vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0 Release Notes
vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0 | 19 November 2012
Last Document Update: 04 July 2013
What's in the Release Notes
The VMware® vFabric™ Hyperic® 5.0.0 release notes cover the following topics:
What's New in vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0 and
Hyperic HQ 5.0.0
The following sections detail key changes in Hyperic 5.0.0:
in Supported Environments and Configurations
In Hyperic 5.0.0 the matrix of operating systems, machine
architectures, and JRE versions that Hyperic components support is
changed. See Supported
Configurations and System Requirements in the Hyperic documentation.
Database Runs on PostgreSQL and vFabric Postgres
Hyperic 5.0.0 supports PostgreSQL and vFabric Postgres 9.1.x. The
installers in vFabric Hyperic and
Hyperic HQ contain a migration utility for upgrading a Hyperic Server instance (version 4.5 or later) to
Hyperic 5.0, and migrating the content of supported external
databases to PostgreSQL. See Migrate v4 Hyperic Server
and Database to v5.
The regular Hyperic installation package contains PostgreSQL 9.1.4.
The installer script, as in previous versions, has an option for
installing an internal vFabric Postgres server as the Hyperic
However, prior versions of Hyperic required an external database for production environments. Due to performance improvements, an internal database is now supported for production environments. Note
that you can still use an external Postgres database for the
Oracle and MySQL are no longer supported for the Hyperic
Plugins are updated as follows:
- The PostreSQL plugin supports PostgreSQL 9 and
vFabric Postgres 9.
- The Microsoft SQL Server plugin supports SQL Server
- The vFabric Web Server supports vFabric
Web Server 5.2.
Virtual Appliance (vFabric Hyperic Only)
Hyperic Server 5.0.0 is available as a virtual applicance (vApp).
The Hyperic vApp consists of two virtual machines, one for the
Hyperic Server and one for the Hyperic database. The database is vFabric
The vApp packaging simplifies the process of deploying the Hyperic
Server and database to virtual environments that use vSphere. You can deploy the Hyperic vApp
using the vSphere client. See Install Hyperic vApp in the Hyperic
You can also create a
Hyperic vApp in your virtual cloud from a vApp template using
VMware vCloud Director. See Deploy Hyperic vApp with vCloud
Director in the Hyperic documentation.
Improved LDAP Integration (vFabric
Enhanced support for LDAP integration streamlines the user setup process in vFabric Hyperic 5.0. vFabric Hyperic
automatically creates an account for a user authenticated via LDAP and, if LDAP groups and Hyperic roles are
named appropriately, assigns the user to Hyperic roles based on the user's LDAP group assignments.
Integration (vFabric Hyperic Only)
Hyperic 5.0.0 supports integration with AppInsight, which allows
AppInsight to obtain metrics for platforms that are managed by
VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Integration (vFabric Hyperic
vFabric Hyperic 5.0 is part of the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite. vCenter Operations Manager obtains and presents metric data from
Hyperic, and Hyperic honors the vCenter Operations Management Suite
per-VM license scheme. vFabric Hyperic 5.0 does not support per vRAM or per CPU licensing schemes. The vCenter Operations Management Suite license
key must be installed on the Hyperic
Server platform. See Configure
vCenter Operations Management Suite License.
vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0 and Hyperic HQ 5.0.0
Issues Fixed in Hyperic HQ 5.0.0
The following fixes were made to Hyperic HQ 5.0.0. (These fixes also apply to vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0.)
- Availability Reporting Issue. In previous releases of Hyperic,
when a Hyperic Agent was
unavailable, the platform it monitored was also reported to be unavailable, even if
it was in fact available. In Hyperic 5.0 this problem is solved for
environments. If a Hyperic Agent managing a vCenter instance is
unavailable, the Hyperic Server can determine the availability of the
VMs administered by the vCenter instance directly from vCenter. For this
reason VMware recommends that the Hyperic vSphere plugin be enabled in
all vCenter environments. For information about Hyperic's vSphere
plugin, see "vSphere" in vFabric Hyperic Resource Configuration
- SQL Query Metrics (HHQ-5577). In previous releases of Hyperic,
when multiple plugins used SQL to collect metrics, incorrect metrics
were reported due use of a connection that was not thread-safe. This
problem is resolved in Hyperic 5.0.
- SSL Private Key (HQ-5570). In previous releases of Hyperic, the
Hyperic Agent would not start when using a custom private key other than
"hq". This problem is resolved in Hyperic 5.0.
- Favorite Resources Portlet Resource Alert Counts (HHQ-5526). In
Hyperic 184.108.40.206, the Favorite Resources Portlet displayed incorrect
alert counts for resources because resources were sorted alphabetically
by name, and alerts were sorted according to when the affected resource was added
to the portlet. This problem is resolved in Hyperic 5.0.
- Metric Indicators Configuration (HHQ-5614). In Hyperic 4.6.6, after
metrics were configured as indicators, it was not possible to configure
them to not be indicators. This problem is resolved in Hyperic
- List Filtering on Group Add page (HHQ-4565). In Hyperic 4.6.6, on
the Group Add page, filtering by resource name did not work. This
problem is resolved in Hyperic 5.0.
