Release Notes for the
"Stable" Release Channel

 

Software versions in this channel are updated about once a month. In this most conservative channel you receive the best tested versions. We recommend that you use PRTG's stable versions for live environments.

Please use the "Auto-Update" feature to update your PRTG installation: In the PRTG web interface, simply navigate to Setup | Auto Update. You can also obtain the latest version from the PRTG download page!

 

Go to Download Page Manual: Using the "Software Auto-Update" Function of PRTG Previous Versions and other Release Channels



Fixed

Sensors


SNMP Library

This version includes several fixes for the SNMP Library sensor. The sensor correctly uses the Scale (multiplication and division) from the imported OIDLIB again to show expected values. Custom units are imported and displayed correctly again.


Note

Known Issue


SNMP Library Sensor

There is a known issue in this version: In certain cases, newly created SNMP Library sensors display data with the wrong scaling. This issue does not affect SNMP Library sensors that you added in PRTG version 17.4.33 or before.

For more details, please see the Knowledge Base article Known Issue: Wrong Data Scaling in SNMP Library Sensors

Fixed

Sensors


SNMP Custom Sensors

We fixed a divergence in signed integer values in the SNMP Custom Advanced and SNMP Custom sensors.

EXE Sensors

EXE sensors now work properly again.

This fix affects the following sensor types: Amazon CloudWatch sensors, NetApp sensors (using ONTAP), Exchange (Powershell) sensors, Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume Disk Free, Windows Updates Status (Powershell), HTTP Advanced, HTTP Transaction, VMware sensors, IPMI System Health, SIP Options Ping, SQL sensors, Citrix XenServer sensors, Radius v2.

Probe Health

We fixed an issue with the new Data Storage channel limits introduced in 17.4.36.

SNMP Library

We fixed SNMP access violations that could cause non-functioning sensors after creation or missing sensors in Libraries.


Fixed

Sensors


Exchange (Powershell) Sensors

In certain cases, the Exchange (Powershell) sensors showed incorrect errors (for example PE233 and PE231) and duplicated existing channels. The sensors also erroneously required PowerShell 3.0 although PowerShell 2.0 is sufficient. We fixed the issues and implemented some stability improvements.

Affected sensor types are: Exchange Backup (Powershell), Exchange Database (Powershell), Exchange Database DAG (Powershell), Exchange Mail Queue (Powershell), Exchange Mailbox (Powershell), Exchange Public Folder (Powershell)


Fixed

WebGUI


PRTG Web Interface

We already received a lot of feedback for the new PRTG web interface that we released with PRTG version 17.4.35. Your feedback has been quite helpful so far, so we can provide many fixes and improvements for it in PRTG version 17.4.36— the new web interface gets better and better, thanks to you! The fixes include, among others:

  • Device Tree: improved usage of available space in the M-view of the device tree (more sensors visible at a glance, sensor names are not abbreviated too early, better differentiation between devices, and more)
  • Input fields: disabled auto-complete for input fields (for example, username, password) in settings
  • Reports: fixed layout of header, footer, comments
  • Reports: General layout fixes and improvements, for example, tables now use the full paper width.
  • Maps: Connection lines in the Map Designer are visible again with Snap to Grid enabled.
  • Maps: fixed display in full-screen mode
  • Maps: improved visibility of text in map objects
  • Maps: fixed map object "Alarms Gauges"
  • Maps: PRTG for Android can open maps again.
  • Graphs: better visibility of the primary channel
  • General: layout fixes for certain screen resolutions
  • Libraries: several fixes for the Libraries page
  • Cluster: Failover nodes are read-only again.
  • Smart Setup: fixed several issues with the Smart Setup
  • Table Lists: We improved the behavior of mouse overs on table lists like device and sensor lists. Tables will not jump around anymore and the table width dynamically adjusts to your browser size.
  • Dialog windows: Dialog windows (for example, setting dialogs) automatically adjust to browser size and stay centered.

Fixed

Sensors


Common SaaS

The Common SaaS sensor now uses the Proxy Settings for HTTP Sensors from the parent device (or inherited from other objects higher in the hierarchy). In previous versions the sensor used the proxy configuration for Core & Probes as defined in the PRTG System Administration.

