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Storage Resource Monitor 6.6 Release Notes

 

Created by Nigel, last modified by Nigel on Jul 30, 2018

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Last updated: June 27, 2018

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in this release of SolarWinds Orion Storage Resource Monitor (SRM). They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds to known issues.

New features and improvements

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

Support for new arrays

SRM 6.6 supports the additional array types:

  • EMC Unity (requires firmware 4.2 or newer)
  • IBM V9000 (requires firmware 7.8 or newer)
  • Infinidat InfiniBox (requires firmware 4.0 or newer)
  • HPE Nimble Storage (requires firmware 4.3 or newer)

These are in addition to those previously supported, the list of which can be found here

Additional hardware health monitoring

Hardware health monitoring is available for the new arrays shown above, and improvements have been made to existing array monitoring. With SRM 6.6, the arrays that now support hardware health monitoring are:

EMC VNX NAS Gateway / Celerra Batteries, Fans, Management Controllers, Ports 
EMC VNX / CLARiiON Batteries, Disks, Fans, Management Controllers, Ports, Power Supplies 
Dell EqualLogic PS Series Fans (value), Temperature (value), Power Supplies
EMC Symmetrix VMAX / VMAXe / DMX-4 Batteries, Fans, Management Controllers, I/O Modules, Memory, Ports, Power Supplies
IBM SVC / V9000 / V7000 / V5000 / V3700 Ports 
EMC VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash Family (HYPERMAX OS) Batteries, Fans, Management Controllers, I/O Modules Memory, Ports, Power Supplies 
IBM XIV Ports 
EMC Unity Batteries, Disks, Ethernet ports, Fans, Fiber Channel ports, Link Control Cards, Memory, Power consumption (value), Power Supplies, SAS ports, SSDs, Temperature (value)
Infinidat InfiniBox Disks, Ethernet ports, Fiber Channel ports, HBA (Adapter), Infiniband ports, PDU (Power Supply), Power Supply, Switches, UPS (Batteries)
Nimble Storage Controllers, Disks, Ethernet ports, Fans, Fiber Channel ports, Power Supplies, SAS ports 

 

New customer installation

To install SRM, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer, see the new multi-product installer guide, and refer to the SRM Getting Started Guide to learn about configuring and customizing SAM.

SolarWinds Orion Installer

Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to install and upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously in your environment. When installing new products into an existing Orion environment, the Orion Installer verifies compatibility between the product versions and notifies you if additional steps are needed. The Orion Installer also supports upgrades from older versions of the software with a generated upgrade path, merging the capabilities of the Product Upgrade Advisor into the installer.

  • .NET 4.6 is required to use the new installer and will be downloaded when you run the installer. Do not stop the installation after installing .NET 4.6 due to compatibility issues with older versions of SolarWinds software. A reboot may be required after installing .NET.
  • To eliminate compatibility issues, all required Orion Platform products are upgraded when you complete the Orion Installer. 

The installer:

  • Installs or upgrades all products from a single screen. You do not need to download files for each product.
  • Provides an easy-to-follow install path when required. If you upgrade from an older product version, the installer provides upgrade paths custom-made for your current environment so you can complete complex upgrades and installations with ease.
  • Runs preflight checks to ensure your environment specifications match the system requirements for selected product installs. If changes are needed, the installer provides guidance for required versions.
  • Automatically starts the Configuration Wizard as needed after product installs to complete database and configuration tasks.

» Read more about the Orion Installer

Before you upgrade! 

Use the following resources for planning and upgrading:

  • SRM 6.6 requires Orion Platform 2017.3 or newer
  • SRM no longer supports any version of Windows OS 2008 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008. For more information, see End of support notices. 

  • When upgrading, 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 with custom menus, you cannot see the Performance Dashboard link in the menu. For details, see this article.

  • Since SRM 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 an Additional Poller, you may receive this error: "The license we have for Orion Scalability Engine is outdated". See this article for details to resolve.

  • 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.
  • When upgrading, 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. 

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from a previous version, use the following resources for planning and implementation:

Fixed issues

SRM 6.6 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

1083203

 

The correct status is shown for Pure Storage devices.

1148028

ON Hitachi Storage Devices show LUN latency.

1244546

Proper disk status is now shown for Solid State Drives (SSD) deployed as level 3 (L3) cache.

1207567

Adding a DFM server creates a secure SSL/TLS  connection.

1253303

SRM IOPS performance data matches that shown on EMC system.

1112220

The audit event log no longer fills with unnecessary SRM.STMSettingsSyncTime entries.

Known issues

Infinidat Infinibox

Issue: Setting the Sample interval in the Performance Summary or Performance Comparison to more than 30 minutes intervals will result in no data being displayed.

Workaround: Ensure that Sample interval is set to every 30 minutes or less in Performance Summary or Performance Comparison.

Nimble Storage

Issue: Cache-Hit-Ratio and Latency are not displayed on the Performance Chart.
Workaround: None, Nimble software does not support these metrics.

EMC Unity

Issue: SRM may not enroll your EMC Unity device and the message: 

   The request was aborted. Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel
   at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse() 

may be displayed.

Workaround: Update .NET framework to the newest version and install all Windows Security Updates.

Issue: The Unisphere REST API provider has a maximum limit of active connections, so in some cases, you may not be able to view real-time data on the console at the same time as SRM polling job is performed.

Workaround: None, this is a limitation of the provider.

SRM 6.6 Hotfixes

End of life 

See End of Life Policy for information about end of life and end of engineering for SolarWinds products.

Version EoL Announcements EoE Effective Dates EoL Effective Dates
6.2 September 13, 2017:
End-of-Life (EoL) announcement - Customers on Storage Resource Monitor version 6.2.x should begin transitioning to Storage Resource Monitor version 6.4 or higher.
December 13, 2017:
End-of-Engineering (EoE) - Service Releases, bug fixes, workaround, and service packs for Storage Resource Monitor version 6.3.x or older will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.
December 13. 2018:
End-of-Life (EoL) - SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Storage Resource Monitor version 6.2.x or older.
6.1 March 15, 2017:
End-of-Life (EoL) announcement - Customers on Storage Resource Monitor version 6.1.x should begin transitioning to Storage Resource Monitor version 6.4 or higher.
June 15, 2017:
End-of-Engineering (EoE) - Service Releases, bug fixes, workaround, and service packs for Storage Resource Monitor version 6.1.x or older will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.
June 15, 2018:
End-of-Life (EoL) - SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Storage Resource Monitor version 6.1.x or older.

As of this version, all versions of Failover Engine (FOE) have entered the End of Life life cycle. For more information about the End of Life cycle, see this article.

End of support

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

Type Details
Microsoft SQL Server

SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported as your database server as of this release.

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

Microsoft Windows Server

You cannot install SolarWinds Orion products on Windows Server 2008 R2 as of this release.

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

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