What's New in Geneos

Overview

This page contains the list of all highlights that have been introduced for each Geneos release.

For detailed release notes for all versions of Geneos, see Release Notes.

Geneos GA4.12

Released: 31 July, 2019

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.12.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.12 release:

  • Orchestrated Netprobe solution is now available.
  • Active Console 2 is now available on macOS and Ubuntu platforms.
  • Improved Centralised Configuration of Gateways.
  • Improved publishing to Gateway Hub.
  • New Filter in FIX Analyser's Message Detector View to filter on Order State.
  • New REST API plug-in is now available for general access.
  • Java plug-in user experience improvements.

Orchestrated Netprobe

The Orchestrated Netprobe facilitates the collection of application metrics, logs, and events in an orchestrated environment.

Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration were developed to help users manage dynamic applications. These can be:

  • Large pieces of software that were split into smaller microservices.
  • Applications that were coded to benefit from resiliency and scaling.

Applications support teams who are faced with the challenges of monitoring these highly dynamic applications will benefit from two key features of the Orchestrated Netprobe solution:

  • The ability of the application support teams to engage with DevOps and engineering teams to instrument their containerized applications through instrumentation libraries provided as part of this solution.
  • The monitoring guidelines and instructions outlined in this documentation that will help you set up Geneos to be able to receive information from these dynamic applications with minimal configuration.

For more information, see Orchestrated Netprobe documentation.

Active Console 2

  • Active Console 2 now supports macOS version 10.14x (Mojave) and Ubuntu version 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Both are packaged and built with OpenJDK 8. For more information, see System Requirements in Active Console 2.
  • Note: Active Console 2 on Ubuntu is only available as a technology preview with limited support. It will become fully supported in a future release.

  • Active Console 2 has a new index page in the Geneos online documentation, similar to Gateway Hub, so you can easily view the list of all topics. The new Active Console 2 Documentation is available starting GA4.11.x.

Gateway and Hub

  • The improvement in publishing to Gateway Hub reduces the data required to publish from Gateway to Gateway Hub. As a result, this also improves the bandwidth, storage, and processing. You need to update both Gateway and Gateway Hub to get this update. See Connect a Gateway in Gateway Hub.
  • Gateway Setup Editor can now lock and unlock centrally managed configurations in the Gateway Hub. The non-blocking interaction with Gateway Hub reduces the impact on Gateway.
  • The Gateway Hub API documentation has improved. See API Documentation.
  • For detailed release notes in Gateway Hub, see Gateway Hub Release Notes 1.4.

Netprobe

You can now include the Order State as an additional column in Fix Analyser's Message Detector Template. You can also filter Message Detector Template's dataview using the said column. For more information, see Order state filter in FIX Analyser 2 Netprobe User Guide.

Plug-ins

  • The REST API plug-in is a new RESTful inbound API in the Netprobe. This plug-in enables a sampler to listen to inbound messages on an HTTP or HTTPS connection. The REST API endpoints support creating, updating, and deleting of dataviews and rows. Also, this plug-in includes a stream endpoint for streaming log/event data directly to FKM. For more information, see the following guides:
  • The Java plug-in configuration was streamlined improving logic for locating JARs, and libraries without the need to set the environment variables. For more information, see Configure the Java environment.

Geneos GA4.11

Released: 2 May, 2019

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.11.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.11 release:

  • Centralised Gateways allow Gateway to store its setup in the Gateway Hub.
  • Improved the Context-sentive help (CSH) in Gateway Setup Editor (GSE).
  • Improved responsive design for viewing documentation on mobile.
  • Multiple managed entities are now supported on Self-Announcing Netprobes.
  • Netprobe is now available as an RPM package.
  • The Object Inspector dockable that supports the style, properties, and datasets of objects is now available in the Active Dashboard.
  • The REST Extractor plug-in is a new plug-in for reading data from REST APIs.
  • Set command line arguments from a file.
  • Single sign-on works for Gateway Setup Editor (GSE).

New integrations

  • Kubernetes Monitoring
  • OpenShift Monitoring
  • RabbitMQ Monitoring
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.11
Centralised Gateways

You can now store Gateway configurations in Gateway Hub. Gateway Hub can function as a centrally accessible repository for Gateway setup and include files.

For more information, see Centralised Gateways User Guide.

