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Monitoring Kubernetes - Release History

5.3 - 2018-11-19

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 5.3 or above

  • Fixed: Improved Workload dashboard. Allows to filter by namespace, see all Pods in a specific namespace, filter by workload label.
  • New: Alert for showing when Collectord reports errors in Processing pipelines (as an example if it failed to extract fields).
  • New: Alert for showing when Collectord reports warnings.
  • Fixed: Add node labels filter to Storage Dashboard and Control Plane Dashboards.
  • New: Alert if lag in the indexing of the data.
  • New: Splunk Usage (License usage, number of events) report under Setup.
  • Fixed: adjusted high amount of errors to Kubernetes API dashboard to make it less verbose.
  • Fixed: misprint in the search for showing alerts
  • Fixed: lookup with alerts causing very often replication activities on SHC
  • Fixed: changed search time for few alerts that cause false positives with indexing lag on large installations

Collectord updates:

  • Fixed: high memory usage with Gzip compression enabled (reduced memory usage).
  • New: Allow to disable pipe.join with annotations.
  • Fixed: In high amount of logs (10,000 events per second) Collectord can read lines not in full, that can break JSON logs.
  • Fixed: When collectord writes a Warning that it failed to post to Splunk, it will write a Success message after retry.
  • New: Allow to hash sensitive data with annotations.
  • Fixed: Group network socket tables to reduce the amount of forwarded data (4 times reducing the amount of data)
  • Fixed: Identify when glob and match pattern require recursive directory traversal.
  • Fixed: Make it possible to add annotations for the specific containers inside of the the same Pods.
  • New: Annotation for complete disabling of the handling and forwarding logs for containers.
  • Fixed: Performance improvements for CRI-O logs.
  • Fixed: Collectord showed few Debug messages on start.
  • Fixed: Performance improvements for log forwarding (up to 35% in high amount of logs).
  • Fixed: reduce duplication of the Kubernetes events, forwarded to Splunk.
  • Fixed: Do not generate a WARN when API Server results in 404. Usually this caused by the owner object being deleted.
  • Fixed: Failed to parse proc name from the stat file with the not paired parentheses.

5.2 - 2018-10-15

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 5.2 or above

  • New: Review/Storage dashboard based on storage metrics and PVC metrics.
  • New: predefined alerts to help you monitor the health of the clusters and performance of the applications.
  • Fixed: Performance improvements

Collector updates:

  • New: runtime storage metrics (usage, available, inodes)
  • New: image is built on top of SCRATCH image.
  • New: verify and diag commands for troubleshooting.
  • New: support /dev/null output for logs
  • New: override source/sourcetype and index base on regexp pattern for container logs.
  • Fixed: do not send empty docker_labels
  • New: support docker JSON tags and labels
  • Fixed: allowing a new license to unblock collector with the expired license.
  • Fixed: Prometheus parser fails to parse metrics with labels that end with a comma.
  • Fixed: Performance improvements
  • New: Prometheus parser supports basic authentication
  • Fixed: Workaround for a bug in HTTP Event Collector, that can return an incorrect index of failed event
  • New: Prometheus autodiscover support host network
  • Fixed: remove node info and limit metadata from logs
  • Fixed: documentation / default configuration update - mount `/etc/localtime to allow collector to use host tz (when not UTC)
  • Fixed: documentation / default configuration update - use dnsPolicy: ClusterFirstWithHostNet for pods mounted on host network

5.1 - 2018-09-17

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 5.1 or above

  • New: Network metrics (MB, Packets, Drops and Errors) for host and containers.
  • New: Network socket tables (list of port that containers and hosts are listen on, connections to external resources).
  • New: Network review dashboard to see the list of connection to public services and in private network.
  • Improvement: Replace python-based lookup with macro written with eval.
  • Improvement: Visual improvement for showing when the object was Last Seen (highlighting and showing minutes ago).
  • New: discovering Prometheus metrics in Pods with annotations.
  • New: attaching pod metadata to metrics collected from prometheus metrics exposed from pods.
  • Improvement: Changed source of proc stats to proc root filesystem, to keep minimum list of unique sources.
  • New: Support for Splunk multi-threads outputs (for forwarding more than 3000 events per second).
  • Improvement: Performance improvements for Prometheus parsing.
  • Improvement: Reduce amount of metrics forwarded with proc_stats by excluding system threads.
  • Improvement: Configuration for gzip compression.
  • Improvement: Calculate checksums for first bytes of files, to better identify new files with reused iNode.
  • Bug: Process metrics could be collected 2 times.

