The v7.6.0 release contains a new Maintenance Mode scheduling option, and a new option to choose a compressed backup. You can update Data Center Expert v7.5.0 to Data Center Expert v7.6.0.

You must contact your local Technical Support and verify you have a valid software support contract to receive the StruxureWare Data Center Expert v.7.6.0 update file.
NOTE: The StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.6.0 update file is not available for download on this site.

Part Numbers Affected

AP9465

AP9470

AP9475

AP94VMTRL

Minimum System Requirements

The StruxureWare Data Center Expert console is a stand-alone Java application that runs on systems that meet the following requirements:

  • A PC with a 1-GHz or better AMD/Intel processor running Microsoft® Windows® 2003 Server (SP2), Microsoft Windows XP (SP1,SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® version 5.0

  • At least 1 GB of RAM

  • Screen resolution should be set to at least 1024 x 768.

  • Supported browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8, 9,10, 11; Mozilla® Firefox® 57.0; Google Chrome™ 60.0.

New Features in v7.6.0

Enhancements to Maintenance Mode

Administration and Device View and Control users can now schedule when to disable or re-enable notifications for any device or device group. The Maintenance Mode Schedules window displays the schedules to enter and exit maintenance mode, and provides options to view and modify schedules and comments.

Compressed backups

You can now choose to compress a backup. The compressed backup is a single tar.gz file with a .dce file extension for easier filename filtering.

EcoStruxure IT

The name of the StruxureOn option was updated to EcoStruxure IT. There is no change to the connection to EcoStruxure IT (formerly StruxureOn) from DCE.

IP addresses of discovered nodes

You can now change the IP addresses of discovered nodes without losing data.

Software vulnerabilities fixed in v7.6.0

ZipSlip CVE-2018-7807

Data Center Expert allows for the upload of a zip file from its user interface to the server. A carefully crafted, malicious file could be mistakenly uploaded by an authenticated user via this feature which could contain path traversal file names. As such, it could allow for the arbitrary upload of files contained with the zip onto the server file system outside of the intended directory. This is leveraging the more commonly known ZipSlip vulnerability within Java code.

CVSS 3.0: 6.6

Vector: AV:A/AC:L/PR:H/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Affected Versions: Data Center Expert versions 7.5.0 and earlier

CVE-2018-3620CVE-2018-3646 - Kernel Side-Channel Attack using L1 Terminal Fault

CVE-2018-5390 - Kernel TCP "SegmentSmack" vulnerability

CVE-2014-6071CVE-2012-6708 - jQuery Vulnerability

CVE-2018-8897 - Kernel: error in exception handling leads to Denial of Service

CVE-2011-3192 - DoS vulnerability for Apache HTTPD prior to 2.2.20

See the Data Center Expert Security section in the Help Center for more information.

 

ICMP redirect requests not processed

DCE no longer processes ICMP redirect requests so that forged request packets are avoided.

New Features in v7.5.0

Maintenance Mode improvements

Device view and control users can now use maintenance mode. This action is now recorded in the web client event log. An alert comment was added so you can see which user placed the device into maintenance mode.

Note: The maintenance alert is cleared when the DCE server is rebooted while devices are in maintenance mode, and a new alert is activated when the server comes back online that states the DCE server put the device into maintenance mode.

You can look at the alert history to see the previous maintenance alert that names the user who originally put the device into maintenance mode.

SSL protocol selection

You can now select the allowed SSL protocols for the web server and private proxy in the System > Administration Settings > Server Access option. You can select multiple TLS and SSL protocol versions for the web server. You can select only one protocol for the private proxy.

Improvements to Device Definition File (DDF) support

Device Definition Files (DDF) for MGE and third-party devices including Tripp Lite, Liebert, and Eaton have been updated to address duplicate sensor entries in Data Center Expert. Contact your local technical support if you have questions about a specific sensor value.

For more information, see Unplugged sensors in DCE 7.4.3.

 

The v7.5.0 release updates the server operating system to improve security and updates to Java 8 version 151. 

Software vulnerabilities fixed in v7.5.0

CVE-2017-5754 – Meltdown

CVE-2017-5753 – Spectre

CVE-2017-5715 – Spectre

CVE-2016-2177 – OpenSSL- Integer Overflow

CVE-2016-6304 – OpenSSL - Denial of Service

CVE-2016-5195 – COW- Linux Kernel Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

For more information, see Data Center Expert Security.

New Features in v7.4.3

StruxureOn Digital Service registration improvements
You now register your Data Center Expert server using the Register link in the StruxureOn > Registration option.
You now manage your contact list on https://struxureon.com instead of in Data Center Expert.

Note: If you registered for the Data Center Expert in Data Center Expert v7.4.1, you will be required to provide your registration information again on https://struxureon.com/manage.

New Features in v7.4.1

The Data Center Expert v7.4.1 release improves registration for Data Center Expert.

