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NPM 10.5 Release Notes

Updated 10/16/2013

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Congratulations on your purchase of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM). SolarWinds NPM provides a comprehensive fault and performance monitoring platform that allows you to collect and view availability and both realtime and historical statistics directly from your web browser. While monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data from routers, switches, firewalls, servers, and any other SNMP- or WMI-enabled devices, SolarWinds NPM successfully offers a simple-to-use, scalable network monitoring solution for IT professionals managing any size network.

If you have applied Service Packs or Hotfixes to your product, they were delivered with readme.txt files. These files contain fixes that supercede the information found in the Release Notes.

These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) 10.5.

New SolarWinds NPM Features and Improvements

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following features:

New Routing Status and Performance Monitoring

  • Monitor your network for flapping routes and changes in default routes
  • See routing table details and create alerts for routing configuration changes
  • Monitoring covers major routing protocols: BGP, RIP v2, and OSPF v2

 

Interface Discovery Improved with Filtering

  • Exclude virtual interfaces and access ports, or specific interface type
  • Use pattern-matching, including regular expressions, to select interfaces for monitoring
  • Filtering applies to interface name, description, VLAN ID, port type, and more

 

Multicast Traffic Monitoring and Alerting

  • Automatic detection of multicast protocol and multicast group import into NPM
  • Display multicast information, route information, and device information in a single unified view
  • View multicast topology using upstream and downstream device list information
  • Generate intelligent alerts based on multicast errors

 

Interface Auditing and Logging

  • View user actions related to interface monitoring in NPM

 

Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor

  • The Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (IVIM) offers virtualization-specific monitoring of the following platforms:
    • VMware vSphere version 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, and 5.1
    • VMware ESX Server 3.5, 4.0, and 4.1
    • VMware ESXi Server 3.5, 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, and 5.1

New Orion Core Features and Improvements

This version of Orion Core includes no significant new features or improvements.

Fixed SolarWinds NPM Issues

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
A condition preventing an NPM upgrade when SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor with hardware health monitoring is installed has been fixed. 406561
An incorrect reference resulting in a failure to load the Traffic & Percent Utilization of Each Interface resource has been corrected. 412292
An error resulting in the incorrect summation of values on interface Universal Device Poller charts has been fixed. 412881
The Child Status Rollup Mode setting in Web Console Settings now applies to hardware health status inheritance. 413607
A condition providing incorrect data to Availability of Wireless Access Points reports has been corrected. 416885
Monitoring no longer stops automatically for down wireless access when they are monitored through a controller. 418258
The Network Dscovery ignore list of nodes and interfaces that should not be added to discovery results is now properly respected. 419819
Invalid Hardware Details views have been removed from the list of views available for adding to the web console. 423653
The Hardware Health Overview now correctly respects view limitations. 424608, 442479
Results from hardware health sensors are now correctly displayed on Network Atlas maps. 428849, 440902
F5 Sync Status now displays correctly for F5 BIG-IP devices with firmware versions 10.2 and higher.  440513, 454137

