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2024 updates

Welcome to the 2024 update notes for Zenoss Cloud! The visible and not-so-visible parts of Zenoss Cloud are updated regularly. This page highlights the new features and enhancements.

May

This month's updates include the following enhancements:

Get Started > Multifactor Authentication at login

Starting May 14, 2024, Zenoss is enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), also known as Two-Factor Authentication or 2FA, for all users to help guard against cybersecurity threats. In addition to the standard credentials of a username and password, MFA requires an additional security code generated dynamically on another device.

If your organization isn't using its own identity management solution, then Zenoss provides multifactor authentication for your Zenoss account. When logging in, you will be prompted to set up Multi-Factor Authentication to continue. When you configure MFA for your user account, a second authentication method is triggered after entering login credentials. A verification code generated by an authentication app is required to complete the login process.

To learn more about setting up MFA, including recovery codes and commonly asked questions, see Log in to Zenoss Cloud.

Administration > Event Management

The new Event Management feature provides tools for you to manage your system’s event ingest.

In Event Management you can create specific rules called event policies that provide more granular control of your incoming events, allowing you to handle more complex data formats and help you improve the accuracy and consistency of your event data.

You can use event policies to perform two common use cases:

  • Drop events that you don’t need

  • Transform the formats of a specific set of events

Dropping irrelevant events can help you reduce noise and decrease your storage, which can result in lower costs and greater efficiency. Transforming incoming events into a better format can help you quickly locate and analyze events so you can take action.

To learn more, see Event Management.

Actions

In Actions > Triggers, you can create a stale data trigger to notify you when Zenoss hasn't received a metric or event after a specified duration of time. This feature is useful when you have important metrics or events that you expect to regularly receive, so failing to receive them indicates a possible problem the requires your attention.

To start using stale data triggers in your workflow, open ADMIN > Actions page, and then click the TRIGGERS tab. Select the Stale Data type when adding a trigger.

To learn more, see Adding stale data triggers.

April

This month's updates include the following enhancements:

Inventory

You can add or edit the production state for one or more entities in Inventory. For example, you can update a production state of Maintenance to Production using the Update production state option. Keep in mind that when you update a production states for an entity in Inventory, it doesn’t impact the assigned production state of the entity in Collection Zones (CZ).

To learn more, see About production states and Update production states.

Actions

In Actions > Triggers, you can use the refined query builder when creating triggers.

In addition to simplifying the user interface, the query builder provides field suggestions from the Dictionary service and live data, and the suggestions are grouped by type. The suggestions for the Value field are also improved, suggesting values that apply to the field type.

You can use the refined query builder to build triggers in Actions. To learn more, see Trigger queries.

Dashboards

The Dashboards view now includes the following enhancement:

Dashboard scope filter: You can now temporarily reduce the scope of your dashboard to just a subset of your entities. Click the Expand scope filter bar to open a query bar, then enter the criteria of the entities you want to view. The scope is temporary and won't be saved to the dashboard, but it can help you in your investigation.

This feature is useful if you are monitoring a large number of entities in a dashboard, but you just want to see information for a subset of the entities in the scope. For example, you might have a dashboard monitoring 10,000 devices, and you receive an error on device "X". You could then refine the dashboard scope by opening the scope filter and building a query of "name contains X". The dashboard displays only information that matches the query criteria.

For more information, see Filter the dashboard scope.

SSL Cipher Support

To ensure the highest security standards and safeguard your data, Zenoss is disabling support for several SSL Ciphers on Zenoss endpoints. These changes will be rolled out to Production environments on April 9, 2024 and will impact the .zenoss.io and .zenoss.eu domains.

The following ciphers will be removed:

  • TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
  • TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA

No action is required on your part. The TLS negotiations that occur to build secure sessions will use the other ciphers automatically. All modern browsers will continue to operate. For more information about SSL and TLS protocols, see the Google Cloud Load Balancing documentation.

March

This month's updates include the following enhancements:

Events

The Events console now includes the following enhancement:

  • Events load faster: Events now load more quickly in the Events console. When you initially open the Events console, you can quickly scan your most critical events on a single page. This new default mode is useful when you have a substantial number of events, but need to focus on the most important ones first.

    To access the full range of console features, including severity indicators, charts, and filtering, switch to advanced mode. Previously, advanced mode was the default view. Click the new Advanced mode button to switch between both modes for your selected events view.

    By default, all your previously saved event views as well as the default templates open in advanced mode.

    To learn more, see Events console.

Dashboards, Smart View, and Events

These pages now include the following enhancement:

  • Revised time range preset options: When you open the time range panel, you can select clear and simple preset options, including 10m (10 minutes), 1h (1 hour), and 3h (3 hours). Previously, these options were -5m, -1h, and -3h.

    You can access the time range panel in Dashboards, Smart View, and Events. For more information, see Time range settings.

Inventory

Inventory now includes the following enhancement:

  • Increased export limit: You can now export up to 100,000 rows of your Inventory table. For more information, see Exporting in Inventory.

February

This month's updates include the following enhancements:

Actions

The Actions service now includes the following enhancement:

  • Duration threshold: You can now refine your metric triggers by including duration with your minimum and maximum threshold values. The min/max over duration option is useful when you only want the trigger to alert you when a condition is met for more than a specified amount of time.

    For example, you might have a CPU utilization metric that regularly spikes over 90% utilization, but you only want to be alerted if the utilization exceeds 90% for longer than 45 minutes. In this example, you can set the max value to 90 and then set the duration threshold time to one hour and the percentage of the duration to 75%.

    Setting this option can reduce the noise of triggers that you typically ignore while focusing on the ones that are vital to your organization. For more information, see Add a metric trigger.

Dictionary service

Dictionary service now includes the following enhancement:

  • Enumeration field type: When you add a new dictionary entry for an entity field or event field, or if you edit an existing entry, you can now specify enumeration as the field type.

    Enumeration field types use number values that are mapped to labels. For example, for Severity, you might have 1 = Debug, 2 = Info, and so on. This field type is useful if you want to create your own custom field with mapped values. For more information about setting up enumeration fields, see Adding and editing dictionary entries.

January

This month's updates include the following enhancements:

Events

The Events console now includes the following enhancements:

  • Create Event: You can now create an event in the Events console. While most events are programmatically created, manually creating events is useful if you want to test event mappings, event transformations, and triggers and notifications. For more information, see Create events in the Events console.

  • Event chart view: In the Events console, the column chart leverages new criteria for more precise analysis. Each column in the chart represents a slice of the selected time range. The events appear in the columns as defined by their First Seen and Last Seen criteria. Therefore, each event might appear in more than one column in the chart.

    Similar to the column chart, the heat map is also divided into slices of the time range that contain the events as defined by their First Seen and Last Seen criteria.

    For more information, see Events console.

Dashboards

The Dashboards view now includes the following enhancement:

  • Full-screen option for tiles: You can now enlarge an individual tile in your dashboard to fill the entire screen. This is useful when you want to examine tiles that contain long tables and extended details. To do so, open the options (three dots) menu on the tile and click Full screen.

    When finished, click X to close the full screen and return to your dashboard. For more information, see Dashboards.

Dictionary service

Dictionary service now includes the following enhancement:

  • Field type: When you add a new dictionary entry for an entity field or event field, or if you edit an existing entry, you can now specify field type. This is a required field.

    For more information, see Adding and editing dictionary entries.