New Features in v7.4.0

StruxureOn Digital Service
You can now connect your Data Center Expert server to the StruxureOn Digital Service. StruxureOn protects your critical equipment with smart alarming, remote troubleshooting and data-driven insights delivered by experts monitoring your connected data center assets 24/7. Live data is delivered directly to your smartphone.
See https://struxureon.com for more information.


New mobile phone number field for users
There is now a mobile phone number field on the User Information tab for each user. A mobile phone number is required by the StruxureOn Digital Service.

Edit email address for remote users
You can now change the email address for LDAP and Active Directory users.


New address field for device groups
You can now specify an address for each device group (optional).


Prompt to change the default username and password
You are now prompted to change the default username and password when you first log in to the client. You can change the default credentials at that time, at a later time, or opt to keep the default credentials.

The v7.4.0 release patches the latest OpenSSL vulnerabilities to improve security and updates to Java 8 version 102.

Issues Fixed

The following are issues fixed in StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.6.0:

  • Unmounting occurs as expected after a restore is cancelled.
  • The Test Proxy option in System > Server Administration Settings > Server Proxy Settings now returns a valid result.
  • The Device Launch Settings option is now available for the APC InRow RC (ACRC301S).
  • A null pointer exception in DHCP leases file parsing has been fixed.

The following are issues fixed in StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.5.0:

  • Improvements to Device Definition File (DDF) support

Device Definition Files (DDF) for MGE Upsilon STS 160A UPS, and third-party devices including Tripp Lite, Liebert, and Eaton have been updated to address most duplicate sensor entries in Data Center Expert. Contact your local technical support if you have questions about a specific sensor value.

For more information, see Unplugged sensors in DCE 7.4.3 in the Help Center.

The following are issues fixed in StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.4.3:

Improvements to Device Definition File (DDF) support
Device Definition Files (DDF) for APC Smart-UPS, ACRC301, APC DC Magnum, and EcoBreeze have been updated to address most duplicate sensor entries in Data Center Expert. Contact your local technical support if you have questions about a specific sensor value.

For more information, see Unplugged sensors in DCE 7.4.3.

Improvements to Modbus polling
Modbus polling is no longer affected by prolonged network disruptions.

Known Issues

When you connect a Data Center Expert client v7.3.1 or earlier to a v7.4.x server, the message that should direct you to the server's web user interface to download the client directs you to the local host IP address instead. Enter your Data Center Expert server IP address in a browser, log in, and click the Download Client link to get the version of the client that matches your server.

See known issues that affect other DCE v7.x releases in the release notes archive in the PDF Library.  See known issues in Data Center Operation that affect DCE v7.4.x here.

 

There is a vulnerability in StruxureWare Data Center Expert 7.3.1 and earlier where some passwords are stored in clear text in random access memory (RAM). This vulnerability was fixed in Data Center Expert version 7.4.0. See the security bulletin for more information.

Upgrade Procedure

The following steps are necessary to upgrade StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.5.0 to StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.6.0.

You must have a valid software support contract to receive the StruxureWare Data Center Expert v.7.6.0 upgrade.  If you do not, then you will need to purchase one to receive the upgrade.

StruxureWare Data Center Expert must be at a minimum of v7.5.0 to upgrade to StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.6.0.  If you are downloading StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.6.0, you will need access to the Internet. 

IMPORTANT: Do not reboot the server during the upgrade.

The Data Center Expert 7.6.0 upgrade performs a data migration that takes under an hour for most systems. The data migration can take longer if the system has thousands of devices and years of history, and varies based on several factors:

  • Number of devices
  • Number of sensors connected to those devices
  • Polling interval
  • Frequency at which sensor values change. For example, input voltage to UPSs can fluctuate throughout the day vs. temperature sensors in a strictly controlled environment that almost always report the same value.
  • Amount of historical data retained. A system monitoring 1000 devices with two months of data can take 30 minutes, while a system monitoring 2000 devices with five years of data can take 8 hours.

NOTICE: Before beginning an upgrade, remember to run a full backup on your StruxureWare Data Center Expert by going to System>>Server Administration Settings >>Server Backup/Restore, create a backup entry and then click Start.

  1. Download the upgrade.zip file, or contact Technical Support for assistance.
    Note: The restore.iso file may be needed for later use if a re-installation is required. See Restoring using ISO Format for instructions for restoring your data from a restore.iso file from the ISO format.
  2. Extract/expand the upgrade zip file into a separate directory on the hard drive of the system that will be running the StruxureWare Data Center Expert Console.
  3. Login to your StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.5.0 server with full server access. Now select Updates from the menu bar then Apply Server Update.
  4. Click Import and look into the subdirectory where extracted files are placed. The structure of the extracted fields should contain two folders, "BW" and "NBCCore", and an index file, "nbcpkg.lst"
  5. Select the "nbcpkg.lst" file and click "Open".
  6. The Upgrade/New Packages table will update indicating there is an update available for the StruxureWare Data Center Expert server. Check the "Install/Upgrade" option for the package(s) you want to upgrade. Click the Install Selected button to start the upgrade for the selected package(s). You will be prompted to confirm you want to proceed with the upgrade. Click Install Update to start the upgrade process. Do not reboot the server during the upgrade process.
  7. When the file transfer completes, StruxureWare Data Center Expert will restart and disconnect your console connection. You can point a web browser to the StruxureWare Data Center Expert server for status.
  8. When the update is complete, point a web browser to the StruxureWare Data Center Expert server, and select Install StruxureWare Data Center Expert Client.

