DCE 7.6.0 released

The Data Center Expert v7.6.0 release contains a new maintenance mode scheduling option and an option to compress a server backup file.

See the release notes for more information.

The Data Center Expert v7.5.0 includes critical security updates for Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753CVE-2017-5715).

Maintenance Mode improvements

Device view and control users can now use maintenance mode.

SSL protocol selection

You can now select the allowed SSL protocols for the web server and private proxy.

Improvements to Device Definition File (DDF) support

Device Definition Files (DDF) have been updated to address duplicate sensor entries.

See the release notes for more information.

 

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/manage instead of in Data Center Expert.

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.

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

See the release notes for more information.

The StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.4.2 release is no longer available because of a recently discovered issue affecting Device Definition Files (DDF). Affected devices have duplicate sensor entries in Data Center Expert, with sensor status reported as unplugged. The affected DDFs are in Data Center Expert v7.4.0, v7.4.1, and v7.4.2. Earlier Data Center Expert versions are not affected.

DDFs affected

v7.4.2: APC Smart-UPS

v7.4.1: ACRC301

v7.4.0: APC DC Magnum; EcoBreeze

Resolution

  • If you have updated your server to Data Center Expert v7.4.2, and do not monitor any of the affected devices, you can continue to use v7.4.2 and update to v7.4.3 when it is released.
  • If you have updated to v7.4.2, are monitoring affected devices, and you have a backup of v7.4.1, you can restore your server from backup.

   You will lose the historical sensor data collected since you updated to v7.4.2. Contact your local Technical Support to assist with questions about server restore and backups.

  • If you have updated to v7.4.2, are monitoring affected devices, and do not want to lose any historical sensor data, you can continue to use v7.4.2 and update to v7.4.3 when it is released. 

   Sensor status will be reported as unplugged until the v7.4.3 update is applied.

  • If you are using Data Center Expert v7.3.1 or earlier and want to update your software to address the password storage vulnerability, you can update to v7.4.1. You must have a valid support contract to receive the software update. To update from versions earlier than v7.3.1, contact your local Technical Support.  

   Learn more about the password storage vulnerability at http://www.schneider-electric.com/en/download/document/SEVD-2016-343-01/.

Note: Customers who register for the StruxureOn Digital Service in Data Center Expert v7.4.1 will be required to provide their registration information again on https://struxureon.com/manage.

We are working on Data Center Expert v7.4.3 now, and will post updates as we have more information.

The Data Center Expert v7.4.1 release improves registration for StruxureOn Digital Service.

Note: You can update your Data Center Expert v7.3.1 or v7.4.0 server to Data Center Expert v7.4.1. You must contact support and verify you have a valid software support contract to receive the StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.4.1 update.

New 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.

Register for StruxureOn Digital Service in the Data Center Expert StruxureOn > Registration and Settings option.

StruxureOn is available to Data Center Expert customers in the United States and Canada.

See https://struxureon.com for more information.

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.

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

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.

Register for StruxureOn Digital Service in the Data Center Expert StruxureOn > Registration and Settings option.

StruxureOn is available to Data Center Expert customers in the United States and Canada.

See https://struxureon.com for more information.

Also in this release:

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.

Security updates

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

 

For more information, see the v7.4.0 release notes.

Note: You can update Data Center Expert v7.3.1 to Data Center Expert v7.4.0. You must contact support and verify you have a valid software support contract to receive the StruxureWare Data Center Expert v7.4.0 update.

All versions of StruxureWare Data Center Expert up to and including v7.3.1 are affected by the GLibc vulnerability (CVE-2015-7547).

You must call Technical Support to get the hot fix for your Data Center Expert v7.3.1 server.

This hot fix is for Data Center Expert v7.3.1 ONLY. Any other version must be upgraded to v7.3.1 before this hot fix can be applied.

This security fix will also be included in the next release of Data Center Expert.

Affected GLibc libraries in DCE:
glibc-2.12-1.166.el6_7.3.x86_64.rpm
glibc-common-2.12-1.166.el6_7.3.x86_64.rpm

The hot fix for DCE v7.3.1 updates the affected GLibc libraries to:
glibc-2.12-1.166.el6_7.7.x86_64.rpm
glibc-common-2.12-1.166.el6_7.7.x86_64.rpm


Get more information about the GLibc vulnerability here.

The v7.3.1 release addresses an issue with Modbus device communication.

The v7.3.0 release updates the server operating system to improve security and updates to Java 8 version 65.


Features in the v7.3.x releases:

Support for Adding, Deleting, and Modifying Users on NMC v6.x Devices
In the APC SNMP Device Configuration option, the "Configuration Type" display is now available when at least one monitored APC SNMP device has firmware v6.0.0 and higher, excluding v6.0.6 - v6.1.1. There are now two device configuration types:

  • Standard device configuration settings: Select one or more monitored APC SNMP devices and configure them to use settings shared with a selected APC SNMP device, or settings saved as a template.
  • User configuration (APC AOS versions v6.0.0 and higher, excluding v6.0.6 through v6.1.1): Modify user management options on devices with firmware v6.0.0 and higher, excluding v6.0.6 - v6.1.1.

Note: You must upload a .csf file directly to the device to configure users on devices with older firmware v6.0.6 - v6.1.1. See http://dcimsupport.apc.com for more information.

Additional NFS options
Users can now configure the transport protocol (TCP or UDP) and NFS version (v2.0, v3.0, v4.0, or v4.1) for the Server Backup/Restore NFS option in the System > Server Administration menu and the Manage Export Scheduling option in the Reports menu.

Additional Windows Share options
Users can now configure the NT LAN Manager authentication level (NTLM, NTMLi, NTLMv2, NTLMv2i, NTLMSSP, or NTLMSSPi) for the Server Backup/Restore options in the System > Server Administration menu and the Manage Export Scheduling option in the Reports menu.

Modbus discovery retries
Users can now specify how many times StruxureWare Data Center Expert will try to discover a Modbus device and communicate with it after the first attempt is unsuccessful.

 

See the release notes for more information on the v7.3.x releases.