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ManageEngine Device Expert - Release Notes

Enhancements and Bug Fixes done in each release listed below:

DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5980)

New Features & Enhancements

  • Six more REST APIs introduced:
    1. MANAGE - To manage a network device in DeviceExpert
    2. UNMANAGE - To unmanage a network device
    3. GET_DEVICE_COUNT - Returns the total number of managed devices count
    4. GET_BACKUP_FAILED_COUNT - Returns the total number of backup failed devices at present
    5. GET_BACKUP_SUCCESS_COUNT - Returns the count of successful backup operations
    6. UPDATE_IPADDRESS - Updates the IP address of the given device with the latest
  • Administrators can now view the list of all SystemObject Identifiers in table view from 'Admin' tab.
  • Option to save configurations for backup before and after custom template execution
  • SSH and TELNET protocol support for Force10 E-Series switches

New Device Models Support

  • HP 5500 series Switch
  • PaloAlto Panorama Centralized Management console

Bug Fixes / Changes

  • In v5970, compliance pie-chart navigation from the home page dashboard threw errors. This has now been fixed.
  • Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of PaloAlto devices. This has now been fixed.
  • Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Cisco WLAN Controllers. This has now been fixed.
  • In v5970, reports exported as pdf did not cover all applicable devices. It was restricted to the number of devices in current page view. This has now been fixed.

DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5970)

New Features & Enhancements

  • Option to view the list of devices associated with any compliance rule. Reports can also be generated based on policies.
  • Option to synchronize system description and sysLocation details from the network device to DeviceExpert.
  • Custom templates can now automatically append hostname and timestamp ( for the files downloaded from the devices. This will help in pulling multiple context stack switch configuration information and store them as flat files under /tftp_files directory.
  • New REST API to add users
  • Option to send email notifications only on failure of database backup and export configuration operations.
  • Option to include information on who invoked backup of device configuration in the config change notification emails. This can be configured as part of defining configuration change management rule.
  • Real-time change detection is now supported for HP Switch & Juniper SRX devices.
  • Telnet & SSH protocols can now be used for managing the configurations of Fortigate Version 3.x and VDOM 3.x

New Device Models Support:

  • Avocent ACS
  • Juniper WLAN controller
  • Pravail APS
  • Avocent Terminal
  • Cisco ASR Mobile Gateway

Bug Fixes & Changes:

  • Earlier, when generating a compliance report out of the custom reports, latest configuration data was not taken into account. This has now been fixed.
  • Earlier, database backup failure status was not properly updated in audit records. This has now been fixed.
  • When there were multiple SNMP profiles, devices discovery failed often. This has been fixed.
  • Earlier, in certain specific conditions, EOL report generation threw an error. This has been fixed.
  • Operators will henceforth not have the privilege to view/edit credentials and credential profiles.
  • Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Cisco WLC, Cisco Nexus and Nortel Switches. This has been fixed.
  • Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Cisco WLAN controllers. This has been fixed.

DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5970)

New Features & Enhancements

  • Option to view the list of devices associated with any compliance rule. Reports can also be generated based on policies.
  • Option to synchronize system description and sysLocation details from the network device to DeviceExpert.
  • Custom templates can now automatically append hostname and timestamp ( for the files downloaded from the devices. This will help in pulling multiple context stack switch configuration information and store them as flat files under /tftp_files directory.
  • New REST API to add users
  • Option to send email notifications only on failure of database backup and export configuration operations.
  • Option to include information on who invoked backup of device configuration in the config change notification emails. This can be configured as part of defining configuration change management rule.
  • Real-time change detection is now supported for HP Switch & Juniper SRX devices.
  • Telnet & SSH protocols can now be used for managing the configurations of Fortigate Version 3.x and VDOM 3.x

New Device Models Support:

  • Avocent ACS
  • Juniper WLAN controller
  • Pravail APS
  • Avocent Terminal
  • Cisco ASR Mobile Gateway

Bug Fixes & Changes:

  • Earlier, when generating a compliance report out of the custom reports, latest configuration data was not taken into account. This has now been fixed.
  • Earlier, database backup failure status was not properly updated in audit records. This has now been fixed.
  • When there were multiple SNMP profiles, devices discovery failed often. This has been fixed.
  • Earlier, in certain specific conditions, EOL report generation threw an error. This has been fixed.
  • Operators will henceforth not have the privilege to view/edit credentials and credential profiles.
  • Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Cisco WLC, Cisco Nexus and Nortel Switches. This has been fixed.
  • Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Cisco WLAN controllers. This has been fixed.

DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5960)

New Features & Enhancements

  • SIEM Integration: Provision for sending Syslog messages to SIEM tools upon detecting a configuration change event. SIEM tools can then thoroughly analyze these events,
    correlate them with other network events and provide informative, holistic insights on the overall network activity. 
  • REST APIs to get all supported device types and to add devices. 
  • Option to exclude configuration difference in configuration backup notification emails triggered after executing scheduled tasks for config backup
  • Option to include custom columns in configuration change management email notifications (as part of Send Email action)
  • Telnet & SSH protocols can now be used for managing the configurations of HP Switches.
  • CLI commands and command output can be copied and pasted on the TELNET / SSH terminals in the DeviceExpert GUI
New Device Models Support
  • Aruba Controller
  • Tippingpoint IPS
  • MobileIron Sentry
  • Juniper LoadBalancer
  • Ciena Switch
  • H3C Device
  • Check Point GAiA Firewall
Bug Fixes / Changes
    • Earlier, in Advanced Script Execution, there were issues in identifying the prompt due to which the next command was getting executed.This has been fixed.
    • Issues in populating hardware properties of Fujitsu & Layer 3 Cisco Switch have been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues in enabling change detection in Huawei Switches. This has been fixed.
    • Earlier, the Ping option in Add Device GUI was not working. This has been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues with formatting the output of Show commands of HP Switches. This has been fixed.

      DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5950)

      New Features & Enhancements

      • Session Recording: TELNET & SSH connections launched to the devices from DeviceExpert GUI can now be recorded, archived and played back to support forensic audits and let enterprises monitor all actions performed by users. Session recording caters to the audit and compliance requirements of organizations that mandate proactive monitoring of activities. Administrators can readily answer questions regarding the ‘who,’ ‘what’ and ‘when’ of access to device configurations.

      • Custom Templates: To enhance the usability of templates, DeviceExpert allows you to define 'Template Variables' while creating templates. A template variable is a placeholder for a value,  which can be specified when the template is uploaded to the device. Hitherto, there was provision to assign only a single value for the variable. So, when users wanted to apply the template on multiple devices with a different value for each device, the template had to be executed many times. This has now been enhanced with the provision to assign a different value for each device. The values for the template variable for each device can be specified through a text file.

      • Device Groups: Provision to filter devices in the inventory and create a new device group out of the filtered devices

      • Export Configuration: Provision to export configurations of devices belonging to specific device groups

      • Real-time Change Detection: Real-time change detection is now supported for Juniper switches and routers

      New Device Models Support:

      • FiberHome Switch
      • ZXR Router ZSR Version 2.x
      • Fujitsu IPCOM EX1100
      • FortiGate Firewall VDOM V3 

      Bug Fixes/Changes:

      • Earlier, there were issues in synchronizing configurations of Cisco Nexus devices. This has been fixed.
      • Issues in populating hardware properties of H3C devices have been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in enabling change detection in Huawei S series and H3C S series switches. This has been fixed.
      • The issues in executing 'show' commands on Juniper Switches from DeviceExpert GUI have been fixed.
      • Earlier, sorting of device list in "Diff with any" report did not work. This has been fixed.
      • When choosing devices to apply remediation templates, the list was containing duplicate entries. This has been fixed.

      DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5910)

      New Features & Enhancements

      • Remediation option for compliance rule violation: Custom templates can now be associated with compliance rules. The templates can be executed in the event of rule violation as a remedial measure.
      • User Audit Report: A new report capturing almost all the activities done by the users in DeviceExpert.
      • Option to export configuration diff as PDF
      • Option to export SQL query results from database console to CSV
      • Option to update IPAddresses of devices in bulk
      • Option to create device groups based on the device criteria - Managed/Unmanaged
      • Option to configure email notification mail (for scheduled backup) only when there is a change
      • New Device Models Support:
        • FortiGate Firewall VERSION 4
        • 3Com Switch 5500 series
        • Citrix NetScaler MPX

      Bug Fixes / Changes

      • Hardware properties population issue with Cisco MDS has been fixed.
      • Earlier, the device groups that were created with Custom Column values (as criteria) were not being properly shared to Power Users. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in validating the IP addresses entered in additional credentials GUI. This has been fixed.
      • Javascript issues with localized version of DeviceExpert have been fixed
      • Earlier, searching configurations (with PostgreSQL as backend database) was not working properly. This has been fixed.


      DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5900)

      New Features & Enhancements

      • Password Management with ManageEngine Password Manager Pro
      • Credential Update using Rest API
      • SSH & Telnet protocol option added for Enterasys
      • New Device Models Support:
        • RuggedCom Switch
        • Ruijie Switch
        • Fujitsu Firewall
        • F5Bigip 11X
        • EdgeCore Switch
        • Telco Switch
        • Occam Switch
        • Adtran Router
        • Cisco 300 Series Switch
        • Nokia IPSO Firewall
        • HP 1910 Series Switch

      Bug Fixes / Changes

      • Disabled Devices shown in the backup failed devices has been fixed.
      • Custom Column 3 label issue while creating device groups has been fixed.
      • Javascript warning messages in Internet Explorer with localized versions have been fixed.



      DeviceExpert Release 5.8 (Build 5850)

      New Features & Enhancements

      • Support for PostgreSQL as backend database. From this version onwards, the product comes bundled with PostgreSQL 9.2.1.
      • Provision to enter credentials for multiple devices of a device group that work on a common protocol
      • Option to duplicate existing compliance rules and save then with a different name
      • Provision to add one more custom column to depict any desired additional information about devices in device properties.
      • New Device Models Support:
        • Crescendo Load Balancers
        • Welotec Routers 
        • Mikro Tik Routers
        • Adava ADVA FSP 

      Bug Fixes / Changes

      • With MSSQL server as backend database, there were issues in persisting sorting of columns in 'Change Tab'. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in displaying data in custom reports while navigating between pages with using  MSSQL server as the backend database.  This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, editing of host names did not work properly in Chrome and Firefox browsers. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, when reports were exported as CSV (with MSSQL server as backend database), duplicate entries were found. This has been fixed.
      • If Active Directory synchronization is enabled, when users get deleted in AD, the same did not get reflected in DeviceExpert. Now, the users will be disabled in DeviceExpert.
      • Earlier, there were issues in displaying device configuration content, if it contained HTML tags. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in taking backup of ACME devices. This has been fixed.



      DeviceExpert Release 5.8 (Build 5800)

      New Features & Enhancements

      REST APIs for integration with third-party applications

      • A set of 10 APIs to enable any third-party application or software integrate  with DeviceExpert directly and add, access and extract data. The REST  APIs also facilitate integrating DeviceExpert with enterprise  Configuration Management Database (CMDB) for centralized, integrated,  holistic and consolidated change control and management.
      • APIs made available now help perform various tasks,  including inventory management (device addition and deletion);  configuration backup; compliance status; executing show commands on  devices; fetch device properties and executing templates and scripts in  DeviceExpert that automate repetitive configuration tasks.
      Change Management
      • Option to include configuration change type (authorized or unauthorized) as one of the change management conditions while defining rules. The introduction of this option now makes it possible to get notifications during specific conditions like an unauthorized change happening on the running configuration of a device.
      Message Board
      • Provision for communicating various messages from DeviceExpert team to users. Information about product updates and various other notifications will now reach the users directly. Messages can be accessed by clicking the 'Mail icon' on the top-band.
      Saving output of commands on DeviceExpert client machines
      • The outputs of various 'Show' Commands and 'Export' configuration can now be saved on machine from which DeviceExpert web-interface is launched
      Compliance Management
      • Enhancements in compliance rule definition to check for the presence or absence of specific strings in device configurations as part of 'Advanced Criteria' and 'Advanced Custom Criteria'. Presence or absence of strings can now be checked for specific or unlimited number of occurrences.
      Navigation from Home Page
      • Option to navigate to corresponding pages when viewing various reports in the 'Home' page
      New Device Models Support  
      •  NEC 
      •  Juniper SR
      •  Vyatta
      •  Radware-Alteon Switch
      •  Brocade VDX Switch
      • Support for Managing Acme Packet devices through SSH
      Changes & Bug Fixes
      • Earlier, DeviceExpert (v5700) web-interface session in Internet Explorer was logging out suddenly. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in generating EOL/EOS reports when the connection was going through a proxy. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, due to an issue with mail server settings, the from address got truncated when using with MS SQL Server as backend database. This has been fixed.
      • Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Juniper Ex4200 devices. This has been fixed.
      • The RegEx pattern that was being used for checking the status of Brocade fast iron switch has been changed.

