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    This topic covers release information for the AppDynamics App iQ Platform versions 4.5.x. In addition to the enhancements and resolved issues described here, the latest 4.5.x release includes enhancements and resolved issues included in certain limited-availability releases, as well as security fixes. 

    The first generally available 4.5.x release is 4.5.nnn, which incorporates fixes to pre-release issues in 4.5.nnn and 4.5.nnn.

    The release notes are inclusive. All updates since 4.5.nnn are noted in the 4.5.x Release Notes. The Product Announcements and Alerts page lists versions, along with release dates, across product versions. 

    This documentation reflects AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform version 4.5.x. Changes between minor versions are noted in the release notes and indicated in-place in the documentation where applicable.   

    AppDynamics App iQ Platform Notes 

    The following updates apply to the common components of the AppDynamics App iQ Platform, including changes to the cross-product elements of the Controller UI. 

    Enhancements

    Authentication

    • When creating usernames in SAML in Azure environments, the UserName attribute is used if it is passed along. The NameID attribute is not handled if it is passed back in Azure. If you relied on the legacy behavior of concatenating the first name and surname, then you can workaround this enhancement by changing your Azure provider to return the concatenated names in the UserName attribute.

    Audit Logging

    • Audit log, report, and API details have been enhanced.
    • Audit logging coverage has been made more comprehensive.
    • There is a UI for reporting of MDS audit logs.

    Privacy Dashboard

    • You can view in one place the current state of all configuration parameters that may affect your security and privacy. These settings include retention settings, custom data collectors, IP-address retention in EUM, etc.

    Modal Interstitial Page

    • You can provide a customizable privacy statement to your users who are configuring parts of the AppDynamics products that they have regulatory, legal, and customer-defined policies that must be followed regarding data collection. This feature is present in all places of the AppDynamics App IQ Platform UI where data collection can be configured.

    Custom Dashboard

    Universal Agent 

    User Management

    • Authentication and authorization security enhancements have been made to the AppDynamics App iQ Platform in the form of scalable, securable, and admin configurable support.

    License Management

    Resolved Issues

     

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    Known Issues

     Universal Agent

    • To use the Universal Agent to deploy the Analytics Agent on Linux, you must use machine-agent mode. Standalone mode is not supported for this use case.

    • Using the auto-Java feature for deployment of the Java Agent with the Universal Agent is not supported on Windows 2008 SP2 32-bit and 64-bit.
    • To install the .NET Agent with the Universal Agent use a local repository for the .NET Agent distribution file. Downloading the .NET Agent from the Controller is not supported.

    IBM WebSphere

    • For JMX functionality to work, set a Currently monitored statistic set to an option other than None in IBM WebSphere.

    Application Performance Management Notes

     

    Enhancements

    Controller Enhancements

    • You can now drill down into federation applications. This allows you to display incoming calls from the upstream federated application.

    C/C++ Agent Enhancements

    Go Agent Enhancements

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    Java Agent Enhancements

    • The Java Agent adds support for Eclipse Vert.x version 3.5.

    .NET Agent Enhancements

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    Node.js Agent Enhancements

    Upgrade Notes

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    Resolved Issues

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    Known Issues

    • If you enable Kafka consumer entry points for the Java Agent, the flow map shows the data flow in reverse from the node to the Kafka cluster.
    • Inactive nodes do not get marked as historical despite appdynamics.jvm.shutdown.mark.node.as.historical being set to true.
    • Business transaction retention settings are not affected by the business.transaction.retention.period value in the Admin Console. (APMPLAT-6307)

    Database Visibility Notes

     

    Enhancements

    Resolved Issues

     

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    End-User Monitoring Updates

     

    Enhancements

    Browser RUM

    • Browser Analyze enables you to viewtheend user response time as an aggregate of time in different components, such as the frontend, backend, network, CDN,andthird party content. Understanding how much time is beingspentin the different components enables you to pinpoint issues more quickly and also suggests the party responsible for an issue. For example, if you see that too much time is being spent on the backend, you can contact your backend engineers to find and correct the issue.

    Mobile RUM 

    • The new Code Issues Dashboard enables you to get trend and detailed information about caught non-fatal exceptions and instances of applications not responding (ANRs). The Android/iOS SDKs enable you to set the severity of caught non-fatal exceptions, so that you can filter code issues by severity in Code Issues Analyze.

