NetCrunch Release Notes

NetCrunch Release Notes

Since version 10

  • 10 Releases
  • 146 Fixes
  • 160 Features

10.4

Version 10.4.2

(October 27, 2018)

1 Fixes
Bug Fixes
  • minor Stability fixes

Version 10.4.1

(October 16, 2018)

1 Features

2 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • Language Version Release English, French, German, Japanese, Polish versions available

Bug Fixes
  • critical Manually created alert definitions were not upgraded to version 10.4.0
  • minor Stability fixes

Version 10.4.0

(October 06, 2018)

83 Features

27 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • 'Data Center' custom field added 'Data Center' default value is the same as the read-only 'DataCenterInfo' field from ESXi system. The field value can be modified in NetCrunch, although the change is not transferred outside to the ESXi system.

  • 100+ precompiled SNMP MIBs added with support for various vendors and devices

  • 3000+ Device Vendors added to OUI database

  • 5 Monitoring Packs Updated Cisco ASA VPN Tunnels (SNMP), Dell OpenManage (SNMP), HP Systems Insight Manager (SNMP), IIS, Juniper EX Switches HealthMon (SNMP), Juniper SRX (SNMP)

  • APC UPS Hardware (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Added Pick List field type in custom node fields

  • Added support for /31 and /32 network mask nodes with such masks are added to "Singletons" view under IP Networks

  • Amazon SNS Integration Send message through Amazon Simple Notification Service

  • Basic SIP Sensor Checks connection and session negotiation with SIP server

  • Buffalo TeraStation (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Cisco ADSL (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Cisco CBQoS (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Cisco Nexus Monitoring Pack added

  • Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Console performance enhanced several important performance and stability improvements (e.g. reduced the number of requests from console to server)

  • DELL iDRAC IPMI Sensor

  • DICOM C-Echo Sensor

  • Dell EMC Isilon OneFS (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Dell EMC Sensor

  • Dell EqualLogic Disk (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Dell EqualLogic Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Dell iDRAC (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Device Types added Cisco Nexus n6000 and Dell Networking N2048 are now recognized by NetCrunch

  • Docker Container Sensor Allows remote monitoring of docker containers

  • ESXi/VM View Page added, it contains all virtual machines from a given Atlas view

  • Eaton ATS (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Eaton UPS (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Filtering of interface improved New ifAlias filter added to interface monitor filters

  • Folder Sensor Improvement New counter and two new alert conditions for Folder Content check added

  • Fortinet Fortigate Monitoring Pack added

  • Fujitsu iRMC (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Generic UPS (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • HP BladeSystem Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • HP ProLiant Disk (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • HP ProLiant Network Adapter (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • HP iLO IPMI Sensor

  • HTTP Basic and REST HTTP Sensor Improvement Two new counters for HTTP Basic and REST HTTP sensor added

  • Hyper-V Host Monitoring NetCrunch now detects and allows you to configure Hyper-V monitor

  • Hyper-V VM monitor Monitors statuses of VMs and gets important VM metrics from Hyper-V

  • IBM IMM (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • IBM IMM IPMI Sensor

  • IBM System x Disk (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • IBM System x System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • ICMP Jitter Sensor for checking network connection quality

  • IPMI Log Sensor allows monitoring messages in IPMI log

  • IPMI Sensors Improvement Added support for authentication with the encryption key (KG) for all IPMI Sensors

  • Important Security Update! OpenSSL updated to 1.0.2p version

  • Improved Searching of Monitoring Packs All Monitoring Packs can be filtered by search tags; Monitoring Packs and Policies display the number of matching entries

  • Improved monitoring of Juniper switches Traffic data on Physical Segments is read from the physical interfaces instead of logical ones

  • Interface monitoring improvement Interface monitoring for secondary interfaces is disabled automatically now to prevent duplicated monitoring and unnecessary license consumption

  • Interface monitoring improvement Creation of event rules for Network Interface State - now it's possible to select interface by filtering interface properties

  • Interface monitoring improvements Added one new alert: Event Trigger for Network Interface Performance Counter and one new collector: Network Interfaces Trend Report

  • Juniper NetScreen (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • LenovoEMC System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • MS Project Server 2013 Monitoring Pack added

  • MS Project Server 2016 Monitoring Pack added

  • MS SQL Server 2012-2017 Monitoring Pack added

  • Messagebird SMS Integration Send messages through MessageBird service

  • Microsoft Teams Integration Send messages to Teams server

  • Mikrotik Router (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Monitoring Pack QNAP Disk (SNMP)

