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Ocedo Connect – Release Notes V1.09

April 16, 2015 - Posted in Release Notes by Sandra Grözinger

New features

Automatic Dynamic DNS labels for Uplinks and Sites
Sites and individual uplinks now have DNS labels assigned. That name is stable throughout the life of the object. Of course, the IPs the label points to are changing whenever the detected external uplink IPs change. The label for the site will always point to the external IP(s) of the AutoVPN appliance for the site, while the labels for uplinks will point to the external IP of the respective uplink. Both A records (for IPv4) and AAAA records (for IPv6) are provided. The labels can be used in your own DNS zone as CNAME targets for addressing applications exposed via inbound rules, for example.

Layer 2 topology information now available
The ports overview now includes more information on Layer2 network topology. The “LLDP remote” field shows the link partner device attached to the port. In case of an Ocedo Appliance, the appliance context (including port for switches and Gateways) is shown. If a 3rd-party LLDP-capable device is detected, the device name and the port reference is shown. In addition, we now show all MAC addresses that are reached through each port. If these MAC are known to the system as either a registered, guest or unregistered device, or an Ocedo Appliance, the derived context is shown.

Port stats counters available
Discrete and switched ports now show simple counters, with change indicators.

Less aggressive recovery mode
Recovery mode is now less aggressive in starting up. This gives the default network connection more time to connect to the CC.

Added alert, notification and hint messaging
Added a concept for stateful alerts, notifications and hints. These are statuses that are generated from the runtime or configuration state of the system. They will automatically be cancelled when the reason for their appearance has vanished. The simplest example is “Appliance went offline”, an alert that will cancel automatically when the respective appliance comes back online. This lays the foundation for a configurable “escalation chain” notification system (coming soon). In the GUI, the messages are rendered on the dashboard and in an extra pop-up menu linked in the top navigation bar.

Smaller Additions, Improvements and Bugfixes

  • Wireless Management Frame Protection (IEEE 802.11w) is now disabled by default since it causes incompatibilities with some clients.
  • Improved automatic selection of AutoVPN appliance
  • Improved phone number parsing when syncing from directory servers. Also added an alert that raises when invalid mobile numbers are encountered while syncing.
  • Fixed possible appliance crash after long uptime caused by consuming too much memory
  • More events have been added to increase runtime feedback from the system
  • The AP5r LAN2 port can now be bridged to LAN1
  • Added more context information to some events
  • Fix selecting more than one table filter not showing any entries in the table
  • Appliances now broadcast LLDP information on their ports.

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