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BVQ version 2021.H1 and higher no longer support Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit. 

See BVQ Server Requirements

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Upgrading from version 6.2.x to 2021.H2 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


Grafana 8 support

BVQ finally updated from Grafana 6.4 to Grafana 8.1 to fix several security vulnerabilities and support many new Grafana features. As the Grafana project changed its internal plugin architecture the BVQ Datasource plugin was rewritten and extended.

(warning) Depreciations and fundamental changes prevent a migration of Grafana 6 dashboards. Therefor all Dashboards have to be rebuilt or manually migrated.

To support this migration process BVQ has an option to install Grafana 6 and 8 side by side. The installer will provide the following option:


Grafana 8 will use the configured Grafana port and Grafana 6 will switch to "configured Grafana port" + 1 (e.g. Grafana was installed on port 3000. After an upgrade to BVQ 2021.H2.2 Grafana 8 will use port 3000, Grafana 6 will still be accessible through port 3001)

BVQ Datasource Features:

The BVQ Datasource plugin allows to connect Grafana to a BVQ Server and to visualize its data. Hence, the BVQ Server must be up and running.

QUERY MODE "Chart"

This mode is designed to get historical data in timeseries format that can be used in all panels supporting this format. Primarily the Timeseries panel. QUERY MODE "Chart" has six options:

OptionUsage
TYPEUse Topology or Performance to select the type you want to choose from. All other options depends on the TYPE option. For Topology only numeric attributes are available.
FROMSelect the object type. The object type is responsable for the metrics you can choose. If TYPE ist set to Performance only object types with native performance data are available.
REACHABLE BYDepends on the available dashboard variables. BVQ will only show data where a connection between "FROM object type" and the variable used here can be made.
WHEREUse a BVQ filter to limit the results based on "FROM object type". All filters of the BVQ filter syntax are available. For example: name contains "svc".
GROUP BYAggregate all objects to another object type level and show the results as single line. E.g. "FROM SVC VDisk" and "GROUP BY SVC Cluster" will aggregate all individual SVC VDisk within an SVC Cluster.
METRICSChoose one or multiple metrics or attributes to show in the panel. The available options are depending on the selected TYPE and FROM option.

Important: Based on the requested time range, interval, objects and metrics data load can cause higher BVQ Server load and longer response times!!!


QUERY MODE "Topology table"

This mode is designed to get tabular data for a specific point in time without a history. The point in time is calculated form the TO date of the chosen time range. QUERY MODE "Topology table" has three options:

OptionUsage
SELECTION PATHThe SELECTION PATH is comparable to the BVQ Pathselector in the Expert GUI and let you create a hierarchy. Each path element can be filtered with the BVQ Filter Syntax and allows columns for this object type.
COLUMNSThe COLUMNS option allows to choose attributes, capacities and linked objects for each object type used in the SELECTION PATH. Performance data are only available for the last object type used in the SELECTION PATH.
REACHABLE BYTo limit the output based on a Grafana dashboard variable it is possible to use the REACHABLE BY option. To use this option a dashboard variable of the same object type as the last selection path element is necessary.

The Topology mode is much faster as it only shows a point in time. It is suitable for stats and table panels.

(info) The Topology table is a replacement of the BVQ Favorite Datasource and removes the requirement of creating a favorite in the BVQ Expert GUI prior to launching the information within Grafana.


QUERY MODE "Event table"

This mode is designed to get tabular data for system events and has three options:

OptionUsage
EVENT SOURCEThis variable is mandatory and based on dashboard variables. It is only possible to select an event source if a dashboard variable with an appropriate object type exists. The results will be restricted based on the object type and the selected value in the Grafana dashboard variable. The additional option "show events of the whole system" provides an easy way to show all events for the whole system.
IDENTIFIER LENGTHThere are 3 options to control the identifier length. Shorter identifier might work for scoped dashboards but might cause duplicates.
EVENT LEVELLimit the event levels you want to show. Available levels differ based on the selected source.

(warning) As some platforms provide a massive amount of events the output is limited to 1000 events!!!

BVQ default Dashboards

The BVQ default Dashboards have been migrated and improved for Grafana 8. 

New Grafana Features

As the update from Grafana 6 to Grafana 8 skips multiple major and minor versions with plenty of new features, please take a look at the Grafana website to review all details: https://grafana.com/docs/grafana/next/whatsnew/

Grafana itself improved in many different areas; especially the UI was redesigned for better usability. The following links provide an overview of the most BVQ relevant changes:

Brocade FOS 9 support

BVQ now supports Brocade switches running Fabric OS 9.x and there are some enhancements in the Brocade (REST) module:

  • new attributes for objects type Brocade switch and Brocade switch port
  • new metrics for object type Brocade switch:

  • two new object types to visualize Brocade's Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS): Brocade Policy and Brocade Rule.
    BVQ displays all Brocade Rules which either belong to the active Brocade Policy or are not predefined.