Exchange Database DAG (Powershell)

The Exchange Database DAG (Powershell) sensor is now compatible with the Cumulative Update 4 for Exchange Server 2016 (Exchange 2016 CU4).

Exchange Public Folder (Powershell)

The Exchange Public Folder (Powershell) sensors now supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.

Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume Disk Free

The Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume Disk Free sensor supports UTF-8 characters in volume names, including German umlauts. In previous versions, the sensor could not monitor volumes with umlauts in their name.

NetApp LUN

The Bytes free % channel now shows correct values.

NetApp Volume

The NetApp Volume sensor now properly handles more than 20 snapshots. In previous versions, the sensor showed a wrong number of snapshots and wrong values for the oldest and newest snapshot age channels if there were more than 20 snapshots.

Share Disk Free

The Share Disk Free sensor now correctly calculates free disk space on a share. In some cases, the sensor used the free disk space of a whole disk instead of only the share to calculate free space, which resulted in values greater than 100% free disk space, for example.

SNMP Traffic and SNMP RMON

When monitoring certain devices (for example, Fortinet FortiSwitch) with SNMP Traffic or SNMP RMON sensors, the automatic sensor name update (if set in the SNMP Compatibility Options) caused a sensor error in the last PRTG version. We fixed this issue.

SSL Certificate

Fix for the Certificate Name Validation of the SSL Certificate sensor: In certain cases, the sensor check failed although CN/SAN matched the SNI.

Windows Updates Status (Powershell)

Stability improvements for the Windows Updates Status (Powershell) sensor

Fixed

Server


PRTG Core Server Service

In rare cases when running a PRTG update, the PRTG Core Server service got removed and could not be installed again. We fixed this issue.

Reports

Double quotes in report names resulted in timeouts while PDF creation in some cases. We fixed this issue.

System Information

We fixed an exception that was caused when a vendor was not available for a Software table entry.

Tickets and Auto-Discovery

PRTG will now only create one ticket for a completed auto-discovery when at least one new device or sensor has been discovered.

Fixed

Security


Amazon SNS Notifications

The AWS Secret Access Key for Amazon Simple Notification Service notifications is not readable anymore in the PRTG web interface.

Maps

We added a check for the file format of background images that you can upload for maps. It is only possible to use the file formats .jpg, .png, and .gif for background images.

Fixed

Remote Probes


Cluster

Access keys for remote probes will be automatically synchronized on all cluster nodes for both newly installed remote probes and removed remote probes.

Installation

We fixed a small issue affecting the installation of a remote probe via the context menu in the device tree.

Fixed

Various


All Parts of PRTG

Various other fixes and improvements, as well as an updated user manual


Improved

WebGUI


PRTG Web Interface

Major improvements to the new PRTG web interface! We implemented a lot of your feedback to give you an even better experience with PRTG.

Improved

Sensors


NetApp LUN

The NetApp LUN sensor has a new channel Mapped that shows whether the LUN is mapped or not.

NetApp Volume

We added 8 new channels to the NetApp Volume sensor for a even more detailed view on your NetApp storage system:

  • Compression savings bytes
  • Compression savings bytes %
  • Deduplication savings bytes
  • Deduplication savings bytes %
  • Total savings bytes
  • Total savings bytes %
  • Files free
  • Files free %


Important: Because of required changes to the volume detection approach of this beta sensor, existing instances of the NetApp Volume sensor will stop working after updating to this PRTG version. Please add your NetApp Volume sensors anew. To keep monitoring data of existing NetApp Volume sensors, you can pause them. It is also not possible anymore to add sensors for volumes that are offline.

Changed

Sensors


REST Custom

The REST Custom sensor now uses JSONPath in the REST configuration file to map the retrieved JSON into sensor channels and values. To reflect this change, names of REST configuration files now have the ending .template instead of .json. Please consider this when adding new REST configuration files to PRTG. We also implemented some fixes and improvements for this beta sensor.

Note: Existing REST configuration files using the outdated JSON format (.json files) will continue to work after updating to this version, but please be aware that they will not be compatible with PRTG versions in the near future. We recommend that you convert existing REST configuration files to .template files using JSONPath as soon as possible.


Note

PRTG in the Cloud


Cloud Rollout

We roll out this version on PRTG in the cloud in stages. PRTG 17.4.35 will be available on your own cloud instance soon!