- Escalation Scheme Editing (HHQ-5610). In Hyperic 4.6.6, it was not
possible to edit an Escalation scheme; the message: "Error undefined --
undefined" was displayed. This problem is resolved in Hyperic 5.0.
- Password Encryption (HQ-4097).
In Hyperic 5.0, the cryptographic algorithm used for password
encryption in Hyperic was modified to meet the meet VMware Product Security Policy.
Issues Fixed in vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0
In addition to the fixes made to Hyperic HQ 5.0.0, vFabric Hyperic
5.0.0 includes these fixes:
- Plugin Manager Agent Sync Count (HQ-3812). Upon upgrade to Hyperic
4.6.5, the Plugin Manager did not display the correct number of Agents
that were synchronized with the Hyperic Server. This problem is resolved in vFabric Hyperic 5.0.
- Group of Groups Membership (HQ-3902). In Hyperic 220.127.116.11, the
members of a group of groups and the number of group members were not
displayed correctly on the Resource > Browse page. This problem is resolved in vFabric Hyperic 5.0..
- Operations Center Sorting (HQ-3829). In vFabric Hyperic 18.104.22.168,
when the "Resource Details" table was sorted by the "Duration" column,
the sort order was incorrect. This problem is resolved in vFabric Hyperic
- Report Center 403 Error (HQ-3716). In vFabric Hyperic 4.5.2 and 4.6,
the Report Center displayed a 403 after generating reports. This problem
is resolved in vFabric Hyperic 5.0.
Issues in vFabric Hyperic 5.0.0 and Hyperic HQ 5.0.0
The following sections detail key issues in Hyperic 5.0.0:
Password Change Issue
Due to a known problem (HHQ-5498), a user with the Super User role cannot change a user's password without knowing the user's current
Hyperic Server Installation Failure on
Windows Server 2008 SP1
Installation of the Hyperic Server on Windows Server 2008 SP1 fails if the internal database option is selected.
Workaround: Before installing the Hyperic Server, install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) on the target host. Download the
package from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29.
Deleting Resources Empties the Auto-Discovery Queue
Due to a known problem (HQ-3927), deleting a resource from inventory causes any resources
currently in the
auto-discovery queue to be removed from the queue and from
Auto-Discovery portlet of the Dashboard. The resources will reappear in
the portlet when they are next auto-discovered and added to the queue.
Deleting Platforms in Large Environments Causes
Due to a known problem (HHQ-5518) in a large Hyperic
many platforms at once from the user interface
can result in orphaned resources, browse errors, incorrect results in the user interface, and under some circumstances, a stack trace.
The following message in server.log indicates that this error condition has occurred:
05-04-2012 13:10:54,185 EDT ERROR [tomcat-http--19] [org.hyperic.hq.ui.util.UIErrorHandler@49] An
exception was thrown for the following request URI
If you experience this problem, contact VMware Global Support Services.
Control Actions Not
Supported for JBoss 7
Due to a known problem (HQ-3998), the Hyperic JBoss plugin does not provide control action functionality for
JBoss 7 servers.
vApp Database Not Monitored (vFabric Hyperic Only)
Due to a known problem (HHQ-5667), the Hyperic vApp does not
automatically monitor the vFabric Postgres-based
Workaround: Contact VMware Global Support Services for a workaround.
Intermittent Operations Center Error (vFabric Hyperic
Due to a known problem (HQ-3915), the Operations Center page intermittently is empty and displays "Sorry, an error
occurred." A stack trace is written to server.log when the error occurs.
Torn Down Resources
Remain In Hyperic Inventory (vFabric Hyperic Only)
If vFabric Hyperic and AppInsight are integrated, when a cloud application
monitored by AppInsight is torn down, the application resources should
be removed from Hyperic inventory. This process does not occur correctly in the
- When AppInsight and vFabric Hyperic are not communicating. Due to a
problem, when either AppInsight or the Hyperic service is down, or the
AppInsight Hyperic adapter is not connected to Hyperic, the resources
associated with a torn down cloud application are not removed from
- When AppInsight did not discover resources that Hyperic discovered. If
application in Application Director contains platforms that were
discovered by Hyperic, but not by AppInsight, upon teardown, only
those application resources known to AppInsight will be removed from
Workaround: In both scenarios, manually remove
from Hyperic those resources that should have been removed but were not.
IP Reuse in New Deployment Prevents Resource Auto-Discovery (vFabric Hyperic Only)
If vCloud Director allocates an IP address to a VM in an application that is currently associated with an existing resource (platform) in Hyperic,
the Hyperic Agent will not auto-discover the platform, servers, and services associated with the IP address.
Workaround: Prior to
deploying the application, remove
Hyperic resources that are currently associated with the IP address to be reused.
Documentation Error In Alert Script Description
In the vFabric Hyperic User Interface document, the ui-Alert.Script description incorrectly lists the HYPERIC_ALERT_PRIORITY priority level.
The correct level is Low = 1, Medium = 2, High = 3.