geneos GA3.x versions.

32-bit Netprobe on AIX, Linux, Solaris x86, Solaris Sparc

32-bit Gateway 2 on Linux, Solaris x86

32-bit Licence Daemon on Linux, Solaris x86

32-bit Web Dashboard on Linux, Solaris x86, Solaris Sparc

32-bit File Agent on AIX, Linux, Solaris x86, Solaris Sparc

Netprobe, Gateway 2, Licence Daemon, Web Dashboard, File Agent Upgrade to 64-bit equivalent components.
Web Montage is not available to download in Geneos GA4.0 and newer. Web Montage Web Montage versions GA3.7.0, GA3.2.0 and GA3.1.1 will continue to be supported.
     

Issues fixed

These are the issues fixed, such as bug and story, in the release:

Issue type Issue key Release component Release description
Bug ACX-4409 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This change adds back the signed euem xpi in the AC2 package. Previously, the unsigned xpi was included in the package.
Enhancement ACX-4290 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The opposite value for boolean data item properties can now be mapped to dashboard object properties.
Enhancement ACX-4223 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor It is now possible to display and persist unicode character captions, labels and texts in the dashboard. This is done by editing the ActiveConsole.gci file and changing the file encoding and by selecting a font that is able to display the desired unicode characters.
Enhancement ACX-4211 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Now when you paste into the active dashboard, if the mouse has not moved, each subsequent paste will be off set (down and right). This is to help the user see how many additional paste operations they have performed.
Enhancement ACX-4283 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The Details mode in the dashboard palette has been removed. It had limited value over and above the popular icon mode.
Enhancement ACX-4273 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Now that licensing has been removed for the dashboard we have removed sort by licensed in the dashboard palette.
Enhancement ACX-4253 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Copy and paste are now available via a right click menu in the dashboard. before they were only accessible via CTRL-C, CTRL-V.
Enhancement ACX-4205 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The maximum time data retained and display options have been increased in the active charts. The new limit for both settings is now 500 hours.
Enhancement ACX-4171 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor There is now a modifier option that affects the image transparency. It is available via the custom modifier dialog.
Enhancement ACX-3930 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Adding a modifier to a shape no longer updates the tool tip for a dashboard object. This is opposed to the previous behaviour which meant that whenever a modifier was added or loaded onto a shape the tooltip would be updated with the modifier information.
Enhancement ACX-4270 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The ReplaceURL modifier no longer wraps the target with dataitem( ... ). In addition it replaces all URLs rather than add to the existing set.
Enhancement ACX-4363 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor You can now create a modifier that sets the colour of a dashboard object to be the value of a cell. The modifier assumes that the cell value will be of an RGB format, I.E. 255,255,255 for white. If the value of the cell is not of this format it defaults to white.
Enhancement ACX-4368 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Using the custom modifiers you can now link value to Font Transparency. the system assumes that the value of the cell is in the 0 -1, where 1 is opaque.
Enhancement ACX-4339 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This change provides a default User-Agent string in the form "Geneos/<version> (ActiveConsole2)".
Bug ACX-4291 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Default value now being cast to its correct type, based on the data item property type.
Bug GSE-1168 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Remove the table of include file information from the advanced tab of the includes node in GSE.
Bug ACX-4251 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This change fixes an issue when an object being copy-pasted doesn't clone some properties. Properties added to a copy-paste include multiline, anti-alias, and keep aspect ratio.
Bug ACX-4341 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor This change fixes an issue with overflowing text in chart legends when a dashboard is imported when unicode is enabled.
Bug ACX-4202 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The 'Fat Gauge' has been removed from the palette in favour of updated designs. We have also corrected an issue which slowed down the loading of workspaces.
Bug ACX-4084 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The Best practice dashboard tools have been refactored. This includes removal of the small, medium and large concepts in favour of a simple 'one size' set. They are also now designed based on the custom modifiers rather then using hard coded modifier settings. So they can be decomposed and understood.
Bug ACX-2956 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor If a dashboard has been locked down then you can no longer edit the text on the dash board. By locked down it means that objects cannot be selected (set in the dashboard level settings).
Bug ACX-3215 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Previously there was a bug where deleting a chart caused the next chart added to have the same name as the chart added immediately before it. Now, chart naming is consistent and the number is always unique.
Bug ACX-3830 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The licensing of the active dashboard has been removed from the active console. This means this defect is not longer applicable.
Bug ACX-4288 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor When dashboard objects have their aesthetic style linked, gradient colour is now correctly synced. before if that was the only property that was changed the sync could not occur.
Bug ACX-4252 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Shapes with no fill on the dashboard are now only selectable by clicking on their border. Note to testers, this will only work for newly created dashboard objects, since the use fill in hotspot code is part if the persistence.
Bug ACX-4217 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor If a modifier is included in a sub-group in a dashboard tool it now works correctly after the work space is reloaded. Prior to this change the modifiers were not being correctly reloaded on a work space load, so the tool did not work.
Bug ACX-4326 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor When new charts are created it now creates a unique name for that chart. in the past if charts were deleted and recreated charts could end up with the same name.
Bug ACX-4264 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The URL for the 'On-line Geneos Docs' has been updated in the console.
Bug ACX-3057 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The license banner has now been removed from the Active Dashboard.
Bug ACX-3016 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor When changing modifier paths it no longer adds snooze =false and active = true by default. If the designer what’s these restrictions they can now add them themselves.
Bug ACX-3592 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

Adding a modifier to a shape no longer updates the tool tip for a dashboard object. This is opposed to the previous behaviour which meant that whenever a modifier was added or loaded onto a shape the tooltip would be updated with the modifier information.

