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2022 updates

The visible and not-so-visible parts of Zenoss Cloud are updated regularly; this page highlights the visible new features or enhancements released in 2022.

December 20

The inventory view's query interface now supports two modes:

  • Quick Search mode (the default) looks for the text you enter in entity names, titles, and types; organizer names; and virtual machine names.

  • Advanced Search mode provides an interactive query builder.

To switch modes, click the name of the mode you want to use at the far right of the search bar.

December 15

The events console is now generally available! An events console displays events associated with all entities in the current time range and tools for managing events.

Zenoss Cloud connectors now includes the beta release of the Zoom connector. Connectors provide a quick way to being monitor public cloud applications.

Dashboards now include a row of tabs, displaying the names of the dashboards you've visited most recently.

December 13

When you generate a new Zenoss API key, the dialog box now displays the API endpoint for your organization.

December 1

The user interface now uses the natural capitalization of various text strings.

  • In Smart View, entity and metric names are no longer converted to capital letters.
  • In dashboards, tile titles are displayed as entered, instead of converted.

November 17

Inventory view and Microsoft 365 connectors are now generally available! The BETA labels associated with the features are removed from the browser interface.

Several default inventory templates are simplified to show commonly-used properties rather than all available properties.

The Event List + Count tile now sorts events lists properly. For example, when event severity is one of the tile's filters, events are sorted from highest to lowest severity.

November 10

Before this update, some entities were assigned types inconsistently during ingest processing. The inconsistencies are now removed, as follows:

  • The Device type is now Base.Device.
  • The DeviceComponent and Component types are now Base.DeviceComponent.

All dashboard scopes and tile filters that use device types are updated to use the new entity types.

The November 1 update note announced that the dictionary service was updated to support entries for event fields. The dictionary service update is included in this update instead.

November 8

Streaming data connectors are now in beta release and are available to all customers. In addition, this update adds support for the following Microsoft 365 applications:

  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint

The Save as control of the inventory view now includes an option for choosing an icon to associate with a new query.

The action service documentation now includes the contents of the default messages that are sent to destinations.

A previous update enabled restriction filters for entire Collection Zones and for any number of streaming data sources.

November 1

The basic infrastructure of the event service has been updated and its rollout today enables a wide range of new event-related features.

  • The events console is updated with new tools and capabilities and is now available to all users (in beta release). Check out the EVENTS tab.

  • The new Event List + Count tile combines the features of the Event List and Event Count tiles (and adds a couple more).

  • The Top Event Producers tile now includes a heat map to represent the distribution of events during the current time period.

  • The dictionary service now supports entries for event fields, to provide more readable or compact alternatives to computer-generated event field names.

In addition, the following user and session management changes are included in this update:

October 27

The action service now supports many new message templates and you can use templates in the To field of email destinations.

The dashboard panel now supports subfolders to help you organize your dashboards.

October 18

The inventory query bar now supports a new operator, the exists operator. The new operator tests whether an entity has a property and, if so, whether the property's value is non-null.

The streaming data feature that enables monitoring of cloud applications is renamed from "integrations" to "connectors". The feature is in beta release, so it may not be available in your environment. If it is, you will find it at ADMIN > Connectors.

The Microsoft Teams destinations now support custom facts in place of the default Office 365 connector card.

October 11

The Microsoft Teams destination now supports message templates in its Message field.

October 4

The inventory view is now in beta release and is available to all users.

The inventory view displays entities that are currently in your Zenoss Cloud environment and their properties. Entities are displayed in a table with one row per entity and one column for each property. Each row provides links to additional information. You can customize views and export the contents of a view.

Inventory view is powered by a SQL-like query bar that helps you find entities quickly. Several query templates are provided to get you started and you can save and share queries.

September 29

The default mode of the side panel on the ADMIN page is now expanded, rather than collapsed.

August 18

The browser interface is updated to maximize the available space in the following areas:

  • The side panel of the ADMIN page is now dynamic rather than static, and its default mode is collapsed, leaving more room for content.

  • The controls on Smart View pages become truncated at smaller sizes but are always available.

July 19

The BigQuery tables that Zenoss populates for Data Access now include separate time series database tables for each of the following metadata categories:

  • Events
  • Entities
  • Anomalies
  • Metrics

The new tables dramatically reduce the cost and improve the speed of queries against Data Access views.

To take advantage of the new tables, the relationships among views in the zenoss_view dataset and between the dataset views and the BigQuery tables that Zenoss populates are changed.

  • Customized queries that rely on the metadata and metadata_current views may be affected. You may have to adjust customized queries.

  • Embedded queries in the other views that Data Access provides are unaffected; the views have been updated to use the new tables and relationships.

For more information, see the updated relationships diagram.

July 14

The Microsoft Teams integration now supports multiple instances of Microsoft Teams. In addition, the source name of each instance matches the name you provide for the instance. Previously, the source name used in dashboard scopes could not be changed (cloud-source).

July 7

The Graph tile now supports displaying series associated with the child entities of an entity.

June 28

The Anomalies tile is updated to display a maximum of 16 entities in chart or combined view and a maximum of 30 entities in table view.

May 31

The default behavior on clicking the DASHBOARDS tab is updated.