Context-sensitive help

Right-clicking on an element in the Gateway Setup Editor and selecting Help now directs you to the online documentation by default. The element you selected is highlighted in the documentation.

If you have restricted internet access, you can download an offline package of the documentation and configure your GSE to point to this documentation instead.

To learn how to do this, and for more information, see Host the documentation locally to use GSE context-sensitive help.

Object Inspector dockable

The Object Inspector dockable displays the style and properties of the selected shapes, and dataset of the charts when an object from the Active Dashboard is selected.

For more information, see Object Inspector dockable

REST Extractor plug-in (missing or bad snippet)

For more information, see the following topics:

Set command line arguments from a file

The Gateway can now read command line arguments from a file on startup.

For more information, see Command line options

Kubernetes Monitoring Kubernetes monitoring integration has been enhanced. You can now query the services of your Kubernetes running environment, see the number of pods, you have the ability to describe builds and tail logs from a pod or from a container.

For more information, see the following topics:

OpenShift Monitoring OpenShift integration enables you to retrieve all metrics and metadata available in your OpenShift environment and display them as dataviews in Geneos. You can query services of your OpenShift running environment, see the number of pods, list the available images you can deploy, check the ability to deploy builds, and tail logs from a pod or from a container.

For more information, see the following topics:

RabbitMQ Monitoring RabbitMQ integration enables you to retrieve all metrics available in your RabbitMQ environment and display them as dataviews in Geneos. You can see your RabbitMQ exchanges, nodes, queues or virtual hosts.

For more information, see the following topics:

   

Geneos GA4.10

Released: 31 January, 2019

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.10.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.10 release:

  • The Show tooltip on hover option is added to dashboard properties.
  • More flexible Active Time configuration to support day of month options.
  • Control-M plug-in (REST API) based on Control-M's REST API introduced with version 9.0.18.
  • Gateway command now requires user input for commands that can improve workflow and auditing.
  • Improved integration and self-monitoring of Gateway to Gateway Hub connectivity.
  • Kerberos support for accessing remote configuration files.
  • The Object Inspector was a pilot feature released for GA4.10 which displays some modifiers and links properties of dashboard objects.
  • Password sanitisation in Gateway Setup Editor.
  • PopulatesUser Assignment from Active Directory users.
  • SampleNow command (executed from Managed entity or Sampler) now updates the currently displayed Metric dataview.
  • Improved Self-announcing Netprobes to easily manage large scale dynamic environments and allowed Self-announcing Netprobes.
  • Setup configuration from remote source in Netprobe.
  • Enables a simplified version of the comments in the Gateway Setup Editor.
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.10
Active Dashboard tooltip

When you have multiple dashboards in your environment with a large number of modifiers, you continually get the tooltips appearing. While this is useful during the initial setup of the dashboards, this might cause inconvenience if the tooltip keeps appearing but there is no option to disable the dashboard tooltips.

To resolve this, the Show tooltip on hover option is added to Dashboard properties that enables the modifier information as a tooltip for dashboard objects. By default, this option is enabled.

For more information, see Dashboard properties in Active Console 2.

Active times

You can now specify the time period for an active time as a repeating day. For example, as the last Friday in every month of every year, or the first Monday in June every year.

For more information, see activeTimes > activeTime > schedulePeriod > day.

Control-M plug-in (REST API)

The new Control-M plug-in is powered by REST API and supports Control-M versions 9.0.18 and above. It requires Java 8+ to run.

For more information, see the following topics:

Gateway command

You can now specify that user input arguments requires a value to be entered to execute the command.

For more information, see commands > command > userCommand > args > arg > userinput > requireArgument.

Gateway Hub Data Plug-in

The Gateway Hub Data plug-in monitors the current configuration and state of publishing to Gateway Hub from a connected Gateway. This allow for self-monitoring of a Gateway Hub instance from Geneos.

For more information, see Gateway Hub Data plug-in.

Kerberos authentication

Active Console 2 supports remote connection files that require Kerberos authentication or files that are hosted in a Kerberized web server.

For more information, see Connections settings in Active Console 2.

Object Inspector

Previously, the only way to edit the modifiers in Active Dashboard was when you right-click the object's properties.

Now, when an object is selected, the Object Inspector dockable appears that allows you to add, edit, and delete modifiers. For more information, see Object inspector.

