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NPM 12.1 Release Notes

 

Last updated: March 14, 2017

These release notes for NPM 12.1 describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in this release. They also provide information about upgrades and describe work-arounds for known issues.

For NPM environment requirements, see NPM 12.1 System Requirements.

New features and improvements

Read this section for descriptions of the new features and improvements NPM offers in this release, or compare NPM 12.1 with previous releases of NPM.

NPM 12.1 is an Orion Platform product, and consumes Orion Platform 2017.1.

Performance Analysis (PerfStackTM)

Use the Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) dashboard to get both broad and in-depth visibility into your  environment by correlating disparate historical data points across your infrastructure, including on-premise, cloud, and hybrid environments in easy to read charts. Click My Dashboards > Home > Performance Analysis to get started correlating and analyzing data collected by your SolarWinds Orion solution to troubleshoot issues, identify root causes of intermittent issues, and make data-driven decisions on infrastructure changes.

» Read more about these changes

Mute Alerts by Node

When performing maintenance, suspend triggering alerts for nodes, interfaces and volumes on the nodes to prevent false positive alerts. All monitoring data is available in the Orion Web Console, so that you can report on the muted objects later, and keep track of the real down time necessary for the maintenance. Schedule maintenance to automatically turn off alerts for nodes, interfaces and volumes during a specified maintenance period.

» Read more about these changes

Meraki Wireless Support

Monitor cloud-based Meraki wireless infrastructure and get an overview of Meraki access points and clients directly in the Orion Web Console. Open Details views for your Meraki wireless controllers in the cloud, and drill in to the information about access points and connected clients in resources for your wireless infrastructure.

» Read more about these changes

Native SSL support for the Orion Web Console

Seamlessly bind SSL certificates to the Orion Web Console and enable HTTPS connections using the Configuration Wizard. The Configuration Wizard scans the Orion server for valid SSL certificates that you can choose for the binding, or you can generate a self-signed certificate on the fly.

Other improvements

  • Arista 7500E support - Added support for monitoring hardware health for the Arista 7500E chassis.
  • NetPath™ improvements - Probing accuracy improvements and minor UI enhancements, such as egress interfaces accurately rendered in NetPath, showing a separate interface node for each interface, or improved hop aggregation in the Route Inspector.
  • Use the Critical node status to trigger an alert or filter data in a report. 
  • Set a custom node status to Critical or Warning using an alert action. 
  • Use the Web-based SSH client when FIPS is enabled.

New customer installation

For information about installing NPM 12.1, see the NPM Getting Started Guide.

Before you upgrade!

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

  • See the NPM upgrade guide for more details.
  • When upgrading on the Additional Poller, you may receive this error "The license we have for Orion Scalability Engine is outdated". See this article for details to resolve.
  • When upgrading to NPM 12.1, if you added a site binding to a host name before you upgrade, you must bind the Orion Web Console to a fully qualified domain name (FQDN). See this article.
  • When upgrading to NPM 12.1 with custom menus, you can not see the Performance Dashboard link in the menu. For details, see this article.

  • After NPM 12.1, future releases will no longer support Windows OS 2008 and 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. NPM 12.1 currently supports these versions. SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience. For more information, see End of support notices.
  • Within NPM 12.1, the Alert Manager application has been deprecated and removed. Please use the web-based Alert Manager through the Orion Web Console to create and manage alerts. For more information, see End of support notices.

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.

Fixed issues

NPM 12.1 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

999136, 999011

Cisco Switch Stack rings are not displayed properly.

1034431

Orion Web Console is slow.

1039110

Page not found when following a link in the Orion Web Console.

1050653

SQL transaction log expands dramatically.

1055602

Information service v3 memory leak

1056339

TempDB grows after upgrade to 12.0.1.

1059354

TempDB grows exponentially.

1059757

Database maintenance does not complete (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

1079864

Tempdb grows because of Wireless Lazy Upgrade (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

1092192

Unexpected website error.
NetPath issues

987646

NetPath: monitored NTA nodes show incorrect bandwidth.

