NetCrunch Release Notes

Since version 12

  • 5 Releases
  • 82 Fixes
  • 219 Features

13.0

Version 13.0.0

(February 07, 2023)

55 Features

42 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • 30+ New Shape Widgets Including flow diagram shapes

  • Add animations and transformations to pictures, text and symbols depending on reference object state

  • Add shadow to pictures, symbols and text

  • Added actions column in Active alerts and history to display summary of action execution.

  • All SNMP Views can now be edited with YAML

  • Allied Telesis switch is now supported by physical segments monitor

  • Automated Full Screen supports active alerts view now

  • Automatic Full Screen shows node icon views with grouping (similar to automatic maps in v11)

  • CSV export of node grid data is back [MD0030]

  • Camera Snapshot Image Is displayed in tooltip if widget is linked to image sensor object

  • Check Button in sensor settings allows collecting sensor data on demand now

  • Cisco ASA 5525 Flows are now supported

  • Cisco symbols can be used to represent nodes

  • Concurrent policy editing Multiple users can edit node settings and alerting policy at the same time now

  • Connection Line Styles Added 4 New connection line styles including elbow, curved-elbow, arc and s-curve.

  • Connection Lines Markers You can add markers to line such as arrow or circle

  • Disable IP SLA You can now disable IP SLA monitor for a node if not needed

  • Edge connections Now you can connect shapes on a Graphical Views using points on their edges

  • Full support for Windows Server 2022 - NetCrunch can monitor and can be installed on latest Windows Server version

  • Global search results support multiselection now

  • Graphical Editor. Shows guideline to better resize and align elements

  • IP SLA/NQA you can add operations to multiple devices at once (using multi selection)

  • IP SLA/NQA Operations can be edited in multi-selection

  • IP SLA/NQA object state can be linked to widgets on Graphical Views

  • IP SLA/NQA status window has been redesigned and shows uptime for each operation now

  • Interface Monitoring Schemas are now available from monitoring menu

  • Link appearance of shapes, pictures, connections and texts with object state. Now, you can change visual properties of graphical elements depending on the reference object state (node, alert, interface, service, etc.)

  • Locked Nodes in Physical Segments. When you move nodes in physical segments maps, they are automatically locked so the next layout refresh will not touch them

  • NQA support for Huawei devices

  • News articles added to top menu notifications to keep you up to date

  • Node Icons grouping. The view allows grouping icons up to two levels now

  • Node icons & tiles views support multi-selection now

  • Nodes Software View Allows you to review summary changes in applications and hotfixes per each node

  • Override Interface Speed for realistic bandwidth monitoring

  • Physical Segments automatically selects best monitoring protocol supported by all your devices

  • Physical Segments Map Layouts. The program now selects the best layout that fits your data. You can override it by selecting `Tree`, 'Start' or `Graph` layout

  • REST API supports getting all IP SLA/NQA operations

  • Refresh routing map automatically when NetCrunch detects new router or the node is removed from the Atlas

  • Registry Sensor Allows monitoring changes to Windows registry keys and values

  • Relevant toltip for IP SLA/NQA is displayed if widget is linked to IP SLA/NQA operation

  • Routing Map Layouts. NetCrunch offers now two map layouts 'Network' and 'Graph'

  • SSH Terminal is available in Web Console if the connection is secure (HTTPS)

  • Sensor Monitoring Packs you can create Monitoring Packs for sensors now

  • Sensor Object Tooltip NetCrunch display data of any sensor object in JSON format

  • Sensor testing can update Sensor data if sensor is already configured and you run test without changing any parameters it will update sensor status and data

  • Silent console install is now possible as it's in .msi format now

  • Software Inventory View We added aggregated view of installed (Windows) Software and Hotfixes.