  • Netgear ReadyNAS System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Organization Filter for Actions allows executing an action only for nodes that belong to given organizational group

  • Palo Alto Networks Firewall (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Physical Segments improvement Interface utilization on physical segments map is displayed with more precision now (up to five decimal places)

  • Poseidon (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • QNAP System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • RMON Traffic (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Remote Script Sensor Allows executing monitoring scripts remotely using SSH (scripts must be present on a remote machine)

  • SSL Certificate Sensor improvement added new alerts (e.g. weak public key) and additional certificate fields checked by sensor

  • Script Sensor allows executing scripts located on NetCrunch server machine

  • SharePoint 2013 Monitoring Pack added

  • SharePoint 2016 Monitoring Pack added

  • SonicWall System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • SonicWall VPN Traffic (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Synology Disk (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • Synology System Health (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

  • System Views added Services, Processes and Sessions lists displayed in the Node Status of Windows nodes

  • Traceroute Sensor

  • Web Browser Window GrafCrunch or a device web page can be added as a window or tab in NetCrunch desktop console

  • Windows Print Queue Monitoring Pack added

  • iNodes Sensor

  • interSeptor Pro Environment (SNMP) Monitoring Pack added

Bug Fixes
  • critical Connection to server could be lost after choosing certain Performance Objects during alerts or data collectors' setup
  • critical Discovery packet error in SNMPv3 monitor
  • critical After an upgrade from NC9.3 to 10, sensor counters (for EmailMailbox:POP3, Generic Agent, File:Windows, File:Text and Folder:Windows) were not updated properly
  • major 'Node is DOWN' alert was not generated under certain circumstances related to monitoring dependencies
  • major State of Atlas Tree loaded incompletely after console restart (missing bookmarks)
  • major Selecting some WMI namespaces was impossible. Now NetCrunch scans namespaces three levels down and allows entering any namespace by hand
  • major File Sensor using Windows protocol could stop working after second monitoring time due to interference with Windows Monitor
  • major Monitoring VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 with OS Linux monitor could fail because of "SSH handshake" error
  • major Port Mapping is visible now regardless of interfaces monitor status
  • major Issue with incorrect MIB grouping after adding new MIBs to NetCrunch
  • major Printer Sensor worked incorrectly on non-printer SNMP devices
  • major Custom HTTP Headers fields in sensor settings became empty and could not be modified
  • major Alerts for counters containing colon in instance couldn't be displayed in Node Status > Performance view
  • major After applying 'All Alerts' filter in Custom View in Event Log, pending alerts from whole atlas were displayed
  • major Issue with rendering Atlas folders
  • major After some time 'no data' was displayed on the Availability chart located in the Node Status > Network Services view
  • major Sometimes after server restart creating performance triggers alerts was not possible
  • major Port mapping and VLANs weren't displayed for specific Juniper switch models
  • major Data collectors for Flow Global Counters could not be added because of empty source node list
  • major Missing value alert wasn't working for Generic Agent Sensor
  • major REST HTTP sensor's counters couldn't be added to data widgets and performance charts
  • major Wrong data was displayed for particular SNMP counters
  • major Data wasn't shown in port mapping for specific HP switch
  • major Sometimes, AdRemCefHelper processes were running after closing NetCrunch console and they could overutilizing the processor
  • minor Monitoring Time displayed in Node Status wasn't displayed for non-IP nodes
  • minor Missing icons in Select Monitoring Pack dialog
  • minor Down by Dependency  state wasn't displayed in Node Status

10.3

Version 10.3.2

(June 06, 2018)

8 Fixes
Bug Fixes
  • critical Flow server could stop working because of incoming text encoding
  • critical Flow server could stop working when incoming flow field was too long
  • major WMI namespace list should be read from the remote node instead of NetCrunch server node
  • major Fixed issue where single alert could close all alerts related to single alerting rule
  • major Fixed issue related to adding alerts to interfaces
  • major Fixed issue related to missing resource counters in Web Page sensor
  • major Fixed issue where monitoring could be disabled after NC Server machine restart
  • major Fixed issue where counters weren't collected after NC Server restart

Version 10.3.1

(May 11, 2018)