Systems Health Map performance improvements

In large environments, loading time for the Systems health map was unacceptably slow. To speed it up, the way of calculating alert rule results and display them in the Systems health map has been changed.

As a result, BVQ no longer displays absolute numbers in the Systems health map but percentages.

The absolute numbers of objects in each state can still be seen in the detail view of each alert rule:

In addition, the presentation of the Systems health map on the Home-screen has been changed from sunburst to stacked bar chart. Again, this change has the advantage of loading the data much faster than before. The numbers shown here represent the amount of objects per alert rule in a certain state.

Call Grafana directly from BVQ Server

There is a new menu option in the BVQ WebUI which allows you to jump to Grafana directly.

The URL is dynamically created from the URL the user is using to access the BVQ server and the Grafana port selected during setup. If this URL needs to be adjusted, navigate to Adminstration → Grafana configuration and enter the correct URL for your Grafana setup.





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.H2.2

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-15542SVCImprovements for thin-provisioned mdisks & compressed FCM drives (New OT "SVC Provisioning group")
BVQ-15543SVCNew object type "SVC MDisk provisioning group"
BVQ-16896GrafanaNew System Dashboards for Grafana 8
BVQ-16835LicensingUse Thin Provisioned MDisks' physical capacity to calculate entitlements
BVQ-16917Power OS Agent AIXConnect DiskPath with SAN

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16194GUIRemember last export directory target for tables
BVQ-16017SVCMDisk & Drive capacity attributes clean up
BVQ-16905Scanner: AIXChange level of ssh-server messages from INFO to DEBUG

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

MajorBVQ-16427SVCMDisk group Physical capacity values too high
MinorBVQ-16766WebUIInfo message do not disappear automatically
MinorBVQ-16913WebUI: Administration: Delete SystemsDeletion of Performance Data is based on wrong Method
MinorBVQ-16932AlertingCustom alert rules do not load calculate after persist status
MinorBVQ-16915Alerting: Custom alert rulesChanges not visible without page reload
MinorBVQ-16937GUISome System favorites based on old view version
MinorBVQ-16931Performance ExpiryAll remote copy hfcts data is expired on deletion of single cluster
MinorBVQ-15812PersisterHardening for empty files
MinorBVQ-16920Power OS Agent AIXNo WWPN reported by NJMON for FC Adapter
MinorBVQ-16736PowerVMCalculation of Shared Processor Pool Utilization % incorrect
MinorBVQ-16906SVCVDiskIdentifier: svc_cluster_id is missing






Version 2021.H2.1

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

multipleOS Agent for AIXNew platform: OS Agent for AIX
BVQ-15547SVCAdd v8.4.0 new SVC Node port performance stats
BVQ-10937SVCIntegrate IO Throttling & Extended IO Throttling
BVQ-15310SVCAdd internal NVMe Ports to SVC Node port  and activate PerfPersist

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16362SVCAdd Encryption attributes to SVC Cluster object
BVQ-16564VMware New attribute "template" for VM Virtual machine
BVQ-16684GUI: Detail PaneCombine "Foreign objects" and "Linked objects"
BVQ-16716GrafanaAdd plugin README
BVQ-16878GrafanaAdd default FieldConfigs
BVQ-16808GrafanaTimeout with misleading error message
BVQ-15560Grafana: DockerCreate a custom bvq grafana image
BVQ-15816PersisterRun error folder expiry in fallback commands
BVQ-16404WebUI: Administration: LicenseLicense Entitlement View not scalable and exportable
BVQ-16748Scanner: PowerVMSuppress unnecessary warnings
BVQ-16761ReportingAdd Play-button for scheduled reports

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

CriticalBVQ-16840BVQ ServerDB Backups not deleted if "backups to keep" exceeds
CriticalBVQ-16897AlertingAlert rule conditions change after being saved
MajorBVQ-16807GrafanaTable Data not correct if data missing
MajorBVQ-16275PersisterFailing "Identifying object to scan..." keeps files in new folder
MajorBVQ-16836PowerVMCore usage peak utilization not calculated
MajorBVQ-16841ReportingNo chart object types listed in performance chart snippet
MajorBVQ-15863AlertingColoring of alert results in systems health map can be incorrect
MinorBVQ-16706Alerting: Predefined alert rulesUpdate https links 
MinorBVQ-16822Alerting: Predefined alert rulesVersion increase after each execution
MinorBVQ-16793WebUIMain Page throws JS Error "Can't find variable: refreshIntervalSeconds"
MinorBVQ-15472Performance PersistIf pre execution checks fail, files should stay in new






Version 2021.H2.0

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16093

GrafanaGrafana 8 support
BVQ-16388BrocadeFOS 9 support

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16621AlertingReplace bar chart in alert rule overview with optimized progression chart
BVQ-16364AlertingOptimize Systems Health Map Loading Times
BVQ-15545GUI / WebUIUse Brocade naming conventions consistently across BVQ
BVQ-15429BVQ ServerCall Grafana directly from BVQ Server

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description












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