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Please read

BVQ version 2021.H1 no longer supports Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit. 

See BVQ Server Requirements

Please read

Upgrading from version 6.2.x to 2021.H1 might take a long time because of major database updates in this release. Depending on the size of the database, it can take several hours until the migration is completed!

While the migration is ongoing, BVQ scanners are not impacted and continue to collect data which will be written to the database once the migration has completed.

Please be patient and wait for BVQ maintenance mode to complete!




Highlights


Systems Health Map: Usability improvements and additional functionality

The Systems Health Map in this release has a lot of improvements for easier usage and quicker insight to potential issues in your environment:

  • additional presentations of alert rule results: by platform, by severity, by system category or by user category
  • possibility to limit the Systems Health Map to selected systems only
  • possibility to exclude multiple alert rule results at once and optionally add comments
  • copy the contents of the alert rule result table to clipboard for easy import into Excel or other tools
  • save timeframe- and autoplay-setting across sessions

Each alert rule result can be analyzed by a only a few clicks. Expert knowledge and the BVQ GUI are not necessarily required to find the root cause of a problem.
It's as simple as that:

  1. Select the alert rule of interest from the Systems Health Map
  2. Select the object which should be investigated further

Now you can find all information about this object:

  1. Summary - Why and when did this object change its status?
  2. Topology changes - Which attribute has changed in the selected timeframe and possibly led to the object change? Additional attributes can be added to or removed from the table.
  3. Performance - What was the performance of the selected object at the time of the incident? Additional metrics can be added to the chart or new charts added. Use the "Go to incident"-button to cover the time of the latest state change in your chart.

Alerting: Usability improvements and additional functionality

Configuration, creation and usage of alert rules in BVQ has also been improved in this release.

Predefined alert rules now have a clone function. The rule will now be opened in the advanced editor for further modification:


Alert conditions in an alert rule created with the advanced editor can be cloned as well:


The Categories-tab provides additional functionality:

  • Click on any user or system category to see which rules are part of it. 

  • Click on "Rule assignment" to add rules to a category or to remove rules from it.

Generic SAN model

BVQ supports two different Fibre Channel Switch vendors - Brocade and Cisco. And for Brocade SANs, there are two ways of collecting the data - via Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) or REST API directly from the FC switches. This makes three different platforms and object models in total.

In this version of BVQ, a generic SAN model has been introduced which combines all three BVQ platforms into one. 

The following table shows all object types which are available as generic SAN object types and their translations into the specific platforms.


Generic OTBrocadeBrocade
(Deprecated)
Cisco
Fabric

SAN Agent

Brocade AgentBrocade Agent (BNA)Cisco DCNM

SAN FabricBrocade FabricBrocade Fabric (BNA)Cisco Fabric

SAN SwitchBrocade SwitchBrocade Switch (BNA)Cisco Logical switch

SAN Switch portBrocade Switch portBrocade Switch port (BNA)Cisco LSwitch port

SAN Physical switchBrocade ChassisBrocade Chassis (BNA)Cisco Switch

SAN ISLBrocade ISLBrocade ISL (BNA)Cisco LISL
NodesSAN NodeBrocade NodeBrocade Node (BNA)Cisco Node

SAN Node port

Brocade Node portBrocade Node port (BNA)Cisco Node port
ZoningSAN ZoneBrocade ZoneBrocade Zone (BNA)Cisco Zone

SAN Zone memberBrocade Zone memberBrocade Zone member (BNA)Cisco Zone member


Further Enhancements

WebUI tables improvements

Several usability improvements are part of this release:

  • Every table in the WebUI has a search box
  • Alert rules are hyperlinks. Clicking on an alert rule name opens the result details for that rule
  • Everwhere in the WebUI alert rules display their configuration details. Hover over the question mark (question) to see all information for the selected alert rule

SVC Host cluster support

A host cluster is a group of logical host objects that can be managed together. Volumes mapped to a host cluster are shared by every host in this cluster. This feature, released in SVC version 7.7.1, is now available in BVQ as well. We have introduced a new object type called "SVC Host cluster".





