Release Notes
PulseNET Enterprise 3.1.0
PulseNET is a software application used for monitoring devices in Industrial Communications
networks. Each device that PulseNET monitors serves a specific function in the network. These
functions may include acting as a bridge, router, access point/base station, or remote/subscriber. The devices can be widely dispersed geographically and are able to operate with different bandwidths, depending on radio type and frequency. For additional information on
specific Industrial Communications products, refer to the GE MDS website:
PulseNET Base is intended for small-scale operations with a need to monitor up to 500 devices. PulseNET Enterprise is intended for large-scale operations with a need to monitor up to
25,000 devices.
These Release Notes provide:
• A list of new and updated features
• Workarounds for any known issues
• Late-breaking news about the software
Consult this document before installation since it contains updated information and procedures that may be more recent than those in earlier PulseNET guides.
MDS 06-6560A01
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New In This Release
Platform Support
• Retirement of 32-bit support—As of January 1, 2015, PulseNET installers will no longer be
available for download for 32-bit operating systems. For customers with special needs,
please contact GE MDS PulseNET Support. Customers who need to migrate from 32- to
64-bit platforms can follow the step-by-step migration procedure explained below.
Operation and Administration
• AP failover messages now reported in the Audit Log—Previously, failover messages for redundant APs generated alerts, but now they are also reported in the Audit Log. [PNDEV-40]
• Notification spinner during firmware upload—For large firmware image files there is now
a spinner to note that the upload is occurring. [PNDEV-45]
• MAC address change notification—Previously, MAC address change events generated
alerts, but now they are also capable of issuing notifications. [PNDEV-50]
• Improved Google Mapping of collocated devices—New grouping icons have been added
which show collocated devices by expanding the device set with identical GPS coordinates. [PNDEV-54]
• SD Passphrase Push Enhancements—Previous passphrases are now stored in encrypted
format, allowing administrators to review or recover used passphrases. [PNDEV-88 & 234]
• Serial Terminal Type now configurable on a port-by-port basis—Previously, serial terminal
type settings were global. Now the type of serial connection is configurable on a portby-port basis. [PNDEV-95 & 213]
• Ability to add new device groups during the authorization process—Previously, newly discovered devices could only be assigned to existing device groups. Now if the appropriate device group does not yet exist, it can be created during the authorization process.
• Firmware Push filtering for iNET radios with newer firmware—Since newer iNET devices
should not receive firmware versions earlier than rev 8.0.0, the firmware push interface
does not list newer devices as candidates for older firmware images. [PNDEV-214]
• Allow duplicate snmpv3 usernames with different passwords—Previously, both the username and password were required to be unique. Now a single user account is allowed
multiple times as long as the passwords are unique. [PNDEV-215]
• SD Master Station management—PulseNET is now capable of monitoring and managing
the current release of the GE MDS SD Master Station. [PNDEV-222]
• New Orbit MCR 900 management features—The Orbit MCR 900 is now supported in
PulseNET, with new user interface and data collection functionality. [PNDEV-225]
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• SD network address parameter now displayed—The SD radio network address value is
now displayed as a configuration parameter in the radio detail display. [PNDEV-232]
• Tab labels now identify AP/Master as well as Remote/Subscriber—Since different GE MDS
radio models use varying terms to describe the radio’s roles, the Summary tabs now
reflect that both terms can apply to radios under those tabs. [PNDEV-233]
• Discovery and Collection Improvements—Improved discovery and collection to avoid
“read” lock issues. [PNDEV-269]
• IP address now displayed on firmware push device list—The radio IP address is now shown
on the list of devices in the firmware push display. [PNDEV-277]
• Device model now displayed on the topology explorer popup—The radio device model has
been added to the Topology Explorer popup display. [PNDEV-278]
• Orbit radios now show in the All Device Detail report—Previously, Orbit radios were not
included in the All Device Detail report. They are now available in the report output.
