IPAM 4.5 Release Notes

Release date: June 1, 2017

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in IPAM 4.5. They also provide information about upgrades and describe work-arounds for known issues.

New features and improvements

Read this section for descriptions of the new features and improvements IPAM offers in this release.

IPAM 4.5 is an Orion Platform product, and consumes Orion Platform 2017.1.

Extended API support for IPV4

You can now integrate SolarWinds IPAM with 3rd party software programs. Use software, such as VMware Orchestrator, Hyper-V Windows plugin, or Microsoft SharePoint workflow to assign IP addresses, view available IP addresses, or update an IP address status outside of the IPAM dashboard.

Administrators can now perform the following tasks remotely from 3rd party applications:

  • Update the status of IP Addresses in IPAM
  • Pull the first available IP Address for specific subnet in IPAM
  • Pull free IP Address and reserve/assign it in IPAM remotely
  • Create/update/remove DNS entries
  • Create new subnets in IPAM
  • Modify IP address properties

For more information see SWIS API to perform IPAM operations.

Migrated to web-based Alerting and Reporting

IPAM 4.5 provides Orion web-based Alerting and Reporting. When upgrading to IPAM 4.5, any alerts and reports in the previous applications should import with web-based versions.

Access Alerts through Alerts & Activity > Alerts. To create and manage alerts, click Manage Alerts. You can create duplicates of existing alerts to modify as needed, including custom conditions, triggers, and actions. For details, see Use alerts to monitor your environment.

Access Reports through Reports > All Reports. To create and manage alerts, click Manage Reports. IPAM comes with a set of reports, and options to create dynamic reports with metrics and data collected over time. For details, see Manage and view reports in the Orion Platform.

Note: If you have UDT installed on the same computer as IPAM, you must be using UDT version 3.2.4 or higher to use web-based alerting and reporting. For earlier versions, you can use the desktop-based Advanced Alert Manager or Basic Alert Manager.

SolarWinds Orion Installer

The SolarWinds Orion Installer is an all-in-one installer to install and upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously. The installer:

  • Provides an easy-to-follow install path. The installer will check for product updates, and updates the installation steps to complete complex upgrades and installations with ease.
  • Runs preflight checks to ensure your environment specifications match the system requirements for selected product installs. If you need to make any changes, the installer provides guidance to resolve the issues.
  • Guides you through every product install and upgrade by providing upgrade paths needed for your current environment.
  • Automatically runs the Configuration Wizard as needed after product installs to complete database and configuration tasks.
  • Advises on additional installations for SolarWinds High Availability servers, Additional Polling Engines, and Additional Web Servers.

Run the installer as many times as you need. Every time you run the installer, it checks for product updates to always provide the latest SolarWinds Orion product versions.

Read more about the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

Native SSL support for the Orion Web Console

Seamlessly bind SSL certificates to the Orion Web Console and enable HTTPS connections using the Configuration Wizard. The Configuration Wizard scans the Orion server for valid SSL certificates that you can choose for the binding, or you can generate a self-signed certificate on the fly.

High Availability

This release of SolarWinds Orion Platform features almost instantaneous, automated failover to a secondary server to ensure continuous monitoring when a component failure occurs. SolarWinds High Availability (HA) provides failover HA for your environment maintained through the Orion web console. Easily create an HA pool, update your secondary server, and activate HA in your current Orion environment.

Read more about these changes.

Web-based License Manager

Easily add, activate, and manage Orion product licenses through the web-based License Manager. Accessing the License Manager on your main polling engine, you can monitor and update full product and evaluation licenses for your main poller, additional pollers, additional web servers, stackable pollers, and high availability pools all through one page. The License Manager also provides automatic online and offline modes for managing licenses. Add and manage evaluations with ease, including HA.

Read more about these changes.

Web-based SSH terminal

Open an SSH connection to your devices using the Management resource of your nodes in the Orion Web Console. With a click, an SSH client opens a remote connection using the assigned poller as the jump host to the destination server, Linux host, switch, router, firewall, or other SSH-capable system.

Other improvements

  • Updated supported software versions: MS SQL 2016 and BIND 9.9+, BIND 9.10+, and BIND 9.11+.
  • Use the Critical node status to trigger an alert or filter data in a report.
  • Set a custom node status to Critical or Warning using an alert action.
  • Use the Web-based SSH client when FIPS is enabled.
  • IPAM 4.5 supports TLS 1.2. For details, see TLS compatibility with Orion Core Products.

New customer installation

For information about installing IPAM, see the IPAM Installation Guide. After installing, see the IPAM Getting Started Guide.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from a previous version, use the following resources to plan and implement your upgrade:

  • Use the Product Upgrade Advisor to determine your upgrade path. Based on your current environment and versions, the Product Upgrade Advisor provides an ordered list of how to proceed with the upgrade.
  • If you are upgrading:
  • When you are ready, download the upgrade package from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

Fixed issues

IPAM 4.5 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

1130378

 

Users do not see a spike in CPU usage after updating to the latest service release.

1094337

 

Clicking an icon in the Internet Explorer browser does not load blank page.

1033557, 1034977

All DNS servers display in DNS grid.
N/A Collector Resolve polling plan works.

Known issues

Issue: Main Functionality of IPAM is broken in Japanese local under IE11

Work-around: No current work-around.

Issue: Duplicated records in SWQL query from IPAM.Subnet entity

Work-around: Change the query from SELECT to SELECT DISTINCT. For the failed queries, try adding "ORDER BY 1" to the end of the query.

Issue: Wrong number of used IP addresses at license details page

Work-around: See this KB article.

End of support

See End of Life Policy for information about end of life and end of engineering for SolarWinds products.

EoL Announcements EoE Effective Dates EoL Effective Dates
IPAM 4.0 June 2, 2017 June 2, 2017

Deprecation

For information about supported versions of SolarWinds products, see this article.

This version deprecates the following hardware, software, and features.

Deprecation indicates that the feature should be avoided. Deprecated features remain in the software, but will be removed in a future release. Customizations applied to a deprecated feature may not be migrated if a new feature replaces the deprecated one.

Type

Deprecation

Microsoft SQL Server

Support for SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 is deprecated as of this release.

You can install on SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 for this release. Future releases will no longer support using SQL 2008 or 2008 R2 as your database server.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade directly to SQL 2016 at your earliest convenience.

Microsoft Windows Server

Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 is deprecated as of this release.

You can install on Windows Server 2008 R2 for this release. Future releases will no longer support installing on Windows Server 2008 R2, though you can continue to monitor computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience.

32-bit Operating Systems

Support for 32-bit operating systems is deprecated as of this release.

You can install on 32-bit operating systems for this release. Future releases will no longer support installing on 32-bit operating systems.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience. This includes your SQL server.

Export to PDF feature

The Export to PDF button on dashboards is deprecated as of this release and will be removed in a future release. SolarWinds recommends that you use the Save as PDF functionality built into your browser.

Alert Manager

The deprecated Alert Manager application has been removed from the Orion Platform. Use the web-based Alert Manager through the Orion Web Console to create and manage alerts.

All Active Alerts resource

The current All Active Alerts resources is deprecated as of this release. The resource will be replaced with a new, enhanced version in a future release.

 


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