Are you all excited to welcome this new year with IBM Cloud APM refresh with a new agent and many agent enhancements?
Here are the new features and agent enhancements that makes your Enterprise application monitoring journey more exciting:

New Agent

MariaDB agent
The Monitoring Agent for MariaDB offers a central point of management for your MariaDB environment or application. The software provides a comprehensive means for gathering the information required to detect problems early and to prevent them. Information is standardized across the system. You can monitor multiple servers from a single console. By using the Monitoring Agent for MariaDB you can easily collect and analyze MariaDB specific information.
For information about configuring the agent after installation, see Configuring MariaDB monitoring.

Expanded platform support for agents

The following agents and platforms are now supported:

Solaris X86-64

  • Oracle Database agent
  • WebLogic agent
  • Agent enhancements

    Cassandra agent
    Added two new attributes called Agent Hostname and Agent Instance Name in the Cluster Details, Node Statistics, and Keyspace Details attribute groups.

    Db2® agent
    Added support to monitor Current Running SQL.

    IBM® Integration Bus agent
    Added two new group widgets, TCPIP Client Connections and TCPIP Server Connections in the Integration Server Status – Detail page.

    Internet Service Monitoring agent

    • Added two new configuration panel variables:
      • Active: To select a state for profile element as active or inactive.
      • sniServerName: Indicates the name of host/server for which a certificate from SNI enabled web server is required.
    • Default settings under Data Validation Tab for HTTP,HTTPS and DNS monitors are now editable.
    • Agent now supports & character in page field for HTTP and HTTPS monitors.
    • Agent now support Danish characters in regex field of HTTP and HTTPS monitors.

    Note: Set the locale to da_DK on Linux platform before agent installation to use this feature.

    Microsoft Active Directory agent

    • Added a new widget called KCC details in the Status Overview page.
    • Added following new attribute groups in the Attribute Details tab:
      • Directory Services
      • Kerberos Consistency Checker
      • Kerberos Key Distribution Center
      • Name Service Provider
      • Exchange Directory Service

    Microsoft .NET agent
    Added a new attribute called Request Name in the Database Call Details attribute group. This attribute displays the name of the request that fires the database query.

    Microsoft Exchange Server agent

    • Added a new widget called Transport SMTP Recive in the Status Overview page.
    • Added following new attribute groups in the Attribute Details tab:
      • MS Exchange AB
      • MS Exchange ADAccess Processes
      • MS Exchange ADAccess Caches
      • MS Exchange ADAccess Domain Controllers
      • MS Exchange ADAccess Forest Discovery

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server agent
    Added support for Windows Server 2019.

    Microsoft IIS agent

    • Added the following new group widgets:
      • System-Main Memory Statistics
      • IIS Server- Assigned Memory Usage
      • IIS Server- Assigned CPU Usage
      • Worker Process Details
      • .Net Memory Management
    • On each application pool name in Worker Process Details group widget a page is created that shows the historical trend of Requests processed per second, Elapsed time, Requests in Queue, Memory and CPU Utilization.
    • On each application pool name in .Net Memory Management group widget a pop-up is added that shows the historical trend of percent time in GC.

    Microsoft SharePoint Server agent

    • Added a new attribute group called Trace_Log that provides the high severity logs information.
    • Added two new group widgets called Trace Log Details and Last 1 Hour Trace Log Count in the Overview page to display the details of recent 100 trace log events and last 1 hour count of unexpected and high level trace logs.

    MySQL agent
    The agent collects data consistently after server restarts.

    NetApp Storage agent
    The agent now shows exact list of Qtress that are mapped to Volume.

    PostgreSQL agent
    The agent now supports PostgreSQL Server version 12.

    Response Time Monitoring agent

    • A new configuration parameter KT5AARIPTOUSERID is added. It allows you to save Client IP address in User Name property in AAR raw data. By default, it is set as NO. To change the setting, you need to restart the Response Time Monitoring agent.
      • KT5AARIPTOUSERID=NO: If the value is NO, the Response Time Monitoring agent agent will save username of transaction to userID property of AAR.
      • KT5AARIPTOUSERID=YES: If the value is YES, the Response Time Monitoring agent will save Source IP address of transaction to userID property of AAR.
    • The Response Time Monitoring agent now supports specifying KT5AARIPTOUSERID value in silent configuration.
    • The title of existing group widget Worst By User – Top 5 is changed to Worst By User – Top 20. The group widget is changed to display top 20 users with highest percentage of transaction failures over the selected period.

    VMware agent

    • Agent now supports fetching of the IP address or Host name of vCenter from vSphere API call, instead of showing Configured Address as it is from configuration panel. User can activate this feature by setting the flag in agent environment to Y. For example, KVM_RETRIEVE_HOSTNAME_FROM_API=Y.
    • Retry count now can be given a limit to restrict the connection attempts with data source. For example, KVM_DATA_PROVIDER_CONNECTION_RETRY_COUNT=1000, adding this variable in agent environment file would put a lock on connection retry count in case of connection failure with vCenter. 1000 indicates agent would try till 1000 subsequent unsuccessful connection attempts and then would bring down the data provider process with a log message NO MORE ATTEMPTS OF CONNECTION;STOPPING THE DATA COLLECTION, TO RESUME MONITORING PLEASE RESTART THE AGENT. TO HAVE MORE ATTEMPT OF CONNECTIONS, RESET THE VALUE OF THE VARIABLE KVM_DATA_PROVIDER_CONNECTION_RETRY_COUNT. Default value to retry connection attempts is 6, user can set the desired threshold as per the requirement.
    • Agent supports configuring of Instance specific heap size to efficiently utilize the allocated memory on the system. For example, KVM_CUSTOM_JVM_ARGS= -Xmx512m, by setting this variable in instance’s environment file would mean that instance is configured to use 512 MB of heap memory. The size can be changed based on the total count of vCenter objects an instance is monitoring.

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