FrameFlow Newsletter – September 2014

Coming Soon: v7.0.6

Since the release of v7.0.5 we’ve found and fixed a few more issues. Most of them are user interface issues and we have a prerelease that we have delivered to a number of customers that were affected. These fixes will appear in v7.0.6 which we are scheduling for release in mid-October. The current set of fixes is for problems that are either obscure or related to quite specific configurations, so if you’re running smoothly on the current release then all is well.

Version 7.0.6 will include other improvements. In particular we’ve cleaned up the dialog box for adding new event monitors to make better use of white space and reduce clutter. We also updated a number of icons that didn’t quite match the new v7.0 user interface style.

Coming Next: v7.1

Version 7.1 has been in development for some time now and we have some great things coming your way. The complete feature set is not fully locked down, but we can share one exciting addition. Version 7.1 will replace the current success/failure alerting model with a multi-level system that gives you improved control. With v7.1 you’ll be able to define thresholds for success, warnings, errors and critical errors. The new model will bring improved consistency to event lists, dashboards, diagrams and much more. It took us a while to figure out how to do this right especially when it comes to state-change notifications and network diagram displays, but we’ve got a great design now and we’re sure you’re going to love it.

The first betas of v7.1 will be available in mid November and when they are posted you’ll find them in our customer portal.

Server Monitoring Industry News

The discovery of the Shellshock vulnerability is clearly the top news for September. The repercussions of this are going to be huge and we know that this is top priority for almost every sysadmin in the world. FrameFlow is primarily focused on monitoring your Windows systems, but pretty much every one of our customers also has Linux boxes and embedded systems that need patches ASAP. It’s been a crazy few days with one patch released only to be revealed as still vulnerable, followed by another patch and doubts about it too.

Then Amazon announced that it is going to reboot the majority of its AWS instances to address a security concern which may or may not be Shellshock. It’s almost certain that it is but we won’t know until tomorrow when the details are scheduled to be made public.

Lastly, keep an eye out for what Microsoft announces tomorrow at 1pm Eastern. We have enough leaks to know that their press conference is going to reveal details about Windows 9, the next major release. They’ve already revealed that Windows 9 will include features “geared toward technical and enterprise customers” so we’re hoping that we’ll get some info on what to expect in Windows 9 Server.

Keep In Contact

As always, if you have any questions just drop us a note, because we’re always happy to help in any way we can.

The FrameFlow Team
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