This month we rolled out a new 2015.4 release that includes a number of fixes and new features. In particular we added a new feature in the Process Event Monitor to warn based on instance counts for selected processes. It’s very useful for cases where you have a pool of running processes that should be running at all times and you want to be alerted if the number of instances drops below a selected value. We also added several new dashboard options and a few new user interface options too. Along the way we fixed several user interface issues and fixed a few reported issues with SNMP monitoring. As usual, see the change log for a complete list of changes and fixes. If you’re running on an earlier version we recommend that you upgrade to the 2015.4 build to take advantage of the latest features and fixes.
We’re already hard at work on the next major update. The focus is on dashboards & reports and you’re going to see some really great new features. We’re updating our panel-based dashboards to deliver some very cool new panel types, adding point-and-click re-sizing and ensuring one-to-one functionality between classic dashboards and panel dashboards. That last item means you’ll finally be able to fully migrate your older classic dashboards to new panel ones instead of having to have a hybrid environment. We don’t have a fixed release date yet but we’re targeting early October. Between now and then you’ll also see smaller updates to deliver key features and fixes.
Server Monitoring Industry News
The roll out of Windows 10 was undoubtedly the big news of the month. So far press reviews have been lukewarm with most people saying that Windows 10 is merely what Windows 8 should have been. We’ve been testing with it and can confirm what others are saying but, specifically from a system monitoring perspective, we can confirm that it behaves like any other desktop version of Windows and FrameFlow is 100% compatible with it.
That said, we recommend a server edition of Windows for your FrameFlow installation and on that note you’ve probably heard that the next server edition of Windows isn’t expected until sometime next year. Even though it’s a while off, it looks like it will be worth the wait. The new Nano Server configuration promises to make for more secure deployments, PowerShell Direct is going to make system management easier than ever and Windows Server 2016 is also going to include a ton of new Hyper-V options and features.
Lastly, did you know that today is System Administrator Appreciation Day? What is that? Well, according to SysAdminDay.com it’s “only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year.” After you’ve finished reading this newsletter, feel free to sit back and maybe take the rest of the day off. You’ve earned it. But maybe check with the boss first.
That’s all for this newsletter, but before you get back to business, be sure to check out the latest from FrameFlow Newswire.
Press Release: FrameFlow Announces New Product Line