    • Mobile RUM now provides monitoring support for Cordova-based applications and for WebViews running in native iOS and Android applications. For iOS and Android native applications, the iOS and Android Agents inject the JavaScript Agent into Android WebViews and iOS UIWebViews to enable monitor and collect metrics from the the WebViews. For Cordova-based applications, you install the AppDynamics Cordova plugin.

    Browser Synthetic Monitoring

    • The Synthetic Jobs page shows historical data and trends for the availability and status of synthetic jobs.

    IoT Monitoring

    The IoT REST API enables you to correlate IoT applications with TBD (business apps?). See Instrument Applications with the IoT REST APIs and Correlate Business Transactions for IoT Monitoring for more information. (TBD: the former is for how to send the headers, and the latter page shows how to configure the Controller to correlate BTs.)

    Resolved Issues

    Browser RUM 

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    Mobile RUM

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    Browser Synthetic Monitoring

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    EUM UI

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    Infrastructure Visibility Notes

    Server Visibility

    Enhancements

     

    Resolved Issues

     

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    Network Visibility

    Enhancements

    • Transaction Snapshots now support network analysis and troubleshooting workflows. 
      In the Snapshot Overview, you can right-click on a flow and choose View Network Metrics. The resulting dashboard shows the Performance Impacting Events (top-left chart) for that flow and possible correlating factors for these events. See KPI Metrics in Right-Click Dashboards.
    • The Network Dashboard can now show Cross Application Flows.
    • This release includes a new default Health Rule for troubleshooting Network Agents: 
           Network-Host: Packet drops too high
      This rule triggers an alert when packets get dropped between a Network Agent and the host interface. A high rate of packet drops on the host can result in inaccurate metrics.    
    • The Network Agent can now detect the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of remote services and back-end tiers. The Network Dashboard displays the FQDNs for back-end tiers and TCP Endpoints by default. This makes it easier to identify the external services used by your monitored applications.
    • The Network Dashboard uses a new visual convention to represent TCP Endpoints.

      TCP Endpoint in 4.4
      TCP Endpoint in 4.5

    Resolved Issues

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    Standalone Machine Agent

    Enhancements

    • The Standalone Machine Agent can now collect metrics for remote volumes.

     

    Resolved Issues

     

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    Known Issues

    Server Visibility Known Issues

     

    Docker Visibility Known Issues

     

    Standalone Machine Agent Known Issues

     

    Application Analytics Notes

    Enhancements and Updates

    Log Analytics

    Business Outcomes

     

    Experience Level Management

     

    Upgrade Notes

    Upgrading the Analytics Agent

     

    Field Names for Data Collectors

     

    Enabling Transaction Analytics


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    AppDynamics On-Premises Platform Notes

    The following notes describe updates to the AppDynamics on-premises platform, including the Controller, Events Service, and EUM Server components. 

    Enhancements

    Enterprise Console

    • There is support for major-version upgrades for the Enterprise Console application. You can select which version you would like to upgrade to.

    • The Enterprise Console installer now uses version 6 of i4j. This resolves issues with warnings seen when installing on console mode.

    • You can now upload your license using the Enterprise Console UI.

    • The JRE of the Controller and Events Service has been upgraded to version 8u162.

    • The Enterprise Console host alias, platformadmin, has been changed to localhost.

    • The Enterprise Console CLI commands now consistently use hyphens (-) instead of underscores (_).

    • The Enterprise Console supports up to 20 platforms at a time by default. You can configure this setting in the PlatformAdminApplication.yml file.

    Controller

    EUM Server

    Events Service

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    Deprecation and End of Life (EOL) Notices

    • The AppDynamics Java Agent will no longer support monitoring Java applications running in the Java Development Kit 5. See Desupport Notice: Java Development Kit 5.
    • Mobile RUM: Dynamic Info Points are no longer available for Android apps.

    • End-User Monitoring: The option View Dark Mode has been removed from the Geo Dashboard.

    • Server Visibility (formerly Server Monitoring): The "Disk Usage is too high on at least one partition" health rule is now disabled. See Support Advisory: "Disk Usage is Too High" Health Rule is Disabled in Release 4.3 and Higher.
    • The Controller UI is no longer supported on IE 9. IE users are advised to use IE 10+ versions when using the Controller UI.
    • The Controller Package Installer is no longer supported. The Enterprise Console application supports most of your platform deployment needs, including installing a Controller and Events Service.

     

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