ITRS OP5 Monitor 8.x Release Notes

Overview

This page contains the detailed highlights, a list of feature enhancements, and a set of issues fixed in the 8.x.x release version of OP5 Monitor.

To view the 7.x.x release notes, see ITRS OP5 Monitor 7.x Release Notes.

Compatibility and lifecycle

We support each major release of ITRS OP5 Monitor for 18 months from the release date, and we maintain the last minor release of the most recent major releases.

Release types

The version numbers consist of three digits that represent major, minor, and micro releases. For example, 8.0.6.

ITRS OP5 Monitor continuously introduces new releases, which are considered micro releases:

  • Major versions provide us with an opportunity to introduce features.
  • When there have been enough micro releases that changed the user experience significantly or we introduce new features, we introduce a minor version number.
  • Active maintenance of a minor release implies that we are fixing issues.

See the maintenance policy below:

Version End of life date Maintained until
6.3.x 2 September, 2015 8.0.0
7.1.x 6 April, 2016 7.2.0
7.2.x 16 September, 2016 7.3.0
7.3.x 23 February, 2018 7.4.0
7.4.x 5 March, 2019 7.5.0
7.5.x To be announced 9.0.0
8.0.x To be announced 8.1.0
8.1.x To be announced 8.2.0
8.2.x To be announced 8.3.0
8.3.x To be announced 8.4.0
8.4.x To be announced 10.0.0

End of support

The end of support means that the affected component, plug-in, or feature is no longer supported, and this ends the release of binaries. The table below lists the affected component, plug-in, or feature:

Notice of change Effective date
End of support for ITRS OP5 Monitor version 8 running on RHEL6/CentOS6 12 February, 2020

OP5 Monitor 8.0.9

Release: 12 November, 2019

ITRS is pleased to announce the release of OP5 Monitor version 8.0.9.

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • Provides additional support for monitoring of hybrid IT environment using the new plug-in for monitoring Amazon Web Services (AWS) through their native cloud monitoring Cloudwatch.
  • Naemon and Livestatus are now updated to version 1.1.0 to stay in sync with upstream.
  • Documentation links in the OP5 Monitor application now redirects correctly in the ITRS OP5 Monitor Documentation.

New features and enhancements

These are the features and enhancements in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-10630 Config, GUI, Ninja Enabled gzip in Apache to increase page speed.
MON-11788 Livestatus, Naemon Naemon and Livestatus are now updated to version 1.1.0 to stay in sync with upstream.
MON-11830 Plug-ins A new plug-in that allows monitoring of Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources through Cloudwatch.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-8228 Naemon Service dependencies for services on hostgroups now works.
MON-10972 Naemon On demand macro HOSTSTATEID now works.
MON-11823 Reports OP5 Monitor Report function now sends reports on time.
MON-11863 Portal Sending test messages or SMS from the OP5 Monitor Portal on an EL6 appliance system now works.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.8

Released: 15 October, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • It has always been recommended to only restore the same version where the backup was taken from. To restore a backup from different versions of OP5 Monitor can cause serious issues. In this release, a thorough version check has been implemented for the restore of backups that prevents all restore except the exact same version.
  • In the past, OP5 Monitor has filtered out SNMP results where the ifDescr field has been containing the words null or loopback. This filtering has caused issues for some customers, hence the filtering has been removed. Each customer can now decide on how to use this information.

New features and enhancements

These are the features and enhancements in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-11802 Backup Improved control so that only backups from correct version can be restored.
MON-11816 Nacoma SNMP scan results are no longer filtered for any versions of SNMP.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-9109 Merlin, Naemon Scheduled downtimes are now deleted correctly from all nodes regardless if the nodes have started or not.
MON-11605 Nachos Save hooks are now executed correctly. For reference, open the README file in your local folder: /opt/monitor/op5/nacoma/hooks/save/README.
MON-11732 Nachos Self-monitoring of Nachos now works on fresh installations.
MON-11763 Ninja Log archive search no longer throws timezone exceptions.
MON-11822 Plug-ins A change in the implementation of SNMP on EL 7.7 caused incorrect readings of RAM usage. A flag -S has been added to be used with EL 7.7 target systems to disable subtraction of buffered and cached memory.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.7

Release: 17 September, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • Introduced more support for monitoring of hybrid IT environments:
    • New plug-in for monitoring of Kubernetes clusters, such as deployments (replicas), nodes, and pods.
  • Instructions on how to implement sudo to run mon commands such as start, stop, restart, and node status without root user privileges is now available. For more information, click here.

Breaking changes

After upgrading to version 8.0.7, you may see one of the following error messages:

(...) eventhandler /opt/monitor/op5/smsreceive/smsreceiver/smsreceiver.php cannot
					be read: Permission denied

or

Stats directory /var/log/smsd_stats is not writable.

These issues both stem from configurations made in /etc/smsd.conf in combination with a recent change in OP5 Monitor.

For more information, see SMSD issues after upgrading to 8.0.7.

New features and enhancements

These are the features and enhancements in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-11168 Smstools The smssend module can now be used without root user privileges.
MON-11604 Gui More filter options are now available in the menu for hosts, services, hostgroups, and servicegroups.

