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NPM 10.7 Release Notes

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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.

Notes Note: 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) 10.7

New SolarWinds NPM Features and Improvements

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following features:

Device Studio

  • Build new CPU / Memory pollers from scratch or modify existing pollers
  • Add monitoring support for devices that are not already natively supported
  • Use Import/Export feature to share pollers with the Thwack community

Routing Improvements

  • Now supporting EIGRP/OSPFv3
  • Routing resources now support VRFs and the display of multiple route tables.

Support for Ruckus and Motorola Wireless Access Points

  • Native support for most Ruckus and Motorola wireless access points (APs) and wireless LAN controllers (WLCs)

VLAN Polling

  • New VLAN resources and data on Interface Details views

New Orion Platform Features and Improvements

This version of the Orion Platform includes the following features:

Web-based Report Scheduler

  • Report scheduling is now featured in the web console.
  • Email, print or save reports on a scheduled basis.
  • Send reports using SSL with Office365.

Map Improvements

  • Link utilization and speed are available as connection options
  • Significant improvements to "ConnectNow" topology mapping

Independent and Dynamic Thresholds

  • Independently set Critical and Warning thresholds for most node and interface statistics
  • Dynamically recalculate thresholds based on historical trends

Drag and Drop Resources

  • Dynamically position and re-size resources and columns in the web console

Custom Table and Chart Resources

  • Create custom table and chart resources for inclusion in views and web-based reports

Network Operations Console (NOC) View

  • Configure any existing view as a rotating NOC view optimized for large displays

SNMP Status Polling

  • ICMP polling is no longer required to determine Up/Down status

 

Discovery Database Updates
The following devices are now recognized natively:
APC Web/SNMP Management Card Cisco 881G Integrated Services Router Cisco 892 Cisco 892F-K9 Cisco 892FSP Cisco 4948F 10G
Cisco ASA 5512-X Cisco ASR 901 Cisco ASR 901 TenGig DC Cisco ASR 9001 Cisco Catalyst 3560X Cisco Flex 7510 Wireless LAN Controller
Cisco ME-3800X-24FS-M Cisco Nexus 7000 4-Slot Switch Cisco SF300-08 8-Port 10/100 Managed Switch Cisco SM-SRE-900-K9 Cisco SRE 700 WC Cisco UC560FXO
Cisco UCS 6140XP 40-Port Fabric Interconnect Emerson Liebert RDU-S Force10 MXL Switch HP J9137A Switch 2520-8-PoE HP J9138A Switch 2520-24-Po​E HP J9775A 2530-48G Switch
HP J9781A 2530-48 Switch Motorola AP6532 Access Point Nimble CS210    

Fixed SolarWinds NPM Issues

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
Improvements to custom charts in the web console correct an issue where polled data was not formatted correctly when exporting views to .xls. 527687
An issue preventing the display of data in custom charts for Universal Device Pollers ("Custom Chart - Not available for selection") has been fixed. 453532
The routing tables for Nexus 3064 and Nexus 5548 are now correctly polled. 533967
A fix for routing table resources that show either confusing data or otherwise nonexistent connections can be found in this SolarWinds knowledge base article. 465727
Data gaps in selected charts that were due to incorrect rounding of sampling intervals have been resolved. 521316
The Universal Device Poller (UnDP) parser has been updated to better handle both numbers using decimal points and numbers using comma separators. 527929
Objects with SSIDs that are longer than 1024 characters are now polled and handled correctly. 531718
An issue resulting in the apparent loss of significant amounts of interface traffic has been fixed. 550884
A condition of the Universal Device Poller custom table poller that prevented data from displayiing in the web console has been fixed. 556165
NPM now properly handles polling for the case when the rows in a table UnDP are not correctly ordered. 553229

