Observer Apex : Apex : Apex documentation changes
Apex documentation changes
Along with the date, this list shows the major changes that were made to the product documentation.
July 31, 2019 (
Removed the requirement from Supported Operating Systems about disabling secure boot for Windows 10.
March 29, 2019 (
Described the procedure to set user login preferences for a default dashboard and business group selections Observer Apex.
Added details about the new User Experience scores added to On-Demand Application Dependency Mappings (ODADM) in Observer Apex.
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
November 30, 2018 (
Lightweight GigaFlow Integration into Observer Apex.
Published release notes for Observer Apex.
March 30, 2018 (
Described the new User experience score.
Updated images for the redesigned Connection Dynamics.
Added details about the new Sites features, including how to create or import them.
Added information about the new Site Status widget. This widget can be added to dashboards to produce a map with color coded pins representing locations you monitor.
Added descriptions of the System dashboards and their basic purpose.
Added details and a video about the new ability to select multiple threshold color bars and refresh your dashboard to the time frame of the selected threshold color bars. Also changed the number of plot points for threshold color bars in a table from 60 to 28.
Updated the Auto-Refresh documentation to explain when one minute and ten minute refreshes happen and only when the dashboard is in focus.
Added information about the new filter patterns.
Added syntax details of the new pattern, patternSensitive, patternBin, patternHex, and patternRegex filters.
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
February 8, 2018 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
December 5, 2017
How baselines are calculated changed in 17.3. Added details describing how to enable a baseline and what the Day-of-Week Baseline Sensitivity setting means and why two intervals are used to calculate baselines.
November 27, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
November 21, 2017
Added details to Supported Operating Systems that Windows secure boot must be disabled for some versions of Windows.
October 25, 2017
Added important information about needing to uninstall Apex before upgrading to Windows 10.
September 25, 2017
Published a PDF file for Apex hardware installation. This file can be downloaded and review by data center installers prior to the equipment arriving on premises.
Updated Windows to say "Windows 7" in the Apex OVA instructions.
September 15, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
Improved the search algorithm to provide better results by giving greater importance to terms found in titles, introduction paragraphs, and keywords.
September 5, 2017
Added Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System Upgrade instructions.
August 16, 2017
Changed the characteristics for "build" and "patch" releases in Version numbering.
July 17, 2017
Added details about tags.
Added details about defining dashboard properties.
July 13, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
Described the new On-Demand ADM feature.
Described the new Connection Dynamics feature, including a video.
Removed mentions of stream forcing from the documentation. When configured, stream forcing populated a widget data field with statistics from a chosen network trending type only. This feature was deprecated in and replaced by automatic selections.
Removed the word "Trading" from description of multicastPort, multicastPortClient, and multicastPortServer filters. The filters applies to all multicast traffic.
Added information about the new design of status widgets.
Updated documentation about the Auto-Refresh feature because of its relocation in
Added new videos to the Apex video library.
June 23, 2017
Added a caution that if you lose your Microsoft Windows license for Apex OVA that you must purchase a new OVA.
June 14, 2017
Created instructions to import and deploy the Apex OVA files into your virtualization host. A printed copy is included in the box with the shipped USB drive.
May 5, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
April 18, 2017
Updated the recommended and optimal system specifications when installing on your own hardware.
March 10, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
January 17, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
January 11, 2017 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
December 2, 2016 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
Added video instructions that are helpful when running Apex for the first time. These steps are needed for data to appear in your dashboards.
Changed a number of filter names from lowercase to camelCase.
Renamed these filter names.
port is now multicastPort
portclient is now multicastPortClient
portserver is now multicastPortServer
streamid is now multicastStreamId
streamname is now multicastStreamName
subnetRange is now subnetRangeName
Mentioned that threshold color bars are limited to 60 plot points.
Updated the information about Observer GigaStor trace extraction to reflect that full, licensed Apex also has this ability now.
Removed documentation of the GigaStor Integration feature. This feature was replaced with GigaStor trace extraction.
Corrected a few Trailing time examples in Understanding dashboard times.
November 22, 2016 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
November 4, 2016
Fixed several broken links that prevented General settings from being found.
September 23, 2016 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
September 20, 2016 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
August 1, 2016
Added FAQ topic about the effect of time zones within the Apex web interface.
July 29, 2016 (
Published release notes for the Observer Platform.
June 3, 2016
Added a list of prerequisites for upgrading with the in-app upgrade feature.