To view the changes for Object Inspector that have been introduced in GA4.11, see Object Inspector dockable in Active Console 2.

Password sanitisation

When you copy named items in the GSE, any passwords (for example, within Sampler or Type definitions) are removed from the copy.

For more information, see Password removal on copying .

Sampling information label Previously, the Sample Time did not report the correct values in the dataview. In Geneos GA4.10 release, this is fixed and the SampleNow command (executed from Managed entity or Sampler) updates the currently displayed Metric dataview. For more information, see The Metric table viewer in Active Console 2.
Self-announcing Netprobe commands

The Self-announcing Netprobe commands now allow the Self-announcing Netprobes to:

  • Rebalance across available Gateways.
  • Retrieve their configuration from a remote, secure, and URL-based source.
  • Retain Snooze and User Assignment information when moving between Gateways.

There are two new commands available to help you configure Self-announcing Netprobes (SANs) on your Geneos estate:

  • Rebalance SANs —  rebalances SANs connected to the Gateway based on either the number of SANs or the Gateway score.
  • Disassociate Probe — forcibly disassociates a SAN from a Gateway.

See Netprobe commands and Rebalance Self-Announcing Netprobes command.

Setup configuration from remote source

You can now specify the netprobe.setup.xml configuration for a self-announcing or floating Netprobe from a remote URL. This option supports HTTPS. In addition, the Netprobe can be configured to periodically retrieve the configuration from the remote source.

This feature is unavailable for AIX platforms. For more information, see the following commands in the Netprobe Command line options:

  • /setup=<full path or URL to file>
  • /setup-interval=<minutes>
  • /setup-server-verify
  • -setup <url>
  • -setup-interval <minutes>
  • -setup-server-verify <file>
Simplified comments

You can now enable a simplified version of the comments in the Gateway Setup Editor.

To learn how to do this, and for more information, see Simplified comments.

   

Geneos GA4.9

Released: 31 October, 2018

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.9.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.9 release:

  • In the Active Console 2 > Active Pie Chart settings, you can now modify the starting angle by setting the value in the Orientation (degrees) field.
  • The Active Dashboard is now capable of creating a bar chart.
  • Encrypt settings allows you to encrypt settings that cannot be set in cleartext.
  • Enhanced the Exegy adapter for Market Data Monitoring (MDM).
  • kafkacat is now shipped with Linux 64-bit Gateways.
  • New extended date generation keywords for File Keyword Monitoring (FKM) and File Transfer Monitoring plug-ins.
  • Operating Environment instructs the Gateway to reject connections from every component with versions older than the specified version.
  • Improved schema management for Gateway Hub Publishing.
  • Target Marker converts a dataset into a target marker in Active Charts.
  • Gateway Setup Editor usability improvements.
  • The Database Query Arguments window has been renamed to User Defined Parameters.
  • Use Kerberos to connect to Kafka.
  • Use SASL authentication for publishing.

New integrations

  • Azure Monitor Monitor Integration
  • Citrix XenApp Monitoring
  • CorvilNet Monitoring
  • Google Stackdriver Integration
  • Refinitiv TREP Integration
  • Ultra Messaging Monitoring
  • Velocimetrics Health Monitoring
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.9
  Active Pie Chart settings

In the Pie Chart's properties, an option should be available so the user can change the starting angle of the pie chart.

You can now modify the starting angle by setting the value in the Orientation (degrees) field. It sets the starting angle position of the pie chart in a clockwise manner. This can accommodate values between 0-360 degrees.

To configure the general settings of an Active Pie Chart, go to View > Active Dashboards > Active Dashboard Palette > Active Pie Chart.

See Active Pie Charts in Active Console 2.

  Bar Chart

A dashboard is now capable of creating a bar chart that can display a data set using the selected data item. Similar to other charts, such as Pie and Active charts, you can manually add multiple data items into existing bar charts.

See Bar chart in Active Console 2.

  Encrypt settings

You can now encrypt settings that cannot be set in cleartext, such as passwords, in the Gateway setup file.

See publishing > secureSettings.

  Exegy adapter

The Exegy adapter now supports the commodities instrument class. In addition, new supported fields for the existing equities instrument class are added.

For more information, see Exegy adapter.

  kafkacat

kafkacat is now shipped with Linux 64-bit Gateways. It can be used to test connecting to your Kafka infrastructure.

