Everyone, the first Zenoss Core 4 Beta is now officially available!
Let's go over what you need to know about this new release.
We will continue generating new builds of the Core 4 Beta every 3-4 days until Core goes GA. The beta is feature complete, so each subsequent build will see a rapid decrease in the number of bugs over the next several weeks as we are in the hardening phase of the release cycle.
Now is the ideal time to help us find and smash bugs -- and we are giving away some amazing prizes (MacBook Pro, anyone? Not just one, but *3* people will get the top prize) for those who participate in our bughunt! There is still plenty of time (and bugs!) for people to start participating in the bughunt and win!
OK, now for the brand new stuff:
New jobs framework (using "Celery") with associated UI improvements. You will now see job status information in the bottom-right of the UI when things like modeling a device have been scheduled, or completed. This lets you know what Zenoss is up to and is a major usability improvement. This also allows us to dramatically improve the performance of Zenoss (and UI responsiveness in particular) over time, since we can move more compute-intensive operations into the new jobs framework rather than synchronously waiting for them to complete.
Commercial Windows ZenPacks have now been open sourced! This means Core users will be able to leverage enhanced modeling and monitoring functionality covering the following MSFT services and applications: Active Directory, MSMQ, Exchange, MS SQL and IIS.
In addition to these changes, the beta includes all of the major updates from Core 4 Alpha: RabbitMQ based on the open AMQP messaging framework supporting a new event management system that can handle over 100 million events per day, improved JSON API support, RelStorage which improves scale out and performance of ZODB access, zenperfsnmp scalability improvements, REST eventing API, SNMPv3 trap support, IPv6 monitoring support, collector daemon improvements, and enhanced zenping event suppression.
To install, first grab the installation guide from the download link, and then grab the most recent beta build of the VMWare virtual machine or grab RPMs for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5 or 6 (yes, we are supporting RHEL 6 now,) 64-bit. If using the RPMs, you'll want to grab the zenoss RPM as well as the zenoss-core-zenpacks RPM. Note that we are placing builds in their own "builds" subdirectory now, so you can easily find the docs in the main zenoss-beta directory.
I'll be posting info on an updated auto-deploy script in the next few days to help you to quickly deploy the latest Beta build and give it a spin. Enjoy!