New Features and Enhancements

The following new features have been added in this release. Some of the existing features have been improved, and are listed under the Enhancements section. 
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The following new features have been added in this release. Some of the existing features have been improved, and are listed under the Enhancements section. 
 
 
New Features
Save On-Demand Report Templates for All Users (3.6.5 February Update and Higher Only)
This release introduces the Save On-Demand report templates role that allows the user save On-Demand report templates that are visible to all users. By default, the administrator has the right to this role. Administrators must provide the rights to users who need this role, to save On-Demand report templates for all users. This role right is always assigned together with the Create On-Demand Report Templates and Run On-Demand Report Templates right. Users with this right can save on-demand report templates at the tenant level, which allows all users within the tenant to view the template.
Manage Device Life Cycles from an Alarms View or Device Inventory (3.6.1 September Update and Higher Only)
You can now change the life cycle state of a device from an alarms view or device inventory. For more information, see Alarms View and Manage Device Life Cycles.
Disable Display Within a Frame in a Web Page (3.6.1 and Higher Only)
For increased security, you can now use the following options to disable display within a frame in a web page:
  •  
    Allow 
    Performance Center
     in a frame (Local Override)
    Determines whether 
    Performance Center
     is allowed to display within a frame in a web page.
    Default:
     Enabled
    For more information, see Update Performance Center Website Settings.
  •  
    Allow Single Sign-On in a frame (Local Override)
    Determines whether Single Sign-On is allowed to display within a frame in a web page.
    Default:
     Enabled
    For more information, see Update Single Sign-On Website Settings.
Filter Which Data Sources Contribute Inventory to the Data Aggregator (3.6.1 and Higher Only)
 This feature is available with 
CA Performance Management
 3.6.1 and higher only.
For each data source, you can now specify whether it contributes inventory to the Data Aggregator with the 
Contribute inventory to the Data Aggregator
 option. The 
Discover devices from other data sources 
was removed for the Data Aggregator.
For upgrades, the following default behavior applies:
  • If 
    Discover devices from other data sources
     was selected for the Data Aggregator, 
    Contribute inventory to the Data Aggregator
     is selected for all preexisting data sources.
  • For new data sources, 
    Contribute inventory to the Data Aggregator
     is unselected.
  • If 
    Discover devices from other data sources
     was unselected for the Data Aggregator, 
    Contribute inventory to the Data Aggregator
     is unselected for all data sources.
For fresh installs, 
Contribute inventory to the Data Aggregator
 is unselected by default.
For more information, see Configure a Data Source.
Administer Business Hours Role Right
This release introduces the Administer Business Hours role right. Only users with the Administer Business Hours role right can add, edit, or delete business hours. For more information, see Configure Business Hours Filtering.
Alarms Tab
Each device context page now includes an Alarms tab. An alarms view provides a prioritized list of 
CA Spectrum
 alarms, which helps you quickly focus on resolving the most impactful problems. The alarms view also provides visibility into other, potentially related, issues on the same device, or connected to a device. For more information, see Alarms View.
CA-White Theme
This release introduces the CA-White theme. The CA-White theme is shipped with the preexisting CA-Blue and CA-Gray themes. The CA-White theme includes a left-aligned menu bar, a new page layout, and new iconography. Dashboards in the CA-White theme have new coloring, spacing, font, and typography. Grids also include new styling. For more information, see Manage Tenants.
Encrypt Data Aggregator Communication
In an environment with a single Data Aggregator, you can now enable the Data Aggregator to HTTPS. For more information, see Enable the Data Aggregator to Use HTTPS.
Full PDF and CSV Generation
You can now generate PDF files and CSV files containing the full set of data. Previously, only the first page of a dashboard was attached and sent in an email message. If you select all pages, an email message is sent with a time-sensitive link to the report containing all pages. For more information, see Share Data with Other Users.
Polling Control
To reduce system resource requirements, you can now disable or enable polling on specific components. This feature allows for more granular polling control than monitoring profile filters alone. Monitoring profile filters are limited because they can apply only to common attributes. For interfaces, you can control polling in the UI. For more information, see Manage Interface Polling Behavior.
For other components, you can control polling using a new Data Aggregator REST webservice. For more information, see Manage Polling Behavior for Components.
By default, polling is enabled for all new components. You can use a new Data Aggregator REST web service to disable polling for all new components associated with specific metric families. For more information, see Manage Default Polling Behavior.
Quick Discovery
You can now quickly discover devices without having to configure SNMP profiles and discovery profiles manually. For more information, see Configure Monitoring in a New Environment and Discovery.
Script Notification Actions
You can now define script notification actions. Scripts can store events to a database, forward notifications to multiple systems, send specific types of notifications to some specific system, and so on.
For more information, see Configure Notifications.
The following video examines automatic script execution:
 

