Network Configuration Manager 8.0 Release Notes

Release date: June 6, 2019

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

If you are looking for previous release notes for Network Configuration Manager, see Previous Version documentation.

For information about requirements, see NCM 8.0 system requirements.

New features and improvements in NCM

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NCM 8.0 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of NCM.

Network Insight for Palo Alto firewalls

Detailed policy information

NCM provides detailed information about the policies defined for your Palo Alto firewalls. The Policy Detail view displays information about the policy definition, recent changes to the policy, and other firewalls using the policy. It also lists the addresses, applications, and services that the policy includes. If NCM is deployed with NTA, the Top XX Conversations on Policy widget shows application traffic conversations that are affected by the selected policy.

Interface config snippet

When you access the Interface Details page for an interface on a Palo Alto device, the Interface Config widget displays the interface configuration snippet for the selected interface. This widget is available when NCM is deployed with NPM.

>> See more information about Network Insight for Palo Alto firewalls

Improved configuration comparison interface

When you manually compare configuration files, the Compare Configs of Selected Nodes page includes the following improvements:

  • To help you quickly identify changes, the page displays only the mismatched lines and the lines immediately surrounding them.

    For context, NCM displays up to five unchanged lines (by default) before and after each difference. You can change this default in Config Settings.

  • Mismatched lines are highlighted in light yellow, and the characters that changed are highlighted in darker yellow.
  • Click the link before or after each group of lines to display more unchanged lines.

These changes apply only to the Compare Configs of Selected Nodes page. The Change Report and the Baseline Diff page have not changed.

Increased support for Lenovo devices

  • NCM 8.0 supports firmware upgrades for Lenovo RackSwitch CNOS devices. Two firmware upgrade templates have been added for these devices:

    • Lenovo RackSwitch CNOS version 10.7 and newer
    • Lenovo RackSwitch CNOS versions before 10.7
  • NCM 8.0 includes the following new device templates for Lenovo devices:

    • Lenovo CNOS 10.7 and newer
    • Lenovo CNOS before 10.7
  • NCM 8.0 includes the following new config change templates for Lenovo devices:

    • Change Enable Password - Lenovo CNOS
    • Change SNMP Community Strings - Lenovo CNOS
    • Change VLAN membership - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure interface IP - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure LAG - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure SNMP host - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure Static Route - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure VLAG - Lenovo CNOS
    • Configure VRRP - Lenovo CNOS
    • Enable Syslog - Lenovo CNOS
    • Set clock - Lenovo CNOS
    • Set NTP source - Lenovo CNOS
    • Toggle interface - Lenovo CNOS

Firmware upgrade support for Juniper devices

NCM now supports firmware upgrades for Juniper devices. The following firmware upgrade template has been added:

  • Juniper j2320 Junos

Improved performance for NCM config download jobs

Increased scalability and parallel processing improves the performance of config download jobs. The performance improvements are especially noticeable in large deployments with multiple polling engines.

Descriptions of errors that occur during config download jobs are written to the DPA business layer log. This log is located in %programdata%\SolarWinds\Logs\Orion\DPE.

Support for Windows Server 2019 and Azure SQL Database

NCM 8.0 adds support for the following to align with other Orion Platform 2019.2 products: 

Category Adds support for
Orion server operating system Windows Server 2019
Orion database SQL Server version

Azure SQL Database


New features and improvements in Orion Platform

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The Orion Platform 2019.2 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of the Orion Platform.


New customer installation

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For information about installing Network Configuration Manager, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

Before you upgrade!

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

  • When you upgrade to NCM 8.0, all NCM job logs will be migrated to a new storage location in the Orion database. Be aware that the Configuration Wizard might take additional time to complete because of the job log migration. The amount of time required depends on the number of logs.

    This change will improve job performance and enable you to filter the job logs to make troubleshooting easier.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from NCM 7.5 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 scalability engines (additional polling engines, additional web servers, and high availability servers) are able to communicate with the main server, use the centralized upgrade feature to upgrade the rest of your Orion deployment in parallel.

    For details, see Install or upgrade Orion Platform products.

With NCM 8.0 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 you are upgrading from NCM 7.4 or earlier, use this topic to plan and implement an upgrade to the current version of NCM.


Fixed issues in NCM 8.0

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NCM 8.0 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description

00294019, 00269557, 00142601, 00158745, 00198298,

If there are more than 30 configs downloaded per node, performing an advanced search and choosing "Search the last downloaded Config from each Node only" no longer returns incorrect search results.

00274467

Auto-detection no longer selects the wrong device template for certain devices.

00278183

NCM is now able to execute Config Change Templates when more than 40 nodes are selected.

00274974, 00216566

When FIPS is enabled, the NCM firmware upgrade feature and config downloads work correctly.

00238432, 00207945

NCM no longer reports that an error occurred while downloading a configuration file when the configuration was downloaded successfully.

00255588, 00268460, 00230295, 00234048, 00225817

Creating a custom config type no longer causes NCM pages or widgets to be blank.

00253881

On the Node Details > Configs view, when you run a Config Change Report with "View changes only on Running configs" selected, the report shows the changes accurately (rather than erroneously showing "No changes").

00244793

NCM no longer returns an error when downloading a configuration associated with a large baseline (for example, a baseline with more than 20,000 lines).

00250722

A vulnerability to XML External Entity Injection (XXE) attacks has been fixed.

00249715, 00248308, 00247807, 00236544, 00249762

The Configuration Management view and other NCM pages are displayed correctly in Internet Explorer 11.

00238405, 00241832

NCM jobs no longer result in high CPU and memory usage by the SolarWinds Collector Service.

00201742

Creating a custom property named "Config" no longer causes the NCM search functionality to fail.

00192899

NCM no longer displays an error when you download a large configuration file (up to 20 MB).

00093784, 00028887

Improvements to how NCM jobs are executed prevent database maintenance and config archive jobs from consistently failing in some environments.

00075442

Specifying binary config storage settings no longer returns an error if you log in to the Orion Platform as a user with NCM admin privileges but not Orion Platform admin privileges.

Fixed issues in Orion Platform 2019.2

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See the Orion Platform 2019.2 Release Notes.


Known issue

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NCM does not show current information about overlapping ACL rules after an upgrade
Issue: After you upgrade to NCM 8.0, NCM does not display current information about shadowed or redundant access control list (ACL) rules. Older information is displayed.
Resolution/Work-around: Download the configuration files from your Cisco ASA and Nexus devices. After you download the config files, NCM displays current information about shadowed and redundant ACL rules.

End of life

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Version EoL Annoucement EoE Effective Date EoL Effective Date
NCM 7.6

December 4, 2018

End-of-Life Announcement. Customers should begin transitioning from NCM 7.6 to the latest version.

March 4, 2019

End-of-Engineering. Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NCM 7.6 and earlier will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.

March 4, 2020

End-of-Life. SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NCM 7.6 and earlier.

NCM 7.7

June 6, 2019

End-of-Life Announcement. Customers should begin transitioning from NCM 7.7 to the latest version.

September 6, 2019

End-of-Engineering. Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NCM 7.7 and earlier will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.

September 6, 2020

End-of-Life. SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NCM 7.7 and earlier.

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


End of support

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Type Details
NCM-specific Reports page

NCM 8.0 no longer includes the NCM-specific Reports page, which was previously accessed by choosing My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Reports.

To access NCM reports, choose Reports > All Reports to open the All Reports page for the Orion Platform. To locate NCM reports, group by Report Category, and then scroll down to the report category names that begin with "NCM" (for example, NCM Audit).


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