App::Netdisco::Manual::ReleaseNotes - Release Notes
This document will list only the most significant changes with each release of Netdisco. You are STRONGLY recommended to read this document each time you install and upgrade. Also see the Changes file, for more information.
This distribution (App::Netdisco) is a complete rewrite of the Netdisco application. Users often ask whether they can run both versions at the same time, and whether the database must be copied. Here are the guidelines for migrating from Netdisco 1.x:
The previous mentioned bug in Macsuck is now fixed.
Node IPs are no longer resolved to DNS hostnames in real-time.
Another job is queued to perform this action for the device.
You can therefore control using the new
nodenames_only config parameters which daemons run this job.
The idea here is to support sites where the SNMP polling node has no useful DNS, but another system can update the DNS entries for nodes (yet do no polling).
There is a bug in Macsuck whereby in rare circumstances some invalid SQL is generated. The root cause is known but we want to take more time to get the fix right. It should only be a few more days.
no_port_control configuration setting is now called
check_userlog and its logic is inverted.
Don't worry if this is not familiar to you - the option is only used by Netdisco Developers.
The dangerous action log messages are now saved to the database. In a future version there will be a way to display them in the web interface.
Some of the "dangerous action" confirmation dialogs offer to take a log message (e.g. Port Control, Device Delete). Currently the log messages are not saved. This feature will be added in the next release.
The backend poller daemon is now considered stable.
You can uncomment the
housekeeping section of the example configuration and thereby enable regular device (re-)discovery,
arpnip and macsuck.
You can now configure LDAP authentication for users.
The read-write SNMP community is now stored in the database, when used for the first time on a device. If you don't want the web frontend to be able to access this, you need to:
deployment.ymlfiles for web frontend and daemon, such that only the daemon config contains any community strings.
Users can be managed through the web interface (by admins only).
You can now simplify database configuration to just the following,
instead of the more verbose
plugins/DBIC setting which was there before:
database: name: 'netdisco' host: 'localhost' user: 'someuser' pass: 'somepass'
REMOTE_USER environment variable and
X-REMOTE_USER HTTP Header are now supported for delegating authentication to another web server. See the Deployment and Configuration documentation for further details.
This release contains the first version of our new poller, which handles device and node discovery. Please make sure to backup any existing Netdisco database before trying it out.
You can remove any settings from
~/environments/deployment.yml which you didn't edit or add to the file yourself. All defaults are now properly embedded within the application. See the new
deployment.yml sample which ships with this distribution for an example.
The default environment configuration file
develpment.yml has been renamed to
deployment.yml. This better reflects that users are not developers, and also fits with the default for PSGI compatible cloud deployment services.
Please rename or copy your environment file:
mv ~/environments/development.yml ~/environments/deployment.yml
The installation is now relocateable outside of a user's home directory by setting the
NETDISCO_HOME environment variable. This defaults to your own home directory.