Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector Service V5.0.8 - Release Notes

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Summary

This Knowledgebase article provides release information about this specific version of Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector Service V5.0.8.


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Release Notes for:

  • Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector Service V5.0.8

New Features

  • System Data
    • Collect boot.ini information
    • Report the top 10 processes by; I/O read and writes, CPU, memory usage and handle count
    • Event ID numbers are added to the Application and System Event Logs
  • Neverfail Heartbeat Data
    • Heartbeat Server Performance Counters
      • % Processor Time
      • Page File Bytes
      • Virtual Bytes
      • Working Set
      • IO Data Operations/sec
      • IO Data Bytes/sec
      • Private Bytes
    • Collect Management Client Performance Counters
      • % Processor Time
      • Private Bytes
    • Record plug-in versions used during data collection
  • Application Data
    • Use Neverfail plug-ins for data collection
      • Neverfail ClusterProtector
      • Neverfail for BlackBerry
      • Neverfail for Exchange
      • Neverfail for File Server
      • Neverfail for Good Mobile Messaging
      • Neverfail for IIS
      • Neverfail for Lotus Domino
      • Neverfail for SQL Server
      • Neverfail for SharePoint
      • Plug-in for Sophos PureMessage for Exchange
      • Plug-in for Symantec for Exchange
    • Plug-ins are used in the reporting of
      • Plug-in pre=install checks
      • Protected services
      • Protected data
      • Unsupported file system features in application data directories
    • SCOPE collects SQL Server Instance information
  • Functionality
    • To assist in LAN/WAN stretch, users can specify an IP address for remote servers and measure bandwidth data
      • Available while Heartbeat is running between Primary and Secondary servers
      • Neverfail does not recommend measuring bandwidth between Primary and Secondary servers running Heartbeat. Accurate bandwidth measures require Heartbeat to be in the stopped state
    • User can disable the Auto-upload of SCOPE data
    • Upload and attach data directly to the Support Request system
    • Archive SCOPE data and cleanup temporary files
    • Users can disable Dcdiag.exe and netdiag.exe "not found" warnings in the SCOPE Collector Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Changed Features

  • Setup
    • New screen to select local and remote server identity
    • Select IP addresses or MAC addresses when configuring SCOPE's networking
    • SCOPE upgrade is now possible from all versions of SCOPE from V4.0.3 up to SCOPE V5.0

Issues Fixed

  • System Data Collection
    • Setting the upload frequency to the 31st of the month, SCOPE will still upload data in months with less than 31 days
    • Collects all versions of .NET framework installed on a server
    • Hotfix date is reported correctly on Windows Server 2008
    • Mistakenly reporting Neverfail Heartbeat as installed
  • Application Data Collection
    • When VBScript cannot run on Exchange server SCOPE reports the error, Exchange information will not be present in the SCOPE report
    • SCOPE reports all SQL Server versions in mixed SQL Server 2005 and 2000 environments
    • Unusual data reported by SCOPE when there are no user shares present on the system
  • License Issues
    • SCOPE Collector reported zero processors on some x64 CPU Virtual Machines
    • SCOPE distinguishes between Hyper Threading and Core Multi-Processing
  • Installation Issues
    • Installing SCOPE under two different user profiles will now only present a single entry in the Add/Remove Programs

Known Issues

  • Prior to upgrading SCOPE Data Collector Service V5.05 x64 EAR to V5.0.8 you must manually uninstall SCOPE Data Collector service V5.0.5 x64 EAR.
    • Workaround: To uninstall SCOPE V5.0.5 x64 EAR perform the following steps:
      1. From a Windows command prompt type: sc stop scopesvc or navigate to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and stop 'Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector' service.
      2. Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301 .
      3. Download and run Cleanup Utility to remove SCOPE Collector from your system.
      4. Using Regedit, check for the presence of the following registry key and if present, delete it.

        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FEADEDC3-D4DB-40DA-A9AD-5A42F28D9B33}
      5. Delete the SCOPE installation directory.

        Note: Do not attempt to upgrade to a higher version of SCOPE Data Collector Service without performing the above procedure.

Supporting Documentation

Technical Documents supporting this version of SCOPE are contained in Knowledgebase article #1606 - 'V5.0[.n] Neverfail SCOPE Technical Documentation'.

Installation Information

Installation Procedure

If the Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector Service was not installed as part of Neverfail Heartbeat installation, it can be installed and removed independently. There are separate installer packages for both 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions of Windows.

Note: When upgrading to V5.0.5 from prior versions, if Neverfail Heartbeat has not yet been installed, you should logging to the SCOPE Configuration Tool on each server to verify the remote IP address settings have been retained correctly.

To install the Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector Service, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Neverfail SCOPE from the Neverfail Extranet by going to Products / Downloads -> Neverfail SCOPE and select the appropriate version of SCOPE.
  2. Save the .ZIP installer file to the desired location.
  3. Double-click the .ZIP file and extract the installer file. Please review the Readme.txt file for additional information.
  4. Double-click on the installer file to begin the Installation Wizard. The introductory window appears.
  5. Click Next to begin.
  6. On the following screen, enter the local server identity and click Next .
  7. The next screen allows you to specify the IP address of the remote server. Enter the information as appropriate and click Next .
  8. Click Install to begin the installation. The progress of the installation is viewable on the following screen.
  9. When installation has completed, click Finish .


Applies To

Neverfail SCOPE Data Collector service V5.0


Related Information

None

KBID-1605

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