10 Fixes
Bug Fixes
  • critical NetCrunch server couldn't connect to ESXi after the upgrade because of missing DLL
  • critical Creating/opening Atlas lead to deadlock in certain cases
  • major Fixed SNMP issues in handling a large number of SNMP requests (> 60K)
  • major ESXi monitor did not try to reconnect if ESXi machine wasn't available at NetCrunch Server start
  • major Interfaces were incorrectly counted after server restart
  • major Counters on Remote Probe Node weren't collected properly
  • major Multi-counter charts (charts grouped by counter) weren't displayed properly
  • major Fixed issue related to reading Windows counter name index on localized systems requiring Unicode encoding (i.e. Japanese, Russian)
  • major The Atlas was in inconsistent state after the import
  • major After importing the Atlas which had custom grid layout dashboards were missing

Version 10.3.0

(April 26, 2018)

11 Features

11 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • Desktop Console stability and performance have been improved

  • Dynamic Views filter extended. You can now set dynamic view filtering upon interface monitoring state

  • Generic IPMI Sensor is the new sensor that allows monitoring any parameters provided by the device

  • GrafCrunch and Grafana plugin updated to the latest version (5.0.1)

  • Help Desk Integrations have been updated to latest versions of APIs (OPS Genie, Mojo Helpdesk, JitBit)

  • IP Address Prefix can be changed on multiple nodes at once by multi-selection

  • Interface Monitoring - you can now setup interface monitoring policy using a filtering expression

  • Oracle Database Connectivity parameters have been improved

  • Physical Segments map layout has been improved

  • Security Updates - Open SSL has been updated to the latest version. Java runtime updated to 10.0.1

  • Web Console browser compatibility improvements

Bug Fixes
  • critical Fixed Issue where images could occasionally disappear from the map
  • critical Fixed Issue where images could occasionally disappear after atlas import
  • critical Fixed Issue where last selected map layout wasn't saved
  • major Fixed issue related to changing encoding options for Syslog also changed encoding options for SNMP Traps
  • major Fixed issue with Squid3 monitoring pack restrictions
  • major Check for update wouldn't detect new version of NetCrunch available
  • major Device type Discovery wasn't working for ESX version 6.5
  • major Fixed issue related to configuration of COM GSM Devices
  • major Fixed issue where IP addresses of nodes would disappear when custom fields were added in multi-selection
  • major Fixed issue where widgets would became blank occasionally
  • major Fixed issue related to DNS sensor where only MX record were returned in sensor Test

10.2

Version 10.2.0

(March 20, 2018)

18 Features

14 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • Active Interfaces NetCrunch monitors only active interfaces by default

  • Basic IPMI Sensors Monitor various hardware parameters using IPMI

  • Create Icon from Jpeg Easily create icons with transparent background from Jpeg images

  • Data Integrity Check The program checks for Atlas Data integrity before performing a backup, to avoid creating broken backups

  • Data Parser It allows define external data formats (using XPath, JSONPath, DOM Selectors) or Javascript to transform any external data into NetCrunch counters and status objects

  • Dynamic Field in Reports Table reports support custom fields now

  • IP Camera Sensors Get snapshot from camera and place as widget on the map. Supports HTTP and ONVIF cameras

  • Improved Documentation Documentation is up to date now and contains many new topics

  • Language Version Japanese version available

  • New Web Trend Viewer A new trend viewer in Web Console

  • REST HTTP Sensors New sensor can process any HTTP request result

  • SQL Sensor Enhancements Added support for SQL based sensors queries with AS, JOIN, CAST and CONVERT

  • SSH Remote Ping Run ping remotely using SSH connection

  • Snapshot Image Widget New widget can display snapshot image status objects (from camera or any other source)

  • Support Legacy SMTP servers Round-trip email sensor supports authentication-less SMTP servers now

  • TruVision Recorder Monitor parameters of video recorders by Intelogix

  • WMI HDD Health Sensors Monitor HDD disks using SMART technology

  • XPath, JSONPath and DOM Selectors New text parsing expression allow easy parsing XML, HTML and JSON data

Bug Fixes
  • critical Faulty libraries caused NetCrunch Server app crash on some machines
  • critical NC internal SMTP server wasn't not working properly
  • major Missing Message Format after upgrade
  • major After server temp directory cleanup NetCrunch Server could stop synchronizing settings with the console.
  • major Flow Server was throwing an exception on invalid flow template data
  • major NC was hanging on 'Progress Window' during Atlas upgrade
  • major Fixed wrong path to pre-generated SSL certificate
  • major SSL Certificate sensor was connecting using IP Address instead by DNS Name
  • major Fixed saving changes in integration profiles
  • major After double click on the node, 'Status' window could open for incorrect node
  • major '%Processor Utilization' counter wasn't collected
  • major NetCrunch Server not restarted automatically after license activation
  • major WMI Sensors stopped working after remote machine has been restarted
  • major Overall stability fixes