      DeviceExpert Release 5.7 (Build 5700)

      New Features and Enhancements

      • A new tab named 'Change' has been introduced to serve as a quick view of the 'big picture' related to configuration changes in entirety. This comes with convenient date-based filtering options
      • Provision to view all configuration versions of any particular device on a single click from the device details page
      • 'Configuration Diff' GUI has been enhanced with options to select the version numbers and view changes
      • Option to launch direct TELNET/SSH connection to the remote devices from DeviceExpert web interface. This web-based implementation does not require any tools to be present on local machines and will be highly useful to access remote devices when one is away from office. It does not require VPN too
      • Device details page has been enhanced with additional tools including ping, traceroute and option to launch HTTP/HTTPS connection to the device. These utilities will come in handy while debugging from remote locations even from tablet devices like ipad
      New Device Models Support
      • F5 BIG-IP 10.x
      • Cisco IronPort
      • Blue Coat Proxy with SGOS and AVOS     
      Bug Fixes / Changes
      • The number of 'UnManaged devices' will henceforth be excluded from the total number of devices in the system for licensing purpose     
      • Earlier, in certain scenarios, when the product version of DeviceExpert in the application and the backend database was different, errors were thrown while working with the product. This has now been fixed in such a way that when the DeviceExpert version differs (between application and the backend database), DeviceExpert server will not start until the versions are same.
      • Earlier, there were issues in DeviceExpert web-interface when launching FireFox 11/12. This issue has been fixed
      • EOL home page widget color coding has been revised for logical representation of EOL and other devices through proper colors
      • Earlier, the link to Device Details page from the 'last 5 configuration changes view' of home page widget did not work. This has been fixed
      • Earlier, when setting up High Availability, in email settings, if the 'cc' field had been left blank, it resulted in mails not being sent. This has been fixed

      DeviceExpert Build 5650

      New Features and Enhancements

      1. High Availability Architecture: Support for high availability architecture through redundant server instances. This helps ensure uninterrupted access to device configurations and network configuration management activities.
      2. Dashboard Enhancement: End-of-Life (EOL) details of devices are now depicted in the 'Home' page with intuitive graphics
      3. EOL details have been made available in Hardware Inventory Report
      New Device Models Support
      1. ZTE
      2. Foundry FastIron
      3. Dell PowerConnect
      4. Brocade 3850 Switch
      5. Cisco ASR Router
      Bug Fixes / Changes
      1. When DeviceExpert was running with MS SQL server as backend database, configuration changes report could not be generated as PDF. This has been fixed.
      2. Earlier, there were issues with executing enable command for CheckPointFirewall and Brocade devices. This has been fixed.
      3. Earlier, there were issues in showing the configuration difference of Cisco IDS devices. This has been fixed.
      4. Earlier, for some devices, Switch-Port Mapper scan was not showing port and MAC address details properly. This has been fixed

DeviceExpert Build 5601

Enhancements

  1. Option to choose IPADDRESS part of the Hardware Inventory Custom Report has been added

Bug Fixes

  1. Earlier, there were issues in generating EOL report while direct internet connection is set in the proxy settings. This has been fixed.
  2. Earlier, there were problems in Navigating between pages in the Schedule Result Audit page view while using MSSQL database . This has been fixed.


DeviceExpert Build 5600

New Features and Enhancements

  1. New report depicting the End-of-Sale and End-of-Life status of devices
  2. Enhancements in compliance rule definition for checking the presence or absence of a specific strings in device configurations
  3. Option to schedule custom reports and export the report as CSV. Default reports under custom reports category now include two compliance custom reports.
New Device Models Support
  1. AlliedTelesis CenterCom Switch
  2. AlliedTelesis Ethernet Switch
Bug Fixes / Changes
  1. Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Brocade FastIron and Brocade Fibre Switches. This has been fixed
  2. Paging command has been updated for Cisco ASA devices
  3. When DeviceExpert was rebranded, the browser title-bar still contained DeviceExpert reference. This has been fixed
  4. Earlier, there were problems in deleting SNMP v3 based devices. This has been fixed
  5. Earlier, in Switch Port Mapper, there were issues in fetching ports. This has been fixed
  6. Earlier, in Switch Port Mapper, there were issues in generating PDF reports when MACADDRESS column had not been selected. This has been fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5580

New features and enhancements

  1. Option to temporarily disable devices which are in maintenance and enable them again whenever needed
  2. Support for exporting any specific version of the device configuration
  3. Provision for analyzing syslog messages flow and notify message flooding in the GUI to enable administrators initiate corrective action
  4. Change management rule name can now be added as part of the change notifications
New Device Models Support
  1. Arista Switches
  2. DCN Router
  3. IBM
  4. A10 Networks
Bug Fixes
  1. Earlier, when IP addrsss of the device that underwent configuration change, was not present in the syslog message, DeviceExpert initiated recursive configuration backup. This issue has been fixed.
  2. When a user with the role 'Operator' created a change management rule, it got assigned to 'All Devices Group' of administrators. This issue has been fixed.
  3. Issue related to populating hardware properties of Bluecoat - Packetshaper devices has been fixed.
  4. Issue related to backing up configuration of Juniper EX4200 has been fixed.
  5. Earlier, the Configuration Changes Report, when Emailed, had formatting issues.  This has been fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5570

New Features and Enhancements

  • Compliance Reports: Compliance Reports under 'Custom Reports' have been enhanced with the option to generate reports for specific rule, rule group or policy. Option for scheduling the reports is also available
  • NTLM v2 Support: Earlier, Single SignOn worked only with NTLM-v1. Now, it has been enhanced to work with NTLM-v2 through integration with a third party library, which provides advanced integration between Microsoft Active Directory and Java applications. NTLM v2 is considered more secure as the protocol has been hardened against many spoofing attacks. Refer to this section of our help documentation for details on enabling NTLM v2. For some reason, if you still want to use NTLMv1, contact support to enable it.
  • Support for configuration backup through SSH protocol in Hirschmann Switch

New Device Models Support

  • Brocade FastIron Switch and Fiber Switch
  • Siemens Redback Router
  • DIGI-Router

Changes/Bug Fixes

  • In the "Home" page configuration change snapshot, when the changes were marked as Authorized/UnAuthorized repeatedly, an error page was thrown. This has been fixed.
  • The issues in populating the hardware properties of Alaxala devices have been fixed.
  • Earlier, Configuration backup of Palo Alto firewall devices did not work. This has been fixed.
  • When depicting configuration difference between two versions, the content pertaining to the SSL certificates was excluded. This has been enhanced now.
  • Access to Security Audit Report and Configuration Analysis Report has been restricted to Administrators alone.

DeviceExpert Build 5560

New Features & Enhancements

Out-of-the-box policies to check configurations for compliance to SOX and HIPAA regulations

Home Page Dashboard Enhancements

    Dashboard now depicts the top five configuration changes in summary view

    Summary of the devices whose configurations were backed up and the ones not backed up now depicted in pie-chart

    Compliance policy violations shown in summary view

Option to save the custom reports for future reference and also to create scheduled tasks for automatic execution of the custom reports at desired interval

Custom reports can now be created for a specific device or a device group

Support for configuration backup through Telnet & SSH protocols in Cisco Aironet and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

Option for enabling real-time change detection in Cisco MDS devices

New Device Models Support

    Palo Alto Firewall

    ADVA Optical Networking

    Meru WLAN Controller

    Ciena Switch

    ALAXALA Switch 5400

    Allied Telesis GS900M Switch

    H3C S Series Switch

    Huawei Switch

    Huawei S Series Switch

    Hirschmann Switch

Bug Fixes & Changes

Issue related to backing up the configurations of Canoga Perkins devices has been fixed

Issue related to enabling real-time change detection in Cisco Nexus devices has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Netgear Switches. This has been fixed

The issue related to associating Cisco switches with the default 'CiscoSwitchGroup' has been fixed

Earlier, in non-English OS, there were problems in initiating Device Discovery / Ping. This has been fixed

The issue related to backing up the configurations of Foundry devices using SSH protocol combination has been fixed


DeviceExpert Build 5550

New Features & Enhancements

Provision to add custom columns to depict any desired additional information about devices in device properties. Custom columns can be added from Admin ---> Custom Column tab

Provision to pick desired attributes alone from the hardware inventory and create custom reports. This can be done from Reports ---> Custom Reports

Option for enabling real-time change detection in Dell and Cisco Nexus devices

Support for configuration backup through SSH protocol in Brocade devices

Provision for effective management of historical data through enhanced options in database administration. This can be done from Admin ---> Database Administration

Option to associate change management rules with required devices from Admin --> Change Management

New Device Models

Acme Packet Firewall

WatchGuard

Canoga Perkins

Bug Fixes & Changes

As part of real-time change detection, when a configuration change is done outside of DeviceExpert, there was an issue in printing the the IP address of the user (who changed the configuration) in the annotation column of the backedup configuration information. This has been fixed now.

Earlier, when depicting configuration difference between two versions, the content pertaining to the self-signed SSL certificates was also included. This has been excluded from the diff now

Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Fujitsu devices. This has been fixed

The configuration diff viewer has been enhanced with provision for viewing long lines through horizontal scroll bars

By default, DeviceExpert collects details pertaining to the usage of the product, including frequency and usage statistics of the various features. This can be disabled or enabled anytime from Support ---> Usage Statistics Collection tab


DeviceExpert Build 5520

New Features & Enhancements

Option to specify a particular IP or all IP addresses of an interface to bind TFTP, SSH and SCP servers when DeviceExpert is running in multi-homed machines. Same option is provided for transferring configuration files also.

Provision to generate filtered reports out of the Compliance Report to get specific information on compliant rules or violated rules or all rules separately

Enhancements in taking configuration difference for BlueCoat and FortiGate device types wherein the difference pertaining to changes in certificate information are now not taken into account

Provision for executing 'show commands' on Cisco Nexus devices from DeviceExpert GUI

Support for creating custom templates and scripts to automate configuration tasks pertaining to Cisco Nexus devices

New Device Models Support

Nortel PWR Switch 2526T

Bug Fixes/Changes

Earlier, due to an issue with identifying certificate changes in the configuration, startup and running configurations were marked as having conflict. This issue has been fixed

Earlier, when compliance rules contained certain special characters , the 'edit rule' option did not work properly. This has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Cisco Nexus and Alcatel devices. This has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Cisco Firewall 4.x devices. This issue has been fixed


DeviceExpert Build 5510

New Features & Enhancements

Provision to start and stop TFTP server

While starting the TFTP server, provision to choose a specific IP or all IP addresses to bind

Export configuration feature enhanced with option to maintain all versions

Support for launching DeviceExpert web-interface in Google Chrome

Support for installing DeviceExpert in Windows 64-bit machines

New Device Models Support

Cisco ASA with WAN support

Cisco FWSM 4.x

FortiNet FortiAnalyzer

Alcatel Service Router

Bug Fixes / Changes

Earlier, there were issues in bulk execution of Switch-Port Mapper in DeviceExpert. This has been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in depicting the summary view of custom template execution result. This has been fixed.

