Virtualization Manager 8.0 Release Notes

Released September 13, 2017

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in the Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.0 release. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

For detailed system requirements, see recommended system requirements for VMAN 8.0.

New features and improvements

VMAN now uses the Orion Installer

Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to install and upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously in your environment. When installing new products into an existing Orion environment, the Orion Installer verifies compatibility between the product versions and notifies you if additional steps are needed. The Orion Installer also supports upgrades from older versions of the software with a generated upgrade path, merging the capabilities of the Product Upgrade Advisor into the installer.

  • .NET 4.6 is required to use the new installer and will be downloaded when you run the installer. Do not stop the installation after installing .NET 4.6 due to compatibility issues with older versions of SolarWinds software. A reboot may be required after installing .NET.
  • To eliminate compatibility issues, all required Orion Platform products are upgraded when you complete the Orion Installer.

The installer:

  • Installs or upgrades all Orion Platform products from a single screen. You do not need to download files for each product.
  • Provides an easy-to-follow install path when required. If you upgrade from an older product version, the installer provides upgrade paths custom-made for your current environment so you can complete complex upgrades and installations with ease.
  • Runs preflight checks to ensure your environment specifications match the system requirements for selected product installs. If changes are needed, the installer provides guidance for required versions.
  • Automatically starts the Configuration Wizard as needed after product installs to complete database and configuration tasks.

 

VMAN features and polling merged into the Orion Platform

You no longer require a separate VMAN appliance to monitor and manage virtual and cloud environments. With VMAN 8.0, many VMAN features and functionality have been moved into the Orion Platform. You have a single installation onto a stand-alone or existing Orion server. A new VMAN Orion poller is the new recommended polling method to collect deep virtual metrics, events, and more for your virtual entities.

  • 1 primary license required for your VMAN product in the Orion Platform
  • 1 single installer provides many VMAN features, updated Virtualization features, and the full Orion Platform
  • Many VMAN features are now available through the Orion Platform
  • VMAN Orion poller for monitoring virtual entities through VMAN and the Orion Platform

For existing VMAN customers, you can use the Synchronization Wizard to migrate your virtual entities into the Orion Platform and use the new poller for all monitoring. Once complete, you can remove the VMAN Appliance.

 

Recommendations enhancements

When VMAN identifies a way to optimize VM resources for active and potential issues, it makes a recommendation for one click optimization. Recommendations display in the Orion Web Console with a description for optimizing your network, and provides a series of steps you can apply immediately with a button click or schedule at a later time. This release includes the following enhancements:

  • Apply multiple Recommendations simultaneously. The system automatically configures the correct order of operations based on your selections.
  • Add and manage constraint policies, setting restrictions on available actions per cluster, host, datastore, and VM per a set schedule.

Read more about Recommendations

 

New Orion Platform Dashboards and Widgets

The new Customize Page significantly simplifies and streamlines how you build your dashboards or views. Drag and drop resources, now known as widgets, exactly where you want them on your page, including on to blank areas to create new columns.

  • Start searching for widgets in two clicks from any customizable page.
  • Mark favorite widgets so you can quickly add them to new dashboards or pages.
  • Drag and drop widgets directly on to the pages or move widgets to new locations.

Read more about dashboards

 

Windows Authentication for SQL

Secure the connection between your Orion server and your SQL server

Increase your security compliance by using Windows authentication for both day-to-day data storage and retrieval between your Orion server and your SQL server and during the initial setup of your database server in the Configuration Wizard.

Do not use a Windows account with a password policy applied.

You can also enable SSL directly in the Configuration Wizard to encrypt the information exchanged between your Orion server or additional polling engines and your SQL server, independent of SSL settings on your SQL server.

SSL must be configured on your SQL server to utilize this feature.

 

SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups in a MultiSubnet Failover configuration

Leverage MS SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups in your HA configuration so your database is also highly available and disaster recoverable.

 

PerfStack enhancements

Get both broad and in-depth visibility into your environment by correlating disparate data points across your infrastructure, including on-premise, cloud, and hybrid environments, in easy-to-read charts.

This version of PerfStack™:

  • Includes Real-Time Polling at approximately one second intervals for selected metrics.
  • Increases the number of supported metrics and products
  • Lets you view the data behind supported charts with the Data Explorer.
  • Enables Drag and drop entities to the chart area.
  • Can open an analysis project directly from an entity with common metrics already added.
  • Lets you access the details page for an entity from the Performance Analysis dashboard.

