Network Automation Manager 2018.4 Release Notes

Release date: December 4, 2018

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Network Automation Manager 2018.4. They also provide information about upgrades and installation.

NOTICE FOR ORION ADMINISTRATORS

When you upgrade to this 2018.4 release, you will see an Evaluation banner in the Orion Web Interface. Your normal commercial module licenses will also be hidden in the Orion Web based license manager. After the 30 day evaluation period has ended, your commercial licenses will be visible in the license manager and the evaluation banner will disappear without any interruption in service.

New installations

Do not select the checkbox next to Network Automation Manager - Evaluation. Just click Add License in the License Manager.

Network Automation Manager consists of the following components:

New customer installation

For information about installing Network Automation Manager see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

Before you upgrade!

Windows OS 2008 and 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 are no longer supported in products using Orion Platform 2018.4. You must upgrade to Windows Server 2016 to use products running on Orion Platform 2018.4.

  • Do you have older, legacy Orion product versions in your environment? The Orion Installer provides a full upgrade path for legacy products. For older products, follow the upgrade path in order, downloading and installing using the links.
  • 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.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from NAM 2017.3 or later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously.

If you are upgrading from an earlier version, use this guide to plan and implement an upgrade to NAM 2017.3. Then use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to complete the upgrade.

Orion Platform 2018.4 new features and improvements

Centralized Upgrades

  • Automatically upgrade additional polling engines, additional web servers, and High Availability servers directly from the Orion Web Console. Upgrades run in parallel, dramatically reducing the time required to upgrade large deployments.

Learn more

Authenticate users with the SAML protocol

  • Users can log in to the Orion Web Console using Okta or Active Directory Federation Service credentials.

Learn more

Performance Analysis upgrades

  • PerfStack can transform line data to show different values instead of raw data.

Orion Deployment Health updates

  • Orion Diagnostics on the Web: Collect diagnostics from your polling engines directly from the Orion Web Console.
  • Access your deployment health directly from Settings.

Other improvements

  • Legacy charts and classic charts are being replaced by new generation modern charts.
  • Open a Performance Analysis dashboard for a mapped entity directly from Orion Maps.

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