The issue related to depicting the configuration difference when multiple certificates were involved in the configuration file, has been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in generating reports for the time period "last 7 days". This has been issue fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5500

New Features & Enhancements

Support for MSSQL back-end

Provision for creating scheduled tasks for Device Discovery

Support for additional Syslog message formats for real time change detection for Cisco and Enterasys devices

New Device Models

Sphereon 4500 Fibre Channel Switch

Juniper EX4200 Switch 

Allied Telesis AT-8000S Switch

Bug Fixes & Changes

Earlier, when audit trails cleanup operation was in progress, performance issues cropped. This has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in deleting devices having a large number of configuration versions in DeviceExpert. This has been fixed

Issues related to backing up the configurations of Radware devices fixed

User prompt mismatch issues in Cisco Nexus devices fixed

SysLocation population issue for Radware LinkProof switches fixed

Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configuration of Citrix NetScaler devices using SCP protocol. This has been fixed

DeviceExpert Build 5450

New Features & Enhancements

Provision for viewing the configuration versions of all/any device(s) by specifying a custom date range

Provision to mark configuration changes as authorized/unauthorized in bulk

New Device Models:

    Cisco Nexus 7000 10-Slot Switch (N7K-C7010)

    Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch (N5K-C5010P-BF)

    Motorola Wireless Switch

    Blue Coat PacketShaper

    HP P series Switch

    Radware Link Proof Switch

    Alcatel 6200

    Fujitsu Switch

Changes & Bug Fixes

Full-fledged population of hardware properties of Nortel Passport 8600 series is now done

Earlier, there were some issues in populating the hardware properties of Radware devices. This issue has been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in populating the SSH-based hardware properties of Aruba devices. This has now been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in specifying the Additional credential for HP devices. This has now been fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5420

Bug Fixes / Changes

Issues related to discovering devices in Vista & Windows 2008 have been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in backingup the configurations of Citrix devices. This has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in handling Exit prompt in Citrix Hardware population. This has been fixed

Earlier, there were issues in populating MACAddress & SERIALNUMBER for Aruba devices. This has been fixed

DeviceExpert Build 5410

New Features / Enhancements

Enhanced configuration changes report with version number details

One more option has been provided for editing the host names of devices in DeviceExpert inventory. Users can now update DNS server values and resolve names

Option to specify custom criteria to ignore certain specific lines or text while generating configuration difference between any two versions

Enhancements in Switch-Port Mapper with provision to view all interfaces and their associated interfaces

New Vendors/Models Support:

    Alcatel

    Netgear (Startup configuraiton included)

Changes/Bug Fixes

Earlier, in Switch-Port Mapper, there were issues in populating ports and MAC Address of Cisco devices. This has now been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Alcatel and Citrix devices. This has been fixed.

Issues related to configuration backup of Hitachi Apresia devices have been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in handling Exit prompt in Citrix configuration backup. This has bee fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5400

New Features / Enhancements

Configuration Changes PDF Report has been enhanced to provide information about the authorized and unauthorized changes

For discovering SNMP-enabled devices, DeviceExpert requires the SysObject ID of the devices. For certain devices, discovery alone is not supported for want of SysObject ID. Now, provision has been made to enable the users to find and add the SysObject ID of devices from the GUI itself and get discovery support in quick time.

Support for creating scheduled tasks for automatically synchronizing startup and running configurations at specified intervals.

'Power Users'  have now been empowered to mark specific configuration changes (pertaining to the devices that are allotted to them) as 'Authorized' or 'UnAuthorized'.

Provision for editing the 'System Description' and 'System Location' details as part of editing device properties

New Vendors/Device Models Support:

    Citrix Netscalar

    Asperia (Hitachi )

    D-Link DES 3052 Switch

Bug Fixes & Changes

Earlier, when scheduled task for configuration backup involving a large number of devices was triggered, 'No Managed connection' issue occurred. This has been fixed now.

Earlier, the time at which interfaces were last scanned by Switch-Port Mapper was wrongly displayed. This has been fixed now.

Earlier, upon performing actions such as 'compliance check' on a device, the time at which configuration backup was triggered on a device, also got changed. This issue has been fixed now

Previously, in the case of Cisco VPN Concentrators, Hardware Inventory Report was not properly generated. This has been fixed now.

In the TFTP sever that comes in-built with DeviceExpert, resending of lost or unackowledged packets have now been handled to comply with the TFTP protocol standards

DeviceExpert Build 5330

Enhancements, Changes, Bug Fixes

 

Server side performance improvements to handle concurrent backup of more number of devices

New Device Models Support: Support for Cisco IDS devices and Cisco 1900 series CatOS Switch

Earlier, there were issues in Active Directory based authentication in build 5320. This has been fixed

Earlier, the configuration change reports showed Device Names in the place of Device Type. This has been fixed

In 5320, there were issues in backing up the configuration of H3C devices. This has been fixed

DeviceExpert - Build 5320

Enhancements, Changes & Bug Fixes

Configuration Management

While taking configuration difference for Cisco IOS Routers and Aruba Switches, configuration lines containing Cryptochecksum information will henceforth be ignored.

For all devices, while taking configuration difference, speed token will henceforth be ignored.

While taking configuration difference for Cisco Voice Gateway devices, NTP clock-period entries will henceforth be ignored

When device configurations are backedup through scheduled tasks, in the case of task failure, the result of the scheduled task will now include the reason

For F5 and Riverbed devices, device model information is now populated in the Device Details page.

Compliance Management

Option to exclude any configuration block for compliance check while defining compliance rule through Advanced Custom Criteria

Reports

When reports are emailed as a part of reports schedules, if the size of the mail content exceeds 1 MB, only the link for the report will be provided in the email. Actual mail content will be available on the server. This is avoid issues related to email delivery failure due to size restrictions.

Output of switch-port mapping operations (depicting details about the devices connected to each port of the managed switch) is now presented as a report in the "Reports" tab.

Performance Enhancements

Performance tuning has been done to enhance the responsiveness of the DeviceExpert GUI for various actions and operations.

New Device Models

Support for D-Link -DGS 3100

Bug Fixes & Changes

Earlier, while populating the hardware details of Cisco WAAS devices, device model information was not populated properly. This is now fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Dell PowerConnect 6248 devices. This has been fixed.

Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of F5 Big IP devices. This has now been fixed.

Earlier, uploading the draft configurations of Nortel Baystack devices did not work. This has been fixed now.

Earlier, there were issues in generating the security audit reports of Netscreen devices. This is now fixed.

The presentation of data in the 'User Access Report' has been changed to depict the details pertaining to the users first and then the details about the devices.


DeviceExpert Build 5310

Enhancements, Changes, Bug Fixes

 
Configuration Management

SSH-based configuration retrieval support is now extended to Nortel Baystack devices.

Configuration upload is now supported for Alaxala devices.

Earlier, there were issues in creating a device group specifying more than one criteria. This has been fixed.

While taking configuration difference for Cisco ASA devices, configuration lines containing Cryptochecksum information will henceforth be ignored.

Earlier, information on 'who changed' the configuration was not depicted in the configuration difference screen. Now, it is included.

In Riverbed devices, when paging is enabled, only partial configuration was backedup. This is now fixed.

DeviceExpert executes configuration operations such as backup, upload etc as parallel jobs. The number parallel tasks is configurable. When the number was set to 100, server failed to process the operations. This has been fixed.

Compliance Management

Support for testing the validity of a compliance rule created using 'Advanced Custom Criteria'.

Earlier, in 'Advanced Custom Criteria' for compliance rule creation, if the string specified to indicate the starting and ending of the block contained certain special characters, only a part of the configuration was shown in the GUI. This has been fixed now

New Vendors & Device Models

Support for F5 devices, Enterasys SecureStack A2, Enterasys Matrix N7 Platinum, Adtran Netvanta Router, Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5510-24T,  Nortel - Ethernet Switch 3510-24T  and 3Com 4200g

Miscellaneous

When DeviceExpert contained a huge volume of data pertaining to devices and configuration, the home tab took a long time to load. This has been fixed through performance enhancements.

Switch-Port Mapper Enhancements:  Switch-Port mapper now displays more details on MAC-IP matching. Also, the tool has been pruned to ignore non-port details while depicting the mapping.

Earlier, in IE 7, when Single SignOn was enabled and if DeviceExpert login failed, it was not possible to login to DeviceExpert with any other user name or any other authentication mode. This issue has been fixed now.

DeviceExpert Build 5300

New Features / Enhancements

 

Compliance Policies

In compliance rule definition, option to specify the beginning and the end of the required configuration blocks for selective compliance check. This new feature will help check the required configuration blocks for compliance to the defined criteria. Compliance results for every single interface block will be reported individually, in addition to a unified compliance report for the entire configuration by doing 'AND' of all the individual results.

Support for filtered view of compliance check results. The result view can be filtered based on all compliant rules or all violations.

Switch Port Mapping

Option to create scheduled tasks to periodically scan the switches being managed by DeviceExpert and report the the list of devices connected to each port of the managed switch.

Option to generate PDF reports out of the switch port mapping results

Re-branding Support

Support for rebranding DeviceExpert web-interface. You can replace the product-specific names and logos with your own details

New Device Models & Vendors

Fortinet Virtual Domain

Vanguard devices

Alaxala 3600, Alaxala 1230

Allied Telesis

Hardware Interface Population

The hardware interface details of Alaxala devices are now populated in the device details page

Changes / Bug Fixes

Earlier, when the time gap between two successive configuration changes was less than two minutes, backup through real-time change detection was not triggered for the second time within that two minute. This is now relaxed and DeviceExpert will trigger backups successively.

Earlier, configuration backup through SSH was not working for Cisco VPN Concentrators, Cisco Content Switches & Dell PowerConnect switches. This is now fixed

During every configuration backup, the header of Extreme devices undergo a change. DeviceExpert wrongly considered the header change as configuration change and kept backing up and incrementing versions. This is now fixed by ignoring header information while identifying configuration difference.

Earlier, Power Users had the privilege to review and approve the configuration changes made by Operators on any device, if the administrator had designated the Power User as an 'Approving Authority'. Now, even if the Power Users had been designated as 'Approving Authorities', they will be able to approve the changes pertaining to the devices that are already allotted to them only and not of other devices.

Power Users will not have the privilege to associate compliance policies to devices and vice-versa.

Earlier, backup & upload of startup configuration for D-Link DGS 3600 series was not supported, which is supported now.

DeviceExpert Build 5210

New Features / Enhancements

 

Earlier, information on 'who changed' the configuration was captured only when real-time change detection was enabled. Now, the information is captured from 'configuration header' for Cisco devices.

Earlier, Power Users had the privilege to review and approve the configuration changes made by any Operator on any device. Now, 'Administrator' will assign 'Approving Authorities' for every Operator. Only those Power Users who have been designated as approving authorities, will have the privilege to approve the changes made by the respective Operators. However, all users with the role 'Administrator' will have the permission to approve the changes whether they are designated as approving authorities or not. But, they will receive email notification only if they are designated as approving authorities.

Real-time change detection support is extended to Bluecoat devices.

Earlier, backup and upload of startup configuration was not supported for D-Link DGS devices. This is now supported

New Device Models Support

    Cisco IOS - XR

    Cisco Wide Area Application Service (WAAS)

    Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) and

    Juniper M-Series Devices

New Vendors Support

    H3C

    Yamaha Devices ( RT and RTX series)

Changes / Bug Fixes

Earlier, there were issues in connecting to devices via SSH v1. This has been fixed.

Earlier, when a scheduled task for configuration backup was created for a device whose configuration was not backedup at least once prior to creating the schedule, there were issues in executing the schedule. This has been fixed.

