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Server & Application Monitor 6.4 Release Notes

Last updated: 4-19-2017

These release notes 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 detailed system requirements, see SAM 6.4 recommended system requirements.

New features and improvements

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

For previous release information, see SAM 6.3 Release Notes.

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring for AWS environments

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring provides visibility into your AWS cloud infrastructure including EC2 cloud instances and attached EBS volumes. This feature completes the Orion tools you need to monitor and administer hybrid environments. With access to your cloud services account, SAM polls cloud service APIs for cloud metrics and status. This data aggregates and displays through the Orion Web Console to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot issues in your cloud environment.

  • Discover your EC2 cloud instances and EBS volumes in your AWS cloud infrastructure
  • Automatically discover and monitor new cloud instances when launched from your cloud account
  • Provide a consolidated view for cloud, hybrid, and on-premises systems
  • Configure cloud alerts for cloud issues including AWS throttling, AWS exceeded limits, Orion cloud and global thresholds exceeded, polling issues, and health status
  • Manage global cloud monitoring threshold settings to indicate warning and critical thresholds
  • Poll for application and OS metrics on cloud instances using  application monitors and templates

» Read more about Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring.

Performance Analysis (PerfStack™)

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

Enhancements for Orion agent for Linux

SAM provides an expanded set of component monitors for monitoring Linux-based computers.

  • Directory Size Monitor
  • File Age Monitor
  • File Change Monitor
  • File Existence Monitor
  • File Size Monitor
  • HTTP User Experience Monitor
  • HTTPS User Experience Monitor

Support also includes Ubuntu-14.04+ 32 bit.

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

  • 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 new customers installing SAM for the first time, please see the SAM Getting Started Guide to learn more about installation, requirements, and first tasks to help you discover and monitor applications, OS, and the network.

SAM 6.4 has the following hotfixes available through the Customer Portal:

Before you upgrade!

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

  • After SAM 6.4, future releases will no longer support Windows OS 2008 and 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. SAM 6.4 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.
  • When upgrading to SAM 6.4, 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 SAM 6.4 with custom menus, you can not see the Performance Dashboard link in the menu. For details, see this article.
  • Within SAM 6.4, 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.
  • 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.
  • Check the compatibility of SAM 6.4 for your upgrade path with this article.
  • Learn more about the SAM 6.4 improved standalone installer with this article.
  • 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 have SAM without NPM, upgrade SAM first. SAM includes platform features to support all Orion products. Depending on your upgrade path, you may need to upgrade another product before progressing to a SAM upgrade.

How to upgrade

Use the following resources for planning and upgrading:

Use the Product Upgrade Advisor to build your upgrade path. The path provides the exact products and versions to upgrade in a sequence to the latest versions.

Fixed issues

SAM 6.4 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description
1038707, 1061512, 1075803, 1079002, 1082447

Resolved issue with application monitor templates group assignments not updating or removing correctly.

1065276, 1083189, 1083227, 1091292, 1091811

Resolved issue with 100% CPU load for SWJobEngineWorker2.

1024993, 1034941

Resolved issue with high CPU load for Linux/Unix Script component monitor.

1077119

Resolved issue with radial gauge resources not displaying correctly.

1087782

Resolved issue with the Real-Time Event Log Viewer to properly display event messages, escaping special characters and code formatting in the message.

1015441, 1069822, 1079193

Added a retry mechanism to the SSL Certificate Expiration component monitor to properly retry option. Enable this option to provide retries for SSL alerts. For details, see the SSL Certificate Expiration component monitor information.

1057853

Enhanced logging in the TCP Port Monitor for better performance.

1040599, 1045392, 1070507, 1073180, 1073202, 1075406

Resolved issue with HTTPS (HTTPS component monitor) and SOAP (SOAP component monitor) probes to properly handle CN errors based on configurations. For details, see HTTPS and SOAP component monitor.

1029229, 1042122, 1059910

Resolved issue to properly display status on Network Atlas Map resources.

1046584

Enhanced logging and resolved issue for receiving data for Microsoft IIS 8.5.

1020306

Updated the Asset Inventory to properly connect to HP for warranty information.

1019164

Resolved issue to properly display nodes and applications with Custom Properties based on account limitations.

1019238

Resolved issue when using Restart option through the Management resource for Microsoft IIS nodes.

984563

Resolved issue with AppInsight for SQL Alert to properly display the date and time of the last run in local time.

907154, 957513

Resolved issue with Process Monitor - SNMP to correctly display 0 memory if the polled value is negative.

869872

Resolved issue and provided updated Server Clock Drift (Perl) template to THWACK to better use and display time.

399707

Resolved issue to correctly return the ESX server's ProductNumebr returned via VMware API durring automatic polling.

1066764

Resolved issue to correctly display the Microsoft Exchange 2016 version in the Orion Web Console. For details in the issue, see this article.

 

Updated the Asset Inventory to properly connect to Dell for warranty information.

 

Updated the Asset Inventory to properly connect to Lenovo for IBM warranty information.

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

Previously added AWS IAM account credentials encounters error for Test Connection

Issue: When editing an existing AWS IAM account, an error displays if you click the Test Connection button for an account you do not modify access IDs.

Work-around: Despite the error, the account continues providing AWS IAM account access and monitoring for cloud instances and attached volumes.

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.

Deprecation notices

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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