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SRM 6.0 Release Notes

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Welcome to SolarWinds Storage Manager Version 6.0. Storage Manager leverages an intuitive point-and-click interface that provides a unified monitoring view of all the layers in your storage stack. By continuously scanning the network, Storage Manager provides storage performance data, automates storage capacity planning, maps VMs to physical storage and allows end-to-end visibility, making administration more efficient.

Storage Manager 6.0 comes with an additional feature called the Storage Resource Monitor Orion Module. The SRM Orion Module is a separate install and can be downloaded from your customer portal. The SRM Orion Module is a new native-Orion module that allows you to monitor, report and receive alerts on your SAN and NAS devices in a single window. The SRM Orion Module can be integrated with Storage Manager sharing the same license and allowing both product to run together. For more information, see "Introduction to Storage Resource Monitor."

New Features and Improvements

The SRM Orion Module Version 6.0 includes the following new features:

  • Alerts, monitors, and reports on SAN and NAS devices
  • Built on the SolarWinds Orion platform meaning you can run it with other SolarWinds products. For a list of compatible Orion modules, see“Compatibility with other SolarWinds Module”
  • Appstack environment enabled providing a complete picture of how your storage infrastructure, performance, and availability affect the rest of the application stack when used with other SolarWinds Appstack environment enabled products. For more information on the Appstack environment, see “Using the Appstack Environment Map to view your Storage Environment”
  • Support for the following storage devices:
    • EMC VNX / CLARiiON family
    • EMC VNX NAS Stand-alone Gateway / Celerra
    • Dell EqualLogic PS Series
    • NetApp E-Series (LSI)
    • IBM DS 3xxx / 4xxx / 5xxx
    • Dell MD3xxx
    • NetApp Filers running Data OnTAP 8 in 7-mode and Cluster-mode (aka Clustered Data OnTAP)
  • Users can create custom maps that provide a graphical depiction of their storage environment within the web console
  • Support for additional websites to ensure redundant access to the SRM web console through more than one webserver
  • Shared licensing when the two modules are integrated. The same array monitored in both modules counts once against the license count

Notes:

Storage Manager Version 6.0 includes the following new features and improvements:

  • All fixes comprising of 5.7.2 and it's hotfixes
  • Refactored VMware data collection for improved performance and scalability. For full details, see "Storage Manager and vCenter Asset Collection."
  • Licensing integration changes to support running side by side with the SRM Orion Module

Notes:

  • If you are upgrading to 6.0 and have not applied 5.7.1 HF1, the report “MDisk Group Performance” will only show performance data collected after the 6.0 upgrade. No data is displayed that was collected prior to the 6.0 upgrade. If you prefer to view “MDisk Group Performance” report data prior to the application of this upgrade, the “MDisk Group Performance –DEPRECATED” report must be used. This report can be found in “Quick Reports” and is also be available from “Scheduled Reports” and “My Reports.” If you prefer to have all data in a single report, contact SolarWinds support for assistance with migrating all old data to the new format.
  • If you have an IBM SVC device and you are upgrading to 6.0 without first installing 5.7.1 HF1, depending on the size of your Storage Manager database, delays may be experienced while upgrading. The installer wizard is present until the process has completed. Do not close the window until the process has completed.

Installing this Version

 Warnings: SolarWinds suggests that you complete the following tasks before implementing any changes:

Upgrading

  • Ensure you have a backup copy of your Storage Manager server and data. SolarWinds recommends that you either to backup your database or create a snapshot of the entire server. For more information on backing up the Storage Manager database see "Backing up the Storage Manager Database."
  • The same hardware requirements apply to version 6.0 as previous versions. Additionally, you will must be running version 5.6 or higher before attempting to upgrade.
  • If you install Storage Manager onto an existing Storage Manager deployment, the installer will migrate your current Storage Manager server in place (all settings and history will be saved). Just execute the Storage Manager server installer on the Storage Manager server and it will find the current Storage Manager install and migrate the configuration and history.

New Installs

  • SolarWinds recommends that you do NOT install Storage Manager on the same server as the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager or any SolarWinds Orion product (NPM, SAM, SRM Orion Module, etc...)

Integration with Virtualization Manager

  • You must install Virtualization Manager version 6.2 or higher.

Integration with Orion-based products

  • This KB shows the compatibility of the SRM Orion Module with other Orion products

All installs and upgrades

  • Linux installations require the "libaio" library or the installation will fail. You can install the appropriate libaio package using the associated package manager for your distribution.
  • When using Windows 7 & 8, and Windows Server 2008 & 2012,(or Vista for evaluations only), UAC must be disabled for the duration of the upgrade (until after the configuration wizard completes).
  • If you need a temporary license to install an instance of the software in a lab, download an evaluation copy of the latest software from our website. Evaluation copies come with a fully functional 30-day license. Test the change in a lab environment that mimics your production environment.