Earlier, there was no provision to directly delete synchronization schedule created for synchronizing Activity Directory user database with DeviceExpert. Now, separate provision has been made for deleting it.

Earlier, when the DNS name of the host where DeviceExpert is running was improper, a blank page appeared when connecting the web-interface. This has been fixed.

During the device discovery or device addition process, device names might not get recorded correctly due to DNS issues. To correct the names, provision was given to edit and update the host names in bulk. Earlier, there were some issues in editing the host names. This has been fixed.

The default inactivity timeout for DeviceExpert web-interface has been changed from 30 minutes to four hours. Timeout value is configurable.

DeviceExpert Build 5200

New Features / Enhancements


SNMP v3 Support: DeviceExpert now supports SNMP v3 for device discovery, configuration retrieval for Cisco devices and for switch-port mapping functionality.This allows leveraging the additional security measures of SNMP v3.

Enhancements have been made to the forwarded syslog messages listening feature with provision to specify the list of IP addresses from where syslog messages would be forwarded to DeviceExpert for real-time change detection. Previously, DeviceExpert expected the syslog message to come directly from the devices that undergo configuration change. With this new feature, syslog messages which get forwarded from a common syslog server (complying to RFC 3164 ) can also be used to detect configuration changes in real-time.

For Netscreen devices, real-time change detection is now done based on more conditions. For example, earlier, cases like forced telnet logout were not considered for change detection. Now, more such conditions are considered.

SSH-based configuration retrieval support is now extended to Cisco ASA and Nortel Passport devices.

New OS Support:  DeviceExpert now runs on Windows XP 64 bit, Windows 2008 Server, CentOS and Suse Linux

Support for New Device Vendors & Models: Avaya, UTM-1 Edge X version 7.5.55x, Lambda Driver 800, Dax Devices, Cisco ACE Module, Cisco Wide Area Application Services Software (WAAS), Cisco IOS XR 

Changes

For real-time change detection, when syslog messages were sent from devices, DeviceExpert identified the changes only when the exact IP of the device was present. This made real-time change detection not working in devices having multiple interfaces where the message came randomly from one of the interfaces. Now, DeviceExpert will look into the interface table of the device and consider all the interfaces.

A few models of Enterasys devices expect carriage return (Ctrl+Y) for logging in. Those type of devices are supported now.

Bug Fixes

Earlier, SSH-based configuration retrieval was not working with Foundry, Extreme and Enterasys devices. It is now fixed.

Earlier, when the entries in Configuration Changes report and Configuration Change Trend report spanned over more than one page, the entries after the first page were not visible. This issue has now been fixed.

In Nortel Baystack devices, configuration retrieval failed due to an issue in populating the hardware properties of the device. This issue has been fixed.

In scheduled configuration backup, the hardware properties of the devices were not updated. This issue has now been fixed.

Earlier, for Aruba devices, there were issues in populating the hardware details. This has been fixed.

In Cisco WLAN controller, configuration backup through TELNET-TFTP did not work. This has been fixed.

Earlier, when generating Configuration Change report as PDF, some entries were missing. This issue has been fixed.

In Widows 2003 and Vista, DeviceExpert port check tool showed wrong port status for Syslog service. This has now been fixed.

DeviceExpert Build 5110

New Features / Enhancements

 
  • DeviceExpert Build 5960
  • DeviceExpert Build 5950
  • DeviceExpert Build 5910
  • DeviceExpert Build 5900
  • DeviceExpert Build 5850
  • DeviceExpert Build 5.8 (Build 5800)
  • DeviceExpert Build 5.7 (Build 5700)
  • DeviceExpert Build 5650
  • DeviceExpert Build 5601
  • DeviceExpert Build 5600
  • DeviceExpert Build 5580
  • DeviceExpert Build 5570
  • DeviceExpert Build 5560
  • DeviceExpert Build 5550
  • DeviceExpert Build 5520
  • DeviceExpert Build 5510
  • DeviceExpert Build 5500
  • DeviceExpert Build 5450
  • DeviceExpert Build 5420
  • DeviceExpert Build 5410
  • DeviceExpert Build 5400
  • DeviceExpert Build 5330
  • DeviceExpert Build 5320
  • DeviceExpert Build 5310
  • DeviceExpert Build 5300
  • DeviceExpert Build 5210
  • DeviceExpert Build 5200
  • DeviceExpert Build 5110
  • DeviceExpert Build 5100
  • DeviceExpert Build 5020
  • DeviceExpert Release 5.0
  • DeviceExpert Build 4300
  • DeviceExpert Build 4210
  • DeviceExpert Release 4.2
  • DeviceExpert Release 4.1
  • DeviceExpert Build 4030
  • DeviceExpert Build 4020
  • DeviceExpert Build 4010
  • DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5960)

    New Features & Enhancements

    • SIEM Integration: Provision for sending Syslog messages to SIEM tools upon detecting a configuration change event. SIEM tools can then thoroughly analyze these events,
      correlate them with other network events and provide informative, holistic insights on the overall network activity. 
    • REST APIs to get all supported device types and to add devices. 
    • Option to exclude configuration difference in configuration backup notification emails triggered after executing scheduled tasks for config backup
    • Option to include custom columns in configuration change management email notifications (as part of Send Email action)
    • Telnet & SSH protocols can now be used for managing the configurations of HP Switches.
    • CLI commands and command output can be copied and pasted on the TELNET / SSH terminals in the DeviceExpert GUI

      New Device Models Support

    • Aruba Controller
    • Tippingpoint IPS
    • MobileIron Sentry
    • Juniper LoadBalancer
    • Ciena Switch
    • H3C Device
    • Check Point GAiA Firewall

    Bug Fixes / Changes

    • Earlier, in Advanced Script Execution, there were issues in identifying the prompt due to which the next command was getting executed.This has been fixed.
    • Issues in populating hardware properties of Fujitsu & Layer 3 Cisco Switch have been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues in enabling change detection in Huawei Switches. This has been fixed.
    • Earlier, the Ping option in Add Device GUI was not working. This has been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues with formatting the output of Show commands of HP Switches. This has been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5950)

    New Features & Enhancements

    • Session Recording: TELNET & SSH connections launched to the devices from DeviceExpert GUI can now be recorded, archived and played back to support forensic audits and let enterprises monitor all actions performed by users. Session recording caters to the audit and compliance requirements of organizations that mandate proactive monitoring of activities. Administrators can readily answer questions regarding the ‘who,’ ‘what’ and ‘when’ of access to device configurations.

    • Custom Templates: To enhance the usability of templates, DeviceExpert allows you to define 'Template Variables' while creating templates. A template variable is a placeholder for a value,  which can be specified when the template is uploaded to the device. Hitherto, there was provision to assign only a single value for the variable. So, when users wanted to apply the template on multiple devices with a different value for each device, the template had to be executed many times. This has now been enhanced with the provision to assign a different value for each device. The values for the template variable for each device can be specified through a text file.

    • Device Groups: Provision to filter devices in the inventory and create a new device group out of the filtered devices

    • Export Configuration: Provision to export configurations of devices belonging to specific device groups

    • Real-time Change Detection: Real-time change detection is now supported for Juniper switches and routers

      New Device Models Support

    • FiberHome Switch
    • ZXR Router ZSR Version 2.x
    • Fujitsu IPCOM EX1100
    • FortiGate Firewall VDOM V3 

    Bug Fixes/Changes:

    • Earlier, there were issues in synchronizing configurations of Cisco Nexus devices. This has been fixed.
    • Issues in populating hardware properties of H3C devices have been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues in enabling change detection in Huawei S series and H3C S series switches. This has been fixed.
    • The issues in executing 'show' commands on Juniper Switches from DeviceExpert GUI have been fixed.
    • Earlier, sorting of device list in "Diff with any" report did not work. This has been fixed.
    • When choosing devices to apply remediation templates, the list was containing duplicate entries. This has been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5910)

    New Features & Enhancements

    • Remediation option for compliance rule violation: Custom templates can now be associated with compliance rules. The templates can be executed in the event of rule violation as a remedial measure.
    • User Audit Report: A new report capturing almost all the activities done by the users in DeviceExpert.
    • Option to export configuration diff as PDF
    • Option to export SQL query results from database console to CSV
    • Option to update IPAddresses of devices in bulk
    • Option to create device groups based on the device criteria - Managed/Unmanaged
    • Option to configure email notification mail (for scheduled backup) only when there is a change
    • New Device Models Support:
      • FortiGate Firewall VERSION 4
      • 3Com Switch 5500 series
      • Citrix NetScaler MPX

    Bug Fixes / Changes

    • Hardware properties population issue with Cisco MDS has been fixed.
    • Earlier, the device groups that were created with Custom Column values (as criteria) were not being properly shared to Power Users. This has been fixed.
    • Earlier, there were issues in validating the IP addresses entered in additional credentials GUI. This has been fixed.
    • Javascript issues with localized version of DeviceExpert have been fixed
    • Earlier, searching configurations (with PostgreSQL as backend database) was not working properly. This has been fixed.


    DeviceExpert Release 5.9 (Build 5900)

    New Features & Enhancements

    • Password Management with ManageEngine Password Manager Pro
    • Credential Update using Rest API
    • SSH & Telnet protocol option added for Enterasys
    • New Device Models Support:
      • RuggedCom Switch
      • Ruijie Switch
      • Fujitsu Firewall
      • F5Bigip 11X
      • EdgeCore Switch
      • Telco Switch
      • Occam Switch
      • Adtran Router
      • Cisco 300 Series Switch
      • Nokia IPSO Firewall
      • HP 1910 Series Switch

    Bug Fixes / Changes

    • Disabled Devices shown in the backup failed devices has been fixed.
    • Custom Column 3 label issue while creating device groups has been fixed.
    • Javascript warning messages in Internet Explorer with localized versions have been fixed.



        DeviceExpert Release 5.8 (Build 5850)

        New Features & Enhancements

        • Support for PostgreSQL as backend database. From this version onwards, the product comes bundled with PostgreSQL 9.2.1.
        • Provision to enter credentials for multiple devices of a device group that work on a common protocol
        • Option to duplicate existing compliance rules and save then with a different name
        • Provision to add one more custom column to depict any desired additional information about devices in device properties.
        • New Device Models Support:
          • Crescendo Load Balancers
          • Welotec Routers 
          • Mikro Tik Routers
          • Adava ADVA FSP 

        Bug Fixes / Changes

        • With MSSQL server as backend database, there were issues in persisting sorting of columns in 'Change Tab'. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, there were issues in displaying data in custom reports while navigating between pages with using  MSSQL server as the backend database.  This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, editing of host names did not work properly in Chrome and Firefox browsers. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, when reports were exported as CSV (with MSSQL server as backend database), duplicate entries were found. This has been fixed.
        • If Active Directory synchronization is enabled, when users get deleted in AD, the same did not get reflected in DeviceExpert. Now, the users will be disabled in DeviceExpert.
        • Earlier, there were issues in displaying device configuration content, if it contained HTML tags. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, there were issues in taking backup of ACME devices. This has been fixed.



