In this release we preview new security functionality and broaden our support for new vendors

At a glance:

  • New security scan functionality now available as a preview under Security
  • All equipment types can now be fully managed in the new Equipment Locations interface. The old Equipment Locations interface will be discontinued in February.
  • New support for serial port connection types for Nortel CS1K devices
  • Change logs can now be queried back to 13 months

 

Network Scan

Under the security module, there is a new Network Scan page

 

Network Scan is new security functionality, which allows users to input an address range for a given location.  VSM then scans that address range with a specified port range, and shows a summary of all equipment, current open ports, highlighting the insecure ports, and whether or not that equipment is under management by VSM, and if not giving the option of adding it.

 

Criteria for Network Scan

 

Network Scan shows open ports for all equipment in given range, highlighting insecure ports as red. It also identifies which equipment is not managed by VSM, highlighted as amber.

Equipment Locations – Preview

 

In the previous release we launched equipment locations preview, and the consolidated Manage equipment page underneath it.  With the initial release there were a few equipment types that were not fully configurable, specifically:

  • Allied Telesis
  • Audio Codes
  • Linux Server
  • Mitel
  • NEC
  • Nortel
  • Oracle SBC

These are now available also.  The old equipment page, and Manage Services page which sits behind it, will be discontinued in the next release.

Serial port support for Nortel CS1K devices

Nortel CS1000 devices support two connection interfaces:

  • IP Address
  • Serial Port

For serial interface, data can be interpreted by VSM with connection from Machine Proxy via serial port connected to the devices, typically via a USB in the VSM Collector. A suitable USB to DB9 / D25 cable is required.

The manage equipment page has been updated to configure Nortel Devices to use either connection type.

Additional, alarm data output on the serial interface is now being collected by VSM and processed into alarms.

 

Integrated support with Cisco Performance Counters

VSM has been updated to collect Cisco data via the Cisco Data Real-Time monitoring tool now integrated with VSM, and can be used to monitor all components in a Cisco Call Manager Cluster, including device status, system performance, device discovery and CTI application.

Cisco RTMT can be configured for Cisco equipment, under Manage Equipment.

Configure Cisco RTMT under Equipment Locations -> Manage Equipment

Utilizing this data, there is now a new Cisco-specific System Health dashlet available. In addition to CPU, Memory, Disc and network connectivity, it also provides data on:

  • Network Interface – Received and transmitted bytes for each interface for that equipment
  • SIP Calls – Active calls, attempted calls, completed calls, active video calls, and completed video calls for all Trunk groups
  • Location Bandwidth Manager

Change logs search range extended to 13 months

Previously, under Change Manage -> View change logs, it was only possible to view change logs over a 30 day period for the last 13 months. That range has now been extended, and it is possible to retrieve full changelogs for up to the last 13 months.

 

 

 

Change logs search criteria has now been extended to 13 months

 

Fixes

Previously, when receiving a scheduled report, some of the headings were sometimes incorrect, and showed data for different reports. This issue has now been fixed.