10.1

Version 10.1.1

(January 31, 2018)

4 Features

8 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • Documentation Update New features are fully documented now

  • Language Versions English, German, French, Polish versions available

  • Migration Available new upgraded licenses for version 9 customers

  • Uptime sensor Added alert when restart of the device is detected

Bug Fixes
  • major SQL Query:Data Sensor is properly processing single records now
  • major Integrations were broken in the previous release
  • major One of Alcatel devices has been improperly classified
  • major Port mapping showed no data for Alcatel switch
  • major UI. Creating Report from View feature has been fixed
  • minor NetCrunch protocol definition wasn't updated for Flow Analyzer
  • minor UI. In certain situation adding alerts to syslog or traps was not possible
  • minor UI. SNMP profiles in SNMP View window were not working properly

Version 10.1.0

(January 22, 2018)

8 Features

4 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • HTTP Sensor Has follow redirect option now

  • Improved Atlas Wizard It gives you a better overview of all automatic monitoring packs enabled for the Atlas

  • New Icon Manager Window The revamped window allows for searching and tagging newly added icons

  • New Node Settings Wizard The new wizard allows quick setting basic settings like device type, credentials, and an icon for the node

  • Other UI fixes Improved icon rendering, ability to switch between group and list view when selecting sensors

  • Overview/Nodes Dashboard It handles up to 100 nodes in the view

  • Smart Printer Sensor New sensor allows much better SNMP printer monitoring than existing monitoring packs

  • Static Status Sensor It can be always OK (green) or you can set it manually to the desired status

Bug Fixes
  • critical Connecting SQL sensor to Oracle server has been fixed
  • major Flow node classification could not work correctly when nodes have been added and deleted multiple times
  • major WMI counter processing fixed. Some counter could not been processed correctly when entered with differect character case. (Counter paths should be case insensitive)
  • major Overal Server and Console stability fixes

10.0

Version 10.0.2

(December 22, 2017)

35 Features

61 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • 9 WMI Sensors allows monitoring data using advanced WQL queries. Available sensors are File Shares, Process, Process Summary, Remote Ping, Time Difference, WMI Data, WMI Object, WMI Perfomn, WQL Query:Object

  • Business Status Node allows you to combine status of various elements such as nodes, services or sensors into one, virtual node status

  • Data File Sensor allows for polling data from a remote file using various channels such as FTP/S, HTTP/S, SSH/Bash, SFTP, Windows/SMB

  • Event suppression is available in every edition and supports triggers and sensor events

  • Extended Multiselection NetCrunch fully supports multi-selection operations on all node settings now

  • Flow Dashboard available for every Atlas View and it supports multiple flow sources now

  • Full IPv6 support Every monitor, node, and sensor now accepts IPv6 addresses. If a node is monitored by DNS name

  • GrafCrunch updated to the latest version of Grafana. It supports organization group filters now.

  • Improved Dynamic Folders work smarter and do not create views if not needed

  • Improved device discovery allows discovering more device types

  • JS Parsing Expression allows using Javascript (ES6) for parsing text expressions

  • Layer 2 Maps Improvements Layer2 maps support Etherchannels now. The main view shows switches with their connections.

  • Link Aggregation Monitoring Pack Allows monitoring switch ports

  • Network interfaces identification is extended and interfaces can be identified by ifAlias or any other pattern

  • New Integrations for sending MQTT messages and for sending text messages through SMS Eagle and AlertOps services

  • New range trigger simplifies checking values in or out of range

  • Node Monitoring Templates allows for easy managing of settings for multiple nodes

  • OpenSSL security update to version 1.0.2n

  • Organizational Groups Add nodes to an organizational group and assign a user to the given group. As a result, the user will see nodes from the given group only.

  • Over precompiled 8500 SNMP MIBs NetCrunch comes with improved SNMPv3 support and thousands of new MIBs precompiled

  • Password for SSL certificate is supported now

  • Performance improvements reduce the processor utilization by 60% during normal server operations

  • Physical Segments Monitoring Pack Allows monitoring if node port link has been changed

  • RADIUS UX Sensor allows for checking authentication process and validates the response from a RADIUS server

  • Redundant Mail Servers allows you to define up to 10 SMTP servers, which are checked in order to send a notification email

  • Remote Probe is lightweight probe that can check 70+ network services performance and availability, including SNMP Ping and HTTP ping

  • Remote Sensor Node You can create a node just to receive data from a remote agent

  • SQL Sensors supports executing SQL query to popular databases. It supports SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, and ODBC sources.