• New Merc 3650 AP Frequency Report—A new report shows Mercury 3650 AP radios and
the frequency they are using. [PNDEV-280]
• iNET Terminal Server to TransNET Master Topology—Improvements to the topology display for iNET radios being used as terminal servers for connecting TransNET Master
radios. [PNEE-180]
Installation and Upgrade
Customers currently using PulseNET version 3.0.0 or above will be able to upgrade directly to this new release using the upgrade package (Windows ZIP or Linux TAR archive).
For initial considerations and step-by-step directions, see the “Upgrading PulseNET”section in the Installation Guide. For detailed assistance, please contact GE MDS PulseNET
Customers who require a fresh PulseNET install or who are currently using a PulseNET
version prior to 3.0.0 should first install the 3.0.0 version using the executable installer
(Windows EXE or Linux BIN). Once 3.0.0 has been installed, the 3.1.0 upgrade process
can be followed as described above.
Migrating from 32-bit to 64-bit machines
The following migration process can be followed in order to move an existing PulseNET
installation from a 32-bit platform to a 64-bit machine.
1 Shut down the PulseNET services on the existing 32-bit machine.
2 Backup the current PulseNET installation directory structure on the 32-bit machine.
3 Copy the backup file from the old 32-bit machine to the new 64-bit machine.
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4 Expand/restore the 32-bit PulseNET directory structure to create the same structure on
the new 64-bit machine.
5 Obtain a 64-bit installer for the version of PulseNET to which you want to upgrade.
6 Run the 64-bit installer for the target PulseNET version, which will upgrade the application binaries.
7 If on a Windows platform, manually install the Windows services using the procedure
described in the PulseNET Install Guide (PulseNET p.15ff, PulseNET Enterprise p.22ff).
8 Start the PulseNET services on the new 64-bit machine and verify that the upgrade is
taking place normally.
9 Apply a new license key to the PulseNET instance now running on the 64-bit machine.
If PulseNET will not start, call GE MDS PulseNET Support for assistance. It may be necessary to install an independent 64-bit version of PulseNET and copy the jre folder to the
jre folder of the migrated system.
Topology Explorer GIS Mapping
Mapping of collocated devices is typically a challenge, but
in this release of PulseNET a new grouping icon shows how
many devices are collocated at identical GPS coordinates.
By clicking on the grouping icon, you can drill in to the specific site. One more click will expand the set of collocated
devices to show you each individual device with those GPS
coordinates, as shown below. Clicking on an individual device icon will display its summary information.
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SD Passphrase Management
The previous release of PulseNET allowed administrators to change the security passphrases on SD master radios and their downstream remotes. In this new release of
PulseNET, the administrator is able to click Display Passphrase History to review the list
of passphrases that have been used on a particular SD network (master and associated
remotes). This is the only place in PulseNET where a privileged user is allowed to view
an unencrypted passphrase.
A privileged administrator is also allowed to edit the passphrase history by deleting
previous passphrases that PulseNET should no longer remember. This is helpful because
PulseNET will not permit passphrases to be reused, so deleting previous passphrases
from PulseNET allows the use or recovery of a previous passphrase on the network.
Non-privileged users are allowed to see that a new passphrase has been pushed
throughout the network, but they are never allowed to see the unencrypted passphrases. The Audit Log tab on a specific device will indicate whether a new passphrase
has been pushed.
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DLINK Seedfile Features
In previous versions of PulseNET, the terminal type could be set on a global basis and
applied to every terminal server and port. However, each port on a terminal server may
need to be configured independently with different settings. In this new release of
PulseNET you can set the terminal type on a port-by-port basis. You are also allowed to
add several terminal server IP addresses through the wizard, as long as those terminal
servers use the same port number, discovery method, sleep mode, and terminal type.
This new version of PulseNET makes it easier to manage lists of terminal server settings
by giving you the ability to Import and Export your seedfile settings to comma delimited files.