See kafkacat in Publish to Kafka and Nanomsg.

  File Monitoring Plug-in

Similar to updates introduced to the File Transfer Monitoring (FTM) plug-in for Geneos v4.8, the today + x, today - x, previous_monitored_day - x, and next_monitored_day + x date keywords are now available to the File Keyword Monitoring (FKM) plug-in as well. These date keywords give you more flexibility in naming the files generated by the plug-ins.

In addition, we added some validations around the date keyword expansions. For more information, see the following:

  Operating Environment

You can configure the Gateway to reject incoming connections from Geneos components that do not reach a minimum specified version.

See operatingEnvironment > clientConnectionRequirements > minimumComponentVersion > minimumForAllComponents in Operating Environment.

  Schema Commands

There are now two schema commands available in the GSE:

  • Propose Schema — suggests a schema for your sampler.
  • Show Current Schema — shows you the current schema configured for a sampler.

These commands allow you to see and create new schemas for your dataviews.

  Target Marker

In Active Charts, a dataset can be used to show a horizontal line in the chart. You can now use Target Marker to visualise threshold markers and values in Active Charts. The conversion of the selected dataset into a horizontal line or marker is based on its cell value from the metrics dataview.

See Convert a dataset into a target marker in Active Console 2.

  User Defined Parameters in Active Dashboard

With the Gateway Hub added to Active Console 2, the Connection menu is obsolete as it only returns database logging connection entries. Since this is no longer just applicable for database logging queries, the Database Query Arguments window has been renamed.

You can now populate a historical chart data using User Defined Parameters that can be used for Gateway Hub data source. To get historical data in Active Chart for a specific period, go to View > Active Dashboards > Active Dashboard Palette > Active Chart.

See Get historical data within specified date range in Active Console 2.

  Use Kerberos to connect to Kafka

You can now use Kerberos to connect to Kafka on Linux 64-bit Gateways.

See Use Kerberos to connect to Kafka on Linux 64-bit Gateways.

  SASL authentication

You can now use SASL authentication for publishing.

See publishing > additionalSettings.

  Azure Monitor Integration

Azure Monitor allows you to collect data, logs and notifications from your Azure resources. The integration with Geneos enables you to retrieve all these metrics and logs available in your Azure Monitor setup and display them as dataviews in Geneos.

For more information on the Azure Monitor integration, see the following:

  Citrix XenApp monitoring

We have developed a new integration for monitoring Citrix XenApp implementations. This new integration replaces our existing Citrix plug-ins, which are due to reach end of life in February 2019.

For more information on the new Citrix XenApp monitoring integration, see the following:

  CorvilNet monitoring

ITRS now owns and manages the CorvilNet integration resources, also known as the CorvilNet plug-in (CNPI). This integration enables Geneos to connect with the CorvilNet Engine and collect network monitoring statistics.

For more information on the CorvilNet monitoring integration, see the following:

  Google Stackdriver Integration

Google Stackdriver aggregates metrics and events from infrastructure. The integration with Geneos enables you to retrieve all these metrics and metadata available in your Google Stackdriver setup and display them as dataviews in Geneos.

For more information on the Stackdriver integration, see the following:

  RefinitivTREP integration

Geneos configuration templates are available for monitoring the Refinitiv TREP platform. The integration provides a set of configuration files, dashboards, and tools which enable out-of-the-box monitoring of the TREP platform and related applications through preconfigured samplers and types.

See Refinitiv TREP Integration.

  Ultra Messaging monitoring

ITRS now owns and manages the Ultra Messaging integration resources, also known as the Ultra Messaging plug-in (UMPI). This integration enables Geneos to monitor status and performance data coming from applications based on the Ultra Messaging high-performance message streaming (UMS) application.

For more information on the Ultra Messaging monitoring integration, see the following:

  Velocimetrics Health Monitoring

Velocimetrics provides a real-time flow, volume and latency performance analysis. It is hardware based, and it includes a flow monitoring correlation engine. Velocimetrics Health Monitoring (VMX) integration with Geneos enables you to retrieve health statistics from the VMX servers using the JMX API and display them as dataviews in Geneos.