Requirements and restrictions 

Requirements of the HW/SW environment

Please see Supported Environments

Minimum BVQ version required for an update

v6.2

Known Issues

See https://customercenter.sva.de/home/x/NwwgAw
(support agreement needed to get access credentials)




Changelogs

Version 2021.H1.0

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-13619

VMware

Connecting VMware and SAN: New Object types VM Storage adapter, VM Sotrage path, VM Storage Logical Unit

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16094AlertingNew alert templates
BVQ-16325AlertingStandardise object tooltips
BVQ-14641AlertingAdd exclude button to "currently matched objects"-table
BVQ-16046Alerting: Predefined RulesShow Severity in all tables
BVQ-16120Alerting: Configuration: CategoriesShow state of alert rules
BVQ-16152Common: Attribute: DriveChange semantic for  "compression_ratio" to percent
BVQ-16326EMC UnityUni System table view improvement
BVQ-16114EMC UnityAdd linking between EMC Unity and VMware
BVQ-15711NetAppAdd linking between Netapp and PowerVM via LUN
BVQ-15645GUIShorten object tooltip
BVQ-16122GUI: Table view favoritesAdd overall alert level to all table views
BVQ-16171Generic Block Storage ModelRename "Storage Volume" to "Storage Block Volume"
BVQ-16160GrafanaImprove VMware VM Detail dashboard
BVQ-16161GrafanaVMware Cluster performance overview dashboard optimized for end-to-end connection
BVQ-16208GrafanaAdd two new PowerVM Dashboards
BVQ-16098ReportingNew overview report for Storwize environments
BVQ-16263Scanner: Brocade RESTAdd timeout for "Aquire connection lock on:"
BVQ-16212DatagridSeparate SVC port login in single objects per connected object type
BVQ-16145WebUIShow Popup after login if license expires soon
BVQ-13925Web UI: Home Enable horizontal scrollbars for system bar/stacked chart

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

CriticalBVQ-16268Scanner: PowerVMObjectNotValidException because VIOS reports no system id
MajorBVQ-16177Scanner: PowerVMNPE during topo persist for SEA without backing device
MajorBVQ-16011Scanner: BrocadeSAN Fabric without Aliases causes NPE during topo persist
MajorBVQ-16115GUIEdit DB connection profile: Test connection button is broken
MajorBVQ-16179GUI: Capa/Topo-ChartsTiming favorite not taken in capacity charts
MajorBVQ-16180GUI: Capa/Topo-ChartsSelected Object not visible
MajorBVQ-16186EMC UnityUnity CPU % avg perfromance data for longer than 1 min interval not available 
MinorBVQ-16234GUI/ReportingAlerting information are not displayed in GUI or Reporting
MinorBVQ-16265Alerting: Predefined RulesIncorrect descriptions and missing conditions
MinorBVQ-15679GUIText change in Systems selection dialog
MinorBVQ-15959GUICluster Select dialog mouse wheel operation behaves wrong
MinorBVQ-16237GUIGeneric SAN objects visible although no system selected
MinorBVQ-16169GUIIndexOutOfBoundException
MinorBVQ-16176GUINPE when selecting capa chart without specifying a path
MinorBVQ-16018GUIView name incorrect in initial tab
MinorBVQ-16196GUI: FavoritesIllegalArgumentException when opening system favorite GMCV data flow & quality
MinorBVQ-16174GUI: Capa/Topo-ChartsChart visibility in context menu is missing
MinorBVQ-16173GUI: Capa/Topo-ChartsFixed interval / Moving average settings have no effect on graph
MinorBVQ-16147GUI: PathBrowserGeneric OT not selectable in the middle of a path
MinorBVQ-16274GUI: Perf-View: Event TooltipClassCastException
MinorBVQ-16215GUI: Time favoriteReset timing favorite to default: IllegalArgumentException
MinorBVQ-16146GUI: Perf NormalizationInput Coverage always 100%
MinorBVQ-16330Alerting: Predefined RulesLinks in alerting rule description does not work
MinorBVQ-16064Alerting: Predefined RulesVMware rules report unknown status
MinorBVQ-16228Alerting: Predefined RulesNetApp rules report unknown status 
MinorBVQ-16328NetAppMultiple Links to na_cluster broken
MinorBVQ-16106Scanner: VMwareScanner overview doesn't show error status for performance persist
MinorBVQ-16232Scanner: PowerVMNPE during topology scan when scanning HMCs with no LPARs configured
MinorBVQ-16132Scanner: EMC UnityRequest Retries and timeouts not prefilled
MinorBVQ-16087Scanner: LogfileCollectorParse Exception
MinorBVQ-16184ReportingNo attributes selectable in snippet loop header
MinorBVQ-16217Reporting: SRS Performance ReportR & W size is rendered in bytes instead of KiB/IO
MinorBVQ-16229ReportingSnippet loop text is not working
MinorBVQ-16271GrafanaBrocade (REST) dashboard uses wrong metric
MinorBVQ-16035GrafanaGrafana Datasource "BVQ favorites" not installed automatically leads to incomplete dashboards
MinorBVQ-16205WebUIRestrict uploading expired licenses
MinorBVQ-16111WebUIlayout-problem for table-headers with sorting
MinorBVQ-16107WebUI: Delete SystemsPerf data is not deleted from DB
MinorBVQ-16144WebUI: Support PackageError "unable to copy"





