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Virtualization Manager v4.0 Release Notes

Created by Interspire Import, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Virtualization Manager v4.0.

New Features

This version of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager provides the following new features and improvements:

  • Diagnose problems by browsing the Time Travel historical performance and topology repository.
  • Capacity Planning now includes disk and network I/O, failover analysis for multiple redundant systems, and options to ignore specific resources.
  • The performance analyzer chart can now stack different data types on the same chart and overlay alerts, notes, and configuration collections schedules along the time line. Drill-down graphs allow for chart stacking options.
  • An included vSphere 4.0 plug-in adds a SolarWinds menu to the vSphere client that can launch SolarWinds Virtualization Manager modules from vCenter inventory items.
  • Alerts include recommendations to help you resolve issues now and prevent them in the future.
  • Active links from alert pages provide context-specific information about virtual objects related to the alert.
  • Added 18 new trends, including Thin Provisioned Reclaimable Space and Amazon EC2 Total Cost by Folder or by Resource Pool
  • Added two new dashboards:
    • Host and Cluster Health
    • Showback (usage by folder and resource pool)
  • Added 12 new alerts, including:
    • Datastore Excessive VM Log Files
    • Host Bus Resets
    • Host Command Aborts
    • Host Network Utilization High
    • Host to Datastore Latency
    • VM Disk Latency
    • VM Memory Under-allocated
    • VM Phantom Snapshot Files
    • VM Potential Unused CPU
  • Search for VMs with misaligned disk volumes. Guests running Windows 2003 or earlier may have misaligned VMFS disk partitions compromising performance.
  • Detailed object view now includes CPU, memory, and IO stats along with disk volume capacity and usage.
  • Clicking column headings sorts search results.
  • NFS and VSCSI statistics no longer requires SSH for ESX 4.1 hosts.
  • Storage path statistic graphs are available for host objects.
  • Performance graphs now include peak statistics.
  • New authentication configuration page lets you configure AD authentication for your users without editing configuration files.
  • Two external actions are now included that can insert the top CPU or memory consuming processes into a note that can appear in a chart overlay.
  • Search strings can now be constructed with Attribute filters that include any instances instead of single instances.
  • Widgets in one dashboard can now be copied to another.
  • Reports can now be scheduled to report their results as an HTML-based email message for convenient viewing on a smart phone. The e-mail message also contains a PDF attachment for desktop viewing.
  • Top-N widgets can now contain more than 14 elements.

Open Issues in this Release

This release has the following open issues:

  • IPv6 addresses are not supported and interfere with collection operations. Before scheduling collection activities for a vCenter with IPv6 addresses, set the VMware user access to "No Access" for the IPv6 hosts and VMs. If the vCenter itself has an IPv6 address, you cannot add it for collection.
  • The appliance upgrade does not properly update the configuration file if the configuration file was modified to allow AD or LDAP authentication. You must manually update the configuration file after upgrading.
  • The SolarWinds Mgmt tab from the maintenance web site on port 5480 sometimes disappears after upgrading the appliance.
  • Local Auth is not enabled by default for new users created on the Users configuration page. You must manually set the Local Auth check box when creating new local users or they will not be able to log in.
  • If you experience errors attempting to configure the Federated Collector Appliance, clear your browser cache and try again.
  • The cluster IOPs should be the sum of its host IOPs, but is not due to a VMware issue with their performance counters.
  • Application services may not display correctly in the dependency map view if collecting data from more than one vCenter.
  • The dashboard export contains empty widgets.
  • If the appliance upgrade fails due to failing the license compliance, the error only reads "Failed to install updates." Check the log file for more descriptive information.
  • The Datastore Device IO Latency graph tool tip displays Mbps instead of milliseconds.
  • The VM Memory Over-allocated alert occasionally recommends the wrong practice for resolving overallocation issues.
  • The Net Dropped Packets Rx and Net Dropped Packets Tx graphs and associated drill-down views will always be empty for virtual machines.
  • An edge case exists in the Capacity Planner where a negative capacity remaining value can incorrectly indicate that more VMs can be accommodated.
  • Completed reports cannot be scheduled to run it again in the same day if scheduled to Run Once.
  • The performance analyzer graph occasionally highlights the wrong line when you move the pointer over a statistic type.
  • Instance IDs in displayed in Storage Paths drill down views do not match those shown in the VI client.
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