Licensing this Version of Storage Manager

New licenses keys are required when installing Storage Manager 6.0. The license keys are available in your Customer Portal. SolarWinds recommends that you get your key from the Customer Portal before proceeding with the installation. If you do not find your key in the Customer Portal, contact our customer service team.

If you are upgrading from a release that is version 5.6.2 or newer, you can upgrade straight to Storage Manager 6.0.

To obtain your key

  • Login to your Customer Portal and select “License Management”
  • Navigate to Storage Manager v6.0 and look for the Activation Key
  • Copy your activation key to a safe place before continuing. You will need it after the upgrade completes.

License Deactivation

  • If you are running Storage Manager with a Storage Manager license, no deactivation is needed
  • If you are running Storage Manager with a Backup Profiler license key, prior to upgrading your Storage Manager server, you must deactivate your existing Backup Profiler license key before upgrading
    • If you wish to upgrade to Storage Manager 6.0 and still use Backup Profiler, SolarWinds recommends that you clone or migrate your current Backup Profiler install to a different server. Once Backup Profiler is on a different server, proceed to deactivate the Backup Profiler license on the original server and then upgrade to Storage Manager 6.0
  • Perform the following steps to deactivate your Storage Profiler or Backup Profiler license:
    • Click the "Settings” icon in the upper right corner of the Storage Manager Website
    • Click License Manager
    • Click Deactivate
    Once the license has been deactivated, upgrade to Storage Manager 6.0 and apply your new license key.
  • If you are running Storage Manager with a Backup Profiler Evaluation license key, contact SolarWinds support for assistance before upgrading

License Enforcement

Storage Manager will enforce licensing during the upgrade. The installation will abort if any of the following conditions are detected:

  • Expired maintenance
  • Number of monitored disk exceeds the maximum allowed licensed disk count
  • Running Storage Manager with a Storage Profiler or Backup Profiler license

Applying a License with no Internet Access

  • If you are running Storage Manager version 5.7.2 or lower on a server that does not have internet access, after upgrading to Storage Manager 6.0, you must install a new version 6.0 license key. This can be done by downloading and activating your license offline via the customer portal. Failure to install a version 6.0 license key could cause web site slowness and data collection issues.

Licensing this Version of the SRM Orion Module

The SRM Orion Module uses the SolarWinds License Manager. This is a free utility that manages your SolarWinds Licenses. For complete instructions on licensing, see "Licensing the SRM Orion Module

Fixed Issues

Version 6.0

Issue
Customer case number
Dell Compellent - Integration issue
681183
EMC Celerra - Not listing device groups or names
554390
EMC VMAX - Incorrect Storage Group information
681183
HP P4000 - Issue with Volume Utilization reports
707661
IBM SVC - Loss of Statistics after IBM SVC code update
708031
IBM V7000 - Unable to collect performance metrics
709772
IBM V7000 - Volumes no longer visible in Storage Manager
711879
NetApp - Collection issues
602666
NetApp - Issue with Storage Grouping
592998
VMware - Problem collecting asset data
635399
VMware - ESX host collection issues
669914
End to end mapping of LUNs in VMAN via Storage Manager
729492
Volume report not displaying SAN name
721567
Threshold rules not working
671779
Storage Manager agent log error
671822
Physical Mapping is missing array information
629286
Performance reports are not showing data
630275
Performance issues with the Storage Manager web site
621095
Issue Collecting Performance Data
588036

Version 5.7.2

  • EMC Symmetrix - UnMasked and unmapped devices reports for EMC Symmetrix take a long time to run
  • EMC VNX - Reporting 100% CPU
  • IBM SVC - MDisk count issue
  • IBM SVC - Storage Manager intermittently reports inaccurate data
  • IBM SVC - Reports take a long time to run and the web console experiences slow performance
  • IBM SVC - Performance issues with the SVC MDisk Performance report
  • NetApp - NAS shares are not populating on the "Assigned Remote Shares" page
  • NetApp - Issue encountered with the 'NAS Share Usage' report when selecting any one of 'Root Dir'
  • VMware - Logging of VCenter version information
  • Nested Shares File analysis data is available in the database yet unavailable for viewing in the FA target console
  • MSSQL Collection Issues
  • Issue calculating the number of disk being monitored
  • Issue with graphs not working in the HTML reports

