Documentation forLog Analyzer

LA 2020.2 Release Notes

These release notes describe the features in Log Analyzer (LA), formerly Log Manager for Orion, 2020.2. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

New features and improvements in LA

LA 2020.2 is an Orion Platform product, and runs on Orion Platform 2020.2.

Log collection profiles

Starting with version 2020.2, you can create log collection profiles to process Windows log files for additional system analysis and troubleshooting. The log collection profile wizard guides you through selecting one or more Orion agent nodes, and then establishing specific file paths and file types to monitor.

Performance improvements

Instantly view the initial log search results page as remaining pages are loaded. This improvement allows you to begin reviewing records without delay as the remaining messages are loaded.

Before you upgrade

If you are adding LA 2020.2 to your existing Orion Platform products, make note of the following:

LA 2020.2 requires Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1 or later. See the system requirements for details.

LA 2020.2 does not support data migration of existing rules and alerts.

Legacy syslog and traps

LA replaces the existing legacy syslog and trap services, but only provides a subset of the legacy functionality. After installation of LA over the legacy syslog and trap services, the records remain in the database, but will not be used by LA. You can still access the read-only legacy records in the Syslog Viewer and Traps Viewer applications. All new syslog and trap messages will be stored in the dedicated LA database.

Property changes to the Orion.OLM.LogEntryLevel entity

Please note that property changes to the Orion.OLM.LogEntryLevel entity may impact custom SWQL queries involving the SWIS/API (when using Orion SDK, Custom Reports, Custom SWQL Queries, and Custom Resources).

Original properties Current properties
Name (String) Level (String)
Value (Int) LevelKey (String)

This change is related to localization. LevelKey contains the specific/static key, and Level contains the mapped or translated word for the string.

This issue impacts LA 2019.4 and Orion Log Viewer (OLV) 2019.4 and later. This also impacts the following products when installed with OLV: NPM, NCM, SAM, VMAN, UDT, and the NAM/NOM bundles.

How to upgrade

Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously.

If you are upgrading from LA 1.1.1 or later, you can upgrade your entire Orion deployment, including the main server and all Orion Platform products, from the Settings > My Orion Deployment page. Downloading the Orion Installer is no longer necessary.

New customer installation

Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer, available in the Customer Portal, to install LA. After installation, refer to the LA Getting Started Guide to learn about configuring and customizing LA.

Fixed issues

LA 2020.2 fixes the following issues:

Case Number Description
00394723 Database connection issue causes the mega menu to malfunction.

00430538

00481939

Log Rules may get lost due to synchronization issues between additional Orion websites.
00386423 Database maintenance breaks for secondary source assignments.

00403285

00444208

Log Viewer search performance improvements.
00421915 Licensed nodes behave as unlicensed nodes.

Known issues

Case Number Description
N/A High Availability shows Log Analyzer when only Orion Log Viewer is installed.
N/A A TLS certificate cannot be used if it contains more than a CN field (OU, O, C, etc.).
N/A Windows events are not filtering correctly with PerfStack

Previous versions

LA 2019.4

LA 2.1

LA 2.0

LA 1.1.1

LA 1.1

LA 1.0

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