For more information on Velocimetrics Health Monitoring, see the following:

     

Geneos GA4.8

Released: 31 July, 2018

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.8.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.8 release:

  • Continues to support current open format for publishing to Kafka.
  • Easy access to metric and event history in Active Console 2.
  • File Transfer Monitoring (FTM) Plug-in now supports extended date generation keywords.
  • Improved alerting in the Gateway alerts with respect to snoozing in order to reduce the number of alerts triggered.
  • Gateway time zone and offset allows you to issue remote REST commands with "data and time" parameters without having to first calculate the time difference.
  • Gateway Hub Publishing now stores and retrieves metric and event history:
    • Events snapshot.
    • Snapshots payload schema.
  • Includes Data Plug-in in the Gateway allows you to see the last user who edited a setup file, the name of the workstation, and the Gateway these were authenticated with.
  • Improved logging of Snoozed and User Assign events to provide full audit trail of activity.
  • JMX port for remote monitoring monitors the performance of Web Dashboards using new metrics exposed through JMX.
  • Managed Entities Plug-in in the Gateway allows you to list the busiest dataviews on a managed entity using a command on the Managed Entities Plug-in.
  • Optimises latency library for Market Data Monitor (Plug-in) MDM to improve memory usage.
  • The Workspace settings in the Active Console 2 now includes the configuration for Gateway Hub.
  • Use a use a wildcard (*) to allow global access in the SSO properties.

New integrations

  • Amazon Web Services Monitoring
  • ITRS Synthetic Monitoring
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.8
File Transfer Monitoring (FTM) Plug-in

The file related plug-ins generally support date generation keywords, such as <today> and <yesterday>, to generate file names to process. However, these keywords are not consistently supported by all plug-ins.

Now, these keywords have included a new set of data generation keywords. New file keywords for today + x, today - x, previous_monitored_day - x, and next_monitored_day + x date tags are added.

For more information, see File Transfer Monitor User Guide.

Gateway Alerts

The behaviour for when notifications for suspended alerts are triggered has changed to reduce the number of unhelpful messages when alerts come out of an inactive period.

See Suspended Alerts in Rules, Actions, and Alerts.

Gateway time zone and offset

You can now obtain the Gateway time zone and offset using a REST endpoint. This allows you to issue remote REST commands with "data and time" parameters without having to first calculate the time difference.

See Obtain the Gateway time zone and offset in Gateway Commands.

Events snapshot

You can now request a snapshot of severity, snooze and user assign events.

See Snapshot request for events in Publish to Kafka and Nanomsg.

Snapshots payload schema

User assigned and snoozed information has been added to the Payload Schema. This allows you to easily identify severity changes that are not snoozed or assigned to someone.

See Appendix: Payload schema in Publish to Kafka and Nanomsg.

Includes Data Plug-in in Gateway

You can now see the last user who edited a setup file, the name of the workstation, and the gateway they were authenticated with, via three new columns added to the Includes Data plug-in.

See Includes data in Gateway Plug-Ins.

JMX port for remote monitoring

Most users are relying on Web Dashboards to provide the overall system health and transaction flows. To ensure that these Web Dashboards are functioning normally, MBeans or methods to determine the dashboard statistics for dashboard count and stale are required.

You can now use the JMX monitoring to remotely monitor the GatewayMonitor and DashboardMonitor MBeans. To do this, enable the JMX_PORT and JMX_FLAG debugging flags in the run script of your installation.

See Enable JMX port for remote monitoring in Web Dashboard.

Managed Entities Plug-in in Gateway

You can now list the busiest dataviews on a Managed entity using a command on the Managed Entities Plug-in. Two new columns have also been added showing the total number of dataviews on a managed entity and the number of cells on the dataview with the most cells. This allows for an easier troubleshooting exercise when investigating a busy Gateway.

See Managed entities data in Gateway Plug-Ins.

Workspace settings

You can now use the Gateway Hub connections in the Active Console 2 settings. Also, the Workspace Settings dialog has been updated to include a new section for Gateway Hub.

The Gateway Hub icon appears at the dataview and Gateway levels to indicate if data is publishing to and can be retrieved from Gateway Hub.

See Gateway Hub settings in the Active Console 2.

SSO properties

You can now use a wildcard (*) to allow global access for config.user.groups and dashboard.user.groups.

This allows anyone from the group to access the Web dashboards. A pattern is used to check if the user group roles are authorised.