Restoring StruxureWare Data Center Expert using ISO Format

Warning: Only perform the steps in this section if directed to do so by a Technical Support technician.

Before You Restore:  A system restore will erase all data and restore the StruxureWare Data Center Expert hardware server to its factory default settings. Please make sure you have a copy of all installed license keys and network settings prior to restore.

  1. Download the restore.iso file to create a bootableUSBkey, or contact Technical Support for assistance.
    1. For a USBKey, follow the instructions provided in Creating a bootableUSBKey (Windows or Linux machine).
  2. Place the USB key in the USB port of your StruxureWare Data Center Expert appliance.
  3. Reboot StruxureWare Data Center Expert.
  4. When the appliance restarts the system restore process begins automatically. This process takes approximately 10 minutes for the 1U StruxureWare Data Center Expert Basic, 15 minutes for 1U StruxureWare Data Center Expert Standard or 25 minutes for 2U StruxureWare Data Center Expert Enterprise. When the restore is complete, you will be prompted to remove the USB key and hit enter to reboot the server.
  5. Once StruxureWare Data Center Expert has restarted, you may configure the StruxureWare Data Center Expert network settings per instructions in the StruxureWare Data Center Expert Installation Guide.

Migrating a StruxureWare Data Center Expert hardware server to a virtual appliance

Before You Migrate: To migrate a StruxureWare Data Center Expert hardware server to a virtual appliance, you must purchase and apply an activation key.  Additionally, you must contact APC Support for new node license keys and application license keys for the virtual appliance.

  1. Perform a back up of the StruxureWare Data Center Expert hardware server, using the Server Backup/Restore option, accessed from the Server Administration Settings option in the System menu.
  2. Deploy the demo version OVA, and configure it using the hardware equivalents for the StruxureWare Data Center Expert Basic, Standard, or Enterprise server from which you are migrating. The available disk space for the virtual appliance must be greater than the disk space used by the hardware server. You cannot restore to a virtual appliance with fewer CPU, fewer network adapters, less RAM, or less available disk space than the hardware server. See help for Deploying and configuring a StruxureWare Data Center Expert virtual appliance, and StruxureWare Data Center Expert virtual appliance equivalent configurations.
  3. Perform a restore on the virtual appliance, using the Server Backup/Restore option, accessed from the Server Administration Settings option in the System menu. You cannot restore to a virtual machine other than the StruxureWare Data Center Expert virtual appliance.
  4. Apply the activation key to the virtual appliance.
  5. Login to the StruxureWare Data Center Expert client. In the "License Keys" display, accessed from the Server Administration Settings option in the System menu, apply the new node license keys and application license keys you received from APC Support.

Creating a bootable USB Key (Windows or Linux machine)

Instructions for a Windows machine:

  1. InsertUSBkey (no larger than 4GB) into your system.
  2. Extract the following file to a temporary directory:
    DCExpertUsbFlashRestore_Win_7.6.0.zip
  3. Open a command prompt to the temporary directory and run mkDCExpertRestoreUsbKey.bat <iso image filename>. For example: mkDCExpertRestoreUsbKey.bat c:\tmp\restore.iso
  4. Answer the prompts as appropriate.

Instructions for a Linux machine:

  1. Insert a 2GB (or larger) USB key into your system.
  2. Extract the following file to a temporary directory:
    DCExpertUsbFlashRestore_Linux_7.6.0.tar.gz
  3. Open a command prompt to the temporary directory and run mkDCExpertRestoreUsbKey.sh <iso image filename>. For example: mkDCExpertRestoreUsbKey.sh /tmp/restore.iso
  4. Answer the prompts as appropriate.

Third-party USB key scripts:

The scripts used to create USB keys use the following software:

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4 Comments

  1. I have a software support contract. How can I download the update?

  2. Hi C&Sd,

     

    Currently, you need to contact your local support directly to obtain upgrade links to DCE. Support must be verified and then they can send you the link.

     

    In the future, the registration page (dcimassets.schneider-electric.com) should contain information about your support for each system and should then be able to provide downloads based on that automatically verified information. I have no ETA on this option though. 


    Steve

  3. I am on 7.4.2 and when I upgraded to that version I started seeing issues with Map View.  Map Label Settings - Show Value disappear but randomly come back both on Sensors and Virtual Sensors.  I was told I had to downgrade back to 7.4.1 but I was fine with waiting for a fix.  Did 7.4.3 address this issue?

    1. Hi Michael Ryan, I've moved your question to the community to get more eyes on it. You can follow it here Did DCE 7.4.3 address issue with Map View?

      Cheers,

      Stine

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