So the first official beta of Spiceworks 5.2 was released on the 23rd August 2011 (Beta 1) and there are lots of new features and many updated features within this version as always with a Spiceworks update. The team always puts in a lot of effort to ensure the features we want as SpiceHeads are built in as quick and as well as possible. This version is no different with
what looks to be the start of some more real-time monitoring a load of great new features.
The “Spiceworks Studios” have also put together a cool video about 5.2, its new features and how you can influence the final version.
The main new features in 5.2 are:
- Cloud Services and Vendors
- Software Licensing
- Tighter LogMeIn Rescue Integration
- New Purchase List Features
- Micron Memory RFQ Support
- Liebert UPS Support
So I’m going to try and go though as many of these as I can but without a Liebert UPS some of it may not be possible.
Cloud Services and Vendor integration
So with the new cloud services section you can monitor / get information about any ISP or Domain provider. When you first start-up 5.2 it will automatically work out who your ISP is and start monitoring it.
You can then track the uptime of the line and if you have a domain with the provider you can also see how long until the domain is set to expire. This new feature monitors ISP latency and domain status. I was wrong before its not the uptime
Spiceworks now lets you keep track of your Cloud Services in one easy location. Users who are installing Spiceworks for the first time will have all their compatible Cloud Services automatically scanned in by the new Auto-detect feature the first time they visit the Cloud Services section. Users who are upgrading from a previous installation will have any compatible IT Services converted automatically into Cloud Services, all non-compatible services will still be available in the new Vendors section. From the 5.2 test plan
The services are then monitored around every 15
seconds minutes and over time will populate the graphs to show the uptime latency.