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Pandora FMS 6.0 is finally here!

October 19, 2015

Pandora FMS 6.0 is finally here!

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After several months of testing, analysis and effort, it has finally arrived the day when we present to the world the last stable version of Pandora FMS, the 6.0. With a completely renewed interface, full of improvements and new features, the 6.0 version will make a great step forward in terms of system monitoring.

Here we show a list of the most significant changes that you will find in this last version, available from today in the Download section of the Pandora FMS web.

Metaconsole improvements

Pandora FMS Enterprise 6.0 Metaconsole has been improved in its usability and performance with a new design and a cache mechanism that drastically speeds up the information display and processing, allowing scaling beyond 100.000 monitored endpoints (agents).

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New Metaconsole API and CLI
Metaconsole now incorporates a REST API and a command line interface, enabling integrations with 3rd-party applications and custom actions. For more information, see:

Oracle support
Pandora FMS 6.0 now supports Oracle as database backend, with all the derived benefits that it implies: stability, scalability and performance. This is a major step up for the monitorization of big environments (hundreds of thousands), where MySQL backend solutions fall behind.

Remote configuration of Satellite and Pandora servers
Configuration files of Pandora FMS server and Satellite server can be managed from the console. In addition, Satellite server comes with two new tokens: add_host and ignore_host, for adding and deleting agents respectively.

New visual styles
Both console and Metaconsole visual styles have been redesigned, with usability and coolness in mind, making a big difference from version 5.x.

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Dashboards enhancements
Dashboards have been rewritten from scratch in Pandora FMS Enterprise 6.0, offering a fully customizable frontend to display the information exactly the way you want, with rearrangeable and resizable widgets to fit every display.

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Google 2-Step Verification
Implementation of two-step authentication using Google Auth. It allows a more secure access to the Pandora FMS console.

New features for Visual consoles
Drag and Drop lines and boxes have been added to improve visual effects and relation between the elements.

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Email alerts enhancements
It is now possible to send email alerts using HTML templates, being able to include graphs in the email.

Logs integration
Logs can now be displayed from the agent´s view, improving usability and efficiency in root cause analysis.

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Database encryption

Database encryption
Passwords are now stored encrypted in the database. It affects server plugins, network modules and custom fields of the agent.

Data model enhancements
A new data type has been created for representing delta changes of a value, complementing with an alternative representation compared to the previous data type (generic_data_inc) that showed the rate per second.

Active Directory integration improvements
It is now possible to map the groups of Active Directory with the groups of Pandora, as well as the profiles and permissions that the user will have inside the platform.

Update manager in the Metaconsole
Metaconsole can receive updates directly from the Update Manager.

95th Percentile graphs
Pandora FMS Enterprise 6.0 now incorporates a new kind of graph to visualize the 95th percentile graph of a module, ignoring peaks and getting a more realistic estimation.

If you want to know all the features offered by the 6.0 version of Pandora FMS, you can download here the release notes with all the information.

Licensing changes

Starting with 6.0 version, we have added new licensing options:

  • Enterprise: Our classic license, it offers solutions for any monitoring needs you may have.
  • Licensing by modules: You may prefer to license by modules instead of agents, this makes Pandora even more flexible!
  • NMS: A specific license for remote and network monitoring.
  • MSPE: Solution for MSP’s who want to provide monitoring to their customers.
  • HPDM (Satellite): An almost magical new component, able to do headless distributed monitoring in the most complex environment, now with centralized management.
  • SAP: SAP R3 specialized monitoring, certified by SAP(R).
  • Community: Best option for basic setups or for situations where you prefer to do it by yourself and manage everything with your own scripts and plugins. You will have our +1000 pages manual and community support.

Read more about our licences.


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    3 comments
    1. Serge Slivitzky

      Is version 6 of the server recommended on a windows server?

    2. Carla Andres

      Hello Serge Slivitzky Pandora 6.0 works on Windows Server, but the performance could be compromised because of a lack of speed when working with several agents, especially if you install both Pandora Server and Pandora Console there. All this said, the use of Pandora 6 on Windows Server systems is recommended for small business because of limited functionality. Regards, Emilio.

    3. […] in an automated way (in Pandora FMS we have the integration with “Active Directory” from version 6). But if we are not keen,on this configuration, we will have to help in the creation of scripts in […]

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