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NCM 7.8 Release Notes

 

Last updated: May 31, 2018

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in NCM 7.8. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

For NCM environment requirements, see NCM 7.8 system requirements.

SolarWinds Orion Installer for installing Orion Platform 2018.2 already includes the Orion Platform 2018.2 Hotfix 1.

New features and improvements in NCM

This section describes new features and improvements NCM offers in this release. You can compare NCM 7.8 with previous releases of NCM.

Network Insight for Cisco Nexus devices

Network Insight for Cisco Nexus devices automates the management of your Nexus infrastructure to provide visibility and help ensure service availability. Network Insight for Cisco Nexus provides the following capabilities.

Support for multiple VDCs

Cisco Nexus series switches provide support for virtual device contexts (VDCs). Each VDC runs as a separate logical entity within the switch.

To add a Cisco Nexus device with multiple VDCs to NCM, first add the admin VDC using its IP address. All other VDCs will be automatically discovered, and you can add each VDC as a separate node. You can then configure NCM to back up and restore configurations for all VDCs accessible via SSH or Telnet from the NCM server.

Cisco Nexus access control list management

Use NCM to help you manage the access control lists (ACLs) on your Cisco Nexus devices:

  • Compare different versions of an ACL, or different ACLs. Quickly determine what changed between different versions of an ACL, or compare the ACLs on different devices.

  • Search and filter within ACLs to find rules quickly.

  • Identify rules with 0 hits. Sort ACL rules by hit count (the number of times the rule was applied) to identify rules that have not been applied.

  • Automatically detect shadowed or redundant rules. These are rules that might not be executed because the affected traffic has already been processed by a previous rule. Finding and eliminating these rules makes the rule set easier to manage and also helps ensure that the rules achieve the intended results.

In addition, NCM 7.8 adds support for noncontiguous masks.

vPC subview and vPC Configuration Details view

Starting with NCM 7.8, node detail views for Cisco Nexus devices have the vPC subview. This view lists virtual PortChannels (vPCs) connected to the monitored Nexus device.

If the configs have been downloaded to NCM, click View configs from the vPC subview to display configs for the vPC and its member interfaces.

New device inventory reports

Use the following inventory reports to access information about your Cisco Nexus devices:

Report Description
Cisco Bootload Images Displays information related to bootload images within each device.
Cisco Fan Tray Status Lists the operational status information for a device's fans or fan trays.
Cisco FRU Power Status Lists the power-related administrative status and operational status of the manageable components in the system.
Cisco FRU Power Supply Groups in the system Displays the redundancy mode and the operational status of the power supply groups in the system.

New config change template

NCM provides the following config change template for Cisco Nexus devices.

Config Change Template Description
Configure Virtual PortChannel on Cisco Nexus Configures a virtual PortChannel (vPC) domain that contains two Cisco Nexus peer devices. 

Cisco Nexus firmware upgrades

NCM 7.8 includes three out-of-the-box templates for Nexus devices. When you are creating or modifying custom firmware upgrade templates for Cisco Nexus devices, you can specify multiple firmware images to upgrade (for example, the system and kickstarter images). 

>> Read more about Network Insight for Cisco Nexus devices

Exclude blocks of text from configuration file comparison

In previous versions of NCM, you could use regular expressions to identify individual lines that NCM should exclude when it compares configuration files. In NCM 7.8, you can also exclude blocks of text. For example, you can exclude the certificate section of the configuration file.

To enable this functionality, NCM 7.8 changed the RegEx engine used to evaluate the regular expressions that identify text for exclusion. Previous versions used the GNU grep RegEx engine, but NCM 7.8 uses the .NET RegEx engine. For more information, see Before you upgrade.

Expanded firmware vulnerability support

NCM imports the firmware vulnerability warnings provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and correlates vulnerability data with managed nodes of supported device types. NCM 7.8 adds firmware vulnerability support for the following device types:

  • Cisco Nexus
  • Juniper

New features and improvements in the Orion Platform

NCM 7.8 is an Orion Platform product, and runs on Orion Platform 2018.2. Orion Platform 2018.2 offers the following new features.

Load Average metrics collected from Linux-based devices

When polling CPU & Memory with the Orion agent, selected metrics are available for alerts, alert variables, charts, reports, PerfStack(TM), and SWIS.

