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WPM 2020.2 Release Notes

Release date: June 4, 2020

Updated: July 17, 2020

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor 2020.2, which consumes Orion Platform 2020.2. This document also provides upgrade information and workarounds for known issues.

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New features and improvements in WPM

Read this section to learn about new features and improvements offered in this release.

  • Integration with SolarWinds Pingdom®: Create recordings in WPM that can be used to monitor web application performance, uptime, and availability in Pingdom.

    Not using Pingdom yet? Click here to start your 14-day free trial.

  • Improved authentication support: Record scenarios for websites where access is controlled with Basic, NTLM, or Digest authentication, as well as client certificate validation.
  • Proxy server support: Recorded steps can now traverse proxy servers in your environment.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 was added to this release to provide an upgrade path if you're still using WPM 2.2.3.

Now that the Web Transaction Recorder (previously called the "new WPM Recorder") is a mature feature, we recommend using it to create all of your recordings. Future WPM releases may not support the ability to edit recordings or play transactions that originate in the Deprecated WPM Recorder.

Orion Platform 2020.2 improvements include:

  • In Orion Maps, customize text boxes, labels, styles, layouts, and more.
  • Performance enhancements for the Orion Web Console and Configuration Wizard.
  • Build powerful new Custom Summary dashboards.

For details, see the Orion Platform 2020.2 Release Notes, Orion Platform hotfix release notes, and Orion Platform Administrator Guide.


New customer installation

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To install WPM, review system requirements and use the SolarWinds Orion Installer, which you can download from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. See the Orion Platform Products Installation and Upgrade Guide to learn how to prepare your environment and use the Orion Installer.

After installing WPM on the Orion server, you can deploy Web Transaction Recorders and WPM Players to remote systems to get an accurate sampling of your websites and services from the viewpoint of your end users. See the WPM Getting Started Guide for details.

How to upgrade

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 was added back to the Orion server for WPM 2.2.3 customers who want to upgrade to the latest version of WPM. This release also supports SQL Server 2012, as listed in the WPM 2020.2 System Requirements.

To upgrade from an earlier version of WPM:

  1. Read these Release Notes.
  2. Make sure all servers comply withWPM 2020.2 System Requirements.
  3. (Optional) Back up any custom code, such as modified SolarWinds .css files or added .js files. Click here for tips.
  4. (Optional) If you need to migrate WPM as part of your upgrade, review the Orion Platform Migration Guide. Be sure to update SEUM agents to point to the new EngineIDs, as described here.
  5. Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade your entire Orion deployment, including all Orion Platform products and any scalability engines.

    If upgrading from WPM 3.0 or later, click Settings > My Orion Deployment to upgrade from within the Orion Web Console instead.

  6. Important: Update recorders and players on remote systems. See the WPM Getting Started Guide.

Now that the Web Transaction Recorder (previously called the "new WPM Recorder") is a mature feature, we recommend using it instead of the Deprecated WPM Recorder. Future releases may not support the ability to edit recordings or play transactions that originate in the Deprecated WPM Recorder.


Fixed issues in WPM 2020.2

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Case Number Description

00418223

Ports for Web Transaction Recorder probes are now set dynamically to avoid potential conflicts with other applications.

00375171, 00094255, 00212280

Display names now appear correctly in custom chart widgets that use interfaces for source data.

00459397, 00472614

The Web Transaction Recorder handles Google login pages without slowing down or freezing.

00385580

The timestamp for the Local.Orion.SEUM.ResponseTimeReport in the SWIS schema file was updated so WPM transaction reports reflect correct time zones.

00487151

The Web Transaction Recorder was updated to correct an issue that blocked transaction playback, resulting in a "Error: unable to parse probe results" message.

See also Orion Platform 2020.2 release notes and Orion Platform hotfix release notes

Known issues

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Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 10 v.1607 or later on remote systems may overwrite WPM config files. If this occurs, backup (.BAK) files are created during WPM upgrades, available in C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\SEUM\Player.

Recordings played back on the WPM Player have a smaller screen size than when created in the Deprecated WPM Recorder. Recordings created in WPM 2.2.3 and earlier don’t store original screen sizes. For a workaround, click here.

Transactions based on recordings created in the Deprecated WPM Recorder that involve certificates may cause a WPM Player to crash on Windows Server 2016 Standard, Windows Server 2019 Standard, or Windows 10 v. 1607 or later: Click here for a workaround that adds the monitored page as a trusted site.

The Deprecated WPM Recorder does not count duration time on web pages with automated redirects. If a recording navigates to a web page that includes a redirect to another web page, the time spent navigating to the first web page is not included in the overall duration time. Click here for a workaround.

Web Transaction Recorder may stop responding if invalid credentials are provided. If you enter incorrect credentials for a recording to which multiple authentications were applied, the Web Transaction Recorder may switch to an unusable state that displays a "Digest" graphic.

When using Image Match with Basic Authentication, dynamic iFrame pages appear blank during action-by-action playback. In the Web Transaction Recorder, if you navigate to a dynamic iFrames page while using Image Match with Basic Authentication and click the Play action-by-action tool, the page that WPM tries to authenticate does not display any content.

Some WPM pages and widgets are incompatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 11. Warning messages may appear when using IE 11 with features introduced in WPM 2020.2. Use a different browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge for the best WPM experience.

Invalid time calculated for steps with implicit navigation in the Web Transaction Recorder. Recordings that include implicit navigation (for example, navigating to a page that downloads several images with delays up to 5 seconds each), the time calculated for the implicit steps may not be accurate.

Page title does not appear in the Recorded Steps pane of the Web Transaction Recorder when using links to navigate to a different tab on the same page. This issue occurs because the window.opener property of the Windows interface is not accessible to WPM, so the title of the web page is not captured in the recording. As a workaround, enter a URL to switch to a new tab on the same page, instead of clicking a link.


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