Fixed Orion Core Issues

This version of Orion Core includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
The number of results returned by any SQL query may be limited using the QueryBuilderTopLimit key, available in the web.config file. 191664
Korenix JetNet 5628G devices are now correctly identified. 195205
Icons have been updated for selected Korenix, Teldat, Tanberg, Polycom, and Usyscom devices. 195205
For dynamic database queries, the node Description field no longer maps to MachineType data. 262167
An improved compatibility check utility should prevent the installation of incompatible additional polling engines and Orion modules. 266128
VMware ESX hosts are now polled correctly through vCenter, even when they do not have explicitly defined IP addresses. 333408
A new resource selection utility makes it easier to select resources for customized web console views. 345541
HP MSM410, MSM760, and MSC3200 devices are now correctly identified. 376042
A number of fixes have improved traps processing performance. 384443
Syslog and traps viewing performance has been improved as a result the newly available option to extend the database timeout for requesting syslog and traps messages. 400624
Cisco Catalyst 4500X Switches are now correctly identified. 414701
An issue preventing the successful creation of groups using a group dynamic query that includes a single quote character (') has been fixed. 414987
Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switches are now correctly identified. 418026
The source of a data conversion error occurring when attempting to view the properties of a large database in Database Manager has been corrected. 418330
The Alerts view now correctly loads in the web console for Active Directory users under account limitations. 418626
The status of selected nodes in custom SolarWinds IP Address Manager reports are now correctly displayed in the web console. 420032
An additional index has been provided in the SolarWinds database to better handle groups and group limitations. 423103
Data for labeled volumes on Windows 2000 servers monitored using WMI now display correctly. 423395, 432651
The Understanding Orion Advanced Alerts technical reference has been updated to correct information provided about using groups when creating alerts. 424516
Updates to the Export to PDF functionality of Orion Report Scheduler have resulted in improved performance. 425290, 437650
Juniper SSL-SA-2500 devices are now correctly identified. 427087
The SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor documentation set has been updated. 428513
The ability to establish user limitations based on Boolean-type custom properties has been restored. 430179
A decimal formatting issue occurring in Orion Report Writer has been corrected. 432287
A condition preventing the deletion of custom properties that are named using sub-strings in common with other custom properties used in dynamic group queries has been corrected. 432809
Dell PowerConnect 5324 switches are now correctly identified. 435286
Cisco ASA 5515 and Cisco ASR 1001 devices are now correctly identified. 436729
The IVIM Virtualization Settings view now displays correctly in the web console for any number of selected items. 439760
Account limitations for Active Directory (AD) groups are now defined on a per-group basis, even when the limitation is identical for multiple AD groups. 440323
A number of web console display issues have been fixed, including the resolution of a race condition occurring when Windows Authentication is used for login. 442641
Data export for charts containing data over a change in Daylight Savings Time now functions correctly. 448802, 449230, 450403, 452213, 453036, 453838

Known SolarWinds NPM Issues

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following known issues:

Area Description
Active Directory The Email a Web Page alert action does not function as designed for users who are logged in to the web console using an Active Directory account or group. This is a known issue that may be addressed in a future release.
Alerts If you are using an Active Directory account for authentication into the web console, you may experience a session timeout when attempting to execute an Email a web page alert action.
To resolve this issue, wait for the session timeout to expire (this may take upwards of 20 minutes), and then restart the Alerting Engine service.
Auditing The default Auditing Trails Retention setting value (365 days) may result in an excessively large auditing table and significant database performance issues.
To resolve this issue, log in to the web console as an administrator, click Settings > Polling Settings, and then change the default Auditing Trails Retention value.
Note: You may also reduce the size of the auditing table in your database by opting to audit fewer event types.
Charts On upgrade to the new format, old format charts with the setting Time period for Chart set to Last 2 Hours may have the configured time period changed.
To resolve this issue, reconfigure the Time period for Chart setting to Last 2 Hours for all affected charts.
ESX Monitoring When adding or updating an ESX server as a monitored node, you may need to refresh the view before successfully changing the provided IP address.
FIPS SolarWinds installations on Windows server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 require a Microsoft hotfix to realize the FIPS-compatibility features of SolarWinds products. For more information about this required Microsoft hotfix, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981119.
Interface Indices Interface indices are maintained in both the Interfaces table and the NPM_Routing table of the SolarWinds database. Because these tables are polled on different polling intervals, the same interface may have different indices in each table as interfaces are remapped on independent polling intervals.
Network Atlas Under certain specific conditions, Network Atlas may fail to complete file synchronization with the SolarWinds database. This failure has been linked to Network Atlas users who have insufficient permissions to access the Network Atlas synchronization folder. Confirm that the user logged in to Network Atlas is able to access the Network Atlas synchronization folder.
Nodes Non-Cisco nodes may not display operating system versions in Node Details resources.
Reports Sorting by title is not currently available for Interface Availability reports.
SolarWinds Orion EOC reports must not have the same name as existing NPM reports.
Routing Data OSPF/BGP neighbor status is not currently supported for monitored IPv6 nodes.
Security Using a Password as a Key is not available for SHA1 authentication. As SHA1 authentication is the only FIPS-compatible method, the Password as a Key option is not available for FIPS-enabled envronments.
SolarWinds Toolset Integration The SolarWinds Toolset Integration for the Orion Web Console is unable to install automatically on Windows Server 2008 R2 due to an Internet Explorer version 8 (IE8) security feature. As a result, whenever the web console opens a view containing resources that can use the Toolset integration, a warning dialog displays. If you want to install the Toolset integration, click More Options, and then click Always Install. If you do not want to install the Toolset integration, click More Options, and then click Never Install.
Web Console With the next release of SolarWinds NPM, SolarWinds will no longer support Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.

 

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