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uberAgent 5.3: Introducing User & Host Tagging

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 5.3 introduces a powerful tagging engine and brings many other improvements.

For a full list of changes, please consult the release notes. As always, upgrading is highly recommended (instructions).

User and Host Tags

uberAgent collects deep and rich information about applications, users and machines. Splunk dashboards provide easy access to the data set, along with powerful filtering options for important properties like machine name, hardware manufacturer, IP address, or user ID, to name a few. However, sometimes a fixed set of attributes to search or filter for is not enough.

Many organizations store asset tags for machines and users in proprietary fields, either in Active Directory or on each computer. A common mechanism to identify a user’s department, for example, is to place the relevant information in AD attributes. Several of our customers expressed their interest in being able to filter the information collected by uberAgent based on such data points. As always, we listened.

uberAgent’s brand-new user & host tagging feature allows you to integrate custom identifiers natively in all dashboards. Supported sources for tags are:

  • Active Directory attributes
  • Environment variables
  • Registry values

To filter for a tag in a dashboard, simply select user tags or host tags as filter field and enter the filter string as a key-value pair. If, for example, you have a tag Department you might filter the data displayed on a dashboard as follows to only include information from HR users:

For a full description of the feature please consult the documentation.

Other Improvements

Backend Server Load Balancing

An improved load balancing algorithm chooses the next receiver server randomly. Previously, all endpoints switched to the same new server, unnecessarily increasing the load on that server.

Update Inventory

uberAgent now shows the distinct count of machines where an update is not installed. The Single Update Inventory data table now includes hosts where a specific update is not installed.

About uberAgent

uberAgent is a Windows user experience analytics and application performance monitoring product. Its highlights include detailed information about boot and logon duration (showing why and when boots/logons are slow), application unresponsiveness detection, network reliability drilldowns, process startup duration, application usage metering, browser performance per website and remoting protocol insights.

About vast limits

vast limits GmbH is the company behind uberAgent, the innovative user experience, and application performance monitoring product. Our customer list includes organizations from industries like finance, healthcare, professional services, and education, ranging from medium-sized businesses to global enterprises. vast limits’ network of qualified solution partners ensures best-in-class service and support anywhere in the world.

Our founder, Helge Klein, is an experienced consultant and developer who architected the user profile management product whose successor is now available as Citrix Profile Management. In 2009 Helge received the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award, in 2011 he was nominated a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), in 2014 he was a Splunk Revolution Award Winner, in 2015 he became a VMware vExpert. Helge frequently presents at conferences and user group events.

vast limits recognizes its obligation to society and humanity. We are committed to providing the best possible workplace for our employees and we regularly donate for causes like children, education, or the fight against climate change.

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