Version 5.7

  • EMC CLARiiON - Devices not listed in Storage Array LUNs report
  • EMC CLARiiON - Polling issues with CLARiiON devices
  • EMC Symmetrix and Celerra - Data collection issues with Symmetrix and Celerra devices
  • EMC VNX - Issue where Storage Manager would not display tier information for VNX arrays
  • IBM DS - IBM DS Rank Pool Utilization is incorrect
  • IBM SVC - Issue where IBM SVC was not showing performance data
  • IBM SVC - Issue with Storage Manager reporting host name as HBA WWN
  • HP EVA - Collection issue with HP EVA switches
  • HP EVA - Issue with not getting performance data from HP EVA devices
  • VMware - Issue where not all VMs in a target are displaying under List of Virtual Machines widget
  • VMware - End to end mapping issue with VMware
  • VMware - Issue with VMware ESX virtualization CPU/Disk/Memory/Network performance reporting
  • VMware - Storage Manager now reports correctly for VMDK %
  • Legato - Client Group Monthly Summary report does not list all backup groups
  • Legato - Start time incorrect on backup monitor group view
  • Issue where devices could not be edited via the popup edit window when using Chrome or Firefox web browsers
  • Fixed an issue where customer could not make changes to STM using Firefox web browser
  • Error generated when editing Default OS policy using Chrome web browser
  • Volume Dedupe information showing all devices as enabled
  • Fixed issue with modifying the time range on an Array Capacity report
  • Issue where setting a IP in the "IP Address" field of the "Advanced Fields" causes the Poller Module to go offline
  • The message field of the mail sent from device console page is cached
  • Issue where NAS share table were being updated with wrong IP address
  • Fiber Channel Connectivity Unit Status report shows incorrect data
  • Removal of back end data (historical data) when deleting a fiber channel switch from Storage Manager
  • Issue with virtualization mapping not found
  • Issue where not data was listed under latency
  • No data on storage tier monitoring in SSM

Version 5.6.2

  • EMC Celerra - Collection issues with Celerra devices
  • EMC DMX4 - Not collecting performance data
  • HP EVA - Data collection issues with HP EVA
  • IBM DS6 and 8K - Storage Manager reporting high LUN Performance for IBM DS 6K/8K
  • IBM SVC - Disk Masking report displays WWNS name instead of host name
  • IBM SVC - Error when clicking a IBM SVC LUN from VMan which has been integrated into STM
  • IBM SVC - New metrics added for vDisk Performance
  • IBM SVC - Issues with E2E mapping for IBM SVC
  • IBM XIV - Turn performance collection on by default for XIV devices
  • NetApp - Disk failure alert not working properly
  • NetApp - Added automatic purging of outdated file analysis data
  • NetApp - Purging of outdated data with Snapmirror streams that are no longer on the NetApp device yet still show up in Storage Manager
  • VMware - IO Response times and ESX Collection issues
  • VMware - Incorrect reporting of VMDK file size
  • VMware - Collection issues for ESX configuration data
  • VMware - Asset collection is not on the assigned frequency
  • VMware - Data collection issues
  • Provides a smooth transition to the MariaDB database for new and continuing Storage Manager users.
  • Storage Manager port group data incorrect
  • Incorrect reporting of disks and raw capacity across console for EMC devices
  • Storage Manager reporting incorrect results for pool percent used
  • Thin Pool Utilization Percent used reporting as a decimal
  • Poller module goes offline when a device IP address is unreachable
  • Improved performance by fixing slow database queries
  • Issue with registering Storage Manager license on Chinese operating system
  • Incorrect banner message on agents when performance is disabled
  • Issue with HTTP collection stops working
  • Preservation of server and agent configuration when upgrading the server and agents

Open Issues

The following issues are either not fixed or are not fully investigated at this time.

Customer issue Development ID number Support ID number
Issues with sorting when percentages are involved FB33089 NA
Incorrect stats for fiber switch interfaces FB198344 408903
VMDK and Snapshot reports do not clean up old data FB160575 365816
Alerts firing off after removing thresholds from policies FB203845 423490
Mirrored LUNs Total I/O on LUN performance report is zero FB203871 418840
Agent info version does not change after a module update FB240369 471733
NetApp vFiler usage report does not work FB249012 476801
Error on Virtualization Dashboard Caused by Large Values FB272632 522270
SAN Topology reports are missing data FB247347 481852
Aggregate report error FB296925 555155

Known Issues

The following are known issues with this release of Storage Manager.

  • Gen 3 licenses will update automatically within 24 hours of a new license purchase
  • Parser type gets reverted for IBM SVC devices when doing a default SMI-S policy push. For more information see this KB article

Uninstalling

See the uninstalling sections in the Administrator's Guide for:

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