New

WebGUI


WebGUI

Completely revised and updated look&feel of the PRTG web interface! The new, modern PRTG web interface comes with a cleaner look and many improvements to the usability. You will now find what you need more easily!

  • Add buttons in the device tree are now bundled into one central location, the + button.
  • The Edit function in table lists always works like the former Multi-Edit function. Select the object(s) you want to edit and the menu appears on the right.
  • Floating Save button: On forms, for example, settings pages, the Save button will always stay on the current page segment. Once you have changed something, it will turn blue and you can save at any time.
  • You have the option to use a dark theme for the PRTG web interface, see your account settings.
  • And we have tidied up everywhere in the PRTG web interface!
  • Note: If you have customized the PRTG web interface using one of the dedicated files, all your modifications will be lost after installing PRTG version 17.4.35. There is still an option to modify the appearance of PRTG, but please note that this is an unsupported and deprecated feature. For details, see the Knowledge Base.

New

Sensors


NetApp SnapMirror

We are further enhancing the NetApp monitoring capabilities of PRTG: You are now able to monitor SnapMirror relationships with PRTG and the new NetApp SnapMirror sensor!

The sensor accesses the NetApp API via SOAP and supports the latest NetApp ONTAP version 9.2, as well as previous versions ONTAP 9.1, ONTAP 9.0, and cDOT 8.3. Always see the health and relationship status of a SnapMirror, the relationship type (mirror and vault), the mirror state, and important parameters about SnapMirror transfers and failures. This is really great news for all NetApp customers!

Changed

Sensors


EXE-based Sensors

All sensor types that require the .NET framework will need .NET version 4.5, 4.6, or 4.7 on your PRTG server and on all computers running a probe after installing PRTG version 17.4.35. By default, required .NET versions are included in Windows 8 or later and Windows Server 2012 or later. For details, see the Knowledge Base.

Changed

Core/WebGUI


File Lists

We refined the change from the last PRTG version 17.3.33 and made the handling of file lists in the web interface more comfortable. File lists will now automatically refresh as soon as you open the according page in PRTG to immediately display newly added files like SNMP libraries, device icons, or report templates.

Manually reloading file lists will not be necessary anymore in most cases, but if you have to do so for some reason, you can use the (partly) new Load Lookups and File Lists option under Setup | System Administration | Administrative Tools.

Changed

Languages


Czech Language File

We removed the Czech language file from PRTG. Existing PRTG installations that use the Czech language file will switch to English after the update to this version.

Improved

Sensors


Adding Sensors

We improved the PRTG internal sensor creation process to speed up things. You will especially benefit from this improvement when adding many sensors at once. This is the case, for example, when sensor types scan for available monitoring items on the target device before the sensors are actually created (meta-scan).

PRTG will now create the sensors in background tasks and show the progress to keep you informed—you don't have to wait anymore for the sensors and can continue your business.

HTTP XML/REST Value

We added TLS 1.2 support for the HTTP XML/REST Value sensor. Because this improvement makes the "SSLv3 Connection" setting obsolete, we removed it from the sensor settings. We also fixed a possible stack overflow caused by this sensor.

SNMP Dell PowerEdge Physical Disk

We added some new states to the Disk State channel of the SNMP Dell PowerEdge Physical Disk sensor to cover all states returned by the target device.

SNMP HP ProLiant Physical Disk

We added two new states to the Disk Status channel of the SNMP HP ProLiant Physical Disk sensor: SSD Wear Out and Not Authenticated

SNMP Library

We considerably improved the way PRTG creates SNMP Library sensors from an imported MIB (OIDLIB)! When you add the SNMP Library sensor, it will now automatically create SNMP Custom Advanced sensors with up to 10 channels for single values returned by OIDs, SNMP Custom Table sensors with up to 10 channels for returned table rows, and SNMP Custom String sensors for OIDs that return string values instead of creating a lot of single value SNMP Library sensors.

This makes adding custom sensors much easier, because you do not have to enter the OIDs manually to start monitoring but just select desired items from an OIDLIB in the PRTG web interface. With the SNMP Library sensor switching to automatically create custom table and advanced sensors, we also eased the process of creating device templates that include custom SNMP sensors.

And that's not all: The created sensors will also take the descriptions of used OIDs and add them to the according sensors' Comments tabs.

