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Geneos Release Notes GA4.3

ITRS is pleased to announce the release of Geneos GA 4.3.x.

Geneos GA4.3 continues from our previous production release GA4.2. This release contains the highlights and set of issues fixed in the current release.

Released: 2 October 2017

Updated: 8 November 2017

Geneos Single Sign On capability is currently in “Limited Availability”. We are working with number of early adopters to further enhance the capability. We aim to make this “Generally Available” by end of November.

Note: GA4.3 version of Gateway, Active Console 2, Web Dashboard, and Web Slinger have been enhanced to support Geneos Single Sign On capability. You may see changes within the product to support this, but you will require the new “SSO Agent” binary to enable integration with LDAP / Active Directory. Please contact ITRS Support if you would like to request access to the new SSO Agent binary

Updated: 8 November 2017

Note: Active Console 2 version GA4.3.1 is available with fix for VI-7090 which resolves an issue where AC2 configuration is not loaded if workspace configuration don’t have SSOAgentUrl defined

Highlights

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

Notice of changes

Changes to Geneos packages introduced 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:

GA4.2 introduces the following compatibility changes:

Notice of change Affected component Alternatives/Upgraded oath

Support for the following Plugins ended on 30th April 2017. These plug-ins are now marked as deprecated:

  • Effix Status
  • Fix Analyser
  • Fix Cameron Status
  • Gissing
  • NYXT mama
  • RTIC Latency
  • SWX
  • TIB GSM
  • TIB Tic
  • Tib View
  • Triarch Latency
  • UL Bridge

 

Netprobe
  • Effix Status — no replacement
  • Fix Analyser — upgrade to Fix Anlayser 2
  • Fix Cameron Status — no replacement
  • Gissing — upgrade to TR ConteX
  • NYXT mama — no replacement
  • RTIC Latency — upgrade to Market Data Monitor (MDM)
  • SWX — no replacement
  • TIB GSM — no replacement
  • TIB Tic — no replacement
  • Tib View — no replacement
  • Triarch Latency — no replacement
  • UL Bridge — upgrade to ULLink integration to Geneos provided by ULLink
     

Deprecated features are no longer supported by ITRS, but users can continue to use them if they wish. Users should avoid depending on any deprecated features as they may be removed in any future releases. For more information, see Geneos Compatibility Matrix.

Issues fixed

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

Issue type Issue key Release component Release description
Bug DPS-15 All Geneos components Fixes an issue where the version for Geneos components was set to a sequential value not indicative of the release date. This caused issues when checking for the ReleaseAge.
Bug AA-769 Gateway 2

GatewayData and DatabaseLogging dataviews now hide the port and host if not set.

GatewayData and DatabaseLogging dataviews no longer show information that is only used by the gateway client.

(example being databaseLogging > connection > database > oracle > clientConnection > server > port)

Bug COL-1329 FKM Plug-in Adds option to enable case insensitive filename matching for unix based OSes. Default is case sensitive.
Enhancement COL-3984 Webmon Plug-in Adds support for SSL client authentication. Three additional WebMon parameters were exposed. Namely, Client Certificate, Client Key and Client Key Passphrase.
Bug AA-759 Gateway 2 Any GSE XML files that were locked by the gateway prior to a gateway crashing are automatically removed when the gateway comes back online.
Bug VI-82 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue that meant that a link value to URL modifier only applied after a restart.
Bug VI-2198 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue that meant that the data point labels were no longer showing on charts. Also modified behaviour so that it now works on area and bar charts (before it just worked on the small data points on line charts).
Bug VI-1214 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue where the 'Fat Gauge' in a work space can delay loading. In some case extending to hours. This fix will stop the extended load time, though the gauge will still be loaded.
Bug VI-342 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue whereby if a custom modifier replaced (based on the value of a cell) links on a dashboard object with no links it failed.
Bug VI-1956 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue whereby if a path was poorly configured on a tool the tool dialog would not come up at all.
Bug COL-1294 Hardware Plug-in Fixes the details displayed in swapSize and swapUsed fields in the hardware plugin for windows platform.
Bug COL-1491 FTM Plug-in Filenames without wildcard will be directly opened instead of going through the entire directory.
Bug COL-2863 Message Tracker Plug-in

Fixes high CPU usage when Message Tracker file contains more than 16k Characters.

This also fixes other issues found:

  • maxLinesPerMinute takes effect if configuration is multiline.
  • Message tracker now detects that file is new and should be processed from the start when the size becomes smaller.
  • When config is set to match all files, file are now detected even if they are only available after the plugin has started.
Bug COL-805 EUEM Plug-in

Fixes an issue where EUEM plug-in does not resolve a hostname, which was introduced in GA 4.0.