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Adding Device Groups During Authorization
During the device discovery and authorization
process, the new devices must be assigned to a
device group. In previous releases of PulseNET,
the device group could be chosen only from the
list of existing device groups. In this new release
of PulseNET a new device group can be created
if one did not previously exist for the newly discovered device. Click the New Subgroup button
to create the new device group that is required
for the newly discovered device, as shown below.
SNMP v3 Usernames with Multiple Credentials
In previous versions of PulseNET, the SNMP v3 usernames were required to be unique,
even if a particular username had multiple SNMP v3 credentials available. In this new
release of PulseNET you are allowed to create multiple credentials for a single username, as shown below.
Orbit MCR 900 Support
In the previous version of PulseNET, the Orbit Platform devices were shown on the Summary display, but distinguishing between the varying roles was more difficult. In this
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new release of PulseNET, there is a new Summary display filter that allows you to select
which types of devices you want to see in the table. You may show all of the LAN devices or you may choose specific sets of devices to include in the display, as shown
In this new release of PulseNET, you will see a blue arrow icon on the Orbit MCR 900 nx
interface, which allows you to navigate to the detailed information for this interface.
Orbit 900 Access Point
The Orbit 900 Access Point shows an interface type of “900 Access Point”.
The Orbit 900 Access Point display for the nx interface has four tabs containing information. The Performance tab shows graphs for interface throughput and error counts.
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The Status tab includes the Administrative and Operational status of the 900 nx interface, while the Configuration tab displays the current modem in use and the device
mode setting.
The Remotes Connected tab provides the device count, followed by specific device
details in tabular form (if the connected remotes have been discovered and authorized
in PulseNET).
Orbit 900 Remote
The Orbit 900 Remote or Store-and-Forward device allows you to click the blue icon on
the 900 nx interface table to navigate to additional details about that interface.
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The Orbit 900 nx interface Status and Configuration tabs display the same type of information that was available for Access Points. The Performance tab shows graphs for
the following metrics:
• Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)
• Link Quality Index (LQI)
• Interface throughput (In/Out)
• Interface errors (In/Out)
The Orbit 900 Remote nx interface display also shows the upstream Access Point to
which this remote is associated.
SD Master Station Support
Early releases of the SD Master Station were supported in previous versions of PulseNET.
In this new version of PulseNET the next release of the SD Master Station is also supported. These devices will now be discovered and authorized as Master Stations. The
PulseNET Summary display will clearly identify them as such.
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The PulseNET Access Point/Master detail display shows configuration parameters, including the name of the currently active radio, which is usually identified by either the
letter “A” or “B”.
The Remotes/Subscribers Connected tab displays information and drilldown links for all
downstream devices.
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If an SD Master Station failover occurs, an alert will be generated in PulseNET indicating
that a failover has been detected and showing which radio is now active.
The detail display for each of the downstream devices will show the SD Master Station
“parent” to which that remote is associated.
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Known Issues and Workarounds
• SD radios with firmware version 4.1.5 or earlier using “Packet with MAC” mode should
not be configured for passive data collection. Upgrade the SD firmware to avoid potential issues with passive data collection.
• Mercury 5800 radios with firmware version lower than 3.2.6 will not provide the new PA
Temperature metric to PulseNET. Upgrade the Mercury firmware to avoid this condition.
• If you add a master device or replace a master device in a Cold Redundant Cluster, any
previously defined maintenance windows for the cluster will no longer be available.
• When monitoring 9810 devices, the radio’s RTU simulator must be off in order for
PulseNET to collect radio performance data.
• The current release of the SD Master Station does not support bulk passphrase changes.
• Orbit devices must have firmware version 2.0.9 or greater for PulseNET to manage all
of the currently available interface types. Initially the Orbit radios do not have a default
device name, and radios without a device name will not be displayed on the Firmware
Detail report. This should be remedied in Orbit firmware release 3.0.3.
• Radio frequencies for the Mercury 3650 are truncated to a whole number. The decimal
portion of the frequency will be added in the next PulseNET release.
For More Information
If you have questions regarding PulseNET installation or operation, please contact GE
MDS Support.
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