1026101

Netpath: system exception in NetPath: the ARP request failed.

1036937

NetPath: all events presented for accounts with limitations.

1037328

NetPath: interfaces labeled as Internal Unmonitored Interface in the hover.

1038339, 1053057

NetPath: NCM/NTA Data is not shown in NetPath graphs when the probing node is an additional polling engine (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

1046922

NetPath: when you have default gateway in your system settings set to 0.0.0.0, NetPath graphs may not display data (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

1049845

NetPath: incorrect URL on NetPath path to Google Alert.

1061920

NetPath: NetPath objects with a NetPath-specific status cannot be displayed in Network Atlas maps (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

1068519

NetPath: interface integration errors in NetPath.
NetPath: NetPath plugin should not be deployed automatically because the deployment also includes deploying the prerequisites (NPM 12.0.1 HotFix 1).

Orion Platform 2017.1 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description
24135

A CPU utilization issue on multi-core nodes running Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 when using WMI or the agent polling method.

1083016, 1101815, 1100735, 

1077051, 

1085402, 1072560, 1098762, 1105707

Event resources cannot load for accounts with an alert limitation.

1031328, 1084354, 1076612, 1052668, 1061657, 1064635, 1106428, 1029471, 1037482, 1081073, 1090684, 1081073

Windows group accounts can still view hidden menu items.

1047577, 1052608, 1004357, 1021860, 1059768, 1085270, 1093656, 1108072, 1004525, 1017004, 1056172, 1064162, 1104495, 1093738

Custom time periods return incorrect results

1080679, 1104953, 1031225, 1041708, 1009688, 1007586, 1074064, 1096297, 1085714, 1007856

The Manage Alerts page either constantly refreshes or becomes unresponsive.

1009412, 1076919, 1099060, 923828, 1091945, 1088802, 911654, 911553

Active Alerts page displays the wrong name if you edited the node while an alert was active against the node.

1042185, 1067502, 1068600, 1091904, 1063084, 1069179, 1040947, 1033595, 1080742, 1086148, 1095806, 1061524

Performance degrades when there are a significant number of dependencies and may not show in the list of managed dependencies.

1018900, 1082887, 1093696

Cannot remove nodes from the WorldMap resource.

1089390

Excessive database queries to sw_GetSettingsCurrentValue.

1044217, 1041096

Syslog messages are displayed for the incorrect node when the node has multiple IP addresses or if there are duplicated IP addresses assigned to different polling engines.

1017671

Agent polling stops for applications due to a memory leak.

1084968

SNMP traps cannot be forwarded due to incorrect MIB file.

903330, 1070593

Automatic dependencies are not created if the root node is included in a cluster.

1007751, 1076260

Network discoveries time out due to the JobEngineWorker2 process crashing.

1067984, 1065390, 1080128, 1083238

Alerts do not display in the Manage Alerts page.

1059342

Cannot change Volume Properties when the warning threshold is greater than the critical threshold in the Polling Setting page.

1081793

The Upgrade Buddy tool sends false alerts during upgrades.

1080766, 1009082, 1019843, 1042578

Nodes using SNMPv3 credentials are duplicated during an upgrade.

1079813, 1061559

The Custom Property Editor modifies all objects instead of the selected objects.

1079825, 942110, 1068317, 971740, 1034431

The Orion Web Console is slow or alerts do not display due to the SolarWinds Information Service process using up to 4 GB before timing out.

1070330, 1071035, 1074365, 1070330, 1074365

Dependencies are missing from the Orion Web Console after an upgrade.

1068610

Expanding groups in the All Groups resource takes approximately 10 seconds to expand each group.

1068892, 1068879, 1067676

The Web-based SSH client does not accept user names with special characters in some browsers.

1011854, 1063374, 878151, 1036003, 1048166, 807337

Trigger conditions are missing and you cannot edit some alerts after an upgrade.

1030540, 1044126, 1068031

Network Atlas and the Orion Web Console are slow to load or stop working due to the SolarWinds Information Service using excessive amounts of memory.

1062805

The Orion-Detailed-Alert trap template contains deprecated variables.