 
SNMP Querying Tools
SNMP querying tools are now included with 
CA Performance Management
. The 
sapwalk2
 utility and the 
sappoll
 utility are available in the 
 
DC_Install_Directory
/scripts/
 directory. The 
sapwalk2
 command line tool gathers an SNMP snapshot of network devices. Internal CA engineers can use this snapshot to reproduce issues and verify SNMP values on devices. The 
sappoll
 utility retrieves SNMP data for a timeframe. For more information, see Troubleshooting.
SSL Configuration Tool
This release introduces an SSL configuration tool for enabling 
Performance Center
 to use SSL and to check for SSL configuration issues. For more information see, Enable Performance Center to use SSL.
Enhancements
Enhanced MySQL Security (3.6.8 and Higher Only)
As a step toward enhanced security, the Performance Center installation now allows you to set a custom MySQL password.
For more information, see Install Performance Center and Upgrade Performance Center.
Map View Enhancements (3.6.4 January Update and Higher)
This release includes the following improvements to the map view: 
  • Extra space around sites on the map has been removed. The extra space improved readability in small deployments; however, in large scale deployments, the extra space caused sites to appear in the wrong location.  
  • You can now zoom into a region or site at a faster rate. 
  • The area that you click when zooming in now remains the center of the refreshed view. 
Row Selection in Grids (3.6.2 November Update and Higher Only)
If you mouse-click a row without pressing Shift or Ctrl, the clicked row is selected and the other selected rows are now deselected. To select more than one row, press Ctrl and click the other rows. To select a range of rows, click the first row, press Shift, and select the end of the range.
To make a selection in a menu or tree using only the keyboard, you must now press Shift and click Enter. For more information, see Product Accessibility Features.
Alarms View Details Pane (3.6.1 September Update and Higher Only)
You can now add or remove the attributes to display in the Alarm Details pane. By default, the Alarm Details pane displays the following attributes.
  • Severity
  • Date/Time
  • Item Name
  • IP Address
  • Model Type
  • Acknowledged
  • Contact Person
  • Troubleshooter
  • Trouble Ticket ID
  • Number of Occurrences
  • Impact
For more information, see Alarms View.
Alarms View Interfaces Pane (3.6.1 August Update and Higher Only)
The alarms view now includes an Inferfaces pane for viewing the interfaces associated with an alarm. For more information, see Alarms View.
Alarms View Multiple Column Sort (3.6.1 August Update and Higher Only)
You can now sort by up to three columns in an alarms view. For more information, see Alarms View.
Business Hour Filtering for Dashboards (3.6.1 and Higher Only)
Business hours filtering is now supported for most views on context pages and On-Demand report charts. For more information, see Dashboards.
 This feature is available with 
CA Performance Management
 3.6.1 and higher only.
ACI Dashboard Enhancements
This release introduces the following enhancements to the ACI dashboards:
  • Each ACI dashboard includes quick links at the top of the dashboard to the other ACI dashboards. For example, the ACI Console includes links to the ACI Health dashboard and the ACI Switches Overview dashboard.
     The quick links appear at the top of the ACI dashboard by default for fresh installs of 
    CA Performance Management
     3.6. For upgrades, the quick links are not added to existing views automatically, but you can add them. The quick links appear at the top of the ACI dashboard by default for newly created tenants.
  • Each ACI Switch context page includes an ACI Console tab with a relationship map.
  • When you click the back button of your browser in the ACI Console, you return to the previous level view of the relationship map.
  • The breadcrumb design in the relationship map of the ACI Console is improved for better visibility.
  • The icon labels in the relationship map of the ACI Console link to the relevant context pages. 
  • The ACI Switches Overview dashboard now shows only ACI switches.
For more information, see Monitor Cisco ACI.
Administrative Role Rights
This release introduces the following new administrative role roles:
  •  
    Administer IP Domains