Read more about these changes

 

Multi-subnet High Availability

Distribute HA pool members to different subnets in this new update to SolarWinds High Availability for near instantaneous, automated failover to a secondary server on a different subnet. Create an HA pool , update your secondary server, and activate HA in your current Orion environment just as easily as before.

Read more about multi-subnet High Availability (DR)

 

Manage Nodes

The new Manage Entities page presents information about your nodes in a more intuitive fashion, including filtering options and contextual management options.

  • Search your entities using the display name or IP address.
  • Sort entities by display name, status, or IP address.
  • Quickly view which nodes are muted and resume alerts with one click.
  • Add more information by editing the rows

Read more about these changes

 

Other improvements

  • Deploy Orion agents to Raspberry Pi (Raspbian version 8.0 on ARMv6 or ARMv7 processors, 32-bit). If you upgrade to this version, you can install any Linux agent plug-ins on Rasberry Pi devices.
  • Improved memory performance.

This version changes the system requirements. .NET 4.6.2 is required and Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 are no longer supported for installations.

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.

Before you upgrade!

If you are upgrading from a previous version, be aware of the following considerations:

  • For existing VMAN users with the VMAN Appliance, you may want to consider migrating your monitored virtual entities to the Orion Platform. See Synchronizing your VMAN entities with the Orion Platform in the VMAN Admin Guide, and select the Recommended option.
  • If you continue using the VMAN appliance, you must have the VMAN 7.2 appliance. If not, you must migrate to 7.2. See this guide and the VMAN 7.2 Release Notes for all details and instructions.

How to upgrade

Follow the VMAN Upgrade Guide, which will walk you through the entire upgrade process.

Fixed issues

VMAN 8.0 fixes the following issues:

CASE NUMBER DESCRIPTION
1172615

VIM Subscriptions overload RabbitMQ, what leads to 153 GB of PendingNotifications.

1171753

The recent upgrade of NPM from version 11.5.3 to version 12.1 causes the website to crash or require a rebuild.

1164738

The host status does not poll due to missing DLL files on the Agent node. VIM DLL files are not pushed when the Agent is deployed from the Web Console.

1144942, 1117384 Database maintenance failed to execute procedure, displaying an error: VIM_dbm_VMDatastoreMappingChanges_DeleteOrphans
1141152, 1145712 vCenter with Agent Pollings is failing. Node polling is working as expected, but the vCenter status and information remain unknown.
1137962 Hyper-V (Agent) polling finished with an error message: Polling job finished with Failed Status.
1136787 SWIS run query failed for the Alerting Service due to an SQL timeout.
1092255 Applying action on the Recommendation for migrating the Hyper-V guest machine to another Hyper-V host failed.

Known issues

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.

Deprecation notices

CentOS 5 is no longer supported by Red Hat. As of March 31, 2017, CentOS 5 was deprecated by VMware. For information on CentOS versions and lifecycle, see Red Hat Exterprise Linux Life Cycle.

SolarWinds strongly recommends upgrading. VMAN 7.1 and earlier appliances are on a deprecated version of CentOS 5. SolarWinds can continue providing updates for SolarWinds features for older VMAN appliance versions. However, SolarWinds cannot provide vulnerability and security upgrades for CentOS 5 based appliances due to Red Hat deprecation.

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
All Active Alerts resource The current All Active Alerts resources is deprecated. The resource is replaced with the new, enhanced widget All Alerts. You can continue to use the deprecated, legacy resource.
Pre-configured resources (Availability, Min/Max/Average, Percent Loss, etc.) Most pre-configured resources are deprecated as of this release. The resources will be compressed into single, configurable widget in a future release.
Last XX resources Pre-configured Last XX resources are deprecated as of this release. They will be replaced with a single, configurable widget in a future release.
Managed Nodes The current Managed Nodes page is deprecated as of this release. A new version is available, but you can continue to use the legacy page. SolarWinds recommends migrating to the new Managed Nodes page at your earliest convenience.
Customize Views The Customize View page is deprecated as of this release. Functionality is migrating to the Customize Page feature.
Search resources (legacy search, search on thwack, search for nodes, etc.) All search resources are deprecated as of this release. Use the integrated search in the global navigation.

End of Support

Type Deprecation
Microsoft SQL Server SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported as your database server as of this release. SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade directly to SQL 2016 at your earliest convenience.
Microsoft Windows Server You cannot install SolarWinds Orion products on Windows Server 2008 R2 as of this release. SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience.
Export to PDF feature The Export to PDF button is no longer available. SolarWinds recommends that you use the Save as PDF functionality built into your browser.

End of Life

As of this version, all versions of Failover Engine (FOE) have entered the End of Life life cycle. For more information about the End of Life cycle, see this article.

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