NetCrunch 8 Releases

Version 8.5.0 21 Features, 13 Fixes

(March 25, 2015)

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New Features and Improvements

  • Event log database is now in Unicode format (data migration is required)

  • Layer 2 monitoring is 5 times faster now. This decreases load on switches, especially these with a large number of ports

  • Redesigned and improved event log views and summary view

  • Added search ability to all node and event views

  • Improved and simplified selecting SNMP counters for monitoring

  • Webhook action allows you to send REST requests as a response to alerts

  • Triggers can wait for given time before triggering alert (i.e. value must be over a given threshold value for 5 minutes)

  • Added 4 NetApp Monitoring Packs

  • It's now possible to use all nodes' detail fields to create dynamic atlas views.

  • Event log hides confirmation events (events ending alerts) by default now, so you can better focus on alerts.

  • Alert duration is displayed for closed alerts

  • Node Status window now shows the number of Pending Alerts in the header

  • New Top Charts view includes new tiles and displays recent values by default now. You can now zoom the display with up to 10 rows without scrolling.

    New Charts
    • Network Utilization total bytes on interfaces (for server and switches separately)
    • Disk IO Utilization (ESX, Windows)
    • Slow Responding Nodes (by PING check time)
    • Processes (CPU)
    • Processes (Memory and Virtual Memory)
    • Network Interfaces - % Utilization
    • Network Interfaces - traffic in/out
  • New summary dashboard displays much more information using the same screen space. The Dashboard can be zoomed to adjust to your screen resolution.

    New dashboard sections:
    • Monitoring Pack Status
    • Network Services Status
    • Histogram of alerts in last 24 hours
    • Pending alerts
  • Every created sensor has assigned reports and events by default now.

  • Trend zooming is now possible in performance trend viewer.

  • Node Status window can be resized or maximized to full screen

  • Node Performance counters have been replaced with new Performance view showing current and last 24 hours

  • You can click on top talkers in the NetFlow dashboard to see node menu (if node is in the Atlas)

  • Updated OpenSSL to version 1.0.2

  • Over 400 improvements and fixes overall

Bug Fixes

  • criticalNewly compiled MIB's had not been visible in console
  • majorRemoved many unwanted (false) alerts. Alerts fixed: node down on nodes that have never been monitored yet, connection reliability degradation alert was triggering improperly, processor queue length alert is now related to number of cores and is not influenced by spikes.
  • majorInstalling service NetCrunch service on domain account was confusing for many users, now NetCrunch installs and runs on a Local System Account. Users which want to monitor their network using a domain account can switch NCServer service settings to the desired account manually (the account must have admin rights to NetCrunch server otherwise program has no access to its own data and computer).
  • major According to Microsoft documentation, NetCrunch was displaying only "non wizard" marked counters. It's well known fact that Microsoft does not read own documentation and perfmon displays counters at its own discretion: NetCrunch will now do the same. All windows counter are available.
  • majorSNMP monitoring engine is now more forgiving to communication errors
  • majorProcessing some Japanese syslog messages
  • majorProblem with Web Access on IE running in compatibility mode
  • majorFree Disk space top chart did not show Linux/Mac/BSD volumes
  • majorDevice type of Linux devices has been reset to unknown improperly
  • minorNode caption format can be now changed in multi-selection mode
  • minorOccasionally, after some error during console load an empty layout could appear
  • minorFixed using ODBC driver to access NetCrunch event log data
  • minorFixed trend export to MS Access files

Version 8.4.2 10 Features, 18 Fixes

(January 16, 2015)

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Minor Release

This is strongly recommended update for all existing customers as it contains over 200 bug fixes and improvements.

New Features and Improvements

  • Improved performance of SNMPv3 monitoring (new optimized SNMP engine).

  • SNMPv2 is now the default setting and program uses bulk requests to lower network footprint.

  • Renewed WMI Tools

  • It is possible now to open node settings or execute tools directly from search results window.

  • Web Page Sensor - extended support for handling different login schemes (support for standard HTTP authentication and custom scripts).

  • It is possible now to export/import view template and use it for new views.

  • Alert & Report Settings - edit or delete user common alert definitions.

