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GroundWork Monitor Enterprise | Version 8.0.0 | Release  

These release notes describe the new features and improvements, known issues and limitations for GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0. They also provide announcements as of version 8.0.0, including currently supported and end-of-life versions of GroundWork Monitor. 

New features

GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 offers many new features and improvements compared to previous releases.

Home Page Dashboard

At login, GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 shows the Home Page Dashboard which displays an at-a-glance look into your monitored infrastructure, including gauges with overall host and service status and a list of top global problems. » Learn more

Installation and Maintenance

GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 is a containerized application and offers new packaging for frequent and easy updates with individual components now in Docker containers. » Learn more

User Management

We've made the management of users and secured roles easy with a greatly simplified and powerful user interface. Administrators can now configure LDAP mapping directly from the user interface, including adding domains, mapping LDAP roles to GroundWork roles, and reordering to control which domains are declared in the configuration. » Learn more

Menu Customizer

Along with the product's new user interface, GroundWork has added a menu customization feature, the Menu Editor. This feature allows administrators to customize the menu options of the GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 application, including adding, cloning, and modifying menu options. Additionally, each menu option can be assigned secure access by role. » Learn more

Dashboards

An enhanced Status Summary offers real-time updates and responsive graphing without configuration, as well as top-problem displays. The Insight dashboard provides insights into time series data in a series of graphs over a user-specified time scale. These are just two of the various visualization and analysis tools offered in GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0.  » Learn more

Custom Reports

The integrated Jasper Server reporting tool offers the ability to design and generate custom reports based on the collected state, availability, outage, and performance metrics. Jasper Server provides multiple data stores, role-based access, and various output formats including screen, CSV, PDF, XML, and a print destination. » Learn more

Log Analysis

This is the first version of GroundWork Monitor to include the Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) as a bundled application. In this initial implementation, it is limited to logging from GroundWork containers and searches of the logs, however can be extended to use a large number of useful features. » Learn more 

Network Discovery

New features include enhanced asset node management, packet capture, and wiring diagram management. » Learn more

Cloud Monitoring

The GroundWork Cloud Hub now allows Google Cloud Platform users to easily monitor the availability and performance of resources within the cloud. » Learn more

GDMA Plugins

Now it's easy to download custom plugins on your hosts for monitoring with the GroundWork Distributed Monitoring Agent (GDMA). Once plugins are uploaded, the agent will download those plugins along with any associated dependencies. » Learn more

Threshold Overrides

Any service in GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 that sets state via metric thresholds can have the threshold over-ridden by an authorized user without making changes to the source of the service (Nagios™ or Cloud Hub) » Learn more

GroundWork Support

Easier, more responsive access to GroundWork Support including GroundWork Documentation, GroundWork Knowledge Base, and technical support through Jira Service Desk. » See GroundWork Support

Fixed issues

This section is intentionally left blank as GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 is a new version. In the future, any significant incremental fixes will be listed. 

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Known issues

This section lists any known issues and limitations with work-arounds.

CategoryTitleDescriptionWork-around
Monitoring PluginsSome plugins may not workThe newest set of plugins included with GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 are incompletely tested.If you encounter a plugin you need to work that doesn't, please file a support case. We will get you a working version as soon as possible, and include it in later releases.
AcknowledgementsNo Host down acknowledgement buttonThe Status Summary for a host does not include a button to acknowledge when a host is down.You can acknowledge this condition using the check boxes on the host listings and choosing "ack selected".
AcknowledgementsCan't acknowledge a service from a SLA dashboardSLA Dashboards displayed in the SLA Carousel have a right-click context menu, but the Acknowledge option is not active.Use the To statusviewer option to acknowledge.
Business Service MonitoringDefault bsm-service-01 configured but emptyThe service bsm-service-01 on host bsm-host is included as an example of Business Service Monitoring. It is in the unknown state as the member list is empty. You can remove this (or add members) by going to the Configuration > BSM and SLAs > BSM > Manage Groups, and clicking the delete icon next to the group. 

Announcements

The table below outline End-of-Life versions as of version 8.0.0. Current supported versions of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise include the latest version 8.0.0, and version 7.2.1 and 7.2.0. For supported architectures and browser compatibility see System Requirements.

VersionEoL AnnouncementEoL Effective Date
7.2.011/29/19
Customers should begin transitioning off the EoL version to the latest version.
(12/09/2019 release date of 8.0.0)
GroundWork will no longer provide technical support for GroundWork Monitor version 7.2.0 or earlier. Customers using older versions are advised to contact GroundWork Support regarding upgrade options. Latest release is 7.2.1, and is supported. 

Dedication

This release is dedicated to the memory of Izaak (Hans) Kriel. 



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