What's New

This release of CA UIM includes the following new features.
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This release of CA UIM includes the following new features.
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Application Discovery
The new Application Discovery feature enables system administrators who are bus users to automatically discover, group, and monitor devices in their environment. You enable the default monitoring for these automatically grouped devices using the Unified Service Management (USM) portlet and the Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS). You can then view the monitoring data in the CA Unified Infrastructure Management visualization components, including USM or the CABI Dashboards for CA Unified Infrastructure Management.
Application Discovery is supported only with CA UIM 8.5.1 with robot 7.90. 
For more information, see the topic Use Application Discovery.
CA UIM Now Uses Java 8
Both CA UIM server and UMP now use Java 8.
  • New installations of Unified Reporter use Java 8. For more information see Unified Reporter. Unified Reporter running on a separate robot with Java 7 is not impacted by this change.
  • You must upgrade any self-signed certificates generated by CA UIM from previous CA UIM versions. If you do not upgrade the pre-existing certificates, HTTPS connections to CABI Server will not work due to the change in security encryption levels in Java 8. For more information, see Configure HTTPS in Admin Console or UMP.
Debian 6 Systems Are No Longer Supported
Beginning with version 8.5.1, CA UIM will no longer support the Debian 6 operating system.
Devices Can Be Deleted from USM Inventory
Devices can be deleted in the USM inventory view. The process gives you the ability to delete the device from inventory, prevent device rediscovery, close alarms associated with the device, and disable access to stored QoS data for the device. For information, see Remove Devices in USM.
Discovery_agent Detects Additional Operating Systems
Discovery_agent v8.51 is enhanced to detect Windows Server 2016 and Windows 8.1.
Discovery_agent Runs on Java 8
Discovery_agent v8.51 runs on Java 8 and therefore requires the java_jre package 1.80 or later. CA UIM 8.5.1 is the first UIM release that includes that package.  If using discovery_agent v8.51 on earlier UIM releases, download version 1.80 or later of the java_jre package from the web_archive.
Discovery_server Contains New Correlation Functionality
Discovery_server v8.51 contains improved default device correlation logic and allows for a high degree of correlation customization.
Discovery_server Supports AWS and Azure Properties
Discovery_server v8.51 enhancements support new properties from AWS and azure probes.
Groups in USM Can Now Be Reassigned from One Parent to Another
Container, system, and interface groups in USM can be reassigned from one parent to another. Controls honor multi-tenancy between groups and maintain links to saved Analysis Reports.
Groups in USM Display Members in a Paginated List
USM displays the list of members for large static groups in groups of 100. The user can paginate through the list to view each group of 100 members. This behavior speeds loading time for viewing members of a large static group and now is consistent for all USM group types.
Health Index Probe is Discontinued
The health_index probe has been deprecated and will not be available beginning with CA UIM 8.5.1. Users with the probe installed on back versions of CA UIM will not retain functionality after upgrading to version 8.5.1.
The Java SDK Now Supports Asynchronous Logging
The Java SDK now has an option to support the asynchronous logging of messages.
This is only a concern when the log level is set high and the probe is processing a large amount of data.
Log Analytics
Log Analytics requires CA App Experience Analytics 16.4.1.
Log Analytics is a powerful new tool that integrates CA UIM with CA App Experience Analytics. Log Analytics can:
  • Compare unstructured log and event data over time to identify patterns.
  • Correlate across diverse log data sets and CA UIM alarms.
  • Provide out-of-the-box dashboards and alarms in CA App Experience Analytics that log event correlation for issue resolution.
You can configure Log Analytics using new MCS templates available in USM. For more information, see the topic Log Analytics.
The nas_api_service Is Now Contained in the ems Probe
The nas_api_service is now contained within the ems probe. Because of this update, the ems probe is now required to view alarm data in USM. Also, the ems probe is now deployed automatically as part of CA UIM installations or upgrades. No reconfiguration of the nas probes in your environment is required as a result of this change.
A version of the nas_api_service is still contained within the trellis probe to maintain backwards compatibility with pre-8.5.1 ticketing gateway probes.
New MCS Profile Types
Monitoring Configuration Service includes new profile types for monitoring:
  • Active Directory servers
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) user accounts
  • Docker environments
  • Exchange servers
  • IIS servers
  • LDAP servers
  • Microsoft Azure infrastructure and services
  • Network Connectivity
  • Remote systems metrics
  • SAP environments
  • Nutanix environments
  • OpenStack servers
  • Telemetry of your 
    CA Unified Infrastructure Management
    environment
  • VMware hosts and virtual machines
  • Sharepoint Servers
See Monitoring Configuration Service for a complete list of available profile types.
New MCS Utilities Tool
Use the new MCS Utilities Tool to monitor and fix profile differences for profiles managed by Monitoring Configuration Service. The MCS Utilities Tool can find profile differences, fix profile differences, export configuration profiles, and import configuration profiles. See MCS Utilities Tool for details.
Probe Utility Command to Update MCS Templates Has Changed
For CA UIM versions 8.4.7 and 8.5, the
make_production
Probe Utility command was used to update MCS templates to newer versions. With CA UIM v8.5.1, we've replaced the make_production command with three new commands that provide added functionality. The new Probe Utility commands are:
  • list_template_versions
    : lists template versions for the entered profile type.
  • activate_template
    : moves a newer template version to production and migrates the existing configuration profile.
  • get_template_activation_status
    : displays the state of the activation task.
See the mon_config_service Release Notes on the CA UIM Probes site for more details.
nis_server Has New Functionality
The nis_server probe is now responsible for maintaining groups. The probe is required for product operation and is automatically activated.
Probe Dependencies Message in Last Audit Message Field
When Monitoring Configuration Service is unable to deploy a configuration profile because probe dependencies are not met, a message appears. A message similar to the following appears in the Last Audit Message field in the Profile Status section:
Error deploying profile: Pre-deploy action 'Check probe dependency' for probe at address "<
UIM_address
>" failed: “<probe specific message>”.
snmpcollector Updates
snmpcollector must be downloaded separately, it is not included in the CA UIM installer.
Version 3.31 of the snmpcollector probe includes support for LPAR discovery and monitoring with the CA SystemEDGE agent.
Telemetry
The new telemetry probe collects telemetry data from the CA UIM database. The telemetry data includes: CA UIM environment information such as hub, robot, and probe inventory details, and other data that is helpful for troubleshooting. The telemetry probe is automatically installed with CA UIM 8.5.1 using the UIM installation wizard. The probe is active by default. You have the option to keep the data that the probe collects only on your local system. Or you can select Send Data to Support. For more information, see the documentation for the telemetry probe on the CA UIM Probe DocOps Space.
The Update Interval for Automatic Groups Is Configurable
Users can now set the update interval for automatic groups in USM by configuring the nis_server probe. The current default value is 5 minutes.
USM Group Creation Filters Contain New Functionality
In USM, filters for defining interface groups now include several new features to more easily select and closely define the members of groups. These features now match those previously found for system group member types. The Boolean operators NOT and OR are now available to define filters for both system and interface group member types, and you can select from a pull-down list of properties for either type. This list now includes an Advanced filter option for both group types, which also contains a pull-down list of attributes. In addition, the conditions list for both types includes the option UNDEFINED for cases which do not match any of the other conditions.