Foglight™ Capacity Director 5.7.3

Developed for Foglight Management Server 5.7.5.8 / Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.6

Release Notes

May 2017


Contents

Welcome to Foglight Capacity Director

New in this release

Resolved issues and enhancements

Known issues

Upgrade and compatibility

System requirements

Product licensing

Getting started with Foglight Capacity Director

About Us


Welcome to Foglight Capacity Director

Foglight™ Capacity Director delivers complete virtual infrastructure capacity life cycle management, spanning planning, allocation, optimization, and maintenance. Get deep insight into your environment, including the availability and estimated time left for CPU, memory, storage, and IOPs. Use historical trends to better forecast resource requirements for clusters, hosts, and workloads—and proactively predict and budget for capital expenditures. Optimize resource utilization and reduce operational expenses by rebalancing the distribution of clusters and workloads. Model your infrastructure changes (add, move, or remove clusters, hosts, and VMs) before deployment, to avoid bottlenecks, performance issues, or reaching the system’s capacity limits. Foglight Capacity Director also includes the Foglight Capacity Manager in the VMware environment.

 

These Release Notes cover the resolved issues, known issues, workarounds, and other important information about the 5.7.3 release of Foglight Capacity Director. Review all sections before starting installation. 

 


New in this release

This 5.7.3 release of Foglight Capacity Director accompanies the release of Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.6.  

This release contains the following new features and improvements:

 


Resolved issues and enhancements

The following is a list of issues addressed and enhancements implemented in this release.

Defect ID

Resolved Issue

TORCD-1946

Fixed the error on the Resource Utilization > Recommendations dashboard when including planned changes.

TORCD-1827

Removed the redundant white area in the Settings dialog box.

TORCD-1809

There was no cluster displayed on the Scenario Modeler dashboard, when navigating to this dashboard the first time.

TORCD-1702

Fixed issue where no data displayed in the charts of the Resource Utilization > Hosts and Workload tab, when installing the FVE release 8.5 the first time.

TORCD-1521

Fixed issue where the available number of hosts in the Resource Utilization tab was not changed after adding a new host.

TORCD-1476

Fixed issue where Over Committed status was not changed in the resource pool tab.

 


Known issues

The following is a list of issues known to exist at the time of this release.

Defect ID

Known Issue

TORCD-2178 The value of Can Fit Count in the VM - Cluster / Host Selector dialog box is inconsistent between the Current Capacity and Changes and DRS Rules tabs.
TORCD-2170 The performance score of VM/ESX host/Cluster is calculated every 15 minutes.
TORCD-2101 The Host Requirement - Average Host Size chart disappers, after generating a Host and Workload report.
TORCD-2082 The value Running VMs in the Current Capacity > Clusters table is refreshed after four hours, so it is not consistent with the value in vSphere client.

TORCD-2109

If the agent has not collected vCenter data for a few days, NullPointer exception occurs when the user navigates to the Server Purchase tab.

Workaround: The NullPointer exception will be fixed after the data collection is resumed.

TORCD-2074

The data in the Resource Utilization tab is not updated after changing the value of Average Analysis Period from 1 day to 30 days.

TORCD-2073

The number of Running VMs in the Current Capacity tab is not updated after a VM has run on a vCenter for 40 minutes.

TORCD-2072

The values of Time to Full and Recommendations are incorrect after selecting planned changes, if the Growth Rate Per Week is a negative value.

TORCD-1942

If the Foglight Capacity Management version 5.6.15.2 or older is installed on the Foglight Management Server, there are two Capacity Management tabs in the VMware environment after installing Foglight Capacity Director.
Workaround: Upgrade the Foglight Capacity Management cartridge to version 5.6.15.3 before installing the latest version of Foglight Capacity Director.

TORCD-1509

Because there is no historical data about the storage usage when a new VMware agent is created, the data analysis in the Resource Utilization view is not accurate in the beginning.

