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PA Server Monitor Release Candidate

This page is where you can find our very latest release. Versions that make it to this page are considered solid and candidates for production release, but they haven't finished testing or received enough feedback yet. If we implement a feature or fix for you, we will typically send you to this page to try it out.

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Current Preview Release

Version 5.7.0.277 [March 26, 2015] is currently in testing.


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New features include:

* Fixed File Age monitor when it doesn't find any matching files but needs to alert on All Old or All New
* Server Status Report charts dynamically widen to fill any extra space
* Can require Console remote login to use same version as Central Service
* New Connected Sessions report
* Disk Space, Services, SNMP and Performance monitors can all report on errors separately
* New SSL certificates will use SHA-256 instead of SHA-1
* New installs will NOT support SSLv3 by default - existing users can go to Settings -> HTTP Server Settings
* New installs will use the strong cipher list by default
* Upgraded to EvoPDF 5.11
* Better database cleanup for very large Event Log databases
* Execute Scripts can read computer Inventory values
* Recently Acknowledged Alerts report part added to Server Status Reports
* Group Summary report has new "Don't show all-green servers" setting
* Group Overview report has new "Don't show all-green servers" setting
* 10% reduction in data exchanged between Central server and Consoles and Satellites
* Fixed threshold editing in the Directory Quota monitor
* Protection against 'connection storms' for sites with hundreds of Satellites
* Fix for filter backslash escaping
* SNMP inventory collector will use sysUpTimeInstance if hrHostUptime is not available
* Server Status Report charts can be disabled
* File & Directory Change monitor will log why it claims a file changed
* Improvements for cases where the Performance Monitor is getting stuck in locks
* TLS 1.0 and 1.1 can be disabled via registry (SSLv2 and SSLv3 can already be disabled)
* Additional protection against cross-linked groups
* Option to avoid PDH DLL when monitoring performance counters
* Fix for uptime report that uses time of day/week filtering
* Server Report settings are inherited but also now merged with lower levels
* Preventing Disk Space Monitor's check for new drives from degrading and taking a long time
* Fix for users with limited rights to be able to create groups and devices within groups in their control
* Overlapping custom properties are correctly overridden going down the device tree
* Advanced Event Log monitor delta finding works now with IDs added to lists
* Another reduction in CPU usage AND a bit more responsive :)
* File & Directory Change monitor can track direct child folder creation without monitoring all child folders
* Execute Script monitor can return multiple results
* Can copy from the Discovery Dialog's Add and Ignore lists (whichever has focus)
* Fix for Web Page monitor reporting timeout when using the HEAD command
* Reduced CPU usage when doing security check
* Actions fire on OK only if they fired in an alert state
* Groups and servers can override the order that report parts show up (not just that they exist or their settings)
* Configuration Audit report can show credentials used by servers/devices
* Fix for Service monitor's "Report each service separately"
* [.97] Disk Space monitor's 'auto add disk' setting stays set
* [.97] Error History updates should post before actions fire
* [.100] Fix for the Event Log Validator which would not see the very newest event
* [.101] Significant performance boost in core functions
* [.101] Bulk Config copy config to computers is handled asynchronously
* [.104] ActionType variable available in Execute Script actions
* [.115] Fix for HTTP headers passed from Web Page Monitor
* [.115] Satellite down notifications were not replacing replacement variables
* [.128] Race condition in Write to Log File actions fixed
* [.131] Random deduplication field added to disable deduplication on individual monitors
* [.141] Fix for File & Directory Size monitor which was not alerting when no files found
* [.148] Better output for the HTML Configuration Audit report
* [.148] Less internal locking -- can support even more monitors
* [.148] Helper log file is log rotated
* [.153] Fix for File & Directory Size monitor alerting when it shouldn't
* [.153] Can disable image in outgoing report emails via registry setting HTMLEmail_NoImage = 1
* [.157] Fix for not being able to end immediate maintenance at the top level
* [.157] Adjustment to SNMP throttle
* [.161] Fix for crash in report when access is denied for server
* [.163] Registry setting to disable MIB syncing
* [.176] Improvements to MIB parsing speeds
* [.178] Fixed incorrect MIME type when a report redirect happens
* [.182] Ability to disable an inherited chart for server reports
* [.183] Fix to CallURL action that was stuck using GET command
* [.185] Fix for rare crash in server discovery
* [.189] More flexible "Console needs to match service version" settings
* [.190] Fix for Execute Script monitor where SSH scripts could fail silently
* [.193] Suppressing error messages in reports that limited accounts (probably end customers) see
* [.194] Better memory management for large installations
* [.194] Fix for Fail Over file sync that sometimes fails
* [.213] Update Manager will only show automatically once per version update
* [.213] File sync to Fail Over will compress files before sending
* [.213] Digitally Signing all executables, including 3rd party where needed
* [.213] Log File, File Age, File & Directory Change, File/Directory Size and Directory Quota monitors can use standard variables including $CustomProp()$ in path
* [.213] Execute Script Action and Monitor can set Custom Properties
* [.214] Throttling Console config download if needed to reduce memory usage
* [.223] Compressing XML sent between Central Service and Consoles and Satellites
* [.223] Fix for $act.TimeInErrorStr not being correctly set in the Execute Script
* [.223] Added <generatePublisherEvidence enabled="false"/> to .config files so .NET apps won't authenticate their digital signature
* [.223] Less database locking during cleanup operations
* [.223] Fixed a few dialogs where the time unit could set incorrectly if using not using English
* [.228] Service Monitor (and others that can report events separately) won't advance through multiple escalation steps in one run of the monitor
* [.237] Added SetComputerPropertyByID to Execute Script
* [.237] File Age, File/Directory Size, File & Directory Change monitors can use expansion variables in the file specs as well as paths
* [.237] Sub-groups with no access to parent can correctly still read inherited report settings
* [.244] Scheduled reports not shown to users who shouldn't have access
* [.247] Fix for extremely large reports displaying internal scripts
* [.249] Bug fixes
* [.258] Fix for getting disk space stats from ESX volumes with similar names
* [.258] AvoidPDH setting can load performance instances that incorrectly report code page of -1 (such as Search Gatherer Projects object)
* [.260] Registry controllable PALowPriorityHelper drop-dead timer and thread levels
* [.263] Server order in the Group Summary and Group Overview reports can be configured
* [.264] Restricted user accounts can put servers/monitors into maintenance if they have that right
* [.269] Fix for non-English performance counters being recognized for default charting's sake
* [.274] Exposed monitor-specific Event Deduplication settings for the SNMP Trap monitor
* [.277] Fix so unlicensed servers can be disabled







Updates / Upgrades

PA Server Monitor can be upgraded by simply installing the latest version on top of your existing installation. Your settings and databases will be upgraded as needed.

You might need to reset the PA Server Monitor service's Run As account (from Settings or the Windows Services applet), but other than that no further configuration changes will be needed.

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