        DeviceExpert Release 5.8 (Build 5800)

        New Features & Enhancements

        REST APIs for integration with third-party applications

        • A set of 10 APIs to enable any third-party application or software integrate  with DeviceExpert directly and add, access and extract data. The REST  APIs also facilitate integrating DeviceExpert with enterprise  Configuration Management Database (CMDB) for centralized, integrated,  holistic and consolidated change control and management.
        • APIs made available now help perform various tasks,  including inventory management (device addition and deletion);  configuration backup; compliance status; executing show commands on  devices; fetch device properties and executing templates and scripts in  DeviceExpert that automate repetitive configuration tasks.
        Change Management
        • Option to include configuration change type (authorized or unauthorized) as one of the change management conditions while defining rules. The introduction of this option now makes it possible to get notifications during specific conditions like an unauthorized change happening on the running configuration of a device.
        Message Board
        • Provision for communicating various messages from DeviceExpert team to users. Information about product updates and various other notifications will now reach the users directly. Messages can be accessed by clicking the 'Mail icon' on the top-band.
        Saving output of commands on DeviceExpert client machines
        • The outputs of various 'Show' Commands and 'Export' configuration can now be saved on machine from which DeviceExpert web-interface is launched
        Compliance Management
        • Enhancements in compliance rule definition to check for the presence or absence of specific strings in device configurations as part of 'Advanced Criteria' and 'Advanced Custom Criteria'. Presence or absence of strings can now be checked for specific or unlimited number of occurrences.
        Navigation from Home Page
        • Option to navigate to corresponding pages when viewing various reports in the 'Home' page
        New Device Models Support  
        •  NEC 
        •  Juniper SR
        •  Vyatta
        •  Radware-Alteon Switch
        •  Brocade VDX Switch
        • Support for Managing Acme Packet devices through SSH
        Changes & Bug Fixes
        • Earlier, DeviceExpert (v5700) web-interface session in Internet Explorer was logging out suddenly. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, there were issues in generating EOL/EOS reports when the connection was going through a proxy. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, due to an issue with mail server settings, the from address got truncated when using with MS SQL Server as backend database. This has been fixed.
        • Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Juniper Ex4200 devices. This has been fixed.
        • The RegEx pattern that was being used for checking the status of Brocade fast iron switch has been changed.

        DeviceExpert Release 5.7 (Build 5700)

        New Features and Enhancements

        • A new tab named 'Change' has been introduced to serve as a quick view of the 'big picture' related to configuration changes in entirety. This comes with convenient date-based filtering options
        • Provision to view all configuration versions of any particular device on a single click from the device details page
        • 'Configuration Diff' GUI has been enhanced with options to select the version numbers and view changes
        • Option to launch direct TELNET/SSH connection to the remote devices from DeviceExpert web interface. This web-based implementation does not require any tools to be present on local machines and will be highly useful to access remote devices when one is away from office. It does not require VPN too
        • Device details page has been enhanced with additional tools including ping, traceroute and option to launch HTTP/HTTPS connection to the device. These utilities will come in handy while debugging from remote locations even from tablet devices like ipad
        New Device Models Support
        • F5 BIG-IP 10.x
        • Cisco IronPort
        • Blue Coat Proxy with SGOS and AVOS     
        Bug Fixes / Changes
        • The number of 'UnManaged devices' will henceforth be excluded from the total number of devices in the system for licensing purpose     
        • Earlier, in certain scenarios, when the product version of DeviceExpert in the application and the backend database was different, errors were thrown while working with the product. This has now been fixed in such a way that when the DeviceExpert version differs (between application and the backend database), DeviceExpert server will not start until the versions are same.
        • Earlier, there were issues in DeviceExpert web-interface when launching FireFox 11/12. This issue has been fixed
        • EOL home page widget color coding has been revised for logical representation of EOL and other devices through proper colors
        • Earlier, the link to Device Details page from the 'last 5 configuration changes view' of home page widget did not work. This has been fixed
        • Earlier, when setting up High Availability, in email settings, if the 'cc' field had been left blank, it resulted in mails not being sent. This has been fixed

        DeviceExpert Build 5650

        New Features and Enhancements

        1. High Availability Architecture: Support for high availability architecture through redundant server instances. This helps ensure uninterrupted access to device configurations and network configuration management activities.
        2. Dashboard Enhancement: End-of-Life (EOL) details of devices are now depicted in the 'Home' page with intuitive graphics
        3. EOL details have been made available in Hardware Inventory Report
        New Device Models Support
        1. ZTE
        2. Foundry FastIron
        3. Dell PowerConnect
        4. Brocade 3850 Switch
        5. Cisco ASR Router
        Bug Fixes / Changes
        1. When DeviceExpert was running with MS SQL server as backend database, configuration changes report could not be generated as PDF. This has been fixed.
        2. Earlier, there were issues with executing enable command for CheckPointFirewall and Brocade devices. This has been fixed.
        3. Earlier, there were issues in showing the configuration difference of Cisco IDS devices. This has been fixed.
        4. Earlier, for some devices, Switch-Port Mapper scan was not showing port and MAC address details properly. This has been fixed

    DeviceExpert Build 5601

    Enhancements

    1. Option to choose IPADDRESS part of the Hardware Inventory Custom Report has been added

    Bug Fixes

    1. Earlier, there were issues in generating EOL report while direct internet connection is set in the proxy settings. This has been fixed.
    2. Earlier, there were problems in Navigating between pages in the Schedule Result Audit page view while using MSSQL database . This has been fixed.


    DeviceExpert Build 5600

    New Features and Enhancements

    1. New report depicting the End-of-Sale and End-of-Life status of devices
    2. Enhancements in compliance rule definition for checking the presence or absence of a specific strings in device configurations
    3. Option to schedule custom reports and export the report as CSV. Default reports under custom reports category now include two compliance custom reports.
    New Device Models Support
    1. AlliedTelesis CenterCom Switch
    2. AlliedTelesis Ethernet Switch
    Bug Fixes / Changes
    1. Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Brocade FastIron and Brocade Fibre Switches. This has been fixed
    2. Paging command has been updated for Cisco ASA devices
    3. When DeviceExpert was rebranded, the browser title-bar still contained DeviceExpert reference. This has been fixed
    4. Earlier, there were problems in deleting SNMP v3 based devices. This has been fixed
    5. Earlier, in Switch Port Mapper, there were issues in fetching ports. This has been fixed
    6. Earlier, in Switch Port Mapper, there were issues in generating PDF reports when MACADDRESS column had not been selected. This has been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5580

    New features and enhancements

    1. Option to temporarily disable devices which are in maintenance and enable them again whenever needed
    2. Support for exporting any specific version of the device configuration
    3. Provision for analyzing syslog messages flow and notify message flooding in the GUI to enable administrators initiate corrective action
    4. Change management rule name can now be added as part of the change notifications
    New Device Models Support
    1. Arista Switches
    2. DCN Router
    3. IBM
    4. A10 Networks
    Bug Fixes
    1. Earlier, when IP addrsss of the device that underwent configuration change, was not present in the syslog message, DeviceExpert initiated recursive configuration backup. This issue has been fixed.
    2. When a user with the role 'Operator' created a change management rule, it got assigned to 'All Devices Group' of administrators. This issue has been fixed.
    3. Issue related to populating hardware properties of Bluecoat - Packetshaper devices has been fixed.
    4. Issue related to backing up configuration of Juniper EX4200 has been fixed.
    5. Earlier, the Configuration Changes Report, when Emailed, had formatting issues.  This has been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5570

    New Features and Enhancements

    • Compliance Reports: Compliance Reports under 'Custom Reports' have been enhanced with the option to generate reports for specific rule, rule group or policy. Option for scheduling the reports is also available
    • NTLM v2 Support: Earlier, Single SignOn worked only with NTLM-v1. Now, it has been enhanced to work with NTLM-v2 through integration with a third party library, which provides advanced integration between Microsoft Active Directory and Java applications. NTLM v2 is considered more secure as the protocol has been hardened against many spoofing attacks. Refer to this section of our help documentation for details on enabling NTLM v2. For some reason, if you still want to use NTLMv1, contact support to enable it.
    • Support for configuration backup through SSH protocol in Hirschmann Switch

    New Device Models Support

    • Brocade FastIron Switch and Fiber Switch
    • Siemens Redback Router
    • DIGI-Router

    Changes/Bug Fixes

    • In the "Home" page configuration change snapshot, when the changes were marked as Authorized/UnAuthorized repeatedly, an error page was thrown. This has been fixed.
    • The issues in populating the hardware properties of Alaxala devices have been fixed.
    • Earlier, Configuration backup of Palo Alto firewall devices did not work. This has been fixed.
    • When depicting configuration difference between two versions, the content pertaining to the SSL certificates was excluded. This has been enhanced now.
    • Access to Security Audit Report and Configuration Analysis Report has been restricted to Administrators alone.

    DeviceExpert Build 5560

    New Features & Enhancements

    Out-of-the-box policies to check configurations for compliance to SOX and HIPAA regulations

    Home Page Dashboard Enhancements

      Dashboard now depicts the top five configuration changes in summary view

      Summary of the devices whose configurations were backed up and the ones not backed up now depicted in pie-chart

      Compliance policy violations shown in summary view

    Option to save the custom reports for future reference and also to create scheduled tasks for automatic execution of the custom reports at desired interval

    Custom reports can now be created for a specific device or a device group

    Support for configuration backup through Telnet & SSH protocols in Cisco Aironet and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers

    Option for enabling real-time change detection in Cisco MDS devices

    New Device Models Support

      Palo Alto Firewall

      ADVA Optical Networking

      Meru WLAN Controller

      Ciena Switch

      ALAXALA Switch 5400

      Allied Telesis GS900M Switch

      H3C S Series Switch

      Huawei Switch

      Huawei S Series Switch

      Hirschmann Switch

    Bug Fixes & Changes

    Issue related to backing up the configurations of Canoga Perkins devices has been fixed

    Issue related to enabling real-time change detection in Cisco Nexus devices has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Netgear Switches. This has been fixed

    The issue related to associating Cisco switches with the default 'CiscoSwitchGroup' has been fixed

    Earlier, in non-English OS, there were problems in initiating Device Discovery / Ping. This has been fixed

    The issue related to backing up the configurations of Foundry devices using SSH protocol combination has been fixed


    DeviceExpert Build 5550

    New Features & Enhancements

    Provision to add custom columns to depict any desired additional information about devices in device properties. Custom columns can be added from Admin ---> Custom Column tab

    Provision to pick desired attributes alone from the hardware inventory and create custom reports. This can be done from Reports ---> Custom Reports

    Option for enabling real-time change detection in Dell and Cisco Nexus devices

    Support for configuration backup through SSH protocol in Brocade devices

    Provision for effective management of historical data through enhanced options in database administration. This can be done from Admin ---> Database Administration

    Option to associate change management rules with required devices from Admin --> Change Management

    New Device Models

    Acme Packet Firewall

    WatchGuard

    Canoga Perkins

    Bug Fixes & Changes

    As part of real-time change detection, when a configuration change is done outside of DeviceExpert, there was an issue in printing the the IP address of the user (who changed the configuration) in the annotation column of the backedup configuration information. This has been fixed now.

    Earlier, when depicting configuration difference between two versions, the content pertaining to the self-signed SSL certificates was also included. This has been excluded from the diff now

    Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Fujitsu devices. This has been fixed

    The configuration diff viewer has been enhanced with provision for viewing long lines through horizontal scroll bars

    By default, DeviceExpert collects details pertaining to the usage of the product, including frequency and usage statistics of the various features. This can be disabled or enabled anytime from Support ---> Usage Statistics Collection tab


    DeviceExpert Build 5520

    New Features & Enhancements

    Option to specify a particular IP or all IP addresses of an interface to bind TFTP, SSH and SCP servers when DeviceExpert is running in multi-homed machines. Same option is provided for transferring configuration files also.

