Monitor releases with Dynatrace
Once you configure environment variables for version detection and, optionally, integrate your issue-tracking system and configure dynamic queries, you can start analyzing data related to each release version of your software.
To list the software releases in your environment, select Releases from the navigation menu.
Release version sorting uses lexicographic (string) sorting rather than semantic version sorting. In lexicographic sorting, numbers are treated as individual characters, and the ordering is determined based on these characters' ASCII or Unicode values. Release version sorting uses lexicographic sorting because there's no pattern for the release versions, and users can enter any value.
The Releases page displays the following information about the listed releases:
Shows all detected releases. Each entry represents processes (process group instances) grouped by release and build versions, stage, and product to which they logically belong. The Validation column indicates the latest release validation result detected. The icon color reflects the quality gate status (
Passed). Select the icon to navigate to the Cloud Automation bridge.
If the icon appears dimmed, either you don't have a Cloud Automation instance or no release validation results are detected.
Shows all events corresponding to the releases, such as process restart and deployment events.
Shows issues from the external issue trackers related to the releases.
To set simple filters, use the quick filters on the left side of the page.
- To set more detailed filters, use the filter bar above the table.
For example, you can use the
tagfilter to search by the tag of a process group instance.
- To see only releases that are impacted by problems, select Apply filter above the Release inventory table.
Filtering for a specific release shows an overview of stages and product contexts in which the release is deployed.
Filtering for a stage shows an overview of all releases deployed at that stage.
List release details
To see details about a release, select a link in the Name column of the Releases page.
The Release details page displays the following information about the selected release:
Shows a summary of captured metadata (process group name, version, stage, product, technologies, instances, throughput, problems, and third-party vulnerabilities) and links to the process group where the release is deployed.
Instances shows the number of deployments of this release in a specific stage in the context of a specific product.
Throughput shows how much traffic is routed to the selected release.
Problems shows the number of open impacted problems related to the process group instance of the release.
Third-party vulnerabilities shows the number of third-party vulnerabilities related to the selected release. This helps you check if, for example, a new release would introduce a known vulnerability and, based on this, decide on its impact on and relevance to your release schedule.
If Dynatrace detects vulnerabilities in the release, Third-party vulnerabilities is displayed in red. Select it to display the Security page and gather more information. See Application Security monitoring for details.
Shows hosts with basic metrics where the release is deployed and links to the host page for further analysis.
Shows all events corresponding to the selected release, such as process restart and deployment events.
Shows issues from the external issue trackers related to the selected release.
To optimize the release inventory table, when no Cloud Automation instance is provisioned, the column to display a release validation result is not shown.
Lists release validations detected within the global timeframe.
You can sort the list by score and evaluation end time.
Select any release validation in the list to navigate to the heatmap of the corresponding evaluation on your Cloud Automation instance.
In addition, a graph displays the latest 20 release validation results:
The y-axis displays the score
The x-axis displays the end time of each quality gate evaluation
- The bar color indicates the quality gate status (
For additional insights into Release monitoring, check our Dynatrace University tutorial: