The release of a new version of PRTG Network Monitor is due in September. You are invited to test drive the pre-release version and supply your feedback and experiences with our QA team.

Our developers have been quite busy. Since the release of V7.1 in March 2009 we have implemented more than 500 improvements and modifications! As usual most new features have been put into the software based on customer requests and feedback.

Major New Feature #1: The Windows GUI

With version 7.2 we introduce the new Windows GUI for PRTG. Especially for larger installations (500 sensors and more) the Windows based user interface is faster and more comfortable when managing sensors. The WinGUI includes all features of the former Tray Tool. It can be installed and used on multiple computers at once. You can continue to use the classic web-based interface, too.

Features of the WinGUI are:

  • Can be installed and run on multiple computers
  • Connects to a PRTG Core Server through HTTP/HTTPS (using our own PRTG API)
  • Displays the device tree, sensor list, alarms list, maps, reports etc.
  • Allows to add/edit/delete sensors, groups, and devices
  • Allows to arrange groups, devices and sensors using drag&drop
  • Allows to compare live data, graphs and historic data tables of two or more sensors
  • Alerts you with popup dialogs and/or sound alarm when events occur on the PRTG server

Major New Feature #2: More Sensor Types

There is a number of new and improved sensor types:

  • Support for sFlow and Netflow 9
  • QoS (Quality of Service) sensor measures vital network connectivity parameters like jitter, packet loss, and packet delay variation between two probes – the perfect tool to find network issues that can affect VoIP sound quality or video streaming hickups. Some vendors would call this a “VoIP Sensor”.
  • IP SLA Sensor (monitors results of IP-SLA on Cisco routers, some would call this a “VoIP Sensor”, too)
  • Amazon CloudWatch Sensor uses data from Amazon’s CloudWatch service to monitor EC2 instances
  • Sensors for servers running Microsoft HyperV
  • RADIUS Server Sensor
  • Syslog and SNMP Trap receiver sensor
  • Sensors for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and more detailed monitoring of Exchange 2003

Major New Feature #3: Improved Web-based User Interface

There is a whole bunch of notable improvements for the web-browser user interface (and some apply to the WinGUI as well). Users upgrading from previous versions will find many new features that make working with PRTG so much easier:

  • Multi Object Editing feature (e.g. edit the interval of 2 or more sensors at once)
  • Improved multi edit menu in tables of sensors, maps, reports, etc.
  • Improved “S” view for groups for large installations
  • User can select an icon for each device
  • You can now select two or more items from a search result to work on them
  • Toplists now show Pie Charts
  • Maps have a refresh icon at the bottom left, refresh interval can be set to 10/30/60 seconds
  • “Map Rotation” feature: The map display rotates through selected maps (select two or more maps from the list of maps and choose “Map Rotation” from the multi edit menu)
  • And many more

Major New Feature #4: Improved Reporting

To improve reporting we have added new templates (Top 100 Lowest/highest sensor values, Top 100 best/worst uptime) as well as the following new default reports:

  • Top 100 Busy/Idle Processor Sensors
  • Top 100 Uptime/Downtime Report
  • Top 100 Fastest/Slowest PING Sensors
  • Top 100 Most/Least Used Bandwidth Sensors
  • Top 100 Most/Least Used Memory Sensors

Now also the Sensor selection for a report can be filtered by tag (e.g. to only include PING sensors in a report) and you can create “Working Hour” Reports (a schedule can be assigned to a report, data is only used for specified hours of day/week). And we have added new reports templates that only show data tables without graphs.

Other notable Improvements

I would also like to mention the following other new features:

  • “Access Historic Data” feature allows to dig into the historic data for a specific time frame. You can display or export the raw data (each single monitoring request) as well as averaged data (exports to HTML, XML, CSV)
  • “Acknowledge Alarm” feature: Sensors with error state can be marked as “acknowleged”. User can enter a message which is shown with the username as long as the error state goes on (e.g. this allows to show a “I will handle this” message in sensor lists). As soon as an alarm has been acknowledged, no further escalation notifications will be send for this sensor.
  • Improved “Unusual Detection”: Detection has been simplified and now looks at hour of day and day of week
  • PRTG has been certified for the official “Works with Windows 2008 Server” logo by Microsoft

Please Join the Beta Testing Efforts

Until the official release of PRTG 7.2 (currently planned for September 2009) we will be going through several weeks of beta testing. Please download the latest beta and test drive the software. We appreciate your feedback, please send it to support@paessler.com.

DO NOT USE PRE-RELEASE VERSIONS IN PRODUCTION!

Keep in mind that this a pre-release software! With “Pre-Release” we mean that features may not work correctly, file formats may change, features may be changed or may even be removed until the final release. Please note that after upgrading an installation of PRTG to the 7.2 Beta you can not go back to version 7.1 due to changes in file formats. Please make a backup of your installation before installing V7.2.

Download the V7.2 Beta of PRTG Network Monitor

Download Information:

  • Version: Beta 3d, released August 28th 2009
  • Expiry: Beta expires Oct 1st 2009
  • URL: PRTG Network Monitor V7.2.0 Beta 3d (35 MB)
  • Requirements: Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7, 32 bit or 64 bit, (only for EC2 CloudWatch Sensor: .NET 2.0 or later)
  • See PRTG System Requirements for details
  • Languages: English, German

Beta History

  • Aug 28th 2009: Beta 3d
  • Aug 21st 2009: Beta 2
  • Aug 10th 2009: Beta 1
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