Documentation forWeb Performance Monitor

WPM 3.0 Release Notes

Release Date: June 6, 2019

Updated July 17, 2019

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Web Performance Monitor 3.0, which consumes Orion Platform 2019.2. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

See also WPM 3.0 System Requirements.

New features and improvements

Read this section for descriptions of new features and improvements offered in this release. For previous release information, see Previous Versions.

This release provides a new WPM Recorder with portable browser engine support that provides a new interface but is not dependent on the locally installed operating system browser.

This new recorder allows us to move forward improving WPM without being hindered by propriety technology. As we continue to add functionality to the 3.0+ WPM Recorder, you can still use the recorder included in earlier versions of WPM, now known as the "Deprecated WPM Recorder" to delineate between them.

The latest version of the WPM Player is compatible with both recorders. You'll be prompted to upgrade WPM Players that aren't configured for automated updates. You can also upgrade by navigating to Settings > WPM Settings > Manage Player Locations and clicking Download player.

To compare the functionality of the 3.0+ WPM Recorder with the Deprecated WPM Recorder still included in WPM, click here.

WPM 3.0 also offers new features and improvements in Orion Platform 2019.2, including:

  • Orion Maps enhancements
  • Support for Microsoft® Azure® database
  • PerfStack links added to widgets
  • Secure Syslog alerts

For details, see the Orion Platform 2019.2 Release Notes.


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 WPM Installation or Upgrade Guide for details.

After installation, use the WPM Getting Started Guide and the WPM Administrator Guide to learn about configuring and using WPM.

How to upgrade

To prepare for the upgrade:

  1. Read these Release Notes.
  2. Make sure all servers comply with the WPM System Requirements.
  3. (Optional) Backup any custom code, such as changed SolarWinds .css files or added .js files. Click here for tips.

If you are upgrading from WPM 2.2.2 or later:

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

  2. If your environment includes scalability engines (for example, Additional Polling Engines), use the Centralized Upgrade feature to upgrade your Orion deployment in parallel. See Install or upgrade Orion Platform products.

  3. If you need to migrate WPM as part of your upgrade, see the Orion Platform Migration Guide. Be sure to update SEUM agents to point to the new EngineIDs, as described here.

With WPM 3.0 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.

If upgrading from WPM 2.2, click here to learn about planning and implementing an upgrade to the current version of WPM.

After upgrading, update existing WPM Players on remote systems to support recordings created in the latest WPM Recorders. In the Orion Web Console, navigate to Settings > WPM Settings > Manage Player Locations and click Download player.


Fixed issues

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WPM 3.0 fixes the following issues. For additional fixed issues, see the Orion Platform 2019.2 Release Notes.

Case Number Description

00268883; 00216447

WPM license key functionality was updated so license keys function if maintenance contract is not renewed.

879661; 00255787; 1088904; 00094255; 851658; 1187560; 1170533

A cardinality declaration for the number of Orion.SEUM.Agents in relation to Orion.Engines was updated to reduce time and memory required to generate reports.

1357384

TCP Waterfall charts can be expanded when creating reports.

00070526

The Min/Max/Average Duration widget on the Transaction Details view was updated so only steps related to the current transaction appear.
00337894 WPM 3.0 Hotfix 1 was released on June 26, 2019 to fix an issue that occurred when upgrading remote systems from WPM 2.2.x to WPM 3.0. New installations of WPM 3.0 downloaded on or after that date include the hotfix. Click here for details.

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.

Authentication in recordings: The Deprecated WPM Recorder supports both basic and Microsoft NT LAN Manager (NTLM) authentication but the current 3.0+ WPM Recorder supports basic authentication only. This issue will be addressed in a future release.

Recordings played back on the WPM Player have a smaller screen size than when created in the WPM Recorder: Recordings created in WPM 2.2.3 and earlier don’t store original screen sizes. Even if you change the size of WPM Recorder window to create a recording, the WPM Player uses a default screen size for playback. For a workaround, click here.

Unencrypted passwords: To authenticate a user creating a recording, WPM 3.0 reads the User Name and Password from the URL but does not send it to the Orion Server for authentication. Client certificates cannot be checked and users may see the password provided in an unencrypted format.

WPM Recorders cannot count duration time on web pages with automated redirects: If a transaction recorded in the Deprecated WPM Recorder involves navigating to a web page that includes an automatic redirect to another web page, the time spent navigating to the first web page may not be included in calculated in the overall duration time. Click here for a workaround.

WPM recordings 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: The WPM Player may stop after playing a recording that request a native certificate. After prompting user to select a certificate, the WPM Player crashes if it cannot find the native certificate dialog box because it was already closed by the user. Click here for a workaround that involves adding the monitored page as a trusted site in the browser and adjusting policies to handle certificates.


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