Ok, so I've downloaded and installed the new LiteSpeed 5.0 (LS) and I've played with it a bit and here are some notes in no particular order.
1. I'm really disappointed they didn't improve setup at ALL. It's the same setup program it's always been and it could really stand to be more useful.
2. Upgrade appears to be getting better. I appear to have been able to upgrade from 4.8 with no problems.
3. Configuration of the central and local repos is still the same and I was hoping for more this time around.
4. The GUI has had a major overhaul which appears to be mostly cosmetic. They've cleaned up a lot of the icons and updated the code, but I fear performance is still going to be lousy.
5. The reason the performance is going to be lousy is because the schema of the repo is still the same. It's an absolutely horrible design and not at all the kind of schema you'd throw at enterprise backup. So I fear the performance of the GUI will suffer for this reason. I've been talking to them about the state of the repo for about 5yrs now and it's good to see that they're still not listening.
6. As usual, they don't take upgrade into consideration. They expect that you either have to start with a clean central repo or put your entire environment at risk. I wasn't able to backup any of my 4.8 servers and push their info to the central repo. That means that you'll have to upgrade your ENTIRE environment pretty much at the same time or be exposed to missing important information. I don't know why the repos are never backward compatible. The schema hasn't changed in any important ways in years so they should be able to figure out how to store backup info in a different version. It's actually pretty easy. They make it very difficult to upgrade because of this. Come on guys... how about a little consideration for you DBAs?
7. The help file was updated with new info but it's still rather simple and it seems like it should have more.
8. The GUI isn't consistent. You can do some things in some panes and you should be able to do them in others too, but you can't.
9. The categories you can specify are ok, and they're stored in the central repo so you can report off of them from the GUI, but that's it. I would expect that if you're storing that kind of info in a central location that you would use it to add server registrations locally. Instead, you still have to register all your boxes by hand if they're not imported from a previous version of LS. This definitely counts as failing to cross the finish line. They took a good feature and half-assed it.
10. Actually, I imported my registered servers from my previous version of LS and now that I'm connected to the new central repo I can't see them at all. If I delete the repo from the GUI I get my servers back. And there's no way to de-select the repo without deleting it. Again, this wasn't thought-out at all.