» Learn more

Improved group member statistics

Use the new metric showing group availability by averaging the availability of the internal group members instead of using the status of the entire group. You can use this metric in a new widget, in alerts, reports, and in PerfStack dashboards.

 » Learn more

PerfStack widget

Add saved Performance Analysis project to any view as a widget. Just click the Edit view icon > Add widgets, search for the project name, and drag the widget to its position.

 » Learn more

Other improvements

  • For modules that monitor UPS power supplies, UPS monitoring for APC (American Power Conversion) SmartUPS Uninterruptible Power Supplies containing Network Management cards.
  • Updated popovers:
    • Up to five custom properties can be configured to display in node popovers
  • Updated SolarWinds Orion Installer with improved scalability engine installation experience
  • Added support for over 70 vendors and 5000 devices.
    • Added support for Apresia (CPU, memory, icon, MIBs for traps and Huawei devices (CPU and memory)
    • SNMPv3 support for Huawei and other RFC3414 devices
  • Support Orion cloud deployment in Amazon EC2 and Azure VM
  • Support for utilizing Amazon RDS for Orion Database
  • Orion Platform modules no longer require MSDTC
  • Modules no longer require TLS 1.0 or 1.1 be enabled on the Orion Server
  • Microsoft Device Guard Support (all binaries properly signed)

New customer installation

For information about installing NCM 7.8 see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

Before you upgrade!

If you are upgrading from a previous version, be aware of the following considerations:

  • Review the deprecation notices: Although NCM 7.8 still supports Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and SQL Server 2012, these will no longer be supported in future versions.

  • NCM 7.8 now uses the .NET RegEx engine to evaluate the regular expressions that identify lines or blocks for exclusion. When you upgrade, the upgrader automatically translates your existing Comparison Criteria to the .NET RegEx flavor.

    To verify that all regular expressions are translated:

    1. Before the upgrade, go to the Comparison Criteria page and make a note of the existing regular expressions.
    2. After the upgrade, verify that the Comparison Criteria page lists all regular expressions defined in previous versions. All regular expressions in the list were successfully translated to the .NET RegEx flavor.

If an existing regular expression is not listed on the Comparison Criteria page after the upgrade, please contact Support.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from NCM 7.5 or later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously.

If you are upgrading from an earlier version, use the following resources to plan and implement an upgrade to NCM 7.5. Then use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to complete the upgrade.

Fixed issues in NCM

Case number Description

1109797, 1339042, 
00010567

You can now specify the encryption type in device templates. 

1202383

Exporting an NCM policy compliance report to Excel or a CSV file no longer fails when the account limitation for the node category is Network.

1221896

Unmanaged and deleted nodes are no longer included in policy compliance reports.

1212993, 1243565, 1301423, 00010895

Nodes in the Config Change Report are listed in alphabetical order. Other formatting issues, such as empty lines, have also been corrected.

1244061

Jobs that use the ${DateTime} variable to create new files each time they run now create the file names correctly.

1199516

When you run a Config Change Report, NCM uses the correct configuration file as a baseline for the comparison.

1266698

A firmware upgrade no longer fails when NCM is using credentials that do not allow it to delete the upgrade file from the SCP root folder. 

1328505

Variables such as ${DateTime} are evaluated correctly in real-time notification (RTN) subject lines.

1325626

When NCM generates the Config Change Report as a PDF file to attach to the notification email, the PDF file name includes the date and time it was generated.

00038754, 00036751, 00012566, 00065185

When a configuration file has special encoding at the beginning or end or lines, NCM no longer incorrectly reports changes to the configuration file.

00028772

NCM can now download configuration files from a Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) operating system that runs on Cisco ASA hardware.

00034394

Jobs to download or back up configuration files for Cisco ASA devices no longer run for long periods or time out.

00055655

NCM no longer attempts to connect to the free Additional Polling Engine that is distributed by SolarWinds SRM. 

00064055

When you create an "Upload Changes to Devices" job, using the Vendor property in a Dynamic Selection no longer returns an error.

00073627

After users delete configuration files or nodes, NCM removes all unneeded data from the database. The improved cleanup operation prevents the database size from increasing unnecessarily.

N/A

When you perform an advanced search, the configuration files in the search results are listed in chronological order.

00024232

When an uncaught exception occurs in the search engine, the NCM advanced search no longer appears to hang at 0%.

 

Fixed issues in the Orion Platform

Orion Platform 2018.2 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

00019605,
00047469

AppStack respects single group limitations.

