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New and Changed Features

 

We’re pleased to announce the general availability of HealthBot Release 2.0.0. With this release, HealthBot now delivers:

Graph PageCreate detailed graphs such as time series graphs, histograms, and heatmaps from the device health data collected by HealthBot.
Health ReportsSchedule or generate reports for alarm statistics, device or network health, and device inventory information.
Multivendor SupportMonitor Cisco IOS XR devices.
Multi-OS SupportMonitor Junos OS Evolved devices.
Kafka Publish for NotificationsPublish notifications to a Kafka cluster.
Outlier DetectionReceive alerts when a device's behavior deviates from the behavior of a group of devices.
LFA Streaming SyslogConfigure automatic syslog feeds to send log messages from devices to the HealthBot log file analysis (LFA) application.
Dynamic ArgumentsFor iAgent sensor-based HealthBot rules, specify dynamic arguments that can be passed to the appropriate YAML-based table at the time of HealthBot playbook instantiation.
Metadata SupportSpecify hardware dependencies, software dependencies, and version history while creating HealthBot rules.
Play PausePause a running HealthBot playbook instance.
Device Group Health PageGain greater visibility and insight into device-level health issues with the new Device Group Health page. The Device Group Heath page provides similar features and functionality for devices in a device group as the Device Health page provides for a single device. In addition, you can further customize the information that is displayed on the Device Group Health page by choosing to display the health status for all or only specific devices in the device group.
Dashboard UpdatesOpen the new Device Group Health page from a new clickable option on the device group cards. Also, in the Devices table, the device status bars were replaced with a new button. Clicking on the new button opens the Device Health page for the device.
LFA Data Retention PolicyConfigure the length of time the LFA log records for a HealthBot device will be retained in the LFA database before they’re deleted.
HealthBot API UpdatesUse the REST API to collect specific hardware and software information about devices running Junos and Junos Evolved that are configured in HealthBot. Device-specific information includes hardware product name, software release, and Routing Engine and Flexible PIC Concentrator (FPC) details.

Graph Page

To provide greater flexibility and an easier-to-use interface, the Plots page was replaced by the Graph page. The Graph page allows you to create detailed graphical information from the device health data collected by HealthBot. Graph types include time series graphs, histograms, and heatmaps. You can create, save, and view multiple graphs of the same or different type on a single canvas.

Health Reports

You can now configure HealthBot to generate health reports that can be sent to you by e-mail or downloaded to your system. These health reports include alarm statistics and device or network health data, as well as device-specific information (such as hardware and software specifications), and can be scheduled to generate at regular intervals or at a specific time. You can choose to generate reports in HTML or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format.

Multivendor and Multi-OS Support

In addition to devices running Junos OS, you can now add devices running Junos OS Evolved and Cisco IOS XR to HealthBot.

Kafka Publish for Notifications

In addition to the Slack and Webhook notification delivery methods, HealthBot now provides an option to publish notifications to a Kafka cluster.

LFA Streaming Syslog

In addition to automatic Kafka feeds, you can now create automatic syslog feeds to send log messages from devices to the HealthBot log file analysis (LFA) application.

Outlier Detection

When creating a HealthBot rule for a network group, you can use a new formula named Outlier Detection. This feature can detect and alert you when a device's behavior deviates from the behavior of a group of devices. HealthBot Release 2.0.0 supports DBSCAN and kfold-3-sigma algorithms for the outlier detection formula.

Dynamic Arguments

When creating a HealthBot rule for an iAgent sensor, you can now choose the YAML-based table from a drop-down list after you select the YAML file. You’re also given the option to specify a target or dynamic arguments that are required by the table you’ve selected.

Metadata Support

When creating a HealthBot rule, you can now specify metadata for the rule, such as hardware dependencies, software dependencies, and version history. This data can be used for informational purposes or to verify whether or not a device is compatible with a HealthBot rule.

Play Pause

You can now pause a running playbook instance. When an instance is paused, data collected prior to pausing the instance is retained in the system, but no new data is collected or analyzed until the instance is resumed.