Network Performance Monitor 12.5 Release Notes

Release date: June 6, 2019

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Network Performance Monitor 12.5. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

If you are looking for previous release notes for Network Performance Monitor, see Previous Version documentation.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Tips and Tricks for upgrading to the latest version of NPM. Anyone upgrading to the newest version of NPM will benefit from this training.

For NPM environment requirements, see NPM 12.5 System Requirements.

These release notes provide the following details:

For more details, see the NPM 12.5 Administrator Guide.

New features and improvements in NPM

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NPM 12.5 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of NPM.

NPM 12.5 is an Orion Platform product, and runs on Orion Platform 2019.2.

Network Insight for Palo Alto firewalls

  • Monitor Palo Alto firewalls with NPM

» Learn More

New features and improvements in Orion Platform 2019.2

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NPM 2019.2 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of NPM.

Node status improvements

Customize what should be reflected in a node status - status of child entities, thresholds, or more.

» See Calculate node status in the Orion Platform 2019.2 Administrator Guide

Orion Maps enhancements

  • Build and customize map layouts using the new map editor.
  • Place Orion Maps on any dashboard or view using the Orion Map widget.

» See Orion Maps in the Orion Platform 2019.2 Administrator Guide

Network Insight for Palo Alto firewalls

Monitor Palo Alto firewalls with NCM 8.0, NPM 12.5, and NTA 4.6.

» Learn more

Other improvements

  • Specify an administrator password at first login to the Orion Web Console
  • Support for Azure SQL database
  • Orion Agent rediscovery
  • Linux agent metrics
  • PerfStack links added to widgets
  • Automatic removal of unknown volumes
  • Secure Syslog Alerts
  • HSRP Addresses
  • Fortigate CPU & Memory
  • Dynamic External nodes
  • Newly added SysObjectIDs
  • Review the list of newly supported devices

New customer installation

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For information about installing Network Performance Monitor, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

How to upgrade

  1. Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to simultaneously upgrade one or more Orion Platform products on your main Orion server.

  2. If your scalability engines (additional polling engines, additional web servers, and high availability servers) are able to communicate with the main server, use the centralized upgrade feature to upgrade the rest of your Orion deployment in parallel.

    For details, see Install or upgrade Orion Platform products.

With NPM 12.5 and later, you can upgrade your entire Orion deployment, including the main server and all Orion Platform products, from the My Orion Deployment page. Downloading the Orion Installer for future upgrades is no longer necessary.


Fixed issues

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NPM 12.5 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description
231742

When upgrading NPM from NPM 12.0 or earlier, the Configuration wizard completes faster on environments with large hardware health monitoring.

253018, 274679 The "Hardware health monitoring on <NodeCaption> is undefined" event triggers correctly.
144230, 214385 The query for cleaning up orphaned interfaces was optimized.
46774, 48967, 56535, 116857, 127830, 164487, 171710, 197761, 210292, 257224 SwitchStack data no longer contains duplicate entries.
239134

Topology links are now displayed correctly in both directions.

180018 Mapping of sensor status for ASA hardware health was updated.
180568, 191870, 195529, 252376, 1022946, 1028376, 1096915, 1109719, 1112307, 1118804, 1121953, 1129081, 1180626 Special characters in Discovery Monitoring Settings are saved correctly.
155397, 199356 Only important NetPath warning messages are logged to the Windows event log.
220320, 222738, 228303 During upgrades, the Configuration wizard completes successfully when an out-of-the-box custom poller was removed and re-created.
105821 Topology data are polled from all VLANs.
176628, 180746, 193453, 198811 An error in an SQL script upgrading hardware health tables was resolved.

Fixed issues in Orion Platform 2019.2

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See Orion Platform 2019.2 release notes.


Known issues

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Issue: High CPU load on Palo Alto firewalls in NPM 12.5 RC

Resolution/Work-around: If you have deployed NPM 12.5 RC1, upgrade to NPM 12.5 RTM. If the issue persists and the Palo Alto node is polled by an additional polling engine, restart the Cortex service on the additional polling engine.

End of life

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Version EOL Announcements EOE Effective Dates EOL Effective Dates
12.0.x May 31, 2018:
End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on NPM version 12.0 should begin transitioning to the latest version of NPM.
August 31, 2018: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NPM version 12.0 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. August 31, 2019: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NPM version 12.0.

See the End of Life Policy for information about SolarWinds product lifecycle phases. For supported versions and EoL announcements for all SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.


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