  • Software Sensor allows monitoring installed Windows software and notify on it's changes

  • Symbol Widget allows adding almost 300 classic Cisco icons now

  • Tools Menu We added ability to open device web page, remote desktop or SSH from node menu

  • Tooltip on history histograms shows number of events per each bar

  • View Status Widget Allows linking to other Atlas view and has compact display mode now

  • Windows Hotfix Sensor tracks all installed hotfixes on Windows machine and alerts on changes

  • You can override subnet mask for a better node/network management

  • ifAlias Column has been added to interface views (Interfaces & SNMP Views)

Fixes
  • critical Node properties in Web Console were not accessible
  • critical SNMPv3 profile passwords may be accidentally cleared when edited
  • critical Sensors can become disabled even after server restart due to the racing condition during server shutdown
  • critical GrafCrunch was not able to select nodes if there were thousands in the Atlas
  • critical Wrongly encoded console options could lead to NCServer service crash and restart
  • critical Network Service monitor for HTTP & HTTPS was sending empty header causing issues on web servers (IIS) [PM0001]
  • critical Cookie vulnerability. NetCrunch sets `Secure`, `HttpOnly` and `SameSite` cookie attributes to prevents cookie related attacks now
  • major Web Page Sensor triggers now `page loading error` when receives 404 status code
  • major When ading write section to SNMP it was set to v1 instead of v2c by default
  • major In certains situation saving events could take seconds instead of milliseconds
  • major SMTP server settings changes are applied until NetCrunch Service restart [TG0025]
  • major Port status could be wrong until server restart if device port attachment changed
  • major Default time ranges cannot be saved in the specific scenario [TG0027]
  • major Alert regarding Windows Service not triggered in certain circumstances [TG0029]
  • major Web Page Sensor page statistics counters better match a real web browser data
  • major Sometimes task notification dropdown in top menu was not showing up
  • major Import nodes from file was not importing node names
  • major Printing from Performance Trends wasn't properly fit the chart on the page
  • major NetCrunch doesn't send report to Admin user (versions affected v11, v12) [RM0004]
  • major IP Tools creates new process each time it opens which hangs on exit causing high CPU usage
  • major In event query editor dropdown didn't show for `in` operator
  • major Time difference for Windows Event Log events [MD0021]
  • major Web Page sensor should properly handle 404 status as a warning
  • major Battery Widget was grayed out in a specific scenario [TG0016]
  • major Graphical View conversion was not working properly in localized program versions
  • major NetCrunch could realign physical segments maps when user was editing it
  • major Only first column added to a custom view in Nodes tab was saved
  • major Some reports in Reports could not be selected due to missing scrollbar
  • major Sorting by IP address was not working properly
  • major Monitoring Probe node could not be added to Graphical View
  • major AV after editing the automatic Monitoring Pack in German version [MD0024]
  • major Some elements on map could be missing after importing v11 atlas [TG0015]
  • major Various fixes to Graphical Editor improving overall UX
  • minor Fixed rendering issues in Firefox browser
  • minor Physical segment view name can be changed now
  • minor Folder view was displaying empty views regardless of Atlas tree filter settings
  • minor Text is properly positioned inside shapes
  • minor Active alerts view was not supporting folders
  • minor Drawing of thick connection lines and shape borders was inconsistent
  • minor Hardware Config sensor status is now displayed in the sensors group in node status overview
  • minor Resizing shapes and picture was working properly when using bottom right corner
  • minor Resizing elements in Graphical Views was moving element sometimes

12.1

Version 12.1.1

(July 23, 2022)

3 Fixes
Fixes
  • critical Large Event Database could not be imported to version 12
  • critical Can't add anything to business status node
  • critical In certain condition console could crash on start

Version 12.1.0

(July 07, 2022)

21 Features

29 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • Active Alerts view is customizable now [MD0017]

  • Atlas View Status you can enable the displaying of status for any Atlas view, including IP Networks

  • Customizable Physical Segments you can customize the layout of the physical segments' map

  • Customizable Views in Node Tab You can customize and store node views

  • Graphical Editor popup menu on the mouse right-click shows available options

  • IP Tools 'Timeout' and 'Try Count' options were added to SNMP scanner

  • Live Interface Status allows copying MAC address to the clipboard

  • Monitoring Pack - Meinberg LANTIME (SNMP)