Amazon Web Services monitoring

Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration with Geneos enables you to retrieve live Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance information, list CloudWatch metrics, monitor volumes and other interactions configured in Amazon Web Services, and display them as dataviews in Geneos.

For more information, see the following guides:

ITRS Synthetic Monitoring

ITRS Synthetic Monitoring(powered by Apica) allows you to monitor websites, web applications, and web services. The integration with Geneos enables you to retrieve all the checks and alert statistics configured in the Apica dashboard and display them as dataviews in Geneos.

For more information, see the following guides:

   

Geneos GA4.7

Released: 31 May, 2018

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.7.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.7 release:

  • Consistent argument parsing for actions and commands to simplify configuration.
  • ICE Feed Adapter — new Market Data Monitoring (MDM) adapter for ICE Market Data Services.
    • Real-time monitoring for the consolidated feed provided by ICE Data Services. 
  • Path scoring — improved the scoring criteria to identify expensive XPath Active Console 2.
  • Provides consistent behaviour for action and command scripts run on Netprobe and Gateway.
    • Gateway Actions and Effects argument parsing behaviour
    • Gateway commands argument parsing behaviour
  • The cpuClockSpeed in Hardware Plug-in now displays the maximum speed frequency of the first CPU found by Netprobe.
  • SSL certificate authentication for Webslinger.
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.7
ICE Feed Adapter

The new ICE Data Services or IDC consolidated feed adapter uses the IDC Consolidated Feed Token Format (CTF) Wire Protocol.

See ICE adapter in Feed Adapters.

Path scoring

In Paths dockable, you can use the Evaluate all button to check all the XPaths in one single click. The result displays "N/A" if the list is not an XPath. Also, an expensive XPath is highlighted in orange.

See Evaluate paths in Active Console 2 Paths Dockable and Scoring.

Gateway Actions and Effects argument parsing behaviour

The behaviour for Actions and Effects have changed to ensure consistency when actions and effects are run on the Gateway or Netprobe and to reduce unexpected behaviour.

See Script effects in Rules, Actions, and Alerts.

Gateway commands argument parsing behaviour

The behaviour for Commands has changed to ensure consistency when commands are run on the Gateway or Netprobe and to reduce unexpected behaviour.

See Changes to Commands arguments parsing behaviour in GA4.7 in Gateway Commands.

Hardware Plug-in

The cpuClockSpeed has changed to display the maximum speed frequency of first CPU found by Netprobe.

See Hardware Plug-in - Technical Reference.

SSL authentication for Webslinger

Webslinger now connects to Gateways using SSL certificates.

See SSL authentication on a Secure Gateway in Webslinger.

   

Geneos GA4.6

Released: 3 April, 2018

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.6.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.6 release:

  • New monitoring integrations with data storage, messaging, and orchestration platform.
    • Self-contained downloadable packages to integrate with many applications and services in order to collect key performance metrics.
    • Built on core plug-ins and features, such as JMX and Toolkit.
  • Active Console 2 improvements, such as:
    • New paths dockable for identifying expensive XPaths used. The new dockable displays all XPaths and it allows you to evaluate and identify the once that are likely to be expensive. This enables you to optimise the use of XPaths and improve performance of Active Console 2.
    • Search results can be converted into List Views, allowing you to save your favorite search results.
    • New 64-bit Active Console 2 for improved compatibility with 64-bit libraries.
  • Active Dashboard improvements that allows you to:
    • Temporarily hide dashboard objects, allowing you to easily access, and edit dashboards.
    • Trigger follow selection events from within dashboards by simulating user selection. This enables more interactive user experience of the dashboards by allowing dashboards to be reconfigured by selecting other dashboard objects.
    • Open many links on a dashboard object at the same time.
  • Gateway is enhanced to store environment configuration in a more efficient manner, reducing the memory footprint, especially in large setup.

New integrations

  • ActiveMQ Monitoring
  • Cassandra Monitoring
  • Docker Monitoring
  • Elasticsearch Monitoring
  • Hadoop Monitoring
  • Kafka Monitoring
  • Kubernetes Monitoring
  • MongoDB Monitoring
  • Postgresql Monitoring
  • Zookeeper Monitoring
Click here to view more information about the highlights for Geneos GA4.6
ActiveMQ Monitoring

ActiveMQ Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of ActiveMQ through a set of samplers with customised JMX plug-in settings.

