CRAC support, power data in watts, and enhanced multi-tenancy performance with v10.6.1

We are excited to announce the following changes in v10.6.1…

CRAC unit support and more options for power data

v10.6.1 adds support for discovery of CRAC units via SNMP, support for additional power attributes such as Apparent Power, Active Power, Power Factor, Power Frequency, and Energy Usage. There is also an option for converting displayed power readings to Amps or Watts so that the values will be displayed with the same unit of measure for all power units. Similarly, there is an option to convert all temperature values to centigrade.

A detailed blog will be published shortly explaining these changes in more detail.

Enhanced multi-tenancy performance with object categories

We have added object categories for devices, assets, and pdus. Groups will be assigned to object categories instead of directly to devices, assets, and pdus for mutli-tenancy permissions. This will reduce effort and improve performance especially when calculating permissions for hierarchical devices. If you are using permissions directly on devices, assets, or pdus you will be able to do an export, make changes and import to maintain your current permissions.

A detailed blog post will be published shortly explaining these changes in more detail.

Handling orphaned objects in multi-tenancy

An “orphaned object” is an object (e.g. a rack or a subnet) that has no group assigned to it directly AND has no group assigned to a “parent object”. To refresh your memory, the parent objects of racks are rooms and buildings and the parent objects of subnets are their parent subnets and vrf groups. Prior to this release, orphaned objects could not be viewed by any non-superuser. Customers have told us that this behavior is overly restrictive. In v10.6.1, you can choose to either maintain this behavior or choose to make orphaned objects visible to everyone.

The object categories blog post mentioned above that will be published shortly will also contain detailed information about the new orphaned objects feature.

EOL and EOS for hardware models

You can now add End of Life and End of Support dates to hardware models. These fields also show up as columns in the device report.

Legacy history on object history page

Since we have moved to the new and improved audit logs, we have gotten feedback that it is not easy to see legacy history for objects directly. Based on that feedback, we have added a button for legacy history on the object history page.

API Changes

  • EOL and EOS to hardware models has been added.
  • Object categories added to devices and assets api calls.
  • line_service_type added to device details GET api call.

Open Issues

  • vServer delete function is not behaving correctly in some edge cases. We have temporarily removed that function and added verbose logging around that. No VMs will be auto-deleted at this time.

Bug Fixes

  • MAC address matching didn’t work for machines that have vmware workstation installed as virtual adapter IPs matched. Fixed now.

Latest Device42 update

Current users can grab the latest update file from: https://www.device42.com/update/

If you haven’t tried Device42 yet, you can download a free trial from: https://www.device42.com/download/