apart from the major changes and shiny new features, we are constantly adding new smaller enhancements and features to our product. Of couse, all of them appear within the release notes. But honestly, who’s reading release notes? I don’t :-). Most of the time, they are pretty boring to read and unfortunately, ours is no expcetion to this regards :-(. If you have ideas how to create a more appealing format for them just let us know!
Therefore, I use our blog from time to time in order to highlight some of the changes that might not be obvious at the first sight. So this blog is about all the little nice new features that you don’t recognize at first sight.
1. New SNMP Device
Did you know that added support for more than 40 new SNMP based network devices within the last couple of months? Most of the information came from our customers and that is a good example how we collaborate with customers in order to satisfy their requirements and on the other side improve our product. That’s what I call a win-win situation (Bingo 🙂 )
2. Custom Report Improvements
Customers like our custom reports, because they can extract the information in exactly the format they need. Therefore, we are constantly adding new selectable fields and new comparison operators. For instance, recently, we added the feature to check fields within custom reports that
- do not match a regular expression
- do not contain a string
- do not contain a string (case insensitive comparison)
- do not match wildpatterns (? and *)
So far the negation of contains and matches was not possible.
3. VMware Storage Location
One of our customers was stating that it is essential for him to know which file systems on VMware servers resides locally or remotely. If a file system resides remotely, then he needed the information which NAS hosts the storage. It turned out, that this feature was pretty trivial to implement and we simply added a new “Location” field for the logical disks.
4. Database Port Discovery
We implemented another important improvement for the database discovery. First, we added the capability to scan MySQL database servers. Additionally, we enhanced our database discovery for MySQL and Oracle to identify the port on which a database instance is running on.
5. Device Deletion Log and Aging-Out
One of our recent updates included our new aging-out mechanism. Devices that could not be scanned for a configurable amount of time get deleted automatically from the database. This helps to get rid of devices that are no longer part of the IT environment.
Additionally, JDisc Discovery keeps track of deleted devices. A new report lists all deleted devices together with an optional comment about the reason for the deletion process.
6. And of course bugfixes…
As any software, also JDisc has bugs. Our philosophy dealing with bugs is to resolve them as soon as possible and then release them as quickly as possible. Our agile release strategy helps us to quickly upload new releases with important bugfixes to our web page.
So keep posted. There are more nice little features to come! And one exciting new major feature!