1054525

The DiscoveredItems variable does not resolve.

1059844, 1020832, 1018423

The Log Alert to File action does not appear to work due to an encoding change after an upgrade.

1055891

The Last XX Syslog Messages resources cannot be filtered by a custom property.

1060515

The alert history table includes entries outside of the retention period.

1047190, 1059644

Port 5672 accepts unencrypted AMQP connections.

1010691, 1035604, 1027737, 1046224, 1038711, 1049203, 1052486

Receive "Error querying ServiceNow Instance Instance can be offline or not properly configured" when creating a ServiceNow alert action.

1023811

Network Atlas does not load.

1062326, 1052508

ServiceNow fields display the wrong language.

1039964

ServiceNow integration does not support integer columns.

1029447

The Managed Nodes resource does not load when the vend contains a single quote.

1031243, 1042023

When you duplicate a scheduled report, the report email is sent for each duplicated report.

1025084

Custom node thresholds does not affect how the threshold displays in tooltips.

1012913, 1014784

Topology calculations do not complete and may not display topologies in Network Atlas.

1029582

Custom Charts do not retain changes to the title or subtitle.

1008665, 1015965

Receive a website error when viewing the Transaction Details page and Step Details page when there are alert resources included.

1014191

Users with node limitations cannot add SNMPv3 nodes.

 

1029811

The All Groups resource collapses expanded groups.

964659

Syslog message resources do not apply filters.

1018353

The All Nodes Tree resource does not load if there are NULL values in the node data.

990217

The Scheduled Discovery Results cannot be viewed after the first 1000 results and cannot be grouped by date found.

982434

Cannot authenticate SMTP credentials when special characters are included in the password.

943161, 875757, 809390

Cannot list resources on a device when TLS 1.2 is enforced and the Orion Web Console may be blank.

1085116

Agents do not automatically restart and return a "Job failed to execute" error on applications polled with agents.

1062990

Linux-based computers with multiple volumes mounted to the same mount-point do not resolve correctly.

998331

Configured agents cloned from a Gold Master Image do not register with the Orion server.

1079332

When a service is listed in the registry or whitelisted, but not present on a computer that is highly available, the computer fails over to the backup computer and may constantly failover or not start.

901072, 1074013, 1028900, 1007379, 1029938, 1043849, 1051019, 1063406, 1078861, 1103781, 

1107207, 1107944, 1134456, 1054772, 1123866, 1007379, 1070626, 1074013, 1081866, 1079150, 1116768, 1125380, 1086292, 1094598, 1100915, 1024863, 1063406, 1007379, 1043849, 1078861, 1109430

The SolarWinds Job Engine crashes with high resource utilization errors.

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.

TLS 1.2 support on Additional Polling Engines and Additional Websites

Issue: Cannot install Additional Polling Engines (APE) or Additional Websites (AWS) when the main polling engine uses TLS 1.2.

Work-around: Revert the main polling engine to an earlier version of TLS to install the APE or AWS. Once the APE or AWS is fully installed, you can re-disable SSLv3, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 on your main polling engine.

End of support

For information about supported versions of SolarWinds products, see this article.

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
Microsoft SQL Server

Support for SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 is deprecated as of this release.

You can install on SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 for this release. Future releases will no longer support using SQL 2008 or 2008 R2 as your database server.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade directly to SQL 2016 at your earliest convenience.

Microsoft Windows Server

Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 is deprecated as of this release.

You can install on Windows Server 2008 R2 for this release. Future releases will no longer support installing on Windows Server 2008 R2, though you can continue to monitor computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience.

Export to PDF feature The Export to PDF button on dashboards is deprecated as of this release and will be removed in a future release. SolarWinds recommends that you use the Save as PDF functionality built into your browser.
Alert Manager The deprecated Alert Manager application has been removed from the Orion Platform. Use the web-based Alert Manager through the Orion Web Console to create and manage alerts.
All Active Alerts resource The current  All Active Alerts resources is deprecated as of this release. The resource will be replaced with a new, enhanced version in a future release.

 

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