    Lets the user manage IP domains.
  •  
    Administer SNMP Profiles
    Lets the user manage SNMP profiles.
For more information, see Role Rights.
CA Business Intelligence Business Hours
You can now specify business hours for the Group Aggregate Trend (GAT) report. Specify the days that you want to use in the report. Specifying business days can limit data to high-traffic times. For more information, see Group Aggregate Trend Report.
Context Page Enhancements
The release introduces the following enhancements to context pages:
  • The page title now includes all of the device and context types applicable to the managed item.
    Example:
     If a managed item is a Router and a Switch, the title on its context page includes "Router" and "Switch".
  • The page title now includes a designated icon for each device and context type applicable to the managed item. 
  • The entire managed item name now fits on the screen for the context picker.
  • Context pickers are now available for the children of the managed item.
  • The summary box on the Details tab now excludes redundant information.
  • Redundant subtitles are now excluded from the context page views.
  • Tabs that are associated with the primary device type or context type of the managed item are now indicated with an asterisk ( * ).
For more information, see Context Pages.
CSV Report Enhanced Trend View Output
CSV reports now support having a column for each metric included in a trend view. Previously, each metric could only appear as its own table in the CSV output. To include a column for each metric in a trend view of a CSV report, reach out to CA Support.
Customizable Chart Coloring in Themes
You can now define site-specific chart coloring in themes. For more information, see Customize a Theme.
Data Collector Rollups
This release introduces enhancements to the processing of rollups. Rollups are now segmented by metric family. Previously, they were segmented by metric family and Data Collector. This update should enhance performance in environments with many Data Collectors.
Data Collector Upgrade
To minimize data loss when you upgrade your Data Collectors, ActiveMQ now continues to run unless its version is upgraded with the release. For more information, see Upgrade Requirements and Considerations.
Data Repository Installation
The 
dr_validate.sh
 and 
dr_install.sh
 scripts include the following enhancements:
  • You can use special characters (except for single quotation marks) in passwords.
  • If the 
    DbPwd
     property is not found or blank, you can now interactively specify this information.
The 
dr_validate.sh
 script also includes the following enhancements:
  • You can use the 
    -l
     flag to allow 
    localhost
     as the value for the 
    DbHostNames
     property.
  • You can use the 
    -n
     flag to skip database connectivity checks.
Debug Logging
Debug logging includes the following enhancements:
  • If you encounter an issue with a specific view in the 
    Performance Center
     user interface, you can now easily enable logging on that view.
  • If you encounter missing data, you can use the Data Collector debug tool to download all the relevant logs for an IP address.
You can use these methods to provide the necessary details to CA Support. For more information, see Troubleshooting.
OpenAPI QueryBuilder Includes SD-WAN Items
Using the OpenAPI QueryBuilder, you can now select SD-WAN items to return query results for these items. SD-WAN items include devices (
sdndevice
), SLA classes (
sdnslaclass
), SLA paths (
sdnslapath
), tunnels (
sdntunnel
), and virtual interfaces (
sdnvirtualinterface
). You can also perform queries on SD-WAN metric families (
sdnslapathmf
sdntunnelmf
sdnvirtualinterfacemf
). For more information, see Monitor SD-WAN and OpenAPI QueryBuilder Examples.
Percent of Baseline Event Rules
You can now specify Percent of Baseline as an event rule condition. Event rules that use Percent of Baseline compare the poll results to the calculated baseline plus or minus a percentage of the calculated baseline for the device or component. Percent of Baseline event conditions are useful when there is a lot of or very little variation in the metric values. Consider using Percent of Baseline conditions when the standard deviation is above 3 or extremely low like 0.1 or 0.0. For more information, see Configure Threshold Profiles.
 
