LANScan Version 2.01d(S17)

Release Notes

 

Thanks for your interest in LANScan Network Monitoring software. We are working hard to continually improve LANScan - adding features, improving performance and correcting problems.

 

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Version 2.01d has several important product improvements, documented below:

 

In version 2.01d(S17):

 

Default database location is now the program installation directory. This allows correct operation under Windows-XP.

 

In version 2.01d(S16):

 

Device CSV logging now includes separate entries for RX and TX traffic information. Also, the logging directory is now created under the database directory instead of being appended to it.

 

In version 2.01d(S15):

 

Fix to prevent Workspace Manager crashing on start-up when a workspace has been configured and made active.

 

In version 2.01d(S14):

 

Enhanced report statistics now show Host and Protocol traffic information.

 

Report selection dialog now shows all configured reports and their scheduling settings.

 

Network and Device views can be customized to disable Trend, Conversation or Protocol panes. Right click on the Network interface or Device in the Explorer window and select 'Configure' Here you will find a menu option to disable the desired pane.

 

Occasional crash when getting Protocol data update has now been fixed.

 

Network Layout view could leave the 'hour-glass' cursor selected. This is now fixed.

 

In version 2.01d(S12):

 

New installer for all versions.

 

License status now immediately reflects registration changes.

 

Default database location is now 'My Documents'.

 

Trying to select a new database from the System Settings failed to detect a match with an existing database. Also, using the browser would cause an extra '.lsd' extension to be added to the filename and the path and filename would

be swapped.

 

In LANScan Professional the historical database now 'follows' the main configuration database location.

 

In version 2.01d(S11):

 

Internal changes not affecting user opreation.

 

In version 2.01d(S10):

 

Line and Box drawing in Network Layout now working correctly. Previously this was not possible highlighted by the drawing cursor changing back to a selection cursor.

 

In version 2.01d(S8):

 

System configuration options now accessible in Traffic View. Previously when trying to access this option the system would crash.

 

In version 2.01d(S7):

 

Name resolution has been improved to now report names derived from the ARP Protocol.

 

System Settings dialog defaulted the 'Disable DNS Lookup' field to true, regardless of the database settings. That is now fixed.

 

Resetting the Monitor with views open could cause the trend time span to change - this has been fixed.

 

Opening and closing Device or Network Views could cause LANScan to crash occasionally. That is now fixed.

 

In earlier versions....

 

Corrected the 'Report New Local Devices' feature. It now reports all new local devices.

 

Corrected the 'Add new Device Objects for Local Devices' feature. Previously, not all devices were added. Also LANScan now adds a device for the MAC address associated with the local NIC. Other local devices are added with a name consisting of 'MAC-' and the MAC address. The local PC device is added with a name of 'LOCAL MAC-' and the MAC address.

 

Corrected the 'Report new network addresses' feature. Previously an IP or IPX device would only be reported if it was detected at the same time as a new MAC device was detected. They are now reported properly regardless of the state of the MAC address.

 

Corrected System Event log reporting. Occasionally, System Events(Reset, New Address etc) messages would not appear in the log.

 

LANScan now starts with network views open. This makes it easier to quickly see network activity.

 

In some applications, LANScan can be configured with more network objects than are actually active. In that case, LANScan will now show inactive network objects with an 'inactive' icon next to the name in the explorer view.

 

Restart function has been enhanced to perform a complete monitor restart. This can reduce memory usage by LANScan over the long term. Restart can be manually requested vi the 'Tools' menu, or it may be configured to occur automatically on a frequency or daily via the 'Configure' menu, 'System Settings' dialog and 'Monitor' property sheet.

 

Deleting a device or network object when more than one view of the object was open would cause LANScan to fail. That is corrected.

 

Various memory problems throughout LANScan have been corrected.

 

Re-enabled Packet Capture in LANScan Professional. This had been removed in Version 2.01c.

 

An option was added to the System Settings dialog to disable DNS lookup. This results in LANScan operating in a purely passive mode, but domain name addresses are not resolved.

 

Added a 'Maximum Monitor Memory' configuration feature to the Monitor System Settings dialog. By lowering the amount of time LANScan stores network data in memory, the amount of physical and virtual memory used by LANScan can be reduced. Valid settings are from 1 to 8 hours. Decreasing this value below 8 hours will result in the '8 Hour' value on network and device summary views to always be 0.

 

Corrected the field sizes for the Response Event text labels. Previously the field truncated the label, making it difficult to understand what the field is used for.

 

Restored the Packet Capture feature in LANScan Professional.

 

It is now no longer possible to create new network records using the 'Configure' menu option. This was not a useful function, as the network object could not be made active unless created during the assign adapters task.

 

Default Configuration password is now <blank>. Previously, it was '??????'

 

New databases now default CSV Logging frequency to 5 minutes, rather than 1 second.

 

Added messages to the event log reporting the start and stop of packet capture in LANScan Professional.

Installation

 

Run the new executable to install LANScan. It is not necessary to uninstall the previous version. Note that a new license code is required for this Beta version.

 

A new database must be created – previous version configuration databases are not supported.

 

Known Problems

 

‘Quick View’ – Creating a ‘Quick Device View’ can cause LANScan to believe a permanent device has been created with the name used in the Quick View. Close LANScan and restart to clear the problem.

 

‘Crash on closing Device View’ Opening a device view and closing without any network traffic to/from the device can occasionally cause LANScan to crash.

 

Multiple NIC cards - If both cards have the same default name(displayed in the LANScan adapter dialog), LANScan will crash on startup. To avoid the problem, do not let LANScan create objects for all adapters. Create the objects manually and change the names to unique names.

 

If you need support or wish to contact LANScan Software:

 

via email: support@lanscan.com

via the Web:  www.lanscan.com

via phone: 804 817 0014

via Fax: 509 753 2264

via Post:

LANScan Software, Inc.

PO Box 383

Ivy, VA 22945

UNITED STATES