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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.

Click here if you are looking for the current Production Release.

Current Preview Release

Version [April 19, 2019] is currently in testing.

[.1] * Event Log monitor opens and runs faster on older versions of Windows (pre-2008)
[.1] * SNMP Monitor uses the SNMP Retries registry setting instead of being hard-coded
[.4] * Monitors that cannot run will fire System Alerts at most once every 15 minutes (instead of on every run)
[.8] * Added SNAP Tunnel audit events
[.8] * Advanced Deduplication will block all actions on a duplicate as documented, not just notifications
[.14] * Added some database caching for frequent requests to increase performance
[.17] * Fix for Calculated Status monitor for rapidly running monitors
[.30] * Fixed Monitor Change auditing event
[.41] * Fix for Disk Space Monitor reporting predicted full disks, and then immediately reporting it is OK and under threshold
[.46] * Fix for Satellite Up/Down messages that were missing the Satellite name
[.62] * Added new All Actions Access permission
[.62] * Email send throttling can be controlled via registry setting
[.62] * View System Activity shows template propagation
[.78] * Disk Space monitor status will show all disks, even when alerting on each separately
[.78] * Removed [ ] around monitored values in Disk, SNMP and Performance Monitors
[.78] * Fix for template dependencies not propagating properly
[.78] * Enforce OpenSSL server cipher order
[.78] * Template propagation speed improvement when Satellites are involved
[.85] * Group-level Notes that can be added to Group reports (similar to Server Notes)
[.85] * Easy Config can query for IPv6 Neighbors
[.96] * Added $DeviceNameOrAliasOnly$ replacement variable
[.108] * Fix for Smart Config that wasn't adding actions when using a template as the base monitor
[.108] * Fixed device property "Date Added for Monitoring" from getting reset
[.108] * Can set Performance Monitor and SNMP Monitor threadholds to compare against "Previous_Value" - useful for detecting reboots
[.120] * Syslog Monitor's filter editor will always edit the correct filter
[.129] * Prevent memory fragmentation when cleaning up the Login Event Database
[.129] * Reports can be run that are not limited by memory size
[.129] * Fix for dependencies on templates
[.129] * Fix for rare crash in SNAP Tunnels
[.129] * Increased reporting speed in some cases
[.133] * Updated expiring SHA1 code signing certificate
[.133] * Upgraded to IPWorks 16
[.133] * Handle very large emails more efficiently
[.133] * Using different heap memory management settings
[.135] * First template propagation will wait until the Central Service has been running for two mintues
[.135] * Fix for ping handles being reset too often
[.142] * More efficient log file writer (easily handles 10X the logging)
[.142] * Plugin Monitor fix to handle single-line output
[.149] * Added Bulk Config to enable/disable monitoring of Servers/Devices
[.149] * Bulk Config can be used to disable the internal HTTPS service within the Satellite (will break Inventory Collector)
[.153] * Registry setting to allow Ping monitor to use cached DNS results
[.163] * Configuration setting to prevent the 'Start specified service on monitored computer' action from being created
[.163] * New Bulk Config operation - Computers: Allow/Prevent Template Propagation
[.163] * Central Server will sync MIBs to the Fail Over regardless of MIB sync settings
[.163] * Bulk Config's Monitors: Set Monitor Dependencies works with monitor templates
[.167] * Improved Network Map device layout
[.167] * Event Log Monitor and Active Directory Login Monitor will skip events older than 3 days
[.167] * Fix for rare configuration synchronization failure
[.169] * Disabled servers leaving maintenance mode won't become enabled
[.169] * Prevent Bulk Config from misconfiguring a template with the Monitors: Set Monitor Parameters operation
[.171] * Much faster processing of GetNextID for large installations (used in template propagation)
[.174] * Database Server Monitor handles databases with spaces in the name
[.174] * Syslog and SNMP Trap monitors will use the optional registry configuration values
[.176] * Added the ability to block some accounts (external customers for example) from seeing Recent Alerts on servers and Current Errors in groups
[.176] * Can start and end Immediate Maintenance on servers in Dynamic Groups
[.183] * Fix for regression crash in SNAP Tunnels
[.188] * Fixed View Template button at the top tempate bar in the Console
[.189] * Added Show Monitoring Coverage on Group reports user right
[.192] * Fix to the Startup Wizard
[.197] * Fixed the "Show devices that do not contain specified monitors" parameter for the Configuration Audit report
[.198] * Small reduction in memory usage for large installations
[.198] * Tool tips for most fields that are too long to display
[.205] * Caching domain lists
[.210] * Additional support for IPv6 for SNMP-based requests
[.214] * The Central Service and Fail Over Service will wait longer for Satellites to reconnect after just starting up
[.214] * Central Service will sync a fresher copy of the Satellite status database to the Fail Over Service
[.225] * Fix for formatting in the Environment Monitor when alerting on humidity or luminescence
[.225] * SNMP Trap monitor has option to show trap/field descriptions in alerts
[.225] * Set Server Maintenance action shows server names with groups
[.228] * Monitors in Can't Run state (or Internal Error) will NOT move through Event Escalation steps, but instead reset escalation to the beginning.
[.228] * Email Message Digest age is registry configurable (defaults to 1 minute)
[.230] * Less memory usage when sending large host name lists to the central server
[.230] * Tighter syncing between the Console and Central Service
[.231] * Fix for ability to disable Drag and Drop in the Console
[.231] * Fix for very rare memory corruption bug that can happen during log rotation
[.241] * Added time stamps to Satellite up/down and also System alerts
[.255] * Ability to message digest all emails, including the first one in a while
[.255] * Change that should prevent the CompNameCache database from growing so much
[.256] * Fix for Day Light Savings transition date calculations
[.287] * Fix for rare race condition in Cache Manager that caused configuation updates to get lost
[.293] * Fixed units in the charts in email alerts
[.302] * Retries when an error occurs while retrieving ESX disk space
[.310] * Enhancement that reduces CPU usage on heavliy loaded systems
[.310] * Better SNAP Tunnel performance (RDP to Satellite for example)
[.314] * Bandwidth Monitor's 'Alert After' field is honored
[.314] * Expanded Call URL Action's Content-Type field
[.335] * SNMP Monitor will strip common text from chart titles
[.339] * File & Directory Change monitor speed increase
[.339] * Increased report refresh reliability
[.346] * Added ability to have group reports refer to child group reports
[.348] * Data Sets in the report builder will show device aliases if defined
[.348] * Fix for Email Monitor reseting IMAP folder to INBOX
[.348] * Bandwidth monitor alerts automatically scales bandwidth values in alerts for easier reading
[.348] * Custom Group report Custom Charts can be separated by device

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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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