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NPM 11.0.1 Release Notes

Created by Magdalena.Markova, last modified by Caroline Juszczak on Mar 29, 2017

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Updated 8/13/2014

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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 real-time 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) 11.0.1.

New SolarWinds NPM Features and Improvements

NPM 11.0.1

This service release of SolarWinds NPM includes the following:

  • Support for MS SQL Server 2012 SP2

NPM 11.0

This release of SolarWinds NPM includes the following features:

Quality of Experience Monitoring

  • A new Quality of Experience dashboard allows you to monitor network and application traffic by collecting and analyzing packet-level data directly from the Orion Web Console.
  • Monitor traffic by collecting and analyzing packets locally or on a SPAN/mirror interface or tap.
  • Determine if traffic bottlenecks are on the network or at the server by comparing network (TCP Handshake) and application (Time of First Byte) response times.
  • Choose from over 1000 pre-defined applications (such as FTP, RDP, CIFS, SQL, Exchange, etc.) or create your own custom HTTP application to monitor.
  • Deploy Packet Analysis Sensors to analyze network data. Use Network Sensors to monitor traffic through network interfaces using dedicated Windows nodes connected to SPAN/mirror interfaces or taps, and use Server Sensors deployed on any Windows server to monitor traffic locally
  • Characterize applications as either business-related or purely social so you can keep tabs on how your bandwidth is used.
  • Use application categories, such as web services, network monitoring, and file transfer, to better understand and manage your network's traffic profile.
  • Specify application risk levels, from "No Risk" to "Evades Detection/Bypasses Firewalls", to be alerted whenever there is unwanted, risky traffic on your network.

Direct Upgrade from NPM 10.4 or Higher

For more information, see SolarWinds Orion Platform Compatibility.

Support for MS SQL Server 2014

 

Discovery Database Updates
The following devices are now recognized natively:
Antaira LNP-1002GN PoE Switch Cisco ASR 901 (UNI​VERSALK9-M) Cisco ASR 903

Fixed SolarWinds NPM Issues

This version of SolarWinds NPM includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
An issue with the interface baseline calculation step of database maintenance that has caused database maintenance to hang has been corrected. 587220

Fixed Orion Platform Issues

This version of the Orion Platform includes the following fixes:

Issue Case Number
Variables that assume the existence of monitored parent objects (e.g. ${Node.Ip_Address} or ${Node.Caption}) no longer provide incorrect information when the assumed parent object is not actually monitored. Instead, variables that assume the existence of non-monitored objects now display as text. 573409
The machine type for Juniper Networks EX4550-32f ethernet switches is now correctly identified. 577825
Cisco Nexus 6000 and 6001 switches are no longer incorrectly identified as wireless controllers. 576900 585075
IBM Networking Operating System RackSwitch G8124-E switches no longer display as Juniper devices. 584216
The naming convention used for custom properties has been corrected. Custom properties previously of the form Nodes Custom Properties - CustomPropertyName are now CustomPropertyName. 590593
An issue with the Trigger Threshold option for trap forwarding rules that has caused intermittent trap service failures has been fixed. 590895
The $(AcknowledgeURL) variable now correctly returns user-provided custom text, as designed. 593767
A translation issue resulting in a failure to render Last XX Events web console resources in German-language browsers on German-language operating systems has been corrected. 622128

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 this article.
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. For more information, see this article.
NTA 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.
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 basedPollingEngineID. Direct grouping by polling engine is expected to be available in a future release.
Quality of Experience
  • As a general rule of thumb, for up to 1 Gbps of traffic, 2 CPU cores, at minimum, are required, and an additional 1 CPU core and 1 GB RAM are required for every 100 Mbps of traffic. Accordingly, for example, you should use:
    • 3 CPU cores + 1 GB RAM to effectively process 100 Mbps of traffic
    • 7 CPU cores + 5 GB RAM to effectively process 500 Mbps of traffic.
    • 11 CPU cores + 9 GB RAM to effectively process 900 Mbps of traffic.
  • In selected locations in the web console, Transactions per Minute are displayed with ms as units. This condition may be corrected 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 links as red, due to the new interactive map settings.
  • Initial topology polling and calculations may require significant amounts of time for databases with greater than 100,000 records.
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.

SolarWinds Orion Platform Compatibility

You may upgrade directly to this version of SolarWinds NPM from NPM version 10.4 or higher.

This version of SolarWinds NPM uses Orion Platform 2014.2.1, and it is compatible with the following versions of supported SolarWinds products:

SolarWinds Product Compatible Version(s)
Alert Central (AC) 1.0, 1.01, 1.1.x
Enterprise Operations Console (EOC) 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) 1.0
Failover Engine (FoE) 6.4.1, 6.7
Firewall Security Manager (FSM) 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.0, 4.1
Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (IVIM) 1.10
Mobile Admin (MA) 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.1.0
Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.1.1, 7.2, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.3
Network Performance Monitor (NPM) 11.0.1
Network Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 3.11, 4.0.x, 4.1
Network Topology Mapper (NTM) 1.0, 1.0.1, 2.0
Patch Manager Integration Module (PaM - IM) 1.85, 2.0.x
Server & Application Manager (SAM) 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.x
Systems Center Operation Manager Management Pack (SCOM MP) 1.1.1, 2.0 (SCOM 2012), 2.1
Storage Manager Integration Module (STM - IM) 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7
Engineer's Toolset (Toolset) 10.9, 11.0
User Device Tracker (UDT) 3.0, 3.0.x
Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.1
VoIP & Network Quality Manager (VNQM) 4.0.1, 4.1, 4.2
Web Performance Monitor (WPM) 2.0.1
Profiler 4.12

Version History

Version Release Notes
NPM 11.0.x SolarWinds NPM 11.0  
NPM 10.7 SolarWinds NPM 10.7  
NPM 10.6.x SolarWinds NPM 10.6 SolarWinds NPM 10.6.1

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