EUEM is able to resolve the hostname properly.

Bug COL-1244 X Plug-ins Fixes X-Traffic issue where data view fails to update 'ConnectionCount' column when there's an established TCP/IP connection disconnected. The session row still shows state as connected even though it is not anymore connected in netstat.
Bug COL-290 X Plug-ins Fixes multiple X-Ping issue that involved invalid target hosts. The issues that were fixed are displaying 'UNREACHABLE' for target hosts that can not be resolved, preventing the display of 255.255.255.255 as the address of invalid target hosts, allowing invalid target hosts to resolved itself with valid IP address, X-ping samplers with invalid target host should not affect other X-Ping samplers with valid target hosts.
Enhancement COL-3885 X Plug-ins Implements target hosts' IP change detection and handling for X-Service, X-Route and X-Traffic
Bug COL-1605 FKM Plug-in Makes use of the existing active time flags to evaluate if an updated and notUpdatedIn keys within a table should invoke a trigger.
Bug AA-856 Gateway 2

Makes this consistent with the plug-in names on the Samplers.

The plugin names on dataviews are published as part of gateway publishing. Changes to these names will need to be reflected in the Setup of other consuming applications of Gateway publishing.

Listed below are the plugins that have changed name:

  • COMBO
  • DEVICEI
  • FIX
  • FKM
  • GL_GREFFON
  • IPC
  • X-MULTICAST
  • X-TRAFFI
  • IBMI
  • E4JMS
  • JMX
  • STATETRACKER
  • WTS-LICENSES
  • WTS-SESSIONS
  • WTS-SUMMARY
Bug COL-1370 X Plug-ins Modifies X-Ping to accurately report status of reachable targets after an IP change. Previously, a target's status may be reported as UNREACHABLE when a prior target changes IP and X-ping is configured to detect IP changes.
Bug VI-1452 Active Console 2 2

Modifiers are no longer lost when a path is changed on a dashboard object on an imported dashboard. While the impact of this defect was clearly high the change done to correct this is fairly significant (vs just fixing the immediate problem).Now whenever a dashboard is imported into the work space or user definable tools are added all the modifiers connected to these which are not in the workspace are added as custom modifiers.

They are keyed on the name. So if there is already a modifier in the work space with that name they will not be imported. This means that from the version of this change the custom modifier list will be much more verbose, driven both by user imputed modifiers and the modifiers in the tools in the palette.

Bug COL-825 FTM Plug-in Previously, adding files to be monitored in FTM plugin with corresponding aliases will result in file open failures. The alias lookup mechanism was improved to fix the said issue.
Enhancement COL-4586 Netprobe RMS features exec and launch were updated to only run shell commands that are listed in the command whitelist. Users will be notified to check the netprobe setup file when an attempt to run a non-whitelisted command is detected.
Enhancement AA-3549 Fix Analyser 2 Removes the Connector thread from lib/database
Enhancement AA-2922 Gateway 2

Some commands, such as "/PLUGIN:PROCESSES:stopWithPassword", take a password as an argument. By convention probe commands take a password as their last argument and the Gateway can supply this implicitly. This breaks however if the command is altered to take additional arguments.

This update introduces a secure password argument type which can be used to pass passwords to these commands or other commands that know how to decrypt the passwords they receive.

Bug VI-1509 Active Console 2 Spelling of Doughnut tool is corrected.
Bug VI-602 Active Console 2 The Dashboard repaints its grid when the apply button is pressed in its configuration dialog.
Bug VI1486 Active Console 2

Removes the Gateway Version indicator the general settings dialog.

This showed whether it was a gateway 1 or gateway 2, but since gateway 1 is no longer supported we have removed this. We have also removed the old list view sizing settings, which do not effect the list view (just the gateway view) and so were no longer really in use.

Bug VI-2237 Active Console 2 The Light Theme dashboard icons have been rationalised, removing the small, medium and large versions. Corrections have also been done where some of the modifiers were incorrect.
Bug VI-1570 Active Console 2 The Modification dialog in the custom modifiers stops you applying if the modifications are incomplete.
Bug VI-83 Active Console 2 The Polygon tool has been removed from the palette.
Bug VI-849 Active Console 2 The Samll Rack LT tool has been removed from the Dashboard palette in favour of newer tools that use the new custom modifier functionality.
Story VI-4660 Active Console 2 The colour choosers in the custom modifier dialogue are now in order of severity (Undefined --> Critical).
Bug VI-837 Active Console 2

There have been corrections to the modifier dialog which means you can correctly edit multiple modifiers. Prior to this it sometimes failed on apply. Note that if you edit the path directly (not via the oath editor), then you need to ensure that after the edit the text box loses focus.

This has been resolved as part of ACX-3713.