  • Monitoring Pack - Atlantis ILIO (SNMP)

  • Monitoring Pack - Kentix

  • Monitoring Pack - Ruckus SmartZone (SNMP)

  • Monitoring Pack - Ruckus ZoneDirector (SNMP)

  • Monitoring Pack - Stormshield (SNMP)

  • Node Icon widget has new options: clear/light text & clear/dark text

  • Node Tiles View Allows sorting

  • Password resetting issues were fixed

  • Revamped Network Services Status The window shows status, response time and availability for each service

  • SNMP config file SNMP engine parameters can be customized using `engine.cfg.yaml`

  • Settings Menu - All settings are available from NetCrunch menu now

  • Shape shadow new options allow to change the color and to center it

  • Status Dashboard Sections of Active Alerts and Monitoring Issues are leading to relevant views

Fixes
  • major After creating new Atlas some features were not available until console restart
  • major Sometimes report generator was not closed, which could lead to system resource exhaustion
  • major Microsoft 365 Service sensor was not working due to Microsoft API change [MD0018]
  • major Unable to install program when no Internet connection [JK0001]
  • major The scanner might hang when rescanning Local networks
  • major 'Check Now' option was not working properly when a node was monitored by the probe
  • major Service monitoring using SSL not working properly when monitored by the probe
  • major SNMP Views fields were missing when trying to edit data
  • major Flow Collector service not started after installation
  • major Various upgrade issues
  • major Scanning public address IP range was not working [TG0014]
  • major SNMP Views editor has been replaced with a new YAML-based definition editor
  • major Various UX issues
  • major Backup could be incomplete. Missing SNMP Views, custom device profiles and custom pictures
  • major Using a SNMP profile with a context could cause SNMP errors on other nodes
  • major Sending retry packets was not working properly for SNMPv3
  • major Search in web console was sometimes returning partial results
  • major IP Networks custom maps not converted during an upgrade
  • major Some views in SNMP Views could not be edited
  • major Various licensing issues
  • minor Drag&drop operation might not work in Monitoring Dependencies view
  • minor Dragging dashboard tiles was not working properly
  • minor Adding folders to Atlas Status dashboard was not possible
  • minor Desktop console stability issues
  • minor Search node by MAC address was not working
  • minor Search not available when any Server Task was running at the same time
  • minor Ordering in Atlas Tree not working properly
  • minor Changing name of newly created custom folder/view in SNMP Views Editor was not working
  • minor Deleted node was not removed from the Recent list in the Search field

12.0

Version 12.0.2

(May 24, 2022)

2 Fixes
Fixes
  • critical Interface monitoring could stop working after upgrade due XML format errors in snmppp.cnt
  • major Program couldn't' find the licence from previous version

Version 12.0.1

(May 19, 2022)

143 Features

6 Fixes
New Features & Improvements
  • AWS Alarm Sensor allows keeping track of most important AWS alarms, and extends monitoring to warn about states like insufficient data

  • AWS Auto Scaling Sensor tracks changes within Auto Scaling Group and observe multiple states of group instances

  • AWS Cost Sensor monitors the use of budgets and estimated cost of using AWS services

  • AWS EBS Sensor monitors EBS in terms of performance and resources used by a single EBS instance

  • AWS EC2 Sensor monitors the network load, disk usage, and CPU utilization for each available EC2 instance resources

  • AWS ELB Sensor allows monitoring the health of user's applications and their performance in real-time

  • AWS ElastiCache Sensor offers insight into ElastiCache performance allowing settings triggers to take corrective action before performance issues occur

  • AWS SQS Sensor monitors performance and workload parameters to avoid queue overload and spot large number of empty receives

  • Audit Log/Activity saves the configuration activity of users in a separate encrypted database

  • Azure API Management Services Sensor provides information on API metrics, such as Requests and Utilization to ensure its optimal performance

  • Azure CosmosDB Sensor monitors service availability and alerts user when availability drops

  • Azure Cost Sensor monitors the use of budgets and estimated cost of using Azure resources