    Provision to generate filtered reports out of the Compliance Report to get specific information on compliant rules or violated rules or all rules separately

    Enhancements in taking configuration difference for BlueCoat and FortiGate device types wherein the difference pertaining to changes in certificate information are now not taken into account

    Provision for executing 'show commands' on Cisco Nexus devices from DeviceExpert GUI

    Support for creating custom templates and scripts to automate configuration tasks pertaining to Cisco Nexus devices

    New Device Models Support

    Nortel PWR Switch 2526T

    Bug Fixes/Changes

    Earlier, due to an issue with identifying certificate changes in the configuration, startup and running configurations were marked as having conflict. This issue has been fixed

    Earlier, when compliance rules contained certain special characters , the 'edit rule' option did not work properly. This has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Cisco Nexus and Alcatel devices. This has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of Cisco Firewall 4.x devices. This issue has been fixed


    DeviceExpert Build 5510

    New Features & Enhancements

    Provision to start and stop TFTP server

    While starting the TFTP server, provision to choose a specific IP or all IP addresses to bind

    Export configuration feature enhanced with option to maintain all versions

    Support for launching DeviceExpert web-interface in Google Chrome

    Support for installing DeviceExpert in Windows 64-bit machines

    New Device Models Support

    Cisco ASA with WAN support

    Cisco FWSM 4.x

    FortiNet FortiAnalyzer

    Alcatel Service Router

    Bug Fixes / Changes

    Earlier, there were issues in bulk execution of Switch-Port Mapper in DeviceExpert. This has been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in depicting the summary view of custom template execution result. This has been fixed.

    The issue related to depicting the configuration difference when multiple certificates were involved in the configuration file, has been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in generating reports for the time period "last 7 days". This has been issue fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5500

    New Features & Enhancements

    Support for MSSQL back-end

    Provision for creating scheduled tasks for Device Discovery

    Support for additional Syslog message formats for real time change detection for Cisco and Enterasys devices

    New Device Models

    Sphereon 4500 Fibre Channel Switch

    Juniper EX4200 Switch 

    Allied Telesis AT-8000S Switch

    Bug Fixes & Changes

    Earlier, when audit trails cleanup operation was in progress, performance issues cropped. This has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in deleting devices having a large number of configuration versions in DeviceExpert. This has been fixed

    Issues related to backing up the configurations of Radware devices fixed

    User prompt mismatch issues in Cisco Nexus devices fixed

    SysLocation population issue for Radware LinkProof switches fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configuration of Citrix NetScaler devices using SCP protocol. This has been fixed

    DeviceExpert Build 5450

    New Features & Enhancements

    Provision for viewing the configuration versions of all/any device(s) by specifying a custom date range

    Provision to mark configuration changes as authorized/unauthorized in bulk

    New Device Models:

      Cisco Nexus 7000 10-Slot Switch (N7K-C7010)

      Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch (N5K-C5010P-BF)

      Motorola Wireless Switch

      Blue Coat PacketShaper

      HP P series Switch

      Radware Link Proof Switch

      Alcatel 6200

      Fujitsu Switch

    Changes & Bug Fixes

    Full-fledged population of hardware properties of Nortel Passport 8600 series is now done

    Earlier, there were some issues in populating the hardware properties of Radware devices. This issue has been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in populating the SSH-based hardware properties of Aruba devices. This has now been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in specifying the Additional credential for HP devices. This has now been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5420

    Bug Fixes / Changes

    Issues related to discovering devices in Vista & Windows 2008 have been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in backingup the configurations of Citrix devices. This has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in handling Exit prompt in Citrix Hardware population. This has been fixed

    Earlier, there were issues in populating MACAddress & SERIALNUMBER for Aruba devices. This has been fixed

    DeviceExpert Build 5410

    New Features / Enhancements

    Enhanced configuration changes report with version number details

    One more option has been provided for editing the host names of devices in DeviceExpert inventory. Users can now update DNS server values and resolve names

    Option to specify custom criteria to ignore certain specific lines or text while generating configuration difference between any two versions

    Enhancements in Switch-Port Mapper with provision to view all interfaces and their associated interfaces

    New Vendors/Models Support:

      Alcatel

      Netgear (Startup configuraiton included)

    Changes/Bug Fixes

    Earlier, in Switch-Port Mapper, there were issues in populating ports and MAC Address of Cisco devices. This has now been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Alcatel and Citrix devices. This has been fixed.

    Issues related to configuration backup of Hitachi Apresia devices have been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in handling Exit prompt in Citrix configuration backup. This has bee fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5400

    New Features / Enhancements

    Configuration Changes PDF Report has been enhanced to provide information about the authorized and unauthorized changes

    For discovering SNMP-enabled devices, DeviceExpert requires the SysObject ID of the devices. For certain devices, discovery alone is not supported for want of SysObject ID. Now, provision has been made to enable the users to find and add the SysObject ID of devices from the GUI itself and get discovery support in quick time.

    Support for creating scheduled tasks for automatically synchronizing startup and running configurations at specified intervals.

    'Power Users'  have now been empowered to mark specific configuration changes (pertaining to the devices that are allotted to them) as 'Authorized' or 'UnAuthorized'.

    Provision for editing the 'System Description' and 'System Location' details as part of editing device properties

    New Vendors/Device Models Support:

      Citrix Netscalar

      Asperia (Hitachi )

      D-Link DES 3052 Switch

    Bug Fixes & Changes

    Earlier, when scheduled task for configuration backup involving a large number of devices was triggered, 'No Managed connection' issue occurred. This has been fixed now.

    Earlier, the time at which interfaces were last scanned by Switch-Port Mapper was wrongly displayed. This has been fixed now.

    Earlier, upon performing actions such as 'compliance check' on a device, the time at which configuration backup was triggered on a device, also got changed. This issue has been fixed now

    Previously, in the case of Cisco VPN Concentrators, Hardware Inventory Report was not properly generated. This has been fixed now.

    In the TFTP sever that comes in-built with DeviceExpert, resending of lost or unackowledged packets have now been handled to comply with the TFTP protocol standards

    DeviceExpert Build 5330

    Enhancements, Changes, Bug Fixes

     

    Server side performance improvements to handle concurrent backup of more number of devices

    New Device Models Support: Support for Cisco IDS devices and Cisco 1900 series CatOS Switch

    Earlier, there were issues in Active Directory based authentication in build 5320. This has been fixed

    Earlier, the configuration change reports showed Device Names in the place of Device Type. This has been fixed

    In 5320, there were issues in backing up the configuration of H3C devices. This has been fixed

    DeviceExpert - Build 5320

    Enhancements, Changes & Bug Fixes

    Configuration Management

    While taking configuration difference for Cisco IOS Routers and Aruba Switches, configuration lines containing Cryptochecksum information will henceforth be ignored.

    For all devices, while taking configuration difference, speed token will henceforth be ignored.

    While taking configuration difference for Cisco Voice Gateway devices, NTP clock-period entries will henceforth be ignored

    When device configurations are backedup through scheduled tasks, in the case of task failure, the result of the scheduled task will now include the reason

    For F5 and Riverbed devices, device model information is now populated in the Device Details page.

    Compliance Management

    Option to exclude any configuration block for compliance check while defining compliance rule through Advanced Custom Criteria

    Reports

    When reports are emailed as a part of reports schedules, if the size of the mail content exceeds 1 MB, only the link for the report will be provided in the email. Actual mail content will be available on the server. This is avoid issues related to email delivery failure due to size restrictions.

    Output of switch-port mapping operations (depicting details about the devices connected to each port of the managed switch) is now presented as a report in the "Reports" tab.

    Performance Enhancements

    Performance tuning has been done to enhance the responsiveness of the DeviceExpert GUI for various actions and operations.

    New Device Models

    Support for D-Link -DGS 3100

    Bug Fixes & Changes

    Earlier, while populating the hardware details of Cisco WAAS devices, device model information was not populated properly. This is now fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in populating the hardware properties of Dell PowerConnect 6248 devices. This has been fixed.

    Earlier, there were issues in backing up the configurations of F5 Big IP devices. This has now been fixed.

    Earlier, uploading the draft configurations of Nortel Baystack devices did not work. This has been fixed now.

    Earlier, there were issues in generating the security audit reports of Netscreen devices. This is now fixed.

    The presentation of data in the 'User Access Report' has been changed to depict the details pertaining to the users first and then the details about the devices.


    DeviceExpert Build 5310

    Enhancements, Changes, Bug Fixes

     
    Configuration Management

    SSH-based configuration retrieval support is now extended to Nortel Baystack devices.

    Configuration upload is now supported for Alaxala devices.

    Earlier, there were issues in creating a device group specifying more than one criteria. This has been fixed.

    While taking configuration difference for Cisco ASA devices, configuration lines containing Cryptochecksum information will henceforth be ignored.

    Earlier, information on 'who changed' the configuration was not depicted in the configuration difference screen. Now, it is included.

    In Riverbed devices, when paging is enabled, only partial configuration was backedup. This is now fixed.

    DeviceExpert executes configuration operations such as backup, upload etc as parallel jobs. The number parallel tasks is configurable. When the number was set to 100, server failed to process the operations. This has been fixed.

    Compliance Management

    Support for testing the validity of a compliance rule created using 'Advanced Custom Criteria'.

    Earlier, in 'Advanced Custom Criteria' for compliance rule creation, if the string specified to indicate the starting and ending of the block contained certain special characters, only a part of the configuration was shown in the GUI. This has been fixed now

    New Vendors & Device Models

    Support for F5 devices, Enterasys SecureStack A2, Enterasys Matrix N7 Platinum, Adtran Netvanta Router, Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5510-24T,  Nortel - Ethernet Switch 3510-24T  and 3Com 4200g

    Miscellaneous

    When DeviceExpert contained a huge volume of data pertaining to devices and configuration, the home tab took a long time to load. This has been fixed through performance enhancements.

    Switch-Port Mapper Enhancements:  Switch-Port mapper now displays more details on MAC-IP matching. Also, the tool has been pruned to ignore non-port details while depicting the mapping.

    Earlier, in IE 7, when Single SignOn was enabled and if DeviceExpert login failed, it was not possible to login to DeviceExpert with any other user name or any other authentication mode. This issue has been fixed now.

    DeviceExpert Build 5300

    New Features / Enhancements

     

    Compliance Policies

    In compliance rule definition, option to specify the beginning and the end of the required configuration blocks for selective compliance check. This new feature will help check the required configuration blocks for compliance to the defined criteria. Compliance results for every single interface block will be reported individually, in addition to a unified compliance report for the entire configuration by doing 'AND' of all the individual results.

    Support for filtered view of compliance check results. The result view can be filtered based on all compliant rules or all violations.

    Switch Port Mapping

    Option to create scheduled tasks to periodically scan the switches being managed by DeviceExpert and report the the list of devices connected to each port of the managed switch.

    Option to generate PDF reports out of the switch port mapping results

    Re-branding Support

    Support for rebranding DeviceExpert web-interface. You can replace the product-specific names and logos with your own details

    New Device Models & Vendors

    Fortinet Virtual Domain

    Vanguard devices

    Alaxala 3600, Alaxala 1230

    Allied Telesis

    Hardware Interface Population

    The hardware interface details of Alaxala devices are now populated in the device details page

    Changes / Bug Fixes

    Earlier, when the time gap between two successive configuration changes was less than two minutes, backup through real-time change detection was not triggered for the second time within that two minute. This is now relaxed and DeviceExpert will trigger backups successively.

    Earlier, configuration backup through SSH was not working for Cisco VPN Concentrators, Cisco Content Switches & Dell PowerConnect switches. This is now fixed

    During every configuration backup, the header of Extreme devices undergo a change. DeviceExpert wrongly considered the header change as configuration change and kept backing up and incrementing versions. This is now fixed by ignoring header information while identifying configuration difference.

    Earlier, Power Users had the privilege to review and approve the configuration changes made by Operators on any device, if the administrator had designated the Power User as an 'Approving Authority'. Now, even if the Power Users had been designated as 'Approving Authorities', they will be able to approve the changes pertaining to the devices that are already allotted to them only and not of other devices.

    Power Users will not have the privilege to associate compliance policies to devices and vice-versa.

    Earlier, backup & upload of startup configuration for D-Link DGS 3600 series was not supported, which is supported now.

    DeviceExpert Build 5210

    New Features / Enhancements

     

    Earlier, information on 'who changed' the configuration was captured only when real-time change detection was enabled. Now, the information is captured from 'configuration header' for Cisco devices.