Note this will not affect any existing tool tips present in saved work spaces. So any existing tool tips of modifier origin will still be present.

Bug ACX-3713 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue whereby the modifier dialog replicated modifiers when using the + and - buttons.
Bug ACX-3858 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue that meant that modifiers were not correctly restored on user defined palette tools that had some groups.
Bug ACX-3289 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue that meant that using snooze in a custom modifier did not work as intended. This was actually fixed as a result of ACX-3016 which stopped the auto addition of active = true, and snoozed = false into modifier paths.
Bug ACX-3051 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The modifier dialog no longer auto appends Snooze=true, and active=false when changing a modifier path. If the user needs these restrictions they can be manually added to the path by the designer of the dashboard object or tool.
Bug ACX-3882 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue that meant that corrupted modifiers stop all modifiers working. This occurred more frequently when you had to script your own modifiers via the manual files.
Bug ACX-3845 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The tooltips on the dashboards now respect the grouping atomic flag, before this change they will always have gone down to the lowest level basic object under the mouse pointer.
Bug ACX-4058 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

When changing modifier paths it no longer adds snooze =false and active = true by default. If the designer wants to have these restrictions they need to add them themselves.

This was completed as a result of the work in ACX-3016.

Bug ACX-4203 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue that meant that new dashboards reported a refresh rate of 0 seconds. Fixed as a result of ACX-4230.
Bug ACX-4166 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue that meant that new dashboards reported a refresh rate of 0 seconds.
Bug ACX-4038 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Tool tips are now no longer set by applying modifiers to dashboard objects. While existing tool tips will be unchanged (an important point when testing this PEBL), this scenario is no longer possible. This change was completed as part of ACX-3845.
Bug ACX-4256 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue where links are left behind on dashboard objects when the links have been deleted.
Bug ACX-4325 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Added additional protection around how modifiers can change the properties of the dashboard objects. Where a property is set that is not valid (I.E. a negative border thickness) the modification will simply not apply.
Bug ACX-4241 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue whereby the modifier dialog replicated modifiers when using the + and - buttons. This was solved via ACX-3713.
Bug ACX-4315 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected issue that meant that if a custom modifier had not dashboard object property the dialog did not appear (the one that should come up when you drop a data item on to the dashboard).
Bug ACX-4318 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor The Line Arrow height modifier function has been removed.
Bug ACX-4230 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected issue that meant that the dashboard refresh rate was shown in milliseconds rather than seconds.
Bug ACX-4179 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

Effective from this change when you right click on a grouped object on the dashboard it will only pick up the links from the first (atomic) object under the mouse pointer, rather than all links on all objects within the group. This will be a basic shape, OR a non-atomic group. The exception to this is when the Group is marked as atomic, in which case only the links explicitly defined on the group will be used.

With respect to compatibility, on dashboards build prior to this version the unified set of links will still be available on the group until such a time as the group has been removed (ungrouped). Therefore, there should not be any changes to existing dashboards until the user starts manipulating the group structures.

Bug ACX-4306 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor

Effective from this change when you right click on a grouped object on the dashboard it will only pick up the links from the first (atomic) object under the mouse pointer, rather than all links on all objects within the group. This will be a basic shape, OR a non-atomic group. The exception to this is when the Group is marked as atomic, in which case only the links explicitly defined on the group will be used.

With respect to compatibility, on dashboards build prior to this version the unified set of links will still be available on the group until such a time as the group has been removed (ungrouped). Therefore, there should not be any changes to existing dashboards until the user starts manipulating the group structures.

