Icinga for Windows is our framework and plugin collection to monitor Windows hosts natively with the Icinga Agent. We published our first release candidate in November, today we are delighted to announce the availability of Release Candidate 2 of Icinga for Windows. Thanks to your feedback and tests during the past weeks, we were able to improve the entire solution and increase the stability and reliability. Further, we added additional management capabilities to make automation, configuration and troubleshooting easier.
Manage your Self-Service Key
With RC2 we introduce two new Cmdlets: Show-IcingaDirectorSelfServiceKey and Remove-IcingaDirectorSelfServiceKey. Those make it easier to access information about keys and flush those that have been removed from the Icinga Director.
Host-Address Detection for Interfaces
One of our challenges with our old Windows Module was fetching the correct IP-Address of the Windows Host during the registration process with the Icinga Director when using the Self-Service API. With RC2 this issue is now resolved and the correct address is fetched based on the routing configuration leading to your Icinga 2 endpoint. This fix increases the reliability and provides the last missing part of the registering process of new nodes.
During all your tests within the past weeks several issues were detected which caused the update process of Plugins or the Framework to fail, but also the setup wizard itself. With RC2, we improved the entire update process and ensured it will no longer crash and leave a broken state.
In addition we updated the wizard for these actions to validate input and ask the user to re-try in case downloads were not possible or failed for other reasons. Furthermore we improved the input messages to provide a better understanding which values are required and how they have to be entered.
Plenty of other Fixes
Thanks to your effort we were able to detect plenty of other issues, like memory leaks on the background daemon for service checks, missing Icinga Agent configuration steps and lots of smaller issues. You can get a detailed overview of all included fixes directly within the GitHub Issue Tracker: RC2 Issue Tracker
We are looking forward to your feedback on the new version of the Framework. We’re planing to release version 1.0.0 during January in case no big issues occur. In addition we will work on new integrations and plugins during the next month, to allow a full Windows monitoring. Regarding new plugins our intention is to provide Hyper-V, Active Directory, Exchange and MSSQL in the future. If you are interested in this, we would love to hear your feedback and ideas.
During the past years we made plenty of contributions to improve the current state of the Windows monitoring. We tried to improve the actual installation with the Icinga 2 Powershell Module, allowing users to easier automate installation and configuration of Icinga 2. On a long term we however wanted to improve the monitoring of Windows infrastructures entirely, by not only providing new plugins but also to increase the contribution by the community.
Last year a first prototype was developed as a proof of concept on how Windows information could be fetched and is now continued as Icinga PowerShell Framework.
One Framework for everything
The Framework will provide all core functionality for developing plugins and to ensure standardised output for Icinga. This will include properly formatted performance metric output for your graphs within Graphite and/or Grafana. As a Framework alone of course does not provide monitoring capabilities, we will ship our very own re-designed PowerShell Plugins.
New Windows Plugins
With the new PowerShell Framework a bunch of the Plugins will be shipped separately in an own repository, to ensure updates can be applied more frequently and without having a huge impact on the core components itself. The following Plugins are currently available:
More will follow periodicaly over the time. If you wish to contribute your own Plugins to the community, you can have a look on the first draft of the developer guide.
Collecting Metrics over time
Another feature is to run the PowerShell Framework within an own service, which then will execute selected Plugins by you within a given time and collect metrics. By doing so, you can define how they should be combined to get a better idea on how output will perform over time.
We have released all repositories as Release Candidates and would love to hear your feedback! Within the next weeks and month we will continue to extend these components and to improve the use experience wherever required.
Following Icinga’s development and gathering valuable insights can be time consuming. So we thought about trying something new: Icinga Insights, a live stream on Youtube packed with interesting details on a given topic. As you may have heard, Icinga 2.11 was the biggest release ever done.
We’ve invited Michael to join the conversation with Christian this time. Originally targeting 1 hour time, we had a lot of fun during the stream and just kept talking. Inside the Youtube chat, we’ve met follow community members asking questions and saying thanks for the good work.
For those who couldn’t attend: The video is now available in our Youtube channel. It was the first time we did it, so we are looking forward to your feedback for doing future sessions. Let us know what you think!