May 31, 2016 (
Added a hands-on video showing and explaining GigaStor trace extraction.
Added details and instructions for GigaStor trace extraction.
Increased the maximum number of plot points of By Time widgets to 180.
Added details about the differences in login procedures between Apex and Observer Apex Lite.
Added information about How to share a dashboard view with others.
Updated the information about dashboards to include that a dashboard view can be shared.
Updated how to apply business groups to dashboards to reflect the ability to use individual probe instances as well.
Updated the list of compatible web browsers to include official support for Microsoft Edge.
Updated the information about alarms to explain how an alarm interacts with a business group or probe instance.
Updated the list of Alarm settings to match changes in alarms.
Updated the list of Scheduled report options to match changes in scheduled reports.
Removed the Settings > General Settings > Data transfer delay (minutes) option because it is no longer needed now that Observer more effectively handles data requests that occur on time boundaries.
Corrected the descriptions of This time range used on dashboards.
April 12, 2016
Updated Apex vs. Apex Lite to reflect Apex Enterprise and Apex Workgroup licenses and how they differ between each other and against Apex Lite.
April 1, 2016
Updated How to begin using Apex to reflect that Internet Explorer 9.0 is not a compatible web browser.
March 11, 2016
Updated minimum and recommended specifications when installing on your own hardware. These recommendations are only applicable to your own hardware or virtual machines.
March 7, 2016
Added details about how baseline thresholds are determined and where the threshold type is set in a widget data field.
March 4, 2016
Added details about the version numbering scheme used by this Observer Platform product.
Added some conceptual information about version rollbacks and downgrading to previous patch versions.
February 16, 2016
Explained why and How to apply a business group or probe instance to dashboards.
Explained the when viewing dashboards.
February 9, 2016 (
Added SHA2 support. For details, see .
Added information about how to set DNS resolution for each widget on your dashboard. See How to enable DNS resolution.
Added details to General settings about the number of days to retain data files.
Added details for determining disk space requirements for transferred trending data.
Added information to General settings about the PDF Reports cover page logo.
January 28, 2016
Added minimum and recommended specifications when installing on your own hardware. These recommendations are only applicable to your own hardware or virtual machines.
November 19, 2015
Added information about how to filter a business group.
November 11, 2015
Added information about how to configure GigaStor Report drill down functionality.
November 4, 2015
Added a table that lists every data field and key field in Apex and shows the data stream it came from and in what widget type each can be used.
October 27, 2015 (
Added information about threshold color bars.
Added details about the new auto-refresh of dashboards.
Added support for Windows 10.
Added an FAQ that explains that data sources cannot be created in Apex Lite.
Added a topic explaining how to determine What version of Apex is in use?. This also applies to Apex Lite.
Added a troubleshooting topic that answers the question, Why is my dashboard blank?.
September 18, 2015
Removed Observer Infrastructure (OI) as a data source as it was incorrectly listed in Understanding dashboards and Understanding business groups.
September 17, 2015
Added clarification that promoting a dashboard does not promote its user widgets. A promoted dashboard does not share the underlying user widgets with other users except to be viewable through that dashboard. The widgets will not appear in the dashboard library for all users.
August 28, 2015
Updated the feature comparison table between Apex and Apex Lite features.
Added a topic about How to delete a dashboard.
August 19, 2015
Added a list of user-contributed dashboards that you can download and import into your Apex.
Added a topic about How to promote a dashboard.
August 10, 2015
Added details about the Widget Properties fields.
August 5, 2015
Removed OI as a data source as it was incorrectly listed in Data source settings.
August 4, 2015
Added clarification that time values on PDF reports are in UTC, not your local time, in How to save a dashboard as PDF.
August 3, 2015
Corrected false information about the ability to use address ranges in filters for mac, macclient, and macserver. This was wrong.
July 24, 2015 (
Added information about scheduled reports, a feature where dashboards are shared with email recipients at set times.
Understanding scheduled reports
How to create a scheduled report
How to edit scheduled reports
Scheduled report options
Added information about configuration backups, a feature for backing up and restoring your configuration settings.
Understanding configuration backups
How to create a backup
How to restore configuration settings
How to schedule backups
How to change where backups are stored
Added information about forcing the transfer of current trending data and even from older dates and times.
Added information for saving a dashboard as PDF.
Made a mention that exporting a dashboard is not equivalent to saving a dashboard as a PDF.
