Welcome to Gemini Enterprise - Manage V2.9

This document provides the release notes for Gemini Enterprise Manage v2.9. It describes new capabilities and notable changes relative to the previous production release.

For the full capabilities of Manage 2.9 as compared with Manage 2.6.x, please read in combination with the What's new in Gemini Enterprise Ver 2.9 document, together with the previous Release Notes for Ver 2.7 and 2.8.

Upgrade from previous versions

Gemini Enterprise - Manage 2.9 is released as a system upgrade pack which contains new features, system-level changes, and patches released since the Manage 2.6 release.

Please confirm your current Gemini Enterprise version before applying this upgrade pack.

An existing installation of Manage 2.6 and above is required for this upgrade to be successful.

For customers running earlier versions, please contact the Gemini Support team via the Support Portal or contact support@geminidata.com for information on upgrading to the latest version.

What's New in Manage 2.9

System and Foundation

A new Featured Platform that supports the MinIO high-performance private cloud solution, ideal for Splunk Smartstore integration. This allows the user to deploy MinIO Server as well as MinIO CLI on Gemini Enterprise after the MinIO binaries have been downloaded. A user dashboard offers control over running services and performance status.

Enhancements to Gemini Explore service controls and status:

  • New system resource pre-check prior to installation. This will verify that available resources meet the minimum system requirements.
  • The addition of granular service control for each service component. The user may restart individual components or download component logs for troubleshooting.
  • The addition of version information and disk space usage for each component.
  • An improved license service that supports the new Gemini Explore licensing.

There are several enhancements to Log Receiver.

  • Support TCP as a 'destination' within a rule.
  • Support UDP as a 'destination' within a rule.
  • Support for the Splunk HEC(HTTP Event Collector) as a ‘destination’ within a rule. Note that this only supports HTTP, HTTPS is not currently supported.
  • New Advanced Settings section that allows the user to configure using Syslog-NG syntax. (Please note this is still in beta.)
  • Log Receiver is now escalated to a top menu item.

The authentication mechanism between the Gemini Agent and the Management Center has been improved.

Fix multiple security vulnerabilities found and validated before September 10, 2020.

Web Console

All member nodes will now complete an automatic SSH key exchange with the Management Center. Thi includes the addition of new nodes into the Gemini Group and subsequent Splunk Environments.

  • The user account ‘sbox’ and ‘splunk’ of a Manage node will do the SSH key exchange.
  • The user account installing the Gemini Agent and running Splunk will do the SSH key exchange.

Splunk Manager

A new centralized Backup Center feature that allows the administrator to backup and restore Splunk and Gemini configuration files from each member node to the Management Center.

The manifest file required to add Manage Nodes and Gemini Agents into Splunk Environments now supports the CSV file format to complement the existing JSON method.

Fixed Issues

  • None.

Known Issues

  • Sometimes there is a fail message when installing an app from the Gemini Integration Center. In fact the app has been installed successfully.
  • VMware Appliance: If there are iSCSI devices mounted, the boot-up process will fail unless you unmount all iSCSI devices BEFORE running the upgrade process.

Supported Platform Application Versions:

Splunk

  • Splunk Enterprise 7.0
  • Splunk Enterprise 7.1
  • Splunk Enterprise 7.2
  • Splunk Enterprise 7.3
  • Splunk Enterprise 8.0
  • Splunk Enterprise 8.1
  • Splunk Light 7.0
  • Splunk Light 7.1
  • Splunk Light 7.2
  • Splunk Light 7.3
  • Splunk Light 8.0
  • Splunk Light 8.1

Deprecated and removed features

Deprecated features

  • None.

Removed features

  • None.

Important Notes

1. A reboot is required after upgrade. Backup the system and ensure it is offline before an upgrade. For VMware Appliances, ensure all the iSCSI devices are unmounted.
2. The upgrade process will take 5-10 minutes. During the upgrade, all Manage services will be stopped, allowing no operation of Manage.
3. Under no circumstance should a manual reboot be conducted during the upgrade. This will cause unrecoverable damage. Gemini appliance will reboot automatically following a successful upgrade.

Disclaimer

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