  • If you have a list of favorite dashboards, Zenoss Cloud displays the first dashboard in your list.
  • If you do not have a list of favorite dashboards, Zenoss Cloud displays the ALL tab of the dashboards panel.

May 26

When you click the DASHBOARDS tab, the new default is to display the first dashboard in your list of favorite dashboards. If you do not have a favorite dashboard, open the dashboards panel, click the ALL tab, and then select a dashboard.

Now you can use metric labels or tags (from the metric dictionary) in any field that requires a metric name.

The Metric + Number tile now supports displaying raw metric values, as well as rounded and simplified values (the default).

May 19

The Map tile now supports filtering events by specifying one or more event field comparisons.

May 17

Creating and editing dashboards is much simpler now. Rather than a separate editing mode, the controls for adding a tile and moving and resizing tiles are always available on the dashboards you own. Also, now you can mark your favorite dashboards quickly, from the dashboards panel.

The action service now supports many new message templates.

May 12

Dashboard graphs are more responsive now. When you hover your mouse over a graph, the list of entities represented in the graph appears immediately.

April 28

Now you can add a Graph tile to a new or existing dashboard quickly, without opening a dashboard.

  • In the Actions column of the metric dictionary page (ADMIN > Metric Dictionary), click the vertical ellipsis (), select Create tile on and then either New Dashboard or an existing dashboard.

  • Likewise in Smart View, the menus of the primary and secondary metric tiles now
    include the Create tile on option.

The new tile is placed in the first available area on the dashboard grid. You can move or resize the tile at any time.

April 21

The policy service, which provides centralized data and operations management through declarations rather than code, is now generally available.

In addition, Smart View now loads related entities properly.

April 12

The dashboards panel now includes options for navigating to dashboards you've used recently.

April 7

With this update, the users and groups you create with the native identity management feature are automatically synchronized to all your Collection Zones.

March 29

This update introduces a new dashboard scope type, current scope, and updates all dashboards to use it by default. The previous default scope, historical scope, if available as well.

In addition, you can now rename dashboards you own. Click a dashboard's name to start editing it.

March 17

This update standardizes event filtering options in event-related tiles.

  • In the Event Count tile, the Filter field replaces individual event fields with an interface that is similar to the action service query builder interface. The settings in existing tiles are converted to the new interface.

  • The Top Event Producers tile now supports many more fields than just event severities.

  • Similarly, the Event List tile now supports additional event fields in comparisons.

March 15

This update includes the following enhancements:

  • You can mark dashboards as favorites, and the dashboards panel now includes a tab for navigating to favorite dashboards.

  • The names of the subject and message fields in email destinations are updated to reflect their use in multiple trigger contexts. Likewise, when you create a new destination, the subject and message fields are empty, and their defaults are appropriate for the matching trigger.

March 10

This update includes refinements to tiles that include events and a Graph tile fix:

  • Event Count and Map tiles now display deduplicated totals instead of raw totals by default. You can change the default and display raw totals at any time.

  • Previously, the Graph tile locked the Aggregator field when an entity was added to the Entity and metric field. Now, the field remains unlocked and you can specify any aggregation function.

February 15

The Map tile is updated to display only open events.

February 10

This update includes a new login process and a fix.

  • The process of gaining access to Zenoss Cloud is updated. First, you are prompted to provide your email address, and then either prompted for a password or passed along to your organization's identity provider for additional steps.

  • Previously, the Metric Outliers tile displayed no more than 10 entities and now it displays up to 50 entities.

February 8

This update includes a new tile and a new destination for the action service.

  • The Event List tile is now generally available for all users. The tile displays a table of events during the current time range.

  • The action service supports a new destination, the Zenoss event service destination. When a metric data point crosses a threshold boundary, you can use an event destination to generate an event.

February 3

This update includes support for keyboard accessibility in all Zenoss Cloud tables. Now, all tabular content can be accessed with the keyboard alone.

February 1

This update includes a new color scheme for light mode (dark text on light background). The scheme provides greater contrast and improved usability throughout the browser interface.

January 27

This update includes:

  • speedier loading of events in dashboard tiles that feature them
  • standardization of colors in elements throughout the user interface
  • enhancements to checkboxes and radio buttons

In addition, these update notes are refactored. Collection Zone updates are now recorded on their own page.

January 20

This update includes a new color scheme for dark mode (light text on dark background). The scheme provides greater contrast and more gradations for improved usability throughout Zenoss Cloud.

January 13

This update includes a new anomaly detection service, several action service updates, and two retirements.

Anomaly detection service

The new anomaly detection service is based on an advanced neural network algorithm. The service uses more historical data and trains more frequently, so the results are more accurate, more precise, and more up-to-date (near real-time). Also, you can customize the metrics that the service models. The following features take advantage of the enhanced results:

  • The Anomalies tile automatically highlights anomalous entities.
  • Smart View pages display anomalous metrics on both the primary entity and related entities.
  • The action service now supports anomaly triggers.

Action service

The action service now supports three new destination types:

  • ServiceNow IT Operations Management
  • Microsoft Teams channels
  • PagerDuty (Alert Events)

In addition, a new message template is available, to highlight cleared conditions.

Dashboard tiles retired

The Single Metric and MultiMetric tiles, which were deprecated in September 2020, are now retired. Existing Single Metric tiles are removed from dashboards containing them and MultiMetric tiles are migrated to Graph tiles.