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Release Notes

Well, here we are again! :D. This is a much long awaited release. Definitely, this product is becoming more and more mature with each iteration. I can now say this from the experience of running NMTools on big and complex Production Environments to solve real problems and handle considerably demanding situations.

There is a lot of hidden work that has been done during the last eight months. That is why I would like to start thanking all the people that has contributed to this release in any way: code, feedback, ideas, etc. This release wouldn't be as good as it is without you.

Given said that, let's go and see what's inside this version:
NMAgent new features and improvements
  • Support for SQL Server as well as MS Access back-ends.
  • NMAgent will default to Trusted Authentication when no identity is supplied on the profile settings.
  • SessionStore schema has been extended to allow DaX (Dependency Aware eXtensions) modules and enhance the user experience on multi-user environments.
  • Personal user SessionStores can be defined as part of the profile settings.
  • The OpenSLIM UserId can be defined as part of the Profile settings. This will reflect the user identity when persisting information on the OpenSLIM database.
  • Command Line: the use of SQL wild card ("%") is now allowed when issuing a SessionId on the -session parameter.
  • Support for "views" when using query and export commands (-view parameter).
  • New filtering capabilities (-filter parameter): up to 10 different criteria.
  • Improved Session configuration. You only need to drop your modules into the "_enabled" folder inside your library for them to be used.
  • Improved behavior and experience of the -file parameter. Now it will search the file for you in different locations.
  • Improved experience of the -setup parameter. Now will skip all the profile settings if that's your choice.
  • Modules have been renamed to reflect the target platform: Windows, Unix, etc.
  • Modules data persistence: improved Multi-Value output handling.
  • Modules development: more functions available in the modules-helper.ps1 library.
  • Modules development: code hooks allow an improved code composability, reusability and performance.
  • Modules development: DaX (Dependency Aware eXtensions) modules. This type of modules allow an improved code composability, reusability and performance.
  • Modules execution: Run-time syntax help for PLEX and DynX modules.
  • Extensive bug fixing and refactoring.

Libraries and Modules

There have been a huge job also in this chapter. Just a quick comparison:
  • in v4.0b0: 8 Libraries with 67 unique Modules.
  • in v4.54b0:11 Libraries with 151 unique Modules.

Current Libraries
  • audit - New! Useful when looking for the "unknown". It's the beginning of a future "compliance" library.
  • cluster
  • deployment - Improved! The remote NMAgent Work Area, is now aware of the "User" the Agent is running under.
  • gridserver - Improved! Now you have your OS tuning scripts on a single library.
  • info - Improved! It's easier than ever to capture what's going on on your infrastructure.
  • monitoring
  • openslim - Improved! It suports new OpenSLIM Node Properties: HbaLinksInfo and NodeIsActive.
  • remoting - Improved! Vastly improved to deal with: Windows 2008, PowerShell Remoting, WS-Man and UAC.
  • storage - Improved! Usage statistics and FCInfo (HBA API) support.
  • virtualization - New! You will find here a practical usage of Hooks.
  • windows - New! Enjoy the remote configuration and information gathering capabilities of this new library ;-D.

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