Story VI-6995 Web Dashboard

Creates a different Webdashboard package with no JRE packaged. This allows for a smaller binary file and allow the user to use a different JRE for running the Webdashboard (JRE 1.8 is still required).

The Web Dashboard will still have a package available with a JRE included.

Bug COL-1875 FTM Plug-in Fixes the previously non-working FTM "Accept File Delay" function when file Alias containing <date> formatting function has been specified.
Story VI-6996

Active Console 2

Updates the JRE packaged with Webdashboard and AC2 to 1.8.0_144.
Bug VI-2492 Web Dashboard Updates the sprint security and spring framework libraries used by the Webdashboard to address security risks associated with older versions of those libraries.
Story VI-6994 Web Dashboard Adds support for authentication and authorization through the SSO Agent for access to the web dashboard dashboard and config pages.
Bug AA-1693 Gateway 2 Prevents possible loss of a record when logging to MS SQL Server and the connection is unexpectedly dropped.
Enhancement AA-2948 Gateway 2 Users will have to explicitly turn on the feature and downgrade if they wish to use original Geneos password encoding without warnings.
Enhancement VI-5278 Gateway Setup Editor

When changing the editor to XML mode, encrypted passwords are obfuscated so that they are not visible even in their encrypted form.

When the Copy XML or Copy Attributes -> XML commands are used, encrypted passwords are removed such that they have to be replaced when the XML is pasted. This also ensures that if XML is copied in order to be pasted into an editor, the encrypted version of the password is not revealed.

Bug COL-466 X Plug-ins X-Traffic columns dataSendRate and dataRecvRate have 'tab' white space between the value of amount of data sent in 'kb' and time in 'sec'
Story COL-5710 Self-announcing probes

When a Self-Announcing or Floating netprobe is suspended, the new default behaviour is for the gateway to send it a message telling it how long it should wait before attempting to connect to another gateway. This is controlled by the new selfAnnouncingProbes > pinSuspendedProbes setting: if this is disabled, a suspended probe will attempt to re-connect to another gateway after a short timeout. This allows the gateway administrator to make SAN probes suspend in a similar manner to normal probes.

This enhancements require an upgraded Gateway as well as an upgraded Netprobe. Only an upgraded Netprobe will respect the request to remain pinned to the suspending Gateway.

Story COL-5709 Self-announcing probes

When a Self-Announcing netprobe chooses between gateways, it can now inform the gateways that it has not chosen as well as the gateway that it chooses. If a gateway is informed that it has not been chosen, it removes the probe from its directory. This allows a self-announcing probe to migrate successfully to a different gateway if it is suspended manually or by automatic load management.

This enhancements require an upgraded Gateway as well as an upgraded Netprobe. An upgraded Netprobe will only send the "not chosen" message to Gateways which are able to handle it correctly.

Story COL-5711 Self-announcing probes

The algorithm used to allocate Self-Announcing Netprobes between Gateways has been enhanced so that gateways inform each probe about the other probes which are negotiating a connection. Probes make use of this information to determine which other connections are about to be made when deciding which gateway to connect to.

This ensures that load is reasonably evenly distributed if many probes are started at once or if a number of probes have to choose between two or more remaining gateways when one gateway is stopped.

Bug VI-645 Active Console 2 Fixes an issue where the version for Geneos components was set to a sequential value not indicative of the release date. This caused issues when checking for the ReleaseAge.
Bug AA-3795 Gateway 2 Some password errors that can arise due to hand editing XML and mis-entering passwords have now been caught.
Bug AA-3796 Gateway 2 When passwords were obfuscated in GSE XML mode, command passwords were missed. That has been corrected.
Story AA-3794 Gateway 2 stdEncodedPassword is only presented as a password option if it is being used. In all other circumstances only plaintext and stdAESPassword will be presented to the user.
Bug DPS-15 All Geneos components Fixes an issue where the version for Geneos components was set to a sequential value not indicative of the release date. This caused issues when checking for the ReleaseAge.
Bug AA-769 Gateway 2

GatewayData and DatabaseLogging dataviews now hide the port and host if not set

GatewayData and DatabaseLogging dataviews no longer show information that is only used by the gateway client.

(example being databaseLogging > connection > database > oracle > clientConnection > server > port)

Bug COL-1329 FKM Plug-in Added option to enable case insensitive filename matching for unix based OSes. Default is case sensitive.
Enhancement COL-3984 Webmon Plug-in Added support for SSL client authentication. Three additional WebMon parameters were exposed. Namely, Client Certificate, Client Key and Client Key Passphrase.
Bug VI-7090 Active Console 2 This change fixes an issue where AC2 configurations aren't being loaded if workspace configurations don't have SSOAgentUrl defined.
       

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