Version 2021.H1.0

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description


CommonAdd Generic SAN model

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-14026GUIImprovements for search panel and context menu
BVQ-16105WebUI: AlertingPredefined Rule "VDisk mirroring often out of sync" should not check unmirrored vdisks
BVQ-16029WebUI: ReportingPerformance improvement for large reports
BVQ-16069Scanner: SVCReduce auditlog scan to 5min
BVQ-16112General SANConnect Zone Member with FC ports for Zoning validation

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

MajorBVQ-16077Scanner: VMwareURL with IP marked as invalid
MinorBVQ-16127GUIExpection for PI load from not available object
MinorBVQ-16091WebUIServertours incorrectly positioned
MinorBVQ-16090WebUI: Alerting: Configuration: Custom rulesNo information for initially selected rule displayed
MinorBVQ-16084WebUI: Reporting: Report overviewWaitingtime included in duration
MinorBVQ-16089WebUI: SHMException when category/severity/object type is selected
MinorBVQ-16058Scanner: NetAppTopo Persist fails with duplicate key exception for metroclusters
MinorBVQ-16109Scanner: NetApp Persist fails becaus files are not moved to error directory
MinorBVQ-16075Scanner: BrocadeNo error message is displayed if wrong protocol is entered
MinorBVQ-15574Scanner: VMwareScanner overview doesn't show overdue status for event scanner
MinorBVQ-16102MongoDBEventlog doesn't expire for missing cluster




Version 2021.H1.0

New features

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-15824WebUIpreserve url during login
BVQ-13303WebUI: LogsDisplay server logs the same way we use for scanner logs
BVQ-15258GUI: PI AttributesDisplay "SourcePath" information for foreign PIs
BVQ-13875

Pathing

Object type Port login: Refine link to Node 2 Node
BVQ-16014PathingExtend logic how to define forbidden OT connections in cloud-links to support list of OTs
BVQ-16020PathingRestrict linking to SAN ISLs (Brocade, Brocade REST, Cisco)
BVQ-15598EMCUnityAdd EMC attributes to BVQ Unified Storage Model
BVQ-15723Scanner: SVC"cpdumps" not required if SVC code >= 8.3.1.2
BVQ-15786Scanner: EMC UnityImprove reliabilty and decrease interval width for performance scan
BVQ-16038InstallerQuote path to executable for Windows services via nssm.exe
BVQ-16044MongoDB Update to 4.4.3

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

MajorBVQ-15865GUI: Perf viewGaps reflected as 0 in object aggregations
MajorBVQ-16028WebUI: ReportingException if SVC and Storwize cluster are selected in one report
MajorBVQ-14510WebUI: AlertingQuotation marks for boolean attributes not set automatically
MinorBVQ-15880GUI / WebUICache Statistics throws Exception if file store is deactivated
MinorBVQ-15963GUI: AspectsSelection of invalid aspect should not lead to aspect change in treemap
MinorBVQ-15630WebUI: ReportingHRN of Metrics in Aggregated capacity chart are not assignable to their platform
MinorBVQ-15939WebUI: ReportingSorting in templates not saved
MinorBVQ-15965WebUI: AlertingRule with null operand should be able to reach OK status
MinorBVQ-15619WebUI: Attribute ReferenceColumn sorting not working 
MinorBVQ-15342WebUI: Attribute Reference Sorting doesn't work properly
MinorBVQ-16039Scanner: SVCSSH Session created, even if HFTCS scan is disabled
MinorBVQ-15568SVCNodePartitionLowerCache metrics TAV / TSAV / TEAV use wrong AGG / NORM logic
MinorBVQ-15569SVCNodePartitionLowerCache metrics RCA/JCA /DCA use wrong NORM logic "sum" for cache sizes
MinorBVQ-15566SVC SvcNodePort IPReplication metrics IPBZ, IPSZ, IPRT use wrong AGG / NORM logic
MinorBVQ-15565SVCSvcNodePort  COMMANDS_TO (FROM) uses wrong aggregation






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