The latest version of Manager, part of the Gemini Enterprise Suite [], is now available.  The overall themes for this release are simplicity and automation – identifying and addressing key pain points to ensure successful deployments and best practices. If you’d like to see a live demo, register [] for our upcoming release webinar.

Notable enhancements include Automated Bulk/Mass Appliance Provisioning, Automated Splunk Cluster Configuration, and Log Receiver Configuration. To learn more, you can read below and check out the short demo videos we’ve created to walk you through these new features. There are far too many individual improvements to speak of, so please refer to the Release Notes [] on the support site for more details.

Bulk/Mass Appliance Provisioning We’re always learning from our customer deployments. As some of our customers, or our own team would attest, keeping IP addresses straight in your head after the 130th appliance can be challenging.   Large-scale deployments have shown us opportunities to eliminate rote tasks and improve efficiency. We have added a new Bulk Provisioning wizard that makes provisioning of large numbers of appliances simple and fast, without sacrificing flexibility in configuration options. In addition to efficiency, an added benefit is consistency.

Bulk Provisioning only requires that the appliances – and yes, it works on any combination of Gemini Data appliances (on-prem, SW, AWS instance, etc.) – are plugged in and available on the network. No further configuration is required on each appliance. Appliances are automatically discovered, configured for network connectivity, naming, LDAP access and other common settings.  After provisioning, the appliances are ready for application use, such as Splunk activation. In fact, the next feature automates that aspect as well. This wizard is available upon initial setup of an appliance, but can also be accessed later from the Bulk Provisioning page under the Node section.

For a quick demo, check out the video:

Automated Splunk Clusters Sometimes a feature is just so logical, it makes you wonder why it doesn’t exist already.  We wondered, and then we built it. Manager V2.3 allows you to automate the creation of Splunk Indexer and Search Head Clusters.  The new interface provides easy classification of Splunk nodes and clusters. It takes just a few clicks to create a cluster with the necessary specifications such as replication factor, search factor and Splunk versions. And of course, assigning individual instances assigned to the cluster. The rest is all handled automatically, including Splunk installation. This is accessed under a new Cluster Management page in the Splunk section of Manager.

For a quick demo, check out the video:

Log Receiver Configuration A common topic of discussion and yes, some support queries have to do with Log Receiver configuration.  Manager has always allowed you to stand up a Syslog-NG server with just a few clicks. Our customers use this readily and increasingly employ unique and creative ways to deploy rules for retrieval, parsing and splitting of log entries.

We overhauled the Log Receiver Rules Configuration process and workflow entirely beginning with a new graphical representation of filter rules. Better delineation between the definition of sources, filters and destinations, combined with regular expression based parsing, make it possible to create sophisticated scenarios for ingesting event data.  And visualized in a way that is easy to understand.

For a quick demo, check out the video:

The Best of the Rest

In addition to the above notable features, this release also includes a large number of customer-driven enhancements.  Including the following…

External Backup Support using RSync – External access for easy backup of the appliance

Gemini Appliance Catalog –  Visibility into appliance configuration using Investigator

PStack, STrace Commands –  Customer-requested support for additional CLI commands

DSET Support – Generates a DSET Diagnostics report through CLI and GUI

USB Bootable Disk – allows bootable image to be used from USB Drive

The new release is available as an ISO or OVA for fresh installations, and as an AMI in the AWS console.  Contact your account manager or our support team for access to binaries.  Upgrade packs are also available to automate upgrade from older versions.  Our support team is here to help with upgrade requests or answer other questions.  Check back on the Support Center frequently for updates and information.

We sincerely appreciate all the feedback that helped drive this release, and we hope to get more about these new features.