Improved

Security


Security

This version includes general security enhancements for PRTG and the configuration file.

Improved

System Information


System Information

System Information via SNMP returns more data for the tables System, Processes, and Hardware from a wide variety of Linux machines and a lot of generic network devices.


Fixed

Sensors


Folder

The Change Trigger for notifications of the Folder sensor is working again.

REST Custom

Several fixes and stability improvements for the REST Custom BETA sensor.

SNMP Cisco System Health

Custom tags for SNMP Cisco System Health sensors in device templates will now be added to the deployed sensors when running the auto-discovery. In previous versions, the tags have been overridden by default tags.

SNMP Library

In certain cases, using the SNMP Library sensor with an imported OID library that contained strings resulted in a huge PRTG configuration file. We have fixed this issue.

SNMP Printer

The SNMP Printer sensor will now correctly interpret negative values as well as 0 values returned by the printer. Such values resulted in unintended sensor warnings and errors in some cases.

SNMP Sensors

Stability improvements and major fixes for all SNMP sensors

SNMP SonicWALL VPN Traffic

When running an auto-discovery with a template that contains a SNMP SonicWALL VPN Traffic sensor, PRTG will now always use the identification method for connections defined in the sensor settings. In previous versions, the sensor erroneously used "By index" in certain cases, which resulted in multiple re-added sensors for the same connection.

SNMP Traffic

Some devices have a blank interface description in SNMP v1 (empty ifDescr and ifAlias), so the SNMP Traffic sensor was not able to use the description of such devices for the sensor name. The SNMP Traffic sensor will now take values from SNMP v2 ifXName in this case to avoid an empty name.

SSL Certificate

The SSL Certificate sensor comes with predefined limits for the Days of Expiration channel again. PRTG will warn you if your certificate expires in 28 days (keep in mind: it will not warn you about other, even worse "28 days later" scenarios) and show a down status if there are less than 7 days left.

Windows Updates Status

Passwords will not be logged in clear text anymore when using the Windows Updates Status (Powershell) sensor.

WMI Sensors

Values with data type UInt32 or UInt64 were not converted correctly when monitoring via WMI and resulted in an integer overflow in certain cases. We fixed this issue.

Fixed

Server


API

The API call /api/table.xml?content=sensortree now returns the correct lastvalue_raw. Raw data differed from the correct value by factor 10.

Device Templates

The device template Buffalo TeraStation NAS now also works in Spanish language versions of PRTG.

Email Delivery

We have removed an internal comment part in emails to prevent security software from classifying emails from PRTG as insecure (of course, PRTG will never send you insecure emails!).

License

Stability improvements for the PRTG licensing system

Monitoring Data

We fixed an issue that occasionally caused missing monitoring data in sensors and empty sensor messages after a PRTG server restart.

Schedules

  • We fixed an issue with schedules in timezones without daylight saving time. Schedules will now also correctly work in such timezones.
  • Changing and assigning schedules works more reliably.

Security

We fixed two possible XSS vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-15008 and CVE-2017-15009). Thank you Edward Amaral Toledano, Ricardo Fajin, and Wen Bin Kong for reporting CVE-2017-15009!

Tickets and Auto-Discovery

When running an auto-discovery on group level, PRTG will now only create one ticket for the complete auto-discovery. In previous versions, PRTG was a bit chatty and created a ticket for each detected device.

Fixed

WebGUI


Device Tree

Deleting objects while the Auto-Discovery was running on the deleted object resulted in an inconsistent or empty device tree in some cases. We fixed this issue.

Graphs

  • You can download graphs as PNG again. The PNG button of graphs erroneously delivered an SVG in previous versions.
  • Historic data graphs will now show a text label for the maximum value even when the primary channel is the only displayed channel (except for a maximum value of 100%).

Memory Leaks

We fixed two memory leaks, one caused by Geo Maps, one caused by data tables.

Fixed

Reports


Report Graphs

When adding a sensor to a report multiple times, the graphs in the report did not show any data. We fixed this issue.

Fixed

Various


All Parts of PRTG

Various other fixes and improvements, updated user manual, updated language files

Changed

Tree Version


Tree Version Update

The configuration file of this version is not downwards compatible with previous PRTG versions.

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