  • SSL Certificate Sensor allows checking of the SSL certificate expiration date, and various certificate properties

  • SVG Node icon support allows to use SVG icons to represent nodes

  • Sensor Consolidation Every sensor has been upgraded, and some were consolidated

  • System Uptime Sensor checks device uptime and supports WMI, SSH/Bash, and SNMP protocols

  • Text Log Sensor allows for remote log monitoring by using ssh/bash

  • Updated Status widget can now display status of any sensor object (built-in or custom)

  • Updated VLAN support VLAN dynamic folder has been added to default Atlas views and VLAN column is available in node details grid

Bug Fixes
  • critical Fixed several memory leaks in Server
  • critical Fixed issue with possible loss of Sensors configuration after Server restart
  • critical Memory leak in Flow Server could happen in certain conditions
  • critical Several important stability and performance improvements
  • critical Occasionally Desktop Console could hang
  • critical Restarting the Server could break the Atlas in certain conditions
  • critical Console could lose connection to the Server in certain conditions
  • critical In the case of very specific circumstances, all Atlas data could be lost
  • critical Fixed several Server deadlocks (causing server to emergency restart)
  • critical After disconnecting Console window disappeared and after reconnection only toolbar was working
  • critical Sometimes after Initial installation layout has not been loaded properly and UI was broken
  • critical Fixed memory leaks in Connection Broker
  • major Fixed displaying traffic on Physical Segments
  • major Fixed issue with sending daily reports by email
  • major Atlas tree could be empty or incomplete in specific circumstances
  • major Fixed a few issues with dragging/copying nodes
  • major Fixed several issues in Dynamic Folders
  • major Several bug fixes in MIB Compiler
  • major Several fixes in Widgets
  • major Generic Agent Sensor - Event based on expiration doesn't use Retention Time
  • major Fixed issue with displaying Avaya switches in Physical Segments view
  • major Authentication profile was set to default if monitoring time was changed for multiple nodes
  • major Fixed adding new fields for multiple nodes
  • major Fixed issue with changing filtering of automatic discovery
  • major New nodes added via External Events now have proper IP and mask
  • major Fixed possible gaps in trends from Network Service counters
  • major Fixed issue with displaying the same traffic speed value for Interfaces with the same name
  • major Fixed issue with displaying traffic data for certain switches on Interfaces tab
  • major Fixed issue with automatic enabling of monitoring after disabling it for a specified period of time
  • major SNMP counter alerts had no correlations when imported from a Monitoring Pack
  • major Windows Event Log Monitor was not reconnecting when unknown error occured
  • major %HD Bandwidth Utilization counter was not properly calculated for 10 Gb interfaces
  • major Fixed automatically setting dependency for ESX virtual machine
  • major Better support for Atlases with several thousand nodes
  • major Fixed possible gaps in Raw data for UNIX based systems
  • major Fixed issue with traps containing the Source Host variable
  • major Fixed issue with setting SNMP variable manually
  • major Fixed issue with getting event log list for Windows Event Log
  • major Fixed adding sensor counters to Reports in Monitoring Packs
  • major Fixed several Linux actions
  • major Fixed issue with monitoring time of leading service after disabling extended monitoring
  • major Fixed integration with JIRA
  • major Fixed issue with possibility of generating false alerts after Server restart
  • major WebAccess stability fixes
  • major Fixed Solaris tab in WebAccess
  • major Fixed issue with all alerts which contain sign '<' in the alert info or parameters
  • major Fixed issue with unrecognized response on certain Network Services
  • major Apache sensor now works with HTTPS
  • major Fixed issue with displaying Memory counter's values for CentOS7
  • major Fixed integration with ConnectWise
  • minor Fixed adding Network Service with Timeout less than 1000ms
  • minor Fixed bug in Alerting Message Formats causing issue with saving Parameter in Footer field
  • minor Fixed issue with closing Pending Alerts after disabling Node Monitoring from Node Settings
  • minor Fixed opening View in WebAccess when View name contains a non-breaking space
  • minor Fixed some issues with Notify user or Group action
  • minor Fixed displaying Alert Close Reason in column
  • minor Fixed issue with deleting many nodes
  • minor Now Layout is set to Custom Edited Map instead of Default on first connection of Console
  • minor Many layout and minor issues fixes
  • minor Fixed displaying on HiDPI screens
  • minor Fixed problem with sharing pictures between two Consoles