WHD 12.4 Release Notes

Release date: April 4, 2016

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Web Help Desk 12.4. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

If you are looking for previous release notes for Web Help Desk, see Previous Version documentation.

New features and improvements in WHD

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WHD 12.4 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of WHD.

Security improvements

Improved security across the application for FIPS-mode SSL connections, which include:

  • HTTP over SSL connections
  • Microsoft® Exchange, IMAP, POP3, and SMTP over SSL
  • WMI and other asset discovery connections over SSL
  • LDAP over SSL
  • SolarWinds integration connections over SSL for encrypting Orion platform alerts from SolarWinds
  • Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Systems and Applications Monitor (SAM), and Network Configuration Monitor (NCM) to Web Help Desk

Additional security updates

These updates include:

  • User password hashes, integration password hashes, and other static data such as database custom
  • fields and stored credentials
  • Detection and indication of system cryptography status
  • Automatic migration of all stored passwords for stronger and more secure cryptography

Support for FIPS 140-2 compatible cryptography

For environments where high security standards are required, you can install and configure FIPS 140-2 compatible cryptography to achieve your required level of regulation compliance. The user interface includes a password migration tool to help you migrate techs and clients to FIPS-secure passwords.

Other improvements

  • Smarter backup rotations in the Virtual Appliance
  • Oracle® Java™ 8 support
  • Over 100 bug fixes that improve the stability of the application

New customer installation

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For information about installing Web Help Desk, see the Web Help Desk Installation Guide.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from a previous version, see the Web Help Desk Upgrade Guide. This guide includes checklists to help you prepare and complete your upgrades, gotchas, and troubleshooting steps.

Upgrade your Apache Tomcat software

The SolarWinds Web Help Desk software installer includes Apache Tomcat 7.0.68, which provides enhanced security and is required for this release. When you upgrade your Web Help Desk software, the upgrade procedure replaces the (WebHelpDesk)\conf\tomcat_web_template.xml file with an updated file that includes the Tomcat 7.0.68 settings.

Before you upgrade your Web Help Desk software, back up your current tomcat_web_template.xml file to an

external directory. When the upgrade is completed, add your personal settings to the updated file from your backup file.

Upgrading your Apache Tomcat server template file

To prevent unauthorized access to your Tomcat server, SolarWinds recommends configuring your tomcat_server_template.xml file using the following procedure. Do not add any additional code or modifications to the file, which may result in system performance issues or errors.

  1. On your Web Help Desk server, navigate to the following directory:
    (WebHelpDesk)/conf
    where (WebHelpDesk) is your Web Help Desk home directory.
  2. In the /conf directory, back up your current tomcat_server_template.xml file to a separate location.
  3. In the /conf directory, open the following file in a text editor:
    tomcat_server_template.xml
  4. In the file, locate and replace all _DHE_ substrings with the following substring:
    _ECDHE_
  5. Save and close the file.

For more information, contact SolarWinds Customer Support.


Product licensing for existing installations

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The evaluation version is fully functional for 30 days. After 30 days, you must purchase and apply a new SolarWinds Web Help Desk license to access all advanced features and additional tech seats based on your purchase.

You can purchase a license online or by contacting Customer Sales at (866) 530-8100Call: (866) 530-8100. After your order is processed, you will receive an email with your SolarWinds customer ID (SWID) and password along with your invoice (if purchased directly). You can use this information to access the Customer Portal, create an account,

download your software, and activate the license in your SolarWinds Web Help Desk software.

See Apply the license for more information.


Fixed issues

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WHD 12.4 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description
415328 Duplicating an action rule now duplicates an action trigger.
621960, 705290 Links to YouTube videos are no longer broken when included in a ticket note.
586123 Web Help Desk now selects the correct location when adding a company to a request type.

700028 779562

794468 856894

858255

Approval and denial email is now sent to the client or tech for tickets with request types that are not linked with an approval process.
465191 Searching for a pop-up custom field value now returns the correct value.
399395 733872 755531 772494 783947 816023 816544 828164 835696 854116 The Close button now appears above all messages in the Messages > New Messages screen.
450619 You can now edit an assigned room from within a ticket after you select the "Lock Ticket To Client Location" checkbox in the Setup > Tickets > Options > Ticket Options screen.
798399 Saving a numerical value greater than 999 in an asset custom field no longer generates an error.
779339 The request type text now appears correctly against a dark background color.
809636 811655 814160 813859 You can now access and edit the client admin credentials and automated emails.
810897 811692 Generating a ticket invoice in the Parts & Billing tab no longer includes tech notes with excessive line breaks.
814454 815206 820467 You can now access an HTTPS connection to Web Help Desk using the Google® Chrome™ Canary web browser.
814246 The Scheduled time and date appear correctly in TSV and PDF ticket reports.
815916 816798 An error message no longer appears when you click a widget ticket bar chart in the Dashboard screen.
810773 An error message no longer appears when you access incoming or outgoing email using a Microsoft® Exchange email account.
823475 All ticket notes appear correctly in client tickets and emails.
827765 Action rules using "only if criteria did not match before the ticket was updated" logic no longer executes multiple times when using the REST API.
851308 Web Help Desk no longer crashes during startup when using the full text search feature in Microsoft SQL Server®.
685112 The tech group assignment is automatically selected correctly when not selected in a client ticket.
831594 834992 835526 836461 842943 A Failure error no longer appears when you unlink a task from a parent ticket and manually run the task from the Setup > Tickets > Tasks > Task Info tab.
826266 Tickets with preselected parent-level request now appear correctly in a ticket report.
841655 89030 Performing a ticket type search in the Tickets > Search Tickets > Advanced Search tab produces the correct results.
812041 838658 920317 The Locations values in the client now filter correctly in the client help request window.
837328 849309 Plain text emails generated to your outgoing mail account are now formatted correctly
837452 The tooltip for the Category drop-down menu in the Report Details tab now contains accurate help text.
N/A You can now set the correct billing rates for each country in the Settings > General > Time & Place > Business Zones tab.
872195 You can now set the hourly rate for each country in the Settings > General > Time & Place > Business Zones tab.
870160 You can now select SAML 2.0 as an authentication method in the Setup > General > Authentication Settings screen.
811818 The client secondary locations now sort correctly in the client view.
877817 Tooltips for the Request Type column now appear correctly in the second and subsequent report pages.

End of life

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Version EoL Annoucement EoE Effective Date EoL Effective Date
12.1 November 17, 2016: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement - Customers on Web Help Desk version 12.1 or earlier should begin transitioning to Web Help Desk version 12.5 and above. February 17, 2017: End-of-Engineering (EoE): Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Web Help Desk version 12.1 or earlier are no longer actively supported by SolarWinds. February 17, 2018: End-of-Life (EoL): SolarWinds no longer provides technical support for Web Help Desk version 12.1 or earlier.

See End of Life Policy for information about SolarWinds product lifecycle phases. For supported versions and EOL announcements for all SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.


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