    Earlier, Power Users had the privilege to review and approve the configuration changes made by any Operator on any device. Now, 'Administrator' will assign 'Approving Authorities' for every Operator. Only those Power Users who have been designated as approving authorities, will have the privilege to approve the changes made by the respective Operators. However, all users with the role 'Administrator' will have the permission to approve the changes whether they are designated as approving authorities or not. But, they will receive email notification only if they are designated as approving authorities.

    Real-time change detection support is extended to Bluecoat devices.

    Earlier, backup and upload of startup configuration was not supported for D-Link DGS devices. This is now supported

    New Device Models Support

      Cisco IOS - XR

      Cisco Wide Area Application Service (WAAS)

      Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) and

      Juniper M-Series Devices

    New Vendors Support

      H3C

      Yamaha Devices ( RT and RTX series)

    Changes / Bug Fixes

    Earlier, there were issues in connecting to devices via SSH v1. This has been fixed.

    Earlier, when a scheduled task for configuration backup was created for a device whose configuration was not backedup at least once prior to creating the schedule, there were issues in executing the schedule. This has been fixed.

    Earlier, there was no provision to directly delete synchronization schedule created for synchronizing Activity Directory user database with DeviceExpert. Now, separate provision has been made for deleting it.

    Earlier, when the DNS name of the host where DeviceExpert is running was improper, a blank page appeared when connecting the web-interface. This has been fixed.

    During the device discovery or device addition process, device names might not get recorded correctly due to DNS issues. To correct the names, provision was given to edit and update the host names in bulk. Earlier, there were some issues in editing the host names. This has been fixed.

    The default inactivity timeout for DeviceExpert web-interface has been changed from 30 minutes to four hours. Timeout value is configurable.

    DeviceExpert Build 5200

    New Features / Enhancements


    SNMP v3 Support: DeviceExpert now supports SNMP v3 for device discovery, configuration retrieval for Cisco devices and for switch-port mapping functionality.This allows leveraging the additional security measures of SNMP v3.

    Enhancements have been made to the forwarded syslog messages listening feature with provision to specify the list of IP addresses from where syslog messages would be forwarded to DeviceExpert for real-time change detection. Previously, DeviceExpert expected the syslog message to come directly from the devices that undergo configuration change. With this new feature, syslog messages which get forwarded from a common syslog server (complying to RFC 3164 ) can also be used to detect configuration changes in real-time.

    For Netscreen devices, real-time change detection is now done based on more conditions. For example, earlier, cases like forced telnet logout were not considered for change detection. Now, more such conditions are considered.

    SSH-based configuration retrieval support is now extended to Cisco ASA and Nortel Passport devices.

    New OS Support:  DeviceExpert now runs on Windows XP 64 bit, Windows 2008 Server, CentOS and Suse Linux

    Support for New Device Vendors & Models: Avaya, UTM-1 Edge X version 7.5.55x, Lambda Driver 800, Dax Devices, Cisco ACE Module, Cisco Wide Area Application Services Software (WAAS), Cisco IOS XR 

    Changes

    For real-time change detection, when syslog messages were sent from devices, DeviceExpert identified the changes only when the exact IP of the device was present. This made real-time change detection not working in devices having multiple interfaces where the message came randomly from one of the interfaces. Now, DeviceExpert will look into the interface table of the device and consider all the interfaces.

    A few models of Enterasys devices expect carriage return (Ctrl+Y) for logging in. Those type of devices are supported now.

    Bug Fixes

    Earlier, SSH-based configuration retrieval was not working with Foundry, Extreme and Enterasys devices. It is now fixed.

    Earlier, when the entries in Configuration Changes report and Configuration Change Trend report spanned over more than one page, the entries after the first page were not visible. This issue has now been fixed.

    In Nortel Baystack devices, configuration retrieval failed due to an issue in populating the hardware properties of the device. This issue has been fixed.

    In scheduled configuration backup, the hardware properties of the devices were not updated. This issue has now been fixed.

    Earlier, for Aruba devices, there were issues in populating the hardware details. This has been fixed.

    In Cisco WLAN controller, configuration backup through TELNET-TFTP did not work. This has been fixed.

    Earlier, when generating Configuration Change report as PDF, some entries were missing. This issue has been fixed.

    In Widows 2003 and Vista, DeviceExpert port check tool showed wrong port status for Syslog service. This has now been fixed.

    DeviceExpert Build 5110

    New Features / Enhancements

     
    • Support for retrieving the configurations of Netscreen firewalls through SSH or TELNET without using TFTP
    • Switch Port Mapper: New functionality, which identifies the list of devices connected to each port of the managed switch. This eliminates the need for manually maintaining a record on port details and connected devices. 
    • Provision for editing and updating host names of devices in bulk. During the device discovery or device addition process, device names might not get recorded correctly due to DNS issues. This can be corrected later by updating hostnames in bulk by providing the list of host names in a standard flat file
    • Provision to listen for syslog messages from a central syslog server for use in real-time change detection. Previously, DeviceExpert expected the syslog message to come directly from the devices that undergo configuration change. With this new feature, syslog messages which get forwarded from a common syslog server (complying to RFC 3164 ) can also be used to detect configuration changes in real-time
    • Support for new device vendors & models - Cisco WLAN controller, Nortel Networks Layer 2-3 GbE Switch Module, Brocade 200E, Radware Web Server Director Pro AS, many Enterasys models
    • Support for Nortel Baystack Switch which can login to command line mode directly

    Changes

    • Earlier, the execution output of custom templates were visible to all users. As this feature is widely used to carryout critical configuration changes like password rotation, firewall rule configuration etc. DeviceExpert now provides the option for removing the execution output. In addition, execution output will be visible only to the administrator and the user who executes the custom template
    • Configuration retrieval/upload over SCP is now supported for Cisco switches and Brocade devices also.

    Bug Fixes

    • When a DeviceExpert user was deleted, both public and private groups created by the user got deleted. Now, the issue has been fixed and only the private groups held by the user willget deleted.
    • The issue related to sending notification on scheduled backup failure, has been fixed
    • After enabling Single SignOn, when an administrator/power user logged into DeviceExpert, the user role was taken as 'Operator' for all. This issue has now been fixed to reflect the exact role of the user
    • While retrieving configuration over SCP in Cisco routers, startup configuration was displayed as running. This issue has been fixed
    • The issue related to real-time change detection in Netscreen firewalls, has been fixed

    DeviceExpert Release 5.1

    New Features / Enhancements

    Configuration files transfer

    • SCP protocol is now supported for Cisco devices to securely transfer configuration files from and to DeviceExpert
    • Support for SSH-based configuration backup for Cisco devices without the use of TFTP. DeviceExpert will establish communication with the device via SSH and execute respective 'show config' commands to retrieve configuration
    Third-party identity stores & authentication mechanism
    • DeviceExpert now integrates with third-party identity stores Active Directory and LDAP
    • The authentication mechanism provided by AD, LDAP and RADIUS can be leveraged in DeviceExpert for user authentication
    Advanced script execution for automation
    • Advanced scripts execution for automatically executing a series of inter-connected commands on a device in command line.
    • Support for firmware upgrade/OS image upload & many other complex command executions through advanced script execution
    • Option to skip pre and post configuration backup operations while executing custom templates. This will be useful to execute commands which make the device to go out of network
    Schedules
    • Custom template execution can now be scheduled to be executed at any time. This will be useful for achieving better automation of configuration tasks
    Database Backup
    • The destination directory for storing the backed up contents of DeviceExpert database is now configurable
    • The destination directory where exported configuration files are stored, is now configurable
    Configuration Upload Approval
    • When administrators have configuration upload requests pending for their approval, alerts would be displayed in the Home page of the DeviceExpert GUI
    Support for New Devices/Models
    • Alaxala devices
    Bug Fixes / Changes
    • When DeviceExpert GUI is left unattended for 30 minutes, the client session will be logged out. This default timeout value (30 mins) is configurable. Earlier, timeout was infinite and hence session did not end automatically
    • Change Management notification emails will henceforth include the annotation information also. So the reason for change will also be found
    • It is now possible to label the 'configuration change authorization status' of any configuration as 'authorized' or 'unauthorized'.  It can be done from 'Change Trend Report' from 'Home' tab or from the respective configuration details page
    • DeviceExpert users with the roles PowerUser and Operator will not be able to view the scheduled tasks created by others users. Also, they will not be able to view the audit records pertaining to the schedules created by others
    • Support for synchronizing the running and startup configurations in bulk for many devices. Ealier, the bulk operation was not possible
    • Earlier, the custom templates could not be used for changing the passwords of Extreme Summit and HP devices. Now, the password change could be done in bulk using the advanced script execution feature
    • Earlier, the custom templates could not be used for executing the command for configuring the banner message of Cisco devices. This is now possible through the advanced script execution feature

    DeviceExpert Build 5020

    New Features / Enhancements

     
    • Configuration Diff reports have been enhanced to display more lines along with diff lines to better understand the "context" of the configuration change.
    • Detailed DeviceConfiguration and SecurityAudit report is now provided for each device. DeviceConfiguration Report gives details about configuration settings and SecurityAudit Report identifies security related issues and recommendations to resolve it.
    • Navigation improvements in "Device Details" and "Device Group" pages.
    • Report generation time will be displayed for reports sent via email for Scheduled Configuration Backup and Configuration Change notifications.

    New Devices Support

    Support for the following new device types:

    • Riverbed Steelhead
    • Alcatel switch
    • Huawei Quidway AR 18xx

    More HP Switch and DLink Switch models are now supported.

    Bug Fixes

    • Build 5010 had issues in scheduled configuration backup with larger number of devices. This has been fixed.
    • Fortigate device addition issue in build 5010 has been fixed.
    • Issues in updating certain hardware properties of Cisco ASA, AccessPoint, CatOS devices has been fixed.
    • Device addition and schedule creation issues with IE 6 have been fixed (But we recommend using IE 7.x or Firefox 2.x)

     New Features


    Network Compliance
    • Provision for examining device configurations for compliance to a defined set of standards/criteria/rules and monitoring and reporting the compliance status
    • Automated Compliance Check: Support for associating compliance policies to devices, thereby automating the compliance check for each change in configuration
    • Option to define your own compliance policies to cater to the standards of your organization
    Reports
    • 12 new intuitive reports on  Network Inventory, Firmware Inventory, Network Health Status, Configuration Changes, User Permissions, Network Compliance etc
    • Hardware details such as Serial Number, IOS Version, OS Image Name are depicted in reports
    • Support for scheduling report generation at periodic interval and emailing the same to required recipients
    • Provision to export reports in CSV format
    Integration with ManageEngine OpManager
    • DeviceExpert can be integrated with ManageEngine OpManager (Network Monitoring Software). Device configurations can now be managed from the 'Device Details' page of OpManager
    Device Groups
    • Provision for creating 'Public Groups', which are visible to all users
    • Provision for creating Device Groups based on more fine-grained criteria
    Change Management
    • Option to receive Change Management Notification emails in a text format to facilitate better viewing in hand-held devices such as mobile phones.
    User Management
    • Provision to assign public device groups to users (belonging to the roles PowerUser, Operator)
    Backup Schedules
    • Option to receive emails only for error conditions in backup schedules.

