v2017.1 Pre-Release Available Now

We are very happy to announce that a pre-release of our big version 2017.1 is now available for download! To get the pre-release log into your account on our site. There you’ll find the Pre-Release Downloads section which includes a download link. As always just run the setup and it will take care of the upgrade for you.

There are a ton of new features in v2017.1 and here are a few highlights:

High Performance Data Store

In v2017.1 we replaced our former data store with a new high-performance embedded database. The result is increased performance across the board letting you monitor more things using fewer resources and on faster schedules. During the setup you’ll be asked whether you want to convert your existing data to the new database. If you choose to convert, a background task will do the conversion while your regular monitoring proceeds. If you’ve collected a lot of data it can take a while, even several hours, but it’s a one-time process. If you decide not to convert, your monitoring configuration will still be preserved but you’ll start with a clean slate when it comes to graph data and events (and there’s the option to do the conversion later).

Personal Dashboards

Now each FrameFlow user can have dashboards that belong only to them. Simply create a new dashboard then right-click on it and select “Take Ownership.” Dashboards that you own are only visible to you.

New Dependency Options

Previously you could define dependencies between your event monitors. For example your higher level event monitors can depend on a ping event monitor. Now you can define device-to-device dependencies. This makes it easier than ever to control situations where devices are behind a gateway and the gateway goes down.

New Report Builder

Our reports have always been rather static. You had a number of different report types to choose from and you could control which devices were included, but that was about it. In v2017.1 we’ve introduced a brand new report builder where you can design and build custom reports with complete control over what is included and what goes where.

Multiple Slide Shows

In earlier versions you had support for dashboard slideshows, but now you can define multiple slideshows. This lets you have multiple displays in your network operations room each showing different elements of your monitoring configuration.

All That and More

That’s just a sample of what’s new. Here is the complete list of changes:

– New high performance database replaces the previous disk-based data store.
– New state change notification options with more granual detection of status changes.
– New database utility for command line maintenance of collected data.
– New option to define dependencies between network devices.
– New ability to map raw SNMP values to more readable ones.
– Large improvements in scalability and monitoring options per second.
– Dashboard panels can now be more precisely sized and positioned.
– New Calculation event monitor can perform operations on multiple data points and alert.
– New Office 365 event monitor alerts based on status of Microsoft cloud services.
– New sector graph dashboard panel type shows hierarchical status for all devices.
– New ability for users to create personal dashboards available to only their login.
– New ability to define multiple dashboard slideshows.
– New report builder allows custom report designs.
– New option to test Windows-integrated IDs before adding them.
– New System Restart event monitor option to alert if a system was not restarted.
– New ability to control notification actions based on the tags assigned to a device.
– New Directory event monitor options to warn based on files added/removed.
– New Directory event monitor options to warn based on combinated file age and count.
– New HP iLO monitoring for array controllers, logical drives, physical drives.
– New Windows Event Log option to warn based on number of matching events.
– New option in the Advanced Web Site monitor to specify Host header.
– Data point dashboard panels have new option to reverse status color levels.
– When pausing items for a specified duration, the administration history now shows the time they will be resumed.
– Improved the accuracy and detection of Linux memory usage.
– Various improvements to the search box.
– Dashboard slideshow transitions are now theme-aware and more subtle.
– SNMP monitors with turbo mode now support symbolic names.
– Major monitoring performance improvements for ping and SNMP.
– Fixed a problem with backslashes in email settings.
– Fixed a problem where site locked managers could edit global profiles.
– Fixed an issue with site views.
– Fixed an issue with the SSH Command event monitor.
– Fixed a problem with parsing decimal datapoints in the SQL Server event monitor.

Take It For a Spin

We encourage you to try 2017.1 today and don’t forget to get in touch with your thoughts and impressions. Keep in mind that this is a pre-release so you might run into an issue or two and make sure to have backups. That said, it has been very stable in our testing and we’re confident you’re going to really enjoy the new features and functionality.