See the following guides:

Cassandra Monitoring

Cassandra Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Cassandra through a set of samplers with customised JMX plug-in settings.

See the following guides:

Docker Monitoring

Docker Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Docker installations through a set of samplers with customised Toolkit plug-in settings.

See the following guides:

Elasticsearch Monitoring

Elasticsearch Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Elasticsearch Cluster through the Toolkit plug-in.

See the following guides:

Hadoop Monitoring

Hadoop Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of the Hadoop cluster, nodes, and daemons through the JMX and Toolkit plug-ins.

See the following guides:

KafkaMonitoring

Kafka Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Kafka Brokers through a set of samplers with customised JMX plug-in settings.

See the following guides:

KubernetesMonitoring

Kubernetes is an extensible open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services. It provides a container-centric management environment. This integration provides a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Kubernetes environment through a set of pre-configured Toolkit samplers.

See the following guides:

MongoDB Monitoring

MongoDB Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of MongoDB through the Toolkit plug-in.

See the following guides:

Postgresql Monitoring

Postgresql Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Postgresql Monitoring database installation through the SQL Toolkit plug-in.

See the following guides:

Zookeeper Monitoring

Zookeeper Monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of the Zookeeper Replicas through a set of samplers with customised JMX plug-in settings.

See the following guides:

   

Geneos GA4.5

Released: 31 January, 2018

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.5.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.5 release:

  • Gateway sharing of commands — Gateway sharing feature is used to export a subset of monitoring data from one Gateway and import it into another. It allows you to apply their own rules on the same set of data, aggregate visualisation of data derived from multiple Gateways, and to easily share data across regions and teams. The ability to share commands along with data provides greater level of access and control over the shared data.
  • Sharing of commands require both Gateway to be using Single Sign On. This ensures existing controls over permissions are maintained.
  • The following commands can be shared between Gateways:
    • Probes commands defined by a sampler that run in Netprobe.
    • User commands defined in the exporting Gateway that run in Netprobe.
    • Sample Now and View Netprobe log.
    • Snooze commands.
    • User Assignment commands.
    • Show Rules.
  • Heartbeat function for API Stream Plug-in providing better status of the process generating the stream.
  • Hardware Plug-in now includes more metrics and provides a consistent view across supported platforms:
    • New metrics include NTP service availability and local clock offset, hardware vendor, CPU model, and clock speed.
    • Replaces the timeDifference metric with ntpAvailability and ntpLocalClockOffset new metrics. These two new metrics provide a more accurate measurement for time difference based on NTP service.
    • In case of multi-CPU and/or multi-cores Windows servers, the cpuUtilisation represents the average across cores / CPUs, instead of the heaviest loaded logical processor.
    • In Solaris, swapUsed is based on swap -l command, instead of swap -s. A new metric called swapUsed (virtual) is available that is based on swap -s command.
    • In Linux and Solaris, CPU utilization now takes CPU wait times into account.

Geneos GA4.4

Released: 1 December, 2017

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.4.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.4 release:

  • ITRS Single Sign-On and Active Directory integration:
    • Integration with Active Directory that secures centrally managed access, improves audit control, and makes the maintenance easier.
    • Supports password less login using Kerberos and NTLM.
    • Compatible with your existing Gateway Roles and Permissions.
  • Gateway Annotations for conditional text in Actions and Alerts:
    • Gateway Annotations allow you to configure text to be passed into actions and alerts based upon data items on which these are triggered. For example, this makes it possible to place text specific to data items into an email, independent of rules, actions and effect configuration.
  • Extractor plug-in now supports parsing JSON data for creating dataviews.
  • Extended rule syntax for userdata to support more data types, such as dataview name, Managed Entity attributes, active and snooze states. This makes it easier to define userdata directly in rule syntax without having to specify variables.
  • You can now restrict access to Gateway sharing data sets to specific users.
  • Gateway sharing connectivity between Gateways can now use SSL certificate for password less authentication.
  • Active Console 2 to support connecting to Sybase database with password encryption enabled.
  • MQ Plug-in to support encrypted password for security exit configuration.