  • Azure Insights Components Resource Sensor monitors user's live applications by detecting performance anomalies along with providing analytics tools

  • Azure Kubernetes Cluster Sensor allows collecting metrics for the managed Cluster notifying user e.g. when allocable memory is running out

  • Azure Load Balancer Sensor helps to evenly distribute loads (incoming network traffic) across a group of backend resources or servers

  • Azure Logic Apps Sensor allows you to monitor performance and behavior of the Microsoft Cloud technology called Azure Logic Apps

  • Azure SQL DB Sensor allows monitoring performance and behavior of the databases managed in Azure SQL DB

  • Azure Server Farm Sensor monitors Azure Server Farm resource, using Azure Monitor metrics

  • Azure Service Bus Sensor allows monitoring the metrics of the cloud apps connected to the Service Bus namespace.

  • Azure Storage Account Sensor detects potential service problems, monitors cost-related service usage, and observes key parameters of the service

  • Azure Website Sensor monitors the usage and performance of the web applications that are deployed to the cloud with Azure Web Apps.

  • Cloud Service Node allows monitoring of a single cloud service (Azure, Amazon AWS, Google, and other services)

  • Dark mode implemented in a lot of windows like status, top charts, alerts, and nodes

  • Device Config Management allows adding custom profiles in YAML along with a built-in editor

  • Device Config Management allows monitoring and storing configuration changes for a variety of devices such as switches, routers, firewalls, and other

  • Device Config Sensor allows monitoring and backup of device configuration using Telnet or SSH protocol

  • Eltek (SNMP) checks battery, fan, and rectifier as well as gathers information about voltage, current, and temperature.

  • Export Trends & Events allows exporting trends and events from NetCrunch using the NCCLI command-line utility

  • Extended Discovery Exclusions allows setting exclusions for given address space and specifying exclusions by e.g. IP address

  • GUDE Expert PDU Energy 8341-Series (SNMP) informs about environmental issues like possible condensation or temperature/humidity fluctuations

  • Gitlab Cloud Sensor monitors the status of the latest build/job on a specific project in GitLab cloud repository

  • Google Analytics Metrics Sensor monitors several metrics of a Google Analytics view using the Google Analytics Reporting API v4 and OAuth2

  • Google Analytics Users and Sessions Sensor measures metrics related to users and sessions based Google Analytics Dashboard

  • Google Drive Sensor monitors a Google Drive free storage and trash size using the Google API and OAuth2

  • GrafCrunch upgraded to Grafana based on version 7.x

  • Graphical Views are fully interactive and come with a new modern editor available in Desktop and Web Console

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ Sensor monitors state and utilization statistics of the storage objects

  • Hardware View (Windows nodes) shows data from Windows machines such as the amount of memory, number/kind of CPUs, and storage information

  • Hillstone Firewall (SNMP) monitors multiple metrics from Hillstone Firewall e.g. IPSec attacks count, online users, dropped packets.

  • Hillstone Firewall - System (SNMP) alarms if something is wrong with HA, fan, or power supply, informs about memory, CPU, and active sessions usage

  • Improved Access Profile management is no longer limited to 64 profiles

  • Improved Active Alerts view provides Alert source column now

  • Improved Automated Full Screen Views and moved to web console

  • Improved Event Details window displays all types of operations related to a given alert

  • Improved Event Details window visualizes precisely all kinds of thresholds

  • Improved Trend Viewer - a new version allows using more types of charts and provides user with additional options to display min, max, and avg lines

  • Interactive Graph Widgets - update automatically (according to data time interval). Users can easily open trend viewer or given node menu

  • Interactive Widgets - all of the widgets are interactive and allow easily drilling down for the root cause analysis

  • Interface Monitoring Remote Probe supports SNMP and interface monitoring now

  • Limit Threshold collects values over a given period of time and notifies user if the limit is exceeded

  • Microsoft 365 Service Status Sensor monitors the state of Microsoft 365 services and alerts you if some services are in a degraded or interrupted state

  • Microsoft Cloud Applications- OneDrive Sensor monitors OneDrive storage usage using OneDrive API, and OAuth2 for authorization

  • Monitoring Dependencies Manager allows to easily review all monitoring dependencies

  • Monitoring Dependencies Manager enables dragging & dropping of its elements

  • Monitoring Dependencies Manager supports probes and remote address spaces

  • Monitoring Dependency is now possible to be rescanned

  • Monitoring Pack - APC ATS (SNMP) monitors Input/Output frequency, voltage, current, and power. Alerts when there are problems with the power supply.