 


Upgrade and compatibility 

Foglight Capacity Director 5.7.3 requires Management Server version 5.7.5.6 or later, and Foglight Agent Manager version 5.8.5.6 or later. It also requires Foglight for VMware version 5.7.3.

 

The following Foglight product versions and platforms are compatible with this release.

Product Name

Product Version

Platform

Foglight Management Server 5.7.5.7 and above All platforms supported by these versions of the Foglight Management Server
Foglight Agent Manager 5.8.5.7 and above All platforms supported by these versions of the Foglight Agent Manager
Foglight For Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.5.5 and above All platforms supported by this version of the Foglight For Virtualization, Enterprise Edition

 


System requirements 

For information about system requirements for this release, see the Foglight System Requirements and Platform Support Guide.

 

Before installing Foglight Capacity Director, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Platform  Management Server
  • CPU: 2-way 2.4 GHz
  • Processors: 1 dual core or 2 single core processors
  • IO: 7.5K RPM, 40 GB or greater
Memory 4 GB
Hard Disk Space 20 MB for Foglight Capacity Director
Additional Software none required

 


Product licensing

Foglight includes a licensing capability that restricts access to those features that are defined in the license. Any Management Server installation requires a license that grants access to server-specific parts of the browser interface and the features associated with them. Foglight cartridges are also license-protected. While some cartridges are covered by the base Foglight license (such as Foglight Agent Manager cartridges and Foglight for Infrastructure), others may require an additional license.

Foglight Capacity Director provides a license for free 30-day trial. While Foglight Capacity Manager does not require a license, it works with Foglight Capacity Director and the data collected by Foglight for VMware, and therefore requires that these products are installed and licensed.

 

To activate a trial or a purchased commercial license:

  1. On the navigation panel, under Dashboards, click Administration > Setup > Manage Licenses.
  2. Click Install.
  3. In the Install License dialog box, click Browse.
  4. In the file browser that appears, specify the location of the license file.
  5. In the Install License dialog box, click Install License.

 


Getting started with Foglight Capacity Director

Contents of the release package

Foglight Capacity Director 5.7.3 is a software release, and consists of the .car file required for installation on the Management Server and the necessary documentation.

 

The Foglight Capacity Director release package contains the following products:

1.    Foglight Capacity Director version 5.7.3 (Capacity-Director-5_7_3.car).

2.    Product Documentation, including:

Installation instructions

Foglight Capacity Director 5.7.3 comes pre-installed on Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.6.

 

In Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.6, the Capacity Management tab in the VMware environment will be automatically upgraded as a lite version of Foglight Capacity Director. However the previous Capacity Management cartridge is still enabled by default, to ensure that the customized dashboards and reports created based on the previous cartridge are still valid. It is strongly recommended that you use the features and data from the new Foglight Capacity Director to rebuild your previous customized dashboards and reports.

 

Foglight Capacity Director can be installed on the Foglight Management Server versions listed in the Upgrade and Compatibility section.

 

To install Foglight Capacity Director:

  1. Download the following packages from Quest Support Portal:
  2. On the Cartridge Inventory dashboard, install the following cartridge files. The sequence of cartridge installation is important because of their dependencies:
    1. DDRP-5_7_3.car
    2. Virtual-VMware-5_7_3.car
      Note: After installing the Virtual-VMware-5_7_3.car cartridge, existing vCenter agents (VC agents) must be updated using the Update Agent button in the VMware Environment > Administration tab.
    3. Virtual-VMware-Admin-5_7_3.car
    4. OptimizerAutomation-5_7_3.car
    5. CommonAnalytics-5_7_3.car
    6. Capacity-Director-5_7_3.car

Notes:

Additional resources

Additional information is available from the following:

Globalization 

This section contains information about installing and operating this product in non-English configurations, such as those needed by customers outside of North America. This section does not replace the materials about supported platforms and configurations found elsewhere in the product documentation.