MON-11645

MON-11717

Plug-ins A new plug-in for monitoring of Kubernetes clusters has been built and included.
MON-11730 Nachos Banners in Nachos have been removed to increase performance.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-11607 Livestatus Multitool Daemon (LMD) Negated rules now work in the list view for more advanced filters.
MON-11706 Ninja After saving a new business object, only a single banner of each type is now displayed.
MON-11752 Plug-ins On RHEL 7.7, check_by_snmp_memory now produces a normal state.
MON-11787 Nachos Independent saves by different users are now handled and displayed correctly in Nachos.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.6

Release: 20 August, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • New plug-in for monitoring of Docker.
    • Memory consumption in absolute units (bytes, KB, MB, GB) and as a percentage (0-100%) of the container limit.
    • CPU usages as a percentage (0-100%) of container limit.
    • Automatic restarts performed by the Docker daemon.
    • Checks if the container status is running and if the container health checks are passing.
    • The presence of a container or containers matching specified names.
    • Image version that can identify if the running image matches the one in the remote registry.
    • Image age that can identify the last time the image was built.

New features and enhancements

These are the features and enhancements in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-11466 Livestatus Multitool Daemon (LMD) The root user privileges are no longer required.
MON-11603 GUI There are now titles on all pages in the toolbar in the configuration pages, labels on all drop-downs, and search fields. Headings of forms are now more descriptive, and the number of items now shows on the drop-down.
MON-11628 Ninja There is now a clear warning message during deletions to help reduce the risk of deleting unintended content.
MON-11668 Ninja The log for Ninja is now rotated.
MON-11711 LMD The default log level is now set to Warn, instead of Info.
MON-11718 Plug-in It is now possible to monitor Docker.
MON-11729 GUI Increased the resolution of the product image.
MON-11750 LMD LMD is now aligned with the latest upstream version 1.6.1.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

Issue key Component Release description
MON-9236 Livestatus, LMD The logs for Livestatus and LMD are now rotated.
MON-11030 Ninja Tooltip is added for Operating Status radio buttons.
MON-11720 LMD Network outages view is now operational.

MON-11723

MON-11724

MON-11725

MON-11726

LMD A value is added to match the available values in livestatus.
MON-11743 Nachos It is now possible to remove all objects from configuration files.
MON-11748 Ninja All text blocks during creation of admin account are now displayed separately.

Known issues

This is the known issue affecting this release:

Issue key Description
MON-11607

Negate rules in the list view work with LMD when simple filters are used. However, when complex filters are used, it causes an error.

Fixed in version 8.0.7 release

OP5 Monitor 8.0.5

Release: 25 June, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • The Oracle-instantclient has been removed from distribution. 
  • Plug-in check_vmware_api is now deprecated in favour for check_vmware_v2
  • Self-monitoring of new OP5 Monitor 8, for example, Nachos, Magellan, and Livestatus Multitool Daemon (LMD) services.
  • Reduced scrolling after multi-action, only one banner is now shown.
  • The appearance of the login page has been adapted to fit the new branding.
  • The configuration main page UI design has been updated, and the number of unsaved changes are now shown.
  • The text displays when a change is successfully submitted have been improved.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

  • Fixed an issue with mon check exectime that gave empty results.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Livestatus Multitool Daemon (LMD) to crash with Panic: runtime error: index out of range.
  • Fixed an issue with snmp_functions that caused it to incorrectly filter some interfaces when using snmp v3.
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect link within OP5 Monitor GUI pointing to support resources.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the old product name to be shown in notifications.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented valid recurring downtime from being applied.
  • Fixed an issue that broke the parent configuration page when deleting a hostgroup in a hostgroup.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented LMD from populating host_check_source.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a PHP Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' when loading the page to save configuration.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented business service hostgroups/servicegroups to work with LMD.
  • Fixed an issue where members_with_state were missing in both hostgroup & servicegroup tables in LMD.

How to upgrade

To upgrade to the latest version:

  1. Click the update notification in the OP5 Monitor web interface.
  2. Use yum update on the command line.
  3. Alternatively, download the latest tarball for offline installation.
  4. Run this script:
  5. systemctl enable op5-monitor

OP5 Monitor 8.0.4

Release: 28 May, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • OP5 Monitor now have support for alerts based on saved searches in Log Analytics.
  • OP5 Monitor is now rebranded with ITRSOP5 Monitor logos.
  • New login page for OP5 Monitor.
  • Export error now results in a more detailed error message.
  • Nachos UI is now more responsive when submitting changes after editing a host.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

  • Fixed an issue where the API mixed inherited and explicit values.
  • Fixed an issue with a broken link to administrator manual.
  • Fixed an issue where OP5 Monitor was displayed in lower case.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented logrotate of Merlin on RHEL 7.x.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented logrotate of smstools on RHEL.
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect link to check cmd from plug-in view.
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect link on the plug-in page to the ITRS support page.
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect link to read more about plug-ins.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.3