Performance Center
 Install and Upgrade
The 
Performance Center
 install and upgrade now check to see whether the partition with the MySQL data directory has enough disk space to handle storage engine upgrades. For more information, see Install Performance Center and Upgrade Performance Center.
 
Performance Center
 Navigation
This release introduces improved navigation elements and menus in the 
Performance Center
 user interface for an enhanced user experience.
You can now do the following tasks when you click the name of your user account in the upper-right corner:
Persist Attribute for Round Trip Time (RTT) Configuration
A new RTT attribute, Persist, is available. If desired, you can now avoid persisting the tests. The attribute indicates whether a test configuration should be saved when persisting agent configuration to non-volatile storage. If left unspecified, the default is true. For more information, see RTT Configuration Details.
Vendor Certification XML Enhancement
By default, the 
Source
 attribute specifies an OID to poll from the device. You can set 
src='mvel' 
to process an MVEL expression using any polled attribute instead of an OID. For example, you could use the 
src='mvel'
 parameter to combine two 32-bit OIDs into a single 64-bit counter. You could also use the 
src='mvel'
 parameter to poll a counter that is not stored as a numeric type. For more information, see Vendor Certification XML Structure.
View Enhancements
The release introduces the following enhancements to views:
  • You can now select baseline and percentile metrics for the IM Horizontal Bar Chart and the Chart/Table views. For more information, see Bar Chart Views and Table Views.
  • The Alarms view includes the following updates:
    • You can now add System Name and ifAlias columns to an Alarms view for sorting and filtering.
    • The Item Type column in the Alarms view now shows the 
      Performance Center
       item type. It is hidden by default.
    • A new Model Type column is available, which shows the 
      CA Spectrum
       model type.
    • You can now view the events associated with an alarm on the new Events tab.
       The Events tab is available only with 
      CA Spectrum
       10.3.0 or higher.
    • The Alarms Details, Symptoms, Management Lost Impact, Neighbor Topology, and Events now appear under tabs at the bottom of the view.
    • You can now specify a grid height for the Alarms grid.
    • You can enable or disable panes in an Alarms view.
    • You can now launch On-Demand reports from an Alarms view.
    • You can now create alarm filters. An administrator can also use web services to manage alarm filter attributes. For more information, see Use Web Services to Manage Alarm Attributes.
    For more information, see Alarms View.
    The following video examines the Alarms view:

     
  • You can now set the Metric Calculate Level of a Group Scorecard Table view to Device 
    Hierarchy
    . The preexisting 
    by Hierarchy
     option is now called Component 
    Hierarchy
    . For more information, see Group Scorecard Table Views.
  • Trend views and stacked bar chart views now support negative values. For more information, see Trend Views and Bar Chart Views.
  • Table views now include an 
    Enable Scrolling
     option. By default, 
    Enable Scrolling
     is selected and the Search bar is locked in place for easier searching when you display more than 20 rows. For more information, see Table Views.
Platform Updates
 
CA Business Intelligence
 Integrations
If you have an existing 
CA Business Intelligence
 (CABI) integration, this version of 
CA Performance Management
 supports CABI 6.3 or 6.4.2 and higher.
 After you upgrade to a supported CABI version, you must re-install your CABI content. For more information, see Install CA Business Intelligence Reports and Dashboards.
Supported OS
This release introduces support for the following operating systems:
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP2
  • Oracle Linux (OL) 7.3 (Red Hat compatible kernel only)
Vertica Update
This release upgrades the Data Repository to Vertica release 9.0.1-7:
  • The default installation directory for the the Data Repository installation package and Vertica license file has changed to the following location:
    /opt/CA/IMDataRepository_vertica9/