Foglight® Capacity Director 5.8.0

Developed for Foglight Management Server 5.9.5 / Foglight Evolve 9.0

Release Notes

July 2019


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 and Hyper-V environments.


These Release Notes cover the resolved issues, known issues, workarounds, and other important information about the 5.8.0 release of Foglight Capacity Director. Review all sections before starting installation. 


New in this release

This 5.8.0 release of Foglight Capacity Director accompanies the release of Foglight Evolve 9.0. It 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


Created Walk Through for Capacity Director.


Added Show Tutorial action for Capacity Director.


Resolved an issue that it indicates There is no data to dispaly under Server Purchase tab.


Known issues

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

Defect ID

Known Issue


While automatically deploying a virtual machine for Hyper-V, a Timeout Exception is fired if the exported file time is long.


While selecting a larger slot size, the slot available is displayd and changed incorrectly.


Upgrade and compatibility 

Foglight Capacity Director 5.8.0 requires Management Server version 5.9.5, and Foglight Agent Manager version 5.9.5. It also requires Foglight for VMware version 5.8.0 and Foglight for Hyper-V version 5.8.0.


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

Product Name

Product Version


Foglight Management Server


All platforms supported by this version of the Foglight Management Server

Foglight Agent Manager


All platforms supported by this version of the Foglight Agent Manager

Foglight Evolve


All platforms supported by this version of the Foglight Evolve


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 is covered by the Foglight Evolve Operate license.


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 5.8.0 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 5.8.0 (

2.    Product Documentation, including:

Installation instructions

Foglight Capacity Director 5.8.0 comes pre-installed on Foglight Evolve 9.0.


Starting with Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 8.8, 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:
      Note: After installing the cartridge, existing vCenter agents (VC agents) must be updated using the Update Agent button in the VMware Environment > Administration tab.
      Note: After installing the cartridge, existing Hyper-V agents must be updated using the Update Agent button in the Hyper-V Environment > Administration tab.
    5. (Optional)
      Note: After installing the cartridge, existing SCVMM agents must be updated using the Update Agent button in the Hyper-V Environment > Administration tab.

Additional resources

Additional information is available from the following:


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.  


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