Fixed Orion Platfrom Issues

This version of the Orion Platfrom includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
Alcatel SAS-M 7210 devices are now correctly recognized. 426118
Trap messages are no longer forwarded as SNMPv2 when user has selected to forward traps as SNMPv1. 425012, 428997
Web-based reports that contain custom charts may now be exported to HTML and sent by email, as designed. 426344
WMI and SNMP pollers are now capable of filtering out invalid MAC addresses to prevent node duplication errors in discovery. 442791
A number of potential cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, including one in the Search Nodes feature of the web console, have been addressed. 464256, 546218
IP addresses provided in SNMP trap alerts are now converted correctly. 468250
A memory leak in the SWJobEngineWorker2 process of the Hardware Health Collector plugin has been fixed. 483953
Scheduling multiple reports to generate simultaneously no longer results in intermittently lost data. 491065
64-bit traps are now received and displayed correctly in SNMP Trap Viewer. 463531
An issue with Group of groups account limitations that results in multiple listings of the same volume on Node Details views has been corrected. 505850
The source of discrepancies between data reported by Universal Device Pollers and data displayed in the web console has been fixed. 512301, 520440
Out of Memory errors related to the high memory requirements of topology calculations have been addressed by distributing selected topology calculations to additional polling engines for completion. 512683
A typographical error in the stored machine type for Isilon Systems devices has beed corrected. 514235
An error causing a deletion of the VolumeTypeID column from the SolarWinds database has been fixed. 518466
Columns of HTML reports sent by email from Report Scheduler no longer display as excessively cropped or narrowed. 516952
A condition occurring when listing resources for a device that results in a listing of all interfaces on a monitored device when only a selection are actually monitored has been corrected. 518217
Custom Property Editor no longer limits Select All to 300 elements. 522769
Changes made to the Message Center view in the web console have improved performance. 518735
Node management performance has been improved by addressing selected database locking issues. 523912
Security vulnerabilities identified in the web console have been addressed. 522586
An error occurring when generating a "95th percentile traffic rate-Last X days/month" report with a "Group of nodes" limitation has been corrected. 527282
The number of displayed alerts on the Alerts web console view is no longer limited to 250 alerts. 527800
An error resulting in the misrepresentation of CPU Memory data, specifically with respect to defined error- and warning-level thresholds, has been corrected. 535600
Network Atlas maps now properly respect account limitations on maps viewed in the web console. 536848
An error related to using custom SQL/SWQL queries to create web-based reports has been fixed. 533821
When exporting custom properties, now, only those custom properties associated with selected devices are exported, and not all custom properties, as was the case previously. 539491
A change in the method used to save network maps addresses a issue with how a third-party component renders and resizes maps in the web console. 541741, 544323
The following security vulnerabilities were discovered by the Zero Day Initiative and addressed by SolarWinds:
  • ZDI-CAN-1874: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor PEstrarg1 ActiveX Heap Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
  • ZDI-CAN-1875: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Apex Stack Buffer Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
  • ZDI-CAN-1883: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor VSReport Remote Code Execution Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
  • ZDI-CAN-1898: SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager FSMWebService Information Disclosure Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
  • ZDI-CAN-1899: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor wpdlx Remote Code Execution Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
  • ZDI-CAN-1978: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor C1Chart3D8 Array Indexing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod

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.

  • Charts that are included in new web console reports are not currently available for export to .XLS. This capability is expected in a future release.
Custom Properties Custom property export to .XLS fails when a Definition column is included. For more information, see the SolarWinds Knowledge Base.
Discovery Due to an issue with its SNMP agent, KYOCERA MITA Printing Systems (OID: 1.3.6.1.4.1.1347.41) may not be recognized correctly.
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.
Groups The Add New Group button is not available on the Manage Groups of the web console when it is viewed using Google Chrome browser with the AdBlock plugin.
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.
IPv6 For installations of SolarWinds NPM on Windows Server 2008 R2, if Link Local IPv6 addressing is enabled, only IPv4 addresses may be obtained.
NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Integration Settings for resources specific to NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) are not available for editing when NTA resources are included in new web console reports.
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.
Node Management Due to the format used for dates in some non-English languages, Group by: operations may result in Internal server errors.
To address this condition, change the default language for your database to English. For more information, see the SolarWinds Knowledge Base.
This condition may be fixed in a future release.
Nodes
  • Non-Cisco nodes may not display operating system versions in Node Details resources.
  • Nodes are not assigned individual pollers if a discovery profile that was created before upgrade is used.
Polling Engines In environments using multiple polling engines, it is not currently possible to directly select an object's polling engine as a grouping criterion ("GroupBy") for custom resources and reports. It is, however, possible to use the Dynamic Query Builder in Advanced Mode to create conditions and filters based PollingEngineID. Direct grouping by polling engine is expected to be available in a future release.
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.
  • Report logos do not display correctly when the report is created in a web console running on Internet Explorer 7.
  • Charts that are included in new web console reports are not currently available for export to .XLS. This capability is expected in a future release.
  • When using SWQL to build a custom report, ORDER BY conditions are not respected. Data may be sorted from the Edit Table view for the affected report.
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 environments.
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.
Topology
  • Maps that were generated in previous versions of SolarWinds NPM may initially show nodes as red, due to the new interactive map settings.
  • It may take up to 1.5 hours to complete initial topology polling and calculations.
Virtualization The Virtualization link on the Home menu bar displays for all users if a SolarWinds installation uses the default web console menu bar, even if account limitations intended to prevent access to the virtualization tab apply.
Web Console With the next release of SolarWinds NPM, SolarWinds will no longer support Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.

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