5.0 - 2018-09-03

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 5.0 or above

  • New dashboard: Events
  • Added events panel to the Workload and Pod dashboards.
  • Labels on Workload and Hosts dashboards.
  • Auto-discover and forward Application logs from host mounts or local volumes.
  • Annotations for containers to change per container configurations (index, source, join rules, replaces and more).
  • Escaping terminal sequences from container logs.
  • Redirecting logs to /dev/null for specific patterns.
  • Replace patterns in container and application logs (hiding sensitive or not important information).
  • Support for extracting fields from the container logs, including timestamps.
  • Include Memory and CPU limits for container lists.
  • Visual updates for the panels, highlighting high CPU and Memory usages
  • Filter cgroup stats, forward only container and host metrics.
  • Support for multiple Splunk HTTP Event Collector endpoints (support fail-over and load-balancing).
  • Handle HTTP Event Collector errors with the incorrect index. Multiple options to redirect to default index, drop or wait.
  • Add retry logic to license client to reduce amount of false positive warnings.
  • Add HTTP read timeouts (handle gateway timeouts, 504).
  • Fixed: fail to parse the latest line in the JSON log.
  • Better error handling incorrect configurations.
  • Deprecating Join rules in favour of annotations.
  • Support for HTTP Event Collector client certificates.
  • Support CRI-O runtime.
  • Fixed: limit directory walkers for depth (fixing issues when directory has a mount to itself)
  • Fixed: add a limit of the maximum line size that collector can read at once (defaults to 1Mb).
  • Fixed: acknowledgement database stores now NodeID, DevID and a parent folder identifier. That way if NodeID is going to be reused right away - we will identify this file as a new one, if it is in different location.
  • Change: docker_stream field has been renamed to stream for compatibility with other container runtime.
  • Change: prometheus metrics has default sourcetype=kubernetes_prometheus (macro supports backward compatibility)

Upgrade from version 4 to 5

4.0.24 - 2018-05-05

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 4.0 or above

  • New dashboard: Cluster/Audit
  • New dashboard: Cluster/Kubernetes API Server
  • New dashboard: Cluster/Kubelet
  • New dashboard: Cluster/etcd
  • New dashboard: Cluster/Scheduler
  • New dashboard: Cluster/Controller Manager.
  • Include image name, when list containers.
  • Added syslog component to the list of host logs.
  • Fixed: Include Daemon Set on Overview dashboard, list of namespaces.

Collector updates (4.0.171):

  • Collecting metrics from Prometheus format.
  • Add HTTP read timeouts (handle gateway timeouts, 504).
  • Correctly parse HTTP Event Responses when one of few events fail to be indexed (as an example, wrong index).
  • Performance optimizations.
  • Optimize payloads for higher write throughput.
  • Fixed: reduce the number of calls to Kubernetes API Server.
  • Fixed: fail to parse the latest line in the JSON log.
  • Better error handling incorrect configurations.
  • Failed to parse memory limits (Failed to parse memory=000k for the container).
  • Collecting Kubernetes events from the cluster once by using collector addon.

collectorforkubernetes 4.0.172

  • Fixed: Messages "WARN ... proc.go:441: Unparsable line from /rootfs/proc/X/status" caused by new Linux kernel that reports empty line in proc file system.
  • Fixed: Incorrectly parsed Limits for the Kubernetes pods. 5m and 500m both results as 0.500.

collectorforkubernetes 4.0.173

  • Fixed: significant memory usage with the events larger than 512Kb, caused by Splunk issue SPL-156315 (incapable to parse events larger 512Kb, regression in 7.x).

collectorforkubernetes 4.0.174.180730

  • Show the index name in the output, when Splunk reports incorrect index.