Geneos GA4.3

Released: 2 October, 2017

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.3.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.3 release:

  • Improved load balancing of Self-announcing Netprobes:
    • The algorithm used to allocate Self-announcing Netprobes between Gateways has been enhanced so that Gateways can inform each Netprobe about the other Netprobes that are negotiating a connection.
    • This ensures that load is evenly distributed if many Netprobes are started at once, or if the number of Netprobes have to choose between two or more remaining Gateway when one Gateway is stopped.
  • Gateway configuration improved its password security.
  • JRE and Spring security library updates. 
  • SSL client authentication for WebMon Plug-in. 
  • X Plug-ins improved its connectivity.
  • Improved file name matching for file related plug-ins.

Geneos GA4.2

Released: 1 August, 2017

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.2.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.2 release:

  • Gateway Setup Editor usability improvements include:
    • Number of fixes to improve sizing of input fields.
    • Improved linking to errors in include files so you can quickly identify the correct section of the setup file.
    • GSE now supports copying and pasting named items from one setup file to another, previously this was only possible within a setup file.
    • GSE now warns you if the changes that are about to apply might remove the ability for them to make further changes to the setup.
  • Gateway configuration improved its password security.
  • JRE and Spring security library updates. 
  • SSL client authentication for WebMon Plug-in. 
  • X Plug-ins improved its connectivity.
  • Improved file name matching for file related plug-ins.

Geneos GA4.1

Released: 31 May, 2017

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.1.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.1 release:

  • IGateway REST Commands improvements:
    • Adds new REST endpoints to make it easier to get the list of targets against which to execute commands. This makes it easier to query the Gateway and generate valid targets so that scripts and external applications can execute Gateway commands.
    • Gateway load statistics that help monitor Gateway performance include statistics that record time spent on running code related to REST service. This helps to monitor the impact of external scripts and applications executing Gateway commands through the REST interface.
  • Gateway setup validation now allows you to:
    • Validate running Gateways through REST service so that automated validation checks can be run to make sure best practices and standards are applied consistently.
    • Generate structured output to JSON format that makes it easier to consume by another processes or applications.
  • Gateway supports configuration settings for Dynamic Gateway connections to improve hostname resolutions.
  • Netprobe and Active Console 2 are supported on Windows Server 2016 operating system.
  • Improved error messages for Perfmon Plug-in.

Geneos GA4.0

Released: 20 February, 2017

For detailed release notes, see Geneos Release Notes GA4.0.

Highlights

These are the highlights in GA4.0 release:

  • 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.
  • Seamless upgrade from GA3.x — all core Geneos components, such as Active Console 2, Plug-ins, Gateway, Netprobe, Web Dashboard can be upgraded seamlessly. All existing Gateway configurations, rules, API plug-in integrations, toolkits, dashboards, and any custom integrations will continue to work with GA4.0 release.
  • Updated compatibility with operating systems, libraries and the underlying build infrastructure to support continued maintenance. For more information, see Geneos Compatibility Matrix.
  • Applications that consume Gateway Published data can now request Gateways to resend directory data information (such as probe, managed entity, and attributes). This helps consuming applications to catch-up on information about the Gateway directory hierarchy in order to help process consumed messages.
  • Applications that consume Gateway Published data can now request snapshots of a set of dataviews.
  • Gateway Publishing stats utility to understand the amount of data that the Gateway publishes. This helps to define resource requirements for the consuming applications.
  • Gateway REST Service for Commands now supports ability to get list of all available commands on a specific target for the user whose credentials are used to make the request.
  • New Active Console 2 default workspace with useful list views (Geneoshealth, assigned to me, snoozed,) and a home dashboard to help get started.
  • Unicode support for Active Dashboard objects.
  • New modifiers for Active Dashboard to link cell value to colour, or to control image, and text transparency.
  • User-defined application name for database connections so database access from Geneos can be easily identified.
  • Support connection authentication for MQ plug-ins for more secure connection to IBM MQ.
  • Support for the following:
    • 64-bit Web Dashboards on Solaris x86 and Sparc platforms.
    • Digitally signed Windows binaries.
    • SAP/Sybase ASE 16.1 and 16.2.
    • MSSQL Server 2016.
    • Postgres 9.5 and 9.6.
    • Mozilla Firefox ESR 45.x, and 49.x.
    • MS Edge 38.
    • Tibco EMS 8.3.
    • IBM MQ 8,0 and 9.0.
    • IBM i 7.2 and 7.3.