Release: 2 May, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • OP5 Monitor is back on Azure Marketplace.
  • About box now shows the OS version.
  • New lines are no longer stripped from long output when notifying a contact.
  • Reduced the number of clicks required to perform the Check now action.
  • Removed unnecessary use of AllowOverride directive in Apache config.
  • check_vmware_v2 now handle 'Current' version of runtime tools as OK.
  • Autodiscovery no longer shows passwords when filling in SNMP information.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

  • Fixed the issue with viewing hosts without services.
  • Fixed the issue with generating scheduled reports created before release 8.0.2.
  • Fixed the issue with host names longer than 75 characters.
  • Fixed the issue with help text flicker when hovering a help icon.
  • Fixed default arguments in OP5 self-monitoring management pack.
  • Fixed the issue with check_vmware_v2 failing to recognise an unknown hardware element status.
  • Fixed several issues with LMD.
  • Fixed undefined variable in validate_uri_string.
  • Fixed nachos log levels.
  • Fixed knowledge base links.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.2

Release: 3 April, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • Naemon release 1.0.10.
  • Backup rotation scheme for Naemon configuration files.
  • Time zones are now supported when generating reports.
  • PATCH to remove custom variables.
  • Input validation for custom object attributes.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

  • Fixed the issue with the recurring downtime listview not showing weekdays or months.
  • Fixed incorrect warning when renaming objects.
  • Fixed the issue with the config export success banner not closing.
  • Fixed the issue with banner margin.
  • Fixed the issue with exception objects.
  • Fixed the issue with Edit User Menu only saving the last edited group.
  • Fixed the UI issue with line wrap for a large number of recipients in reports.
  • Fixed the issue with host templates not allowing to add hostgroup with identical name.
  • Fixed the issue with break line tag visible when scheduling a downtime.
  • Fixed the issue with incorrect mapping of the API value service_description.
  • Fixed the issue with contact templates not saving some of the properties.
  • Fixed the OP5 Monitor mobile app not showing services under a host.
  • Fixed the issue with filter query with services as a column.
  • Fixed the UI issue with tooltips.
  • Fixed the issue with adding a location in Geomap using Google Maps.
  • Fixed the issue with some ninja file permissions.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.1

Released: 5 March, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • When clicking on user export instead run full export if only one user has made changes.
  • Added confirmation step before reverting configuration changes.
  • Added Naemon when failed on EL7.
  • check_vmware_v2 offline installation.

Issues fixed

These are the issues we have fixed in this release:

  • Fixed Magellan installation issues while updating from OP5 Monitor 7 to OP5 Monitor 8 (EL7).
  • Fixed Magellan in Appliance OVA and ISO.
  • Fixed host view service states summary mismatch.
  • Fixed the issues with UTF-8 characters.
  • Fixed the load issue with the Monitoring Performance widget.
  • Fixed the issue with submitting service without description.
  • Fixed some issues with export progress notifications.
  • Fixed the issue with the performance page.
  • Fixed the issue with license signatures which cause login failure to the UI. Detailed incident report including postmortem can be found here.
  • Fixed some logrotate issues.
  • Fixed some spelling issues.
  • Fixed Ninja backup function.
  • Fixed Ninja errors filling up ninja.log.
  • Fixed some security issues.

OP5 Monitor 8.0.0

Released: 30 January, 2019

To download ITRS OP5 Monitor, including all components, see Download OP5 Monitor.

OP5 Monitor is happy to announce the first public release of OP5 Monitor 8. For about a year already our developers have been working on the this release to make OP5 Monitor faster, modular and more focused on the customers' needs. It is also the first release where we did things a bit different with the new microservice architecture and the API-first approach to development. We are certainly excited about this new major branch of OP5 Monitor and are looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Highlights

These are the highlights in this release:

  • Includes a more stable and responsive UI during the configuration export process.

Autodiscovery

  • Automatically discovers all the devices using the following methods:
    • Seed IP which is used as a starting point to build the device network graph.
    • IP range is used to sweep the network for the devices available within the range.
  • Covers a wide range of devices by supporting multiple protocols: LLDP, ICMP, SNMP v1, v2c, v3.
  • Documentation can be found here: Autodiscovery

Nachos

  • A new configuration manager that enables saving and exporting Naemon configuration in the background.
  • REST API for configuration export.
  • Fully integrated in UI for smoother configuration management.
  • Documentation can be found here: Nachos

check_vmware 2.0

  • The new VMware plug-in monitors virtual infrastructures managed by a VMware vCenter or VMware ESXi servers, such as its data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines.
  • It can check a wide range of different metrics and statuses depending on the targeted infrastructure. For example, CPU load, memory usage, network activity, and runtime states.
  • Documentation can be found here: VMware plugin 2.0

Livestatus caching

  • A mechanism that allows accessing livestatus data while Naemon is restarting.
  • Improves user experience while the system applies new configuration.
  • Documentation can be found here: Cached Monitor

How to upgrade

To update to OP5 Monitor 8.0.0 from any previous version of OP5 Monitor 7:

  1. yum clean all.
  2. yum update.
  3. yum install op5-release-up-7-to-8.
  4. yum --enablerepo='*7-to-8*' update. 
  5. On EL7, run this script:
  6. systemctl enable op5-monitor

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