This release is Unicode-enabled and supports any character set. In this release, all product components should be configured to use the same or compatible character encodings and should be installed to use the same locale and regional options. This release is targeted to support operations in the following regions: North America, Western Europe and Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Far-East Asia, Japan.  

This release has the following known capabilities or limitations: This release is only localized for English but does support the Unicode character set.  

 


About Us

We are more than just a name

We are on a quest to make your information technology work harder for you. That is why we build community-driven software solutions that help you spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation. We help you modernize your data center, get you to the cloud quicker and provide the expertise, security and accessibility you need to grow your data-driven business. Combined with Quest’s invitation to the global community to be a part of its innovation, and our firm commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction, we continue to deliver solutions that have a real impact on our customers today and leave a legacy we are proud of. We are challenging the status quo by transforming into a new software company. And as your partner, we work tirelessly to make sure your information technology is designed for you and by you. This is our mission, and we are in this together. Welcome to a new Quest. You are invited to Join the Innovation™.

Our brand, our vision. Together.

Our logo reflects our story: innovation, community and support. An important part of this story begins with the letter Q. It is a perfect circle, representing our commitment to technological precision and strength. The space in the Q itself symbolizes our need to add the missing piece — you — to the community, to the new Quest.

Contacting Quest

For sales or other inquiries, visit http://quest.com/company/contact-us.aspx or call +1-949-754-8000.

Technical support resources

Technical support is available to Quest customers with a valid maintenance contract and customers who have trial versions. You can access the Quest Support Portal at https://support.quest.com.

The Support Portal provides self-help tools you can use to solve problems quickly and independently, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Support Portal enables you to:

 


Copyright© 2017 Quest Software Inc.

Quest, the Quest logo, Foglight, and Join the Innovation are trademarks and registered trademarks of Quest Software Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries. For a complete list of Quest Software trademarks, please visit our website at www.quest.com/legal. Red Hat, JBoss, the JBoss logo, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. CentOS is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Fedora and the Infinity design logo are trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. Microsoft, .NET, Active Directory, Internet Explorer, Hyper-V, Office 365, SharePoint, Silverlight,SQL Server, Visual Basic, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Server are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. AIX, IBM, PowerPC, PowerVM, and WebSphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Java, Oracle, Oracle Solaris, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Sun, WebLogic, and ZFS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Oracle Corporation. OpenLDAP is a registered trademark of the OpenLDAP Foundation. HP is a registered trademark that belongs to HewlettPackard Development Company, L.P. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. MySQL is a registered trademark of MySQL AB in the United States, the European Union and other countries. Novell and eDirectory are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc., in the United States and other countries. VMware, ESX, ESXi, vSphere, vCenter, vMotion, and vCloud Director are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Sybase is a registered trademark of Sybase, Inc. The X Window System and UNIX are registered trademarks of The Open Group. Mozilla and Firefox are registered trademarks of the Mozilla Foundation. IOS is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS, Safari, Swift, and Xcode are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Ubuntu is a registered trademark of Canonical Ltd. Symantec and Veritas are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. OpenSUSE, SUSE, and YAST are registered trademarks of SUSE LCC in the United States and other countries. Citrix, AppFlow, NetScaler, XenApp, and XenDesktop are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. PostgreSQL is a registered trademark of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. MariaDB is a trademark or registered trademark of MariaDB Corporation Ab in the European Union and United States of America and/or other countries. Intel, Itanium, Pentium, and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Debian is a registered trademark of Software in the Public Interest, Inc. OpenStack is a trademark of the OpenStack Foundation. Amazon Web Services, the "Powered by Amazon Web Services" logo, and "Amazon RDS" are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Infobright, Infobright Community Edition and Infobright Enterprise Edition are trademarks of Infobright Inc. POLYCOM®, RealPresence® Collaboration Server, and RMX® are registered trademarks of Polycom, Inc.All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.