Virtualization Manager 2020.2 Release Notes

Release date: June 4, 2020

These release notes describe new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 2020.2. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

New VMAN features

Expanded Nutanix monitoring support

In VMAN 2020.2, Nutanix monitoring functionality is expanded and no longer a technical preview.

Added Nutanix functionality:

  • Storage statistics
  • CPU/Memory/Network statistics
  • Topology mapping (i.e. AppStack, Orion Maps)
  • Basic management actions

FIPS compliance for VMware monitoring in VMAN

VMAN Orion polling for VMware vCenters, ESX hosts, and Nutanix is now FIPS-compliant.

As of VMAN 2020.2, to comply with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), container monitoring is not supported if FIPS mode is enabled on the Orion server. If you added containers before enabling FIPS mode, delete containers and container services to stop polling, as described in the Orion Platform Administrator Guide.

Peaks in storage metrics

VMAN storage metrics in PerfStack have improved granularity, resulting in more accurate peaks.

Support for non-English Hyper-V hosts

VMAN now supports non-English Hyper-V hosts and no longer requires installing the English Language pack for Windows.

Orion Platform 2020.2 updates

  • Performance enhancements for the Orion Web Console and Configuration Wizard.
  • Customize Orion Maps with text boxes, labels, icons, styles, layouts, and more.
  • Innovative new widgets for your custom summary dashboards.
  • Enhanced volume status shows warning and critical statuses based on volume usage thresholds.
  • Scripts to extract UI text from the Orion Web Console that you can translate and then deploy back to the Orion Web Console.

See the Orion Platform 2020.2 release notes for more details about updated Orion Platform features.

New user installation

For information about installing Virtualization Manager, see the Orion Installer and Virtualization Manager Installation Guide. After installation, use the VMAN Getting Started Guide to get started fast.

How to upgrade

For a detailed upgrade walkthrough, see the VMAN Upgrade Guide.

Fixed issues

VMAN 2020.2 fixes the following issues:

CASE NUMBER DESCRIPTION
00459884, 00439671, 00397555

VMware Events polling no longer fails with the error message "System.InvalidOperationException: The specified type was not recognized: name='HostSubSpecificationUpdateEvent'..."

00346498 VMware ESX hosts are no longer incorrectly duplicated and monitored twice in some cases.
00465488, 00337166 Unmanaging a node now propagates the unmanaged status properly to associated VMware objects.
00338536 VMAN no longer incorrectly populates fields using the VM name instead of the host name for virtual machines in places where the host name is normally expected.
00436319, 00466913 The "Poll for VMware" option in the edit node dialog is available again.
00420149, 00428922, 00428417, 00450034, 00465863 The Virtual Machine Details page no longer shows the "Error While Rendering resource id ###" error message.
00471377, 00473201 VMAN no longer shows "There was an error while rendering resource with id #" when loading the Virtualization Storage Summary widget.
00384699 VMAN no longer has an IndexOutOfBoundsException in some cases relating to datastores.
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Identity mapping between Datastores and SRM FileShares now works correctly when the NAS Datastore is mounted to a host via hostname.

00138629, 00327371 Database maintenance will no longer cause performance issues for VMAN polling engines in some cases.

See the Orion Platform 2020.2 release notes to see more Orion Platform fixed issues.

Known issues

Upgrading from VMAN 8.3 with SQL server 2012 directly to VMAN 2020.2 causes loss of VSAN metric history
Issue: Proceeding to upgrade VMAN 8.3 to VMAN 2020.2 while your Orion database is running on an instance of SQL server 2012 will cause a loss of VSAN metric history.

 

Incorrect representation in Nutanix device summary of Hyper-V clusters monitored as part of a Nutanix cluster
Issue: Hyper-V clusters that are monitored as part of a Nutanix cluster are not properly represented in the Nutanix device summary.

 

Incorrect AppStack data for vCenters
Issue: AppStack data for a vCenter may in some cases be displayed incorrectly when the vCenter is deployed as a virtual machine under an ESXi host that is monitored by the same vCenter.

 

Account limitations may not work with VIM/VMAN groups
Issue: Account limitations may not work correctly in some cases with VIM/VMAN groups.

 

Custom charts show irrelevant host
Issue: Custom charts for VMAN clusters may sometimes show an irrelevant host in the chart legend.

 

Incorrect host in Related Node column of Cluster Memory Utilization alerts
Issue: Cluster Memory Utilization alerts may sometimes show an incorrect host in the Related Node column.

 

VMs with RDM disks report does not show VMs with RDM disks
Issue: The report "VMs with RDM disks" does not correctly populate with VMs with RDM disks.

 

Performance issues with a single shared datastore
Issue: A single datastore being shared among many vCenters and/or hosts can cause performance issues during polling.

 

Predicted Datastore Space Depletion widget, disappearing datastores
Issue: Datastores sometimes randomly disappear from the Predicted Datastore Space Depletion widget

 

Incorrect status shown for vCenter
Issue: If VMAN's polling process has failed for any reason, the last known status for a vCenter is shown in VMAN. This could result in a normal, green status being shown for a vCenter when it shouldn't.

 

Dashboards in the VMAN appliance may disappear
Issue: Dashboards in the VMAN appliance may disappear after migrating from an older (pre 7.1) appliance to a newer appliance (8.0 or newer).
Work-around: See this KB article.

 

Unable to connect error in VMAN appliance
Issue: Enabling Collection Schedules for a datasource may result in an "unable to connect" error in cases where a large number of credentials are stored in the VMAN appliance.

 

Currently running trend reports aren't shown in the "Report Schedules" tab in the VMAN appliance
Issue: Currently running trend reports aren't shown in the "Report Schedules" tab. However, reports are still successfully executed and available for download in the "Report Results" tab once completed.

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