Upgrade from version 3 to 4

3.0.23 - 2018-02-17

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 3.0 or above

  • Bug: Memory view on workflow dashboard had a max limit set to 100.
  • Bug: Events view on overview dashboard had a max limit set to 100.

3.0.22 - 2018-02-07

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 3.0 or above

  • Added support for containers deployed without Kubernetes.
  • Added CPU Quota, CPU Shares, Throttled and Memory Limit and Request Overlays on Container and Pod Dashboards.
  • Indexing Kubernetes events in sourcetype kubernetes_events
  • Performance improvement on Dashboards by combining multiple charts using one common search.
  • New "Review/Allocatable Resources" dashboard to track limits and requests for CPU and Memory.
  • New "Review/Privileged containers and enabled capabilities" dashboard to list all privileged containers and enabled security capabilities for containers.
  • New Overview dashboard to easy navigate within the application.
  • New Aggregated metrics dashboard for specific Workload.
  • Fixed bug on Process Dashboard, some charts did not filter by host.
  • "Setup: Collectors" now supports collectorforkubernetes images distributed via private registries.
  • "Overview: Process" dashboard did not use Span token for timechart dashboards.
  • "Top: Containers" fixed incorrect memory usage (showed double size)
  • Added alerts in application for notification about outdated collector versions and expired licenses for collector.
  • Hide Wait Read/Write IO panels, when this data is not available.
  • In process Dashboard show VmRSS with RssAnon, RssFile, and RssShmem.

Collector updates:

  • Support for Splunk indexing acknowledgment.
  • Watching for Kubernetes/OpenShift events.
  • HTTP Proxy support for License server and Splunk output.
  • Allow to configure destination indices for different types of data in collector configuration (stats, logs, host logs, proc stats and events).
  • Handling responses from HTTP Event Collector to skip invalid events (will be logged).
  • If container is running, but Kubernetes does not provide metadata, allow to wait for metadata.
  • Collect security capabilities and uid/gid.
  • For Kubernetes/OpenShift environments recognize containers scheduled outside of Pods and load metadata directly from docker.
  • Support for custom labels, specified with collector configuration.
  • Support OpenShift/Kubernetes annotations "collectord.io/..." to configure destination indices, sourcetypes and sources for pods, workloads and namespaces.
  • Support for partial logs without join rules.
  • Bug. Use local timezone by default for local syslog files.
  • Bug. Fix small memory leak on deleted containers.
  • Bug. When collector is failing to send data to Splunk, impossible to stop collector with terminate.

Upgrade from version 2 to 3

2.1 - 2017-10-22

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 2.1.59.171210 or above

  • Implemented collectors dashboard to track number of collectors, their versions and used licenses.
  • Fallback to the process IO statistics when blkio is not available.
  • Fix IO statistic graphs, showed average, when sum should be used.
  • Fields extraction support for nginx ingress 0.9 and above.
  • collector* - Improved resistance for storage failures.
  • collector* - License checks reporting.
  • collector* - Better support for openshift environment (default configuration).

2.0 - 2017-10-22

Requires collectorforkubernetes version 2.0.37.171023 or above

  • Better labels support in Dashboards. Collector has a breaking feature, replacing format for labels from kubernetes_node_labels_LABEL1=VALUE1 to kubernetes_node_labels=[LABEL1=VALUE1,LABEL2=VALUE2].
  • Process level metrics.
  • Uptime for hosts and processes.
  • Fields extraction for kubernetes controller manager and scheduler.
  • Fields extraction and support in dashboards for main kubernetes components (setup host logs collection with collector).
  • New top-like dashboards allow to monitor Hosts/Pods/Containers/Processes in real-time.
  • Rewritten Kubernetes Objects Dashboards with support of Events and Labels.
  • Improved dashboards navigation.
  • Support for host logs.
  • Other bugs and improvements based on user feedback.

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