  • Monitoring Pack - APC NetBotz Rack Monitor (SNMP) informs when any of multiple events occur, like smoke detection, temperature too high, and others.

  • Monitoring Pack - AVG Antivirus

  • Monitoring Pack - AVG Internet Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Adaware Antivirus

  • Monitoring Pack - Adaware Total Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Asustor Disk (SNMP) monitors free space and disk temperature

  • Monitoring Pack - Asustor System (SNMP) checks processor and memory utilization. Gathers information about system and CPU temperature, fan, and network

  • Monitoring Pack - Asustor UPS (SNMP) monitors battery status, charge level, and voltage

  • Monitoring Pack - Avast Premium Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Axis Video (SNMP) alerts about failures and other undesirable events. Monitors also temperature.

  • Monitoring Pack - BitDefender

  • Monitoring Pack - BitDefender Parental Control

  • Monitoring Pack - BullGuard Antivirus

  • Monitoring Pack - BullGuard Internet Security

  • Monitoring Pack - BullGuard Premium Protection

  • Monitoring Pack - Carel (SNMP) monitors multiple metrics (e.g. temperatures, fans, humidity) and alarms when something is wrong.

  • Monitoring Pack - Cisco UCS - PSU and Fan (SNMP) checks fan, fan module, and PSU statuses

  • Monitoring Pack - Citrix Netscaler (SNMP) alerts if CPU/Memory usage is too high or there are too many server/client connections.

  • Monitoring Pack - Comodo Antivirus and Internet Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Comodo Endpoint Protection

  • Monitoring Pack - ESET

  • Monitoring Pack - Exchange 2016 monitors key Windows services and performance counters of the Mailbox multi-role server

  • Monitoring Pack - F-Secure

  • Monitoring Pack - G Data Antivirus

  • Monitoring Pack - G Data Internet Security

  • Monitoring Pack - G Data Total Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Janitza monitors measurements of voltage, current and frequency, gathers data like active/reactive energy, real/reactive power

  • Monitoring Pack - Kaspersky Endpoint Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Kaspersky Home Products

  • Monitoring Pack - Kaspersky Security Center

  • Monitoring Pack - Kaspersky Small Office Security

  • Monitoring Pack - Linux - CPU (SNMP) monitors CPU load.

  • Monitoring Pack - Linux - Disk (SNMP) monitors disk utilization, swap available, volume free space, and physical disk I/O operations

  • Monitoring Pack - Linux - Memory (SNMP) monitors system memory utilization.

  • Monitoring Pack - Malwarebytes

  • Monitoring Pack - McAfee Total Protection

  • Monitoring Pack - Nasuni Filer - Statistics (SNMP) monitors transmitted and received bits/second, cache, and number of connected clients

  • Monitoring Pack - Nasuni Filer - System Health (SNMP) monitors updates, license usage, temperature, errors from Power Supply, and RAID

  • Monitoring Pack - Nasuni Filer - Volume (SNMP) informs about antivirus policy violations and state. Monitors also Volume state

  • Monitoring Pack - Norton

  • Monitoring Pack - Panda Dome

  • Monitoring Pack - Pingdom

  • Monitoring Pack - Ruckus - System Health (SNMP) alerts when memory usage or CPU utilization is high. Informs when services are disabled

  • Monitoring Pack - Socomec Modulys UPS (SNMP) informs about environmental, battery, and UPS issues. Monitors also Input and Output phases.

  • Monitoring Pack - Socomec UPS (SNMP) gathers data about Input/Output Current, Frequency, Voltage. Informs about battery problems.