More contextual help tips (tips shown during mouse hover) have been added and improved.
July 16, 2015
Removed GigaStor installation instructions from How to install Apex. In doing so, we also moved Set up Apex for the first time, which deals more with configuring the software rather than installing hardware, to its own page.
July 14, 2015
Updated the file path reference in Data storage location to show the default trending data location for hardware installations. This previously only listed the trending data location for software-only installations of Apex.
June 23, 2015 (ORS replacement guide specific)
Made explicit mention that trending data can be safely deleted if you have no further need for ORS reports. Apex Apex cannot make use of ORS-collected trending data. The default ORS file path where trending data was stored is listed, so you can delete it if wanted, along with the location in ORS where this setting was configured in case you changed it from the default.
May 22, 2015
Added details about when and why a status widget shows green, yellow, or red in Understanding status widgets and that a status widget will show the "worst of the worst" when multiple statuses are combined in a single widget.
May 21, 2015
Added information about how to do an ad hoc dashboard filter for something such as a telephone number.
May 20, 2015
Added the correct failover documentation that is specific to Apex. The failover documentation it replaced was for Observer Reporting Server (ORS).
May 19, 2015
Added a troubleshooting topic about identifying a slow network, sever, or application.
Added information about filtering a derived application and the ability to filter on app ‘Other’ for dashboards and widgets.
May 14, 2015
Added details about widget key fields.
May 8, 2015
Software installations of Apex now officially support Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.
May 7, 2015
Added details that alarm functionality is server-side in Understanding alarms. A web browser does not need to be running for alarms to operate.
May 4, 2015
Updated the explanation of what occurs when exporting dashboards in How to export a dashboard. This information was previously incorrect.
April 30, 2015
Updated details about the virtual machine and software-only system specifications of Apex.
Added a brief explanation of thresholds and How to configure thresholds.
Added a table showing the differences between Apex and Apex Lite.
March 25, 2015
Added details about the technical specifications of Apex.
System specifications
Added details about the settings of several features.
Alarm settings
Data source settings
Licensing settings
Manage by OMS settings
Business group settings
GigaStor integration settings
March 10, 2015
Added details about how to install and configure the appliance.
How to install the Apex appliance
Setting the IP address
Configuring the Lights out Management port
February 27, 2015
Added details about how to create and disable alarms and how they trigger.
Understanding alarms
How to create an alarm
How to disable an alarm
Added details about application dependency map (ADM) widgets.
Understanding an application dependency map (ADM)
Visualizing the components of multi-tier applications
How to create an application dependency widget
How to operate an application dependency widget
Added details about widget basics, specifically editing and deleting.
How to edit a widget
How to delete a widget
Added details about working with business groups within business groups.
How to nest a business group
How to hide a business group
Added details about how to reset event log settings to defaults.
How to return to the default log settings
February 10, 2015
Added details about Replacing ORS with Apex.
January 27, 2015
Added details about how to create complex filter expressions using nesting (with parentheses) and Boolean logic.
Boolean operators used in filter expressions
Added details about the status widget, including an image showing many aspects of it.
Understanding status widgets
Added details about the time frame used for a dashboard and what the various terms (e.g., ‘last’ or ‘trailing’) mean.
Understanding dashboard time terms
Fixed some broken cross-references.
January 12, 2015
Updated information about logging in Apex to match the latest minor release version.
How to view event logs
How to send e-mail alerts
How to send SNMP traps
How to send Syslog messages
Added information about GigaStor “drill-down” integration.
How to add the Observer GigaStor for drill-down
Added information about web certificates.
How to view certificates
How to change the trust of a certificate
Updated information about the Apex software upgrade settings to account for new proxy settings.
Upgrade settings
December 16, 2014
Added a topic showing how Apex can become a managed asset of OMS.
How to have Apex managed by OMS
Added instructions for disabling and deleting data sources.
How to disable a data source
How to delete a data source
Added more direct and retrievable instructions for adding widgets to dashboards.
How to add a widget to a dashboard
Added instructions for filtering on certain items.
How to filter a widget
How to filter a dashboard
Added instructions and field-level details for how to create a user.
How to create a user
Added details about General Settings
How to configure general settings
December 2, 2014
Added a topic showing where baseline calculations can be changed.
How to modify baseline calculations
November 19, 2014
Added information about software certificates.
Understanding the certificate trust model
Certificates and how they are used
Added information about the Apex software upgrade settings.
Upgrade settings