1144272, 1176440,
1191598, 1197682

When the Orion Web Console is configured to use client certificate authentication, menu items are displayed correctly.

00066337,00061508, 00061508, 00055119

During the upgrade, website files are not overwritten.

1089390

The SQL performance is not affected by excessive reads.

1171110, 1186153

SHA1 certificate is not used anymore.

1179158

Orion Platform correctly executes repeated alert actions.

1336581, 00076562

Audit events are generated correctly.

1204393

Queries with Datetime are executed correctly

948689, 952451,
1066295, 1257968

Active alert resources respect view limitations based on Group Name Pattern or Group of Groups.

1092588, 1037529, 1260477, 1013431

Alerting actions trigger without delay.

00036699, 00025363

You can close ServiceNow tickets in ServiceNow. Closing a ServiceNow ticket stops sending Orion alerts for the issue.

1168389, 1173705, 1221600, 1120837,

1113472

You can add interfaces and volumes on agent-polled nodes or nodes that are found twice to the Discovery Ignore List.

1196323

Syslogs and Traps views are displayed correctly if you have devices with the same MachineTypes, each MachineType with different special characters.

1149359

External processes start successfully when the username has the format user@domain.

1355539, 1311390

The JobEngine service runs without issues, and performance data is updated on devices.

1089413, 1101096

Child elements of a storage array respect user limitations of the parent array.

1082086, 959170

The security issue with the OpenSSL library in Orion Platform products is resolved.

1163039, 1109011, 1148640, 1179830, 1161572

New custom properties are displayed without issues when inserting variables into alerts.

1341059

View limitations are applied correctly in the hardware Health Overview widget.

1094540, 1224160

When creating groups, the Search by Node IP address works correctly.

1056869

Using Advanced Database Queries in reports works without issues.

00022780, 00032805, 1130747, 1125894

Custom chart resources display correctly.

1104961, 1238351, 1150263, 1273370, 1338333

QoE/DPI does not excessively affect the performance of the Orion Web Console.

00018883, 1334323, 1355867, 1365779, 1359469

Custom properties show on maps without issues.

1244351

The readme for offline help files is correct.

996396

Node validation issues with SNMPv3 columns are resolved.

1108733, 1357345, 1197953, 1174828

ServiceNow field is now displayed as a text box.

876639, 889594, 920136, 1102219, 1358660

Custom charts show only the number of top records configured in the Show only limited number of top records.

1273447

Latitudes and longitudes with a trailing 0 are displayed correctly on the WorldMap.

00036038, 00023095

The alerting service is working without issues.

00045994

SilverPeak devices are displayed correctly.

00053297, 1357894, 1361734

After the upgrade, user graphics are displayed correctly in the Network Atlas.

1166495

Credentials cache is disabled by default.

1348736

ServiceNow integration: The Contact type field provides correct values, and new tickets are created instead of reactivations.

1166495, 1188140, 1193919

The Credentials manager can support over 1,000 credentials.

1355306

Database maintenance retains dependencies between discovery profiles and found nodes.

1258332

Mount point disks are polled correctly when the node is an agent.

1294415

Alert macros using variables work correctly.

00021978, 808735, 1185765, 1232236

SWQL queries with long alert conditions are displayed correctly.

00022839, 1279384, 1325433, 1273022

SQL queries in send email actions are parsed correctly.

1336787, 00049928

You can integrate DPA into Orion using Windows SQL authentication.

1243055, 1258332, 1259100, 1273347, 1283616

Mount points on WMI nodes are monitored correctly.

1243773

A custom report resource retrieving a large amount of data displays without issues.

1192721

A new alert for groups based on MemberAvailability is available out-of-the-box.

1200878

The Configuration wizard completes successfully when the IP address is used in binding.

1236429

When configuring mail recipient actions, you can use more than one macros.

1233991, 1209460

After restarting the alerting service v2, old macros work without issues.

1355458

XSS vulnerability in the Message Center and in Details views has been resolved.

1309520

Limitations on views and resources work correctly.

1177501

Issues with receiving bad traps have been resolved.

1211610

ServiceNow integration now reflects inactive choices..

1243201, 1265030, 1241747, 1265030

After upgrading the Orion Platform, Configuration wizard completes successfully.

1234343, 1162526, 1347668, 1154095, 1234837, 1243148, 1263062

Mandatory custom properties are required.