Bug ACX-4060 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor Corrected an issue where links added to dashboard objects are lost after a workspace save.
Enhancement GFR-680 Active Console 2, Gateway Setup Editor, Netprobe, EUEM Netprobe, Licence Auditor Boost version has been updated to 1.47.0. This is being used as an internal dependency of Geneos libraries.
Enhancement GWX-2732 Gateway When an Alert is triggered from a data item, the same _KBA_URLS environment variable is now provided to the effect as when an action is triggered on the same data item.
Documentation GWX-2756 Gateway Clarify meaning of 'unreachable' in Gateway-probeData plugin.
Documentation GWX-2767 Gateway The explanation of user authentication for REST commands in the Gateway Reference Guide has been expanded to include a usage example and to clarify that System and PAO authentication are not available for the REST API.
Bug GWX-2761 Gateway Ticker events triggered through update from undefined severity now contain the updated value rather than previous one.
Bug GWX-2733 Gateway Actions can again override environment variable generated by a managed entity attribute by using setting a userdata value in a rule. This fixes a regression issue.
Bug GWX-2760 Gateway Broken Gateway SQL views were incorrectly labelled if there was a Disabled view before them in the Sampler's config. This has been fixed. Disabled views are ignored at setup time rather than read and then skipped.
Bug GWX-2805 Gateway Gateway will now correctly generate 'raw.table' metrics when the pivot strategy is applied to a dataview which has one or more computed rows. (In previous releases, the computed rows would be included in the 'raw.table' message and a corresponding number of base rows would be omitted.)
Bug GWX-2824 Gateway Fixed metadata stream targets published via the publishing module of Gateway.
Enhancement GFR-712 Netprobe, EUEM Netprobe, Licence Daemon, Webslinger, Web server, Fix Analyser 2, File Agent, Gateway When an SSL error is detected but the SSL library does not return an error we now report the unix/windows error number to the Geneos Log.
Enhancement PLD-206 Gateway, Netprobe

The Application name passed to the Database connection can now be configured. This fix is applicable for the following plugins:

  • Sybase (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • SybaseServer (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • SQLToolkit (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • DBLogging (Default: "gateway2 (listen-port <Gateway's port#>")
  • ExpressReports (Default: "ExpressReports (listen-port <Gateway's port#>")
Bug PLD-207 Gateway, Netprobe

The Application name passed to the Database connection can now be configured. This fix is applicable for the following plugins:

  • Sybase (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • SybaseServer (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • SQLToolkit (Default: "NetProbe (listen-port <Netprobe's port#>")
  • DBLogging (Default: "gateway2 (listen-port <Gateway's port#>")
  • ExpressReports (Default: "ExpressReports (listen-port <Gateway's port#>")
Bug GWX-2744 Gateway, Schema It is possible for an item to be triggered by a rule but to run at a later time, either because it is configured to repeat or because it is queued until an active time becomes active or until a restriction is lifted. If the target of the triggering rule is a dataview cell, the values of other cells which are provided in environment values will now be the values current when the action is run. (Previously, only the target cell severity and value were current; other cell values were provided as of the time the action was triggered.)
Bug GWX-2714 Gateway, Schema A throttle with a summary interval of zero effectly tells the Gateway to not wait and summarise throttling if necessary. This then schedules another immediately update and so on throughout the lifetime of the throttling period causing CPU usage to spike.
Enhancement PLW-738 Netprobe MQ plugins have been provided fields for the username and password in order to access the MQ server with Security Connection Authentication feature.
Bug PLW-739 Netprobe This fixes an issue where no dataview is being created when tibjmsadmin.jar is missing.
Bug PLI-2287 Netprobe Network plugin's send packet and receive packet fields can now compute the correct value and are not producing garbage value anymore.
Bug PLI-2298 Netprobe There were instances that the Trapmon plugin's Custom view and All Traps view does not contain the same data. The data on the Custom view are being truncated after the first instance of a blank-space character. The modification here was to make both views show the exact same data. The format of all the timeticks data type was also changed from DD days, HH:MM:SS.SS to DD:HH:MM:SS.SS.
Bug PLI-2314 Netprobe Fixed missing files in EUEM Package.
Bug NPX-905 Netprobe

Change default name of certificates used by Windows Installer from cert.pem and cert-chain.pem to cert.netprobe.pem and cert-chain.netprobe.pem.

This is to match the default values written in the documentation.

Bug PLM-303 Netprobe Update RFA dictionary from version 16.51 to 17.11.
Bug PLT-522 Netprobe The rewind flag is now behaving correctly such that the file will be read from the end if the flag is set to false, otherwise it will be read from the start.
Bug PLI-2221 Netprobe Fix for GIN-499 (Plug-ins with POPEN hang when there's a Disk Plug-in monitoring a disconnected NFS mount), GIN-342 (PLI-2221: Disk plugin on Solaris Sparc platform does not handle monitoring large amount of partitions efficiently), and GIN-322 (PLW-728: Combination of JMX/Disk plugin on Solaris Sparc causes High memory spike / NetProbe crash).
Bug NPX-914 Netprobe Fix crash in Toolkit Plug-in when sampling becomes okay after a sampling which previously timed out.
Bug NPX-916 EUEM Netprobe The installer geneos-netprobe-4.0.0.windows-x86.setup was removed in the Netprobe binary for Windows.
Enhancement NPX-875

Netprobe, File Agent,

Signed files for windows binary of Netprobe and File Agent.
Enhancement WEB-440 Web server This enhancement creates a 64-bit binary for the Web Dashboard on Solaris (x86 and sparc).
Enhancement WEB-442 Web server This change adds support for Java 8 for the Solaris Webdashboard (x86 and sparc).
Enhancement GSE-1490 Active Console 2, Gateway Additionally when GSEs other than the locking one connect to the Gateway they will display the locking users full name where available along with the system username in the configuration tree.
       

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