StableNet® Annual Release 10.0 – New Features
The new StableNet® Annual Release 10.0 offers important usability and performance enhancements.
With big updates to dynamic weathermaps, automated policy and EoL checks, the new web StableNet Portal and more, here you can find more information about some of the exciting new features and improvements.
Multiple Monitor Ranges and Serverities
The monitors now support multiple defined ranges and individual severities per range. This can be used e.g. for monitor escalation depending on the measurement value. The GUI wizard usability has also been improved: valid or invalid ranges (including severity) can be directly defined.
Optimized Menu Bar
The menu structure has been reworked. It is now designed to provide a clear overview that is free of clutter.
The new menu structure is based on the different topics covered by StableNet®‘s functionalities: “Discovery & Inventory”, “Fault & Performance”, and “Configuration & Change”. Topics like the user management and default properties have been moved to the “Administration” menu.
The “Operation” menu contains operational entries.
Since the menu structure was reworked and might not feel intuitive yet, a new search functionality was added.
To search for a specific menu entry, you can easily use the search field on the top right of the StableNet® GUI.
It is accesible via mouse or via the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+F.
Vulnerability & End-of-Life Management
The management of vulnerability and end-of-life (EoX) information has been improved to enable a more accurate matching of affected devices.
The Vulnerablity Wizard now supports copy & paste of the the CVSS vector to speed up the creation process of vulnerability definitions. The wizard also includes a new test feature to validate the affected versions against any possible device version (check the screenshot beside). Furthermore, the affected versions of vulnerabilities now offer a regular expression option. With the power of regular expressions it is possible to match many versions with a single affected version entry. This option is also available for EoX definitions.
Grafana integration V2 based on Metrics API
The Grafana® data source for StableNet® is now available for Grafana® 7.
The StableNet® Grafana plugin is completely based on the new Metrics API of our REST Interface.
3. Module Enhancements
Optimized Alarm Handling
We’ve included new features for the handling of open alarms. With significant usability improvements and the restructured context menu for the open alarms table, you can enjoy even greater ease-of-use when using the vendor- and technology-independent StableNet platform.
Weather Map statistics were completely reworked. They are now based on the new metric API, making them much more powerful and flexible.
New Node and Link Statistics
Metric-based statistics are now available for nodes and links. In addition, statistical values can be displayed directly as both a label and a tooltip. It is also possible to “inherit” a defined state to a node or link and determine the color and appearance of those nodes and links based on the state.
A StableNet® user can also now use value ranges to define different states with severities from statistical values.
Dynamic Tooltips Charts
The dynamic tooltips charts in Weather Maps were extended. It is now possible to pre define dynamic tooltips to show traffic of links or availability of devices.
By using Geo Data you are able to show geo maps in the StableNet® tooltip. Additionally we have created new Tag Categories for using geo data in different formats.
Learn more about StableNet® Weathermaps in our “StableNet® Snapshot” video series on YouTube:
XML Discovery - Direct Tag Filter Support
Directly use tag filters in the XML Discovery, e.g. in monitor updates, overrides or delete elements. These can be copied directly from the Tag Filter Dialog. Placeholder support has also been introduced to facilitate structure organization.
Significant Upgrades to Syslog/Trap Processing
In StableNet® 10.0, the syslog forwarding pattern settings in the Agent Expert were improved upon. It is now possible to reset the pattern to the default. Furthermore, a test dialog was added which allows to test the parsing for the current pattern and an arbitrary syslog message.
We have improved the parallel handling of received syslogs and SNMP traps. Especially if the setting “Use Device IP Addresses for Trap Source Filter” for SNMP trap measurements is enabled or if the setting “Use Device IP Addresses for Syslog Source Filter” for syslog measurements is enabled, the performance is noticeably improved.
Reporting Server - Support for an all new "Sync Server"
The reporting server is an automatically, continuously updated system where measurement data, syslog, traps and monitor state changes are synchronized in real time and meta data is updated every night. The automated sync is completely based on the database.
- Does not require running StableNet® server on destination
- Fully configurable, supporting different use cases
- Real time data and monitor sync, daily sync of meta data
Example Use Cases:
- Backup/Standby system with real time data, daily sync allows to rollback accidental changes
- Reporting Server with different storage definitions of the data (e.g. longer data storage times)
- Cloned with partial write access (e.g. analysis system with own reporting and weathermaps)
A new Web Portal was added to StableNet® , consolidating all of your favorite online tools into a single web-based GUI. It combines the following and already existing portals:
- Flow Portal
- Syslog Portal
- Weather Map Portal
- Live Data Portal
- Config Generator Portal
The StableNet® Portal gives you flexible access to your installation, regardless of where you’re at and doesn’t require any software installation. And with the new natively supported “dark mode”, it’s more graphically impressive than ever.
On nearly all new installations of StableNet®, compliance rules require running the Server or Agent as an unprivileged user. This also eases system operation since an individual account or user group can be used for working with files. No root access is required for this.
With StableNet® 10.0 a new installation will be using an unprivileged user for executing the Agent and Server. Existing installations running as “root” will not be changed.