  • Improved handling of DNS queries

  • Many other UI improvements and fixes.

  • Overall stability and performance improvements.

Bug Fixes

The following issues have been fixed:

  • critical Windows Event Log monitoring in localized versions now works properly.
  • critical Windows Event Log fixed broken "like" support in queries.
  • critical Fixed problem of re-connecting some engines after server restart (ESX, Netflow).
  • critical Several server deadlocks fixed (causing server to emergency restart).
  • major Fixed memory leak in Administration Console.
  • major Problem with duplicated nodes should be resolved now.
  • major Problem of invalid login to Web Access resolved.
  • minor NetFlow charts were not displayed properly when server and remote console located in different time zones
  • minor Fixed editing alert actions inherited from multiple packs/policies
  • minor Fixed rare invalid assertion error in NetFlow Server
  • minor Fixed and updated trend export wizard (added support for MySQL 5.6)
  • minor Fixed improper message format used for speaking alerts (missing source node address and name)
  • minor Console could run improperly when started shortly after starting the server
  • minor (SysLog) Fixed processing process names of 32 byte length
  • minor Speak alerts action now works properly when "Do not disturb" mode is active.
  • minor Fixed adding multiple SNMP counters
  • minor Print preview window did not work properly in some cases
  • minor Missing pictures in program help fixed

Version 8.3.1 4 Features, 4 Fixes

(November 14, 2014)

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Minor Release

New Features and Improvements

  • New mailbox sensor allows monitoring of email mailboxes (SMTP/POP3/IMAP)
  • New FTP/FTPS/SFTP file sensor for remote file and folder monitoring
  • Active Directory discovery can filter only infrastructure devices now
  • Routing map is automatically created after Atlas creation.

Bug Fixes

The following issues have been fixed:

  • minorEvent correlation for some sensors has been fixed
  • minorFixed displaying last 24h event in Web console
  • minorEvent "interface is up" brought back
  • minor Other minor issues fixed

Version 8.2.1 5 Features, 17 Fixes

(September 19, 2014)

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This is strongly recommended update for all existing customers.

Minor Release

New Features and Improvements

  • It is now possible to discover infrastructure devices only
  • Added Services Discovery in node popup menu
  • Active Directory "Organizational Units" can now be used for nodes filtering and map creation.
  • Added option “Do not disturb” to the desktop notification window.
  • Warning about database size now depends on type of hard disk used. (HDD or SSD)

Bug Fixes

The following issues have been fixed:

  • criticalFixed event database stopping after backup of large database
  • criticalFixed memory leak in Unix/Linux monitoring process
  • criticalSNMPv3 performance improvements allow to handle large number of devices now
  • majorFixed disappearing custom map layout
  • majorFixed event generation in language versions (DE, FR, PL)
  • majorFixed action execution for sensor events (DE, FR, PL)
  • majorFixed problems with migration of the policy maps
  • majorFixed "Processor Queue Threshold" counter no longer generates false alerts
  • majorMonitoring Issues are now cleared when monitoring engine is disabled
  • majorSpeedup of loading Node alert statistics in node status
  • minor Max number of event's in Windows Event Log can be changed.
  • minor Fixed Save to file option in NCStatus on Windows 2003
  • minor Fixed Trend Viewer timescale issue
  • minor WMI tools now works for nodes in workgroup
  • minor "Disk Free Space" in performance counters is now visible.
  • minor Improved performance of report creation for large number of nodes
  • minor Over 100 other issues fixed

Version 8.1.6 3 Fixes

(July 7, 2014)

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Maintenance Release

This is strongly recommended update for all existing customers. The following issues have been fixed:

  • CriticalOut of memory when importing data from NetCrunch 7.
  • CriticalOut of memory during backup of large number of daily trend files
  • MajorFixed performance issues when accessing SNMPv3 nodes

Version 8.1.5 2 Fixes

(June 23, 2014)

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Maintenance Release

The following bugs and issues have been fixed:

  • MajorNo action when clicking on dashboard tiles.
  • MajorOverall performance and stability fixes

Version 8.1.4

(June 11, 2014)

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Initial Version 8 Release

See what's new in version 8