876767

Reports with duplicated charts initialize correctly.

00022551

When uninstalling Orion Platform products, Configuration wizard completes without issues.

1166270, 1174828, 1180967, 1207039

ServiceNow integration: issues with state and incident state have been resolved.

1348736

ServiceNow integration: the Contact type field references the correct field, and the Orion Platform correctly opens new tickets.

1351562

When editing custom properties, you can add notes and links without issues.

1243971, 1319151, 1243971, 1184410, 1178884, 1194514

Orion Web Console displays in one language.

00052045, 1321106

${N=SwisEntity;M=DetailsUrl} variable returns the correct value from the OrioWebServerAddress settings.

1155599, 1185495

PDF formatting issues when using third party engines have been resolved.

1149359, 1181261

Alert actions requiring executing external programs or VB scripts work without issues for non-built-in domain Administrator users.

1357871

Searching in the Action Manager returns correct results.

00034880, 1224826, 1356370, 1357396

Settings for an AD account are stored in the Orion Web Console even after the user logs out.

1191301, 1187591, 1329563, 1337451

Orion certificates are upgraded from sha1 to sha256.

00010367, 00068806, 00060064, 1365612, 1363354, 00060064

When displaying the Message Center page in the Orion Web Console, the memory utilization in SWIS is appropriate.

1211610

ServiceNow integration: Incidents closed based on events do not reopen incorrectly.

00050141, 00057324, 00032910, 00053703

The vulnerability towards the ROBOT attack has been addressed.

00051801

Inappropriate error messages in the Orion Web Console do not appear.

1197522, 1356174, 1202106

When a dependency is corrupted, valid dependencies display in the Dependency widgets and views.

1194193, 1240374

The OrionServers table is updated from the main polling engine server.

1356961, 00019305, 00056252, 00068463, 1197497, 1232325, 00042222, 1126690

The SWIS subscription link from an additional polling engine to the main polling engine is working correctly.

00063235

Performance Analysis queries NPM tables only if you have NPM installed.

End of life

EoL Announcements EoE Effective Dates EoL Effective Dates
September 14, 2017 End-of-Life (EoL) announcement - Customers on Network Configuration Manager version 7.5 should begin transitioning to the latest version of Network Configuration Manager. December 14, 2017 End-of-Engineering (EoE) - Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Network Configuration Manager version 7.5 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. December 14, 2018 End-of-Life - SolarWinds will not longer provide technical support for Network Configuration Manager version 7.5.

See End of Life Policy for information about SolarWinds product lifecycle phases. For supported versions and EOL announcements for all SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.

Deprecation notices

This version deprecates the following hardware, software, and features. 

Deprecation indicates that the feature should be avoided. Deprecated features remain in the software, but will be removed in a future release. Customizations applied to a deprecated feature may not be migrated if a new feature replaces the deprecated one.

Type Deprecation
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 This software is deprecated as of this release. Although you can install Orion Platform 2018.2 products on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 are deprecated and will not be supported in future versions of the Orion Platform. SolarWinds strongly recommends that you upgrade your operating system to Windows Server 2016 or later at your earliest convenience.
SQL Server 2012 This software is deprecated as of this release. Although you can use SQL Server 2012 with Orion Platform 2018.2 products, this version is deprecated and will not be supported on future versions of the Orion Platform. SolarWinds strongly recommends that you upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2017, or later at your earliest convenience.
All Active Alerts resource

The current  All Active Alerts resources is deprecated. The resource is replaced with a new, enhanced widget. You can continue to use the deprecated, legacy resource.

Pre-configured resources

(Availability, Min/Max/Average, Percent Loss, etc.)

Most pre-configured resources are deprecated as of this release. The resources will be compressed into single, configurable widget in a future release.
Last XX resources Pre-configured Last XX resources are deprecated as of this release. They will be replaced with a single, configurable widget in a future release.
Managed Nodes

The current Managed Nodes page is deprecated as of this release. A new version is available, but you can continue to use the legacy page.

SolarWinds recommends migrating to the new Managed Nodes page at your earliest convenience.

Customize Views  The Customize View page is deprecated as of this release. Functionality is migrating to the Customize Page feature.

Search resources

(legacy search, search on thwack, search for nodes, etc.)

All search resources are deprecated as of this release. Use the integrated search in the global navigation.

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