    TFTP  interface configuration in multi-homed machines

    • DeviceExpert uses TFTP server to transfer the configuration files to-and-fro the devices. Provision for specifying the interface to be used for transferring the configuration files from/to the devices, if  DeviceExpert is running in multi-homed machines.
    Syslog interface configuration in multi-homed machines
    • Syslog server is used for real-time change detection. It binds its syslog listener at port 514. In multi-homed machines, if you want to run some other application with a syslog server in the same machine, you can bind the DeviceExpert syslog server to a specific interface leaving the other interface(s) for use by other application(s).
    Specifying the count for parallel jobs
    • DeviceExpert executes configuration operations such as backup, upload, scheduled task execution, report generation etc as parallel jobs. The number of threads available for such parallel tasks are limited. Provision for specifying the number of parallel jobs depending on the hardware configuration of the machine in which DeviceExpert is running.
    Performance Tuning
    • Performance tuning has been done to improve client responsiveness for various configuration operations & scheduled tasks.
    Automatic Device Model Support
    • Automatic support for device models that are similar to the already supported models. This is due to the removal of model-specific device support.
    Support for New Vendors
    • Support for four new device vendors - Juniper, NETGEAR & Dell. DeviceExpert already supports devices of 16 vendors - Cisco, HP, Nortel, D-Link, Juniper-NetScreen, Force10, 3Com, Foundry, Fortinet, ADTRAN, Enterasys, Huawei, Extreme, Proxim, Aruba and Blue Coat
    • New Device Type: Support for Cisco VPN Concentrators, Extreme Summit, 3Com 4500, Nortel Contivity Router, Enterasys XSR Router

    Changes

    • Simplified procedure for manual addition of devices and importing devices from text file
    • Schedules creation procedure simplified
    • Provision for giving credentials to multiple devices from discovery status page.
    • Option for switching off email intimation upon DeviceExpert application user creation
    • Option to stop any device operation mid-way from inventory page

    Bug Fixes

    • Backup operation of Cisco PIX 7.x models consumed considerable CPU process. This has now been fixed
    • Issue related to accessing Netscreen firewall devices via SSH fixed
    • If banner was set for HP switches, configuration backup failed. This is now fixed
    • In configuration change management notifications, email content formatted with newlines were not taken. This is now fixed
    • While displaying configuration difference for cisco devices, entries related to self-signed certificate were shown as a difference. This is now fixed
    • In the case of Extreme Black Diamond switches and Netscreen Firewalls, the status of "Real-time Change detection" was incorrectly depicted. This has now been fixed
    • For some cisco devices, hardware property population did not work. This has now been fixed.
    DeviceExpert Build 4300

     

     New Features

     

    Configuration Rollback

    • Provision for rolling back device configuration to any of the available versions

    Configuration Enforcement & Change Management Enhancements

    • Support for automatically reverting to the previous or BASELINE version on detecting unauthorized changes

    Scripting Support

    • Support for CLI command execution on devices in user-defined sequence. Useful in automating repetitive and time-consuming operations on devices

    Hardware Properties Retrieval

    • Provision for fetching hardware properties of devices on demand and in periodic intervals

    Show Commands

    • Support for executing various commands for fetching device details on demand. Useful in executing various 'show' commands 

    Recent 5 Configuration Changes

    • Provision for quick view of five most recent configuration changes of any device

    Disaster Recovery Tools

    • Tools for exporting latest device configuration files to a flat file on the disk for transferring to any secondary storage medium.
    • Provision for automated backup of entire DeviceExpert database. Helpful in rapid restoration of DeviceExpert server, in the event of any disaster

    Database Administration

    • Provision for purging older audit trails and device configuration versions

    Detailed Audit Trails

    • Detailed information depicting the reason for operation failure as part of device audit trail display

    New OS Support

    • DeviceExpert now runs on Windows Vista

    Device Models Support

    • Support for more than 300 device models including many Force10 models
    • Support for a total of 16 vendors - Cisco, HP, Nortel, D-Link, Juniper-NetScreen, Force10, 3Com, Foundry, Fortinet, ADTRAN, Enterasys, Huawei, Extreme, Proxim, Aruba and Blue Coat


    Enhancements

    • Support for pushing the configuration of HP & Nortel devices
    • Simplified procedure for manual device addition
    • Device details page enhanced with provision for carrying out various actions on device

    Bug Fixes

    • Earlier, rescheduling time for periodic schedules was calculated based on the completion time of previous execution. This has been fixed.

    Changes

    • JRE containing DST fix is bundled with DeviceExpert now
    • For DeviceExpert GUI, blue theme has been standardized and green theme removed
    • Ready-to-use custom templates (Syslog configuration, SNMP Configuration & Password configuration) will be removed in the next major upgrade as more powerful scripting functionality has been added
    DeviceExpert Build 4210

     Feature Enhancements

     
    • Device Discovery

      1. Nmap based Discovery: Device Discovery has been enhanced with Nmap-based discovery, which offers a host of advantages over the existing process. Earlier, when running DeviceExpert in non-English OS, ping for device would fail during discovery, resulting in disruption of discovery process. Now, with Nmap-based discovery, all such issues have been addressed.

      2. Stopping Discovery: Provision to stop device discovery, at any point of time during the discovery process.

      3. DNS Name in Discovery status: While viewing the discovery status of specific devices, the DNS Name of the device is also displayed.

      4. Discovery support for most of the models: Most of the device models that are supported by DeviceExpert could now be discovered and added to the inventory. Refer supported device models page for more details.

    • Configuration Diff

    In the contextual, side-by-side comparison of configuration versions, option has been provided to view only the lines in which there is a difference. Navigation buttons have also been provided to move from one diff line to the next easily.

    • Syslog-based change detection

    Syslog-based change detection is now supported for more device types including Cisco ASA, NetScreen firewall, Fortinet FortiGate firewall, ADTRAN LAN Switch, Nortel Baystack 5510 & 5520.

    • Device Model Support

    1. Support for more than 280 device models

    2. Nortel Business Policy Switches running an older version of OS software (v3.0.6.08) are also supported

    3. Support for a total of 15 vendors - Cisco, HP, Nortel, D-Link, Juniper-NetScreen, 3Com, Foundry, Fortinet, ADTRAN, Enterasys, Huawei, Extreme, Proxim, Aruba and Blue Coat

    Changes

    • Terminologies

    The term 'Download' which was being used to denote the transfer of configuration from DeviceExpert to the device, has been changed to 'Upload' to adhere to industry standard terms. Henceforth, the following terminologies would be consistently used:

    * Backup denoting retrieval of current configuration from device and transfer of the same to DeviceExpert

    * Upload denoting the transfer of the configuration from DeviceExpert to the device

    • ResultHandler

    The 'ResultHandler' feature has been removed. A more powerful Change Management feature was added in the previous release (4200) itself.

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    DeviceExpert Release 4.2 - Build 4200

    Feature Enhancements
    • New Device Models Support

      Support for over 275 device models that include routers, switches, firewalls, access points, access servers, integrated access devices, adaptive security appliances and others from multi-vendors.

    • New Vendor Support

      Support for a total of 15 vendors - Cisco, HP, Nortel, D-Link, Juniper-NetScreen, 3Com, Foundry, Fortinet, ADTRAN, Enterasys, Huawei, Extreme, Proxim, Aruba and Blue Coat.

    • Device Discovery

      (1) Earlier, for device discovery only two options were available - discovering specific devices or the devices falling under a specific IP range in bulk. Now, option is provided to discover multiple devices by importing hostnames or ip addresses from a file at one go.

      (2) Provision to specify multiple SNMP community for device discovery (to enable discovery of multiple devices in bulk)

    • Configuration Change Management

      (1) Support for sending email notifications or SNMP V2 traps upon detecting configuration changes

      (2) Option to generate trouble tickets to Help Desk upon change detection

    • Device Inventory

      IP address of device is displayed in the inventory table for easy reference. It is added as an additional column in inventory table, not listed by default. (Go to the column chooser to list this as a column in the table)

    • Reports

      Network inventory report has been enhanced with display of more hardware details

    Changes

    • Configuration Diff

      While taking configuration diff, difference due to comments will be ignored henceforth

    • GUI Enhancements

      The default theme of DeviceExpert GUI has been changed to blue from green. The previous green theme has been made optional. Minor changes in GUI have been made for ease of navigation and improved usability

    • Editing Device Details

      Option is provided for changing model number and series of a device from the Device Details page

    • SSH Support for additional models

      SSH support for Cisco ASA models

    • ResultHandler

      Since a more powerful Change Management feature has been added in this release, the "Result Handler" feature will be removed in the next release



    DeviceExpert Release 4.1 - Build 4101

     Feature Enhancements  
    • New Device Models Support

      Support for over 240 device models that include routers, switches, firewalls, access points, access servers, integrated access devices, adaptive security appliances and others from multi-vendors.

    • New Vendor Support

      Support for a total of 12 vendors - Cisco, HP, Nortel, 3com, Foundry, D-Link, ADTRAN, Fortinet, NetScreen, Enterasys, Blue Coat and Huawei.

    • Approval Mechanism for Configuration Update

      All device configuration changes initiated by an operator require approval from a privileged user before the actual update in device.

    • Search in Device Configuration

      Search utility to look for specific words, strings, phrases or a combination of these in device configuration files.

    • Fine-grained User Access Control

      Support for imposing role-based access restrictions for accessing devices and carrying out various operations

    • Managing Devices outside private networks

      Devices present outside the private network/firewalls can now be managed by DeviceExpert

    • Disaster Recovery Tools

      Utilities provided to backup/restore DeviceExpert database. Script for backing up latest stored configuration, is also provide

    Bug Fixes

    • Previously, Device Groups could not be deleted even if not referred in other places. This is now fixed.
    • The issue with regard Telneting to a PIX device from Device Properties page of DeviceExpert has now been fixed.
    • Hitherto, daily schedules were not getting rescheduled at the end of every month. This is now fixed.
    • Previously, in the case of cisco devices going into enable login mode directly, there was a restriction that host name needed to be given in prompt, enable password prompt and enable prompt. This restriction has been removed now.

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    DeviceExpert Build 4030

    Feature Enhancements

    • New Device Model Support

      Support for 10 more device models that include routers, switches, firewalls, access points, access servers, integrated access devices and others from multi-vendors. DeviceExpert supports a total of 160 device models at present.

    • Complete SSH Support

      Configuration operations through SSH for all supported models of Cisco & D-link. Already, DeviceExpert supports SSH for Cisco PIX, Foundry and Fortinet models.


    DeviceExpert Build 4020

    Feature Enhancements

    • New Device Model Support

      Support for 50 more device models that include routers, switches, firewalls, access points, access servers, integrated access devices and others from multi-vendors. DeviceExpert supports a total of 150 device models at present.
    • New Vendor Support

      Support for four more vendors such as Nortel, D-Link, ADTRAN and Enterasys. DeviceExpert already supports Cisco, HP, 3COM, Juniper NetScreen, Foundry and Fortinet.

    • SSH Support

      Configuration operations through SSH for all cisco pix models and FortiGate models.

    • Discovery Status Tracking

      Support for tracking the status of device discovery. Progress of discovery in terms of percentage of completion and finally the result can now be tracked.


    • Option to test the validity of Credentials

      Testing option is provided to find the correctness of device credential details. After entering the credentials, when test option is invoked, DeviceExpert will pinpoint the valid and invalid values.

    Bug Fixes

    • Earlier, when a device discovery attempt failed, manual addition of the device to the inventory also failed due to incomplete cleanup of residual data pertaining to the discovery of unsupported models. This issue has now been fixed.
    • Previously if the IP address of the machine got changed in subsequent restart of the server, DeviceExpert had to be reinitialized and started afresh. It is not required now.

    DeviceExpert Build 4010

    Features

    • Support for more than 100 device models that include routers, switches, firewalls, access points, integrated access devices and others from vendors like Cisco, HP, 3COM, Foundry, NetScreen, FortiGate etc.,

    • Support for Cisco devices with CatOS

    • Capturing username and IP address when someone opens a telnet console and directly carries out a configuration change to Cisco IOS switches and routers, as part of enhancements in real-time change detection

    • Provision for copying running configuration as startup in bulk

    Bug Fixes

    • Residual data from the discovery of unsupported models are now cleaned up properly

    • Hitherto, copying running configuration to startup did not work in SNMP-TFTP protocol mode. This issue has now been fixed

    • While using credential profiles, when independent update of the profile values was carried out, sometimes, the changes did not reflect in the credentials used for the device. This issue has now been fixed