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Network Automation Manager Release Notes

Last updated: July 7, 2017

These release notes describe the key features of Network Automation Manager, a SolarWinds product that contains the following components:

  • NPM 12.1
  • NTA 4.2.2
  • UDT 3.2.4
  • VNQM 4.4
  • NCM 7.6
  • IPAM 4.5
  • SolarWinds High Availability

They also provide information about upgrades and describe work-arounds for known issues.

Key features

Real-time config change notification and compliance auditing

Receive details and comparisons of config changes to help ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

IP alerting, troubleshooting, and reporting

Know when IPs conflict, subnets/scopes are depleted, or DNS entries don’t match.

Automated capacity forecasting, alerting, and reporting

Automatically calculate exhaustion dates via customizable thresholds based on peak and average usage.

Dynamic wired and wireless network discovery and mapping

Automatically map devices, display performance metrics, and link connection and utilization.

Wireless network performance and traffic monitoring and management

Retrieve performance and bandwidth metrics for autonomous APs, wireless controllers, and clients.

Integrated DHCP and DNS administration

Find an open IP and make the DHCP reservation and DNS entries in one motion from a single console.

Monitor switch port usage to identify performance, users, and devices

Locate connected devices and users, investigate incidents, detect rogue devices, and monitor capacity.

Hardware health monitoring and alerting

Monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, such as temperature, fan speed, and power supply.

Customizable performance and availability reports

Schedule and generate custom network performance reports with over 100 out-of-the-box templates.

High availability

Instantaneous failover for your business-critical network management system.

Dynamic statistical network performance baselines

Alert and report on deviations from normal operation by dynamically calculating baseline thresholds.

New customer installation

For information about installing Network Automation Manager, see the Network Automation Manager Installation Guide.

Before you upgrade!

If you are upgrading from a previous version of NPM, you should know:

  • When upgrading NPM 12.0.1 with Dell Carbon Black installed, we recommend stopping or removing Carbon Black. This security product causes issues with MSMQ starting. For details, please see this article.
  • Installation of NPM 12.0 and later is no longer supported on Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 SP1, or 2008 R2 without SP1.
  • If you have written your own code, such as changing SolarWinds .css files or adding .js files, it may be overwritten with the upgrade. You can learn more about custom code in this article.
  • Always use the Product Upgrade Advisor to build your upgrade path.
  • Typically, you always upgrade NPM first if you have it installed. NPM includes platform features to support all Orion products. Depending on your upgrade path, you may need to upgrade another product before progressing to an NPM upgrade.

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

  • When upgrading to NTA 4.2.1 on the same server with DPA installed, the DPAO piece causes issues with alerting
  • If you have edited resource properties, the All Groups resource may be empty after upgrading to NTA 4.2.1.
  • When upgrading to NTA 4.2.1, using the group by feature for custom properties may return no results, and the data loading may hang or not complete. All regular functionality is unaffected by the issue. 
  • If you have written your own code, such as changing SolarWinds .css files or adding .js files, it may be overwritten with the upgrade. Learn more about custom code.
  • Always upgrade NPM first if you have it installed. NPM includes platform features to support all Orion products.
  • Always use the Product Upgrade Advisor to build your upgrade path.

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

  • When upgrading to VNQM 4.2.4 on the same server with DPA installed, the DPAO piece causes issues with alerting.
  • VNQM 4.2.4 no longer supports OS Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2008 SP2, and 2008 R2 without SP1.
  • If you have written your own code, such as changing SolarWinds .css files or adding .js files, it may be overwritten with the upgrade. You can learn more about custom code in this article.
  • If you have edited resource properties, the All Groups resource may be empty after upgrading to VNQM 4.2.4.
  • When upgrading to VNQM 4.2.4 , using the group by feature for custom properties may return no results, and the data loading may hang or not complete. All regular functionality is unaffected by the issue. 
  • Always upgrade NPM first if you have it installed. NPM includes platform features to support all Orion products.
  • If you have SAM without NPM, upgrade SAM first. SAM includes platform features to support all Orion products.
  • Always use the Product Upgrade Advisor to build your upgrade path.

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

  • NCM 7.5.1 integrates with Network Performance Monitor version 12.0.1.
  • NCM 7.5.1 no longer supports OS Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2008 SP2, and 2008 R2 without SP1.
  • If you have written your own code, such as changing SolarWinds .css files or adding .js files, it may be overwritten with the upgrade. You can learn more about custom code in this article.
  • Always upgrade NPM first if you have it installed. NPM includes platform features to support all Orion products.
  • If you have SAM without NPM, upgrade SAM first. SAM includes platform features to support all Orion products.
  • Always use the Product Upgrade Advisor to build your upgrade path.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from a previous version, use the following resources to plan and implement your upgrade:

  • Use the Product Upgrade Advisor to determine your upgrade path. Based on your current environment and versions, the Product Upgrade Advisor provides an ordered list of how to proceed with the upgrade.
  • If you are upgrading:
  • When you are ready, download the upgrade package from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

Known issues

Different interface indices after remap

Issue: 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.

Custom F5 alerts and reports stop working after upgrade

Issue: After the upgrade to NPM 12.0 and later, custom F5 alerts and reports might stop working because the database structure changed.

Work-around: Review the out-of-the box alerts and reports, and if none match your customized alerts and reports, re-create the F5 alerts and reports.

Conflict with NTA and NTA Flow Storage Database on same server

Issue: NTA recommends installing the NTA Flow Storage Database and NTA on different servers. Gaps can occur in flow data when NTA and the NTA Flow Storage Database are installed on the same server, which can result from insufficient resources available on the server.

Work-around: To resolve this conflict, move your NTA Flow Storage Database to a separate server. For more information, see the Migration Guide.

Agent deployment to host without a /tmp directory

Issue: Agent deployment may not succeed if Linux host does not have a /tmp directory.

Work-around: Rerun the agent deployment to properly complete the deployment.

 

(Case 35722) Orion Web Console inaccessible after installing NCM

NCM 7.5.1 Release Notes

(Case 674544 ) Node Discovery not adding nodes after upgrade

NCM 7.5.1 Release Notes

(Case 674544) Error connecting to devices with SSH-only login

NCM 7.5.1 Release Notes

Large reports export limitation

Issue: Unable to export large reports, such as vulnerability reports, that have more than 50,000 items.

Work-around: Open the report for editing, choose Edit Table in the Content section, and filter the results to 50,000 or less.

Unable to manage pollers

Issue: If you have NCM installed as a stand-alone product, you cannot manage pollers in the SolarWinds Orion Web Console's Threshold and Polling Settings.

Node Groups concept not supported

Issue: In versions 7.4 and later, NCM does not support the concept of Node Groups. You might notice that Web-based reports look different in comparison with NCM 7.3 and before.

Work-around: To restore the previous display, edit the relevant report and add the appropriate property.

Drag-and-drop functions may not work properly

Issue: Resources such as Node List, Search NCM, Inventory Details, Compare Configs, Download, and all charts, stop working when dragged and dropped.

Work-around: Refreshing the page should resolve this issue.

Issues after uninstalling NCM

Issue: After uninstalling NCM, you might encounter a problem when you open the SolarWinds Orion Web Console, and charts you export to PDF may not display the correct time range or colors.

Work-around: If you encounter this issue, open the folder on your SolarWinds Orion web server, and remove all NCM files.

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