  • Monitoring Pack - Sophos Endpoint Protection

  • Monitoring Pack - Sophos Home

  • Monitoring Pack - Trend Micro

  • Monitoring Pack - Tycon monitors voltages and currents on 4 on-board relays, the internal and external temperature of the device

  • Monitoring Pack - VIPRE

  • Monitoring Pack - Veritas Backup Exec Agent monitors key Veritas Backup Exec Agent Windows Services.

  • Monitoring Pack - Veritas Backup Exec Events monitors specific Veritas Backup Exec Windows Event Log events.

  • Monitoring Pack - Veritas Backup Exec Server monitors key Veritas Backup Exec Server Windows Services.

  • Monitoring Pack - Veritas NetBackup Client monitors key Veritas NetBackup Exec Client Windows Services.

  • Monitoring Pack - Veritas NetBackup Server monitors key Veritas Backup Exec Agent Windows Services.

  • Monitoring Pack - Webroot SecureAnywhere

  • Monitoring Pack - Windows Defender (2016-2019)

  • Monitoring Pack - ZoneAlarm

  • Monitoring Pack - eScan

  • Monitoring Pack - pfSense (SNMP) collects statistics about firewall packet rates, alerts if the number of dropped packets is worrying

  • Monitoring Probe can be used both remotely for monitoring isolated networks and as additional monitoring engines for the NetCrunch server

  • Monitoring Targets allows finding all related monitors in one place and creating a new node if necessary

  • NetApp ONTAP Sensor monitors the health and performance of NetApp storage components

  • NetApp SANtricity Sensor collects various performance metrics and checks e.g. the current status of Storage Polls, Volumes, Controllers, Drives

  • NetCrunch Server Dashboard allows quick access to the current NetCrunch load and health, shows resource utilization history for the last 7 days

  • New MP - Cybernetics iSAN Series Storage (SNMP) alerts when the temperature of the CPU or chassis is high. Informs also about disk, power supply, and array issues

  • Node Traffic view allows data to be presented in a cleaner way and searching through the talker's list

  • Palo Alto Firewall Sensor monitors IPSec site-to-site VPN tunnels configured on the Palo Alto device

  • Physical Segments map can be easily dragged and zoomed at the given point like a normal map

  • Recent section in the Search field containing the last 5 clicked search results

  • Revamped overview dashboard with support for dark mode

  • Revamped top charts with support for dark mode

  • Routing Map could be searched and navigated like other maps

  • Routing map is zoomable and draggable like a regular map

  • SNMP Views brings new engine supported by a monitoring probe. If the node has a writable SNMP profile, you can easily modify the device's SNMP data

  • SSL-related Sensors allow additional root certificates not included by default in the Mozilla certificate package used by NetCrunch

  • SSL-related Sensors allow adding custom certificates to a designated folder

  • Settings tab includes all the settings previously placed in the top menu

  • Status Dashboard brings new tooltips for a quick overview of particular nodes or alerts

  • Tasks tab which is a small utility to track simple tasks with attachments

  • Veeam Backup & Replication Sensor monitors the capacity of backup repositories informs user if the available space in any repository is low

  • Windows Hardware Sensor (partial replacement for the old inventory module) tracks configuration changes and can notify user of a specific change

  • Zoom Account Sensor reads actual configuration settings of Zoom account and monitors changes to the configuration of the Zoom account

  • Zoom Operation Logs Sensor allows accessing the use of Zoom services on one's entire account every day of the month

  • Zoom Plans Usage Sensor monitors usage of Zooms plans

  • Zoom Status Sensor monitors the status of Zoom services

Fixes
  • Performance views have been removed
  • Inventory View tab - is replaced by Hardware Config node view
  • Removed Routing Map appearance options
  • NetCrunch can't no longer be installed on Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows 8.1
  • Removed 44 outdated Monitoring Packs for deprecated Anti-virus software (including Norton 360, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8, McAfee Total Protection 2013 etc.)
  • major Service Desk Plus ticket cannot be created for some of the language versions
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