Release Date: December 4, 2018
These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor 12.4. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Tips and Tricks for upgrading to the latest version of NPM. Anyone upgrading to the newest version of NPM will benefit from this training.
For NPM environment requirements, see NPM 12.4 System Requirements.
- New features and improvements
- New features and improvements in Orion Platform 2018.4
- New customer installation
- How to upgrade
- Fixed issues in NPM 12.4
- Known issues
- End of life, end of support, and deprecation notices
- Legal notices
NPM 12.4 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of NPM.
NPM 12.4 is an Orion Platform product, and runs on Orion Platform 2018.4.
Support for Cisco ACI devices
Monitor logical components of your SDN environment, including APICs, tenants, application profiles, endpoint groups, and physical entities.
- View members on your Cisco ACIs
- Alert and report on health scores to keep your SDN running smoothly
- View health scores for APIC members in Performance Analysis Dashboards
Interface Performance improvements
- Bulk updates of interface data result in performance improvements.
Orion Platform 2018.4 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of the Orion Platform.
- Log in to the Orion Web Console using SAML login (Okta, Active Directory Federation Service).
Automatically upgrade additional polling engines, additional web servers, and High Availability servers directly from the Orion Web Console.
- Performance improvements
- Many legacy charts are being replaced by modern charts
- Diagnostics on the Web: collect diagnostics from the Orion Web Console
For information about installing NPM, see the multi-product SolarWinds Orion Installer guide.
Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously.
NPM 12.4 fixes the following issues.
|Wireless client details are displayed on the Wireless Summary view without issues.|
|Network Atlas works without issues.|
|Custom UnDP polling for SNMP requests for more than 1 OID works without issues.|
|Importing discovery results works without issues.|
|Upgrade issues due to creating a new database have been resolved.|
|Enabled dependencies are displayed without issues.|
|SNMP traps display correctly in all SolarWinds deployments.|
|ASA contexts display correctly.|
|NetPath services display the correct path without issues.|
|Rx and tx traffic on interfaces display correct bandwidth values.|
|Cisco ASA High Availability works without issues|
|Network Atlas generates wireless heat maps without issues.|
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|NetPath: BPG issues have been resolved.|
|The Percent Utilization of All Interfaces widget works without issues.|
See also Orion Platform 2018.4 Release Notes.
|Different interface indices after remap|
|Issue: Interface indices are maintained in both the Interfaces table and the NPM_Routing table of the SolarWinds database. Because these tables are polled on different polling intervals, the same interface may have different indices in each table as interfaces are remapped on independent polling intervals.|
End of life
See End of Life Policy for information about end of life and end of engineering for SolarWinds products.
|Version||EOL Announcements||EOE Effective Dates||EOL Effective Dates|
|12.0.x||May 31, 2018:
End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on NPM version 12.0 should begin transitioning to the latest version of NPM.
|August 31, 2018: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NPM version 12.0 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.||August 31, 2019: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NPM version 12.0.|
|11.5.x||September 13, 2017:
End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on NPM version 11.5 should begin transitioning to the latest version of NPM.
|December 17, 2017: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NPM version 11.5 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.||December 17, 2018: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NPM version 11.5.|
See Currently supported software versions for more information.
End of Support
Orion Platform 2018.4 no longer supports the following platforms and features.
|Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2||This software is no longer supported by Orion Platform 2018.4.|
|SQL Server 2012||This software is no longer supported by Orion Platform 2018.4.|
|All Active Alerts widget||The legacy widget has been replaced by the updated version.|
For information about supported versions of SolarWinds products, see this article.
This version of Orion Platform deprecates the following platforms and features.
Deprecated platforms and features are still supported in the current release. However, they will be unsupported in a future release. Plan on upgrading deprecated platforms, and avoid using deprecated features. Customizations applied to a deprecated feature might not be migrated if a new feature replaces the deprecated one.
|Legacy charts||Legacy charts are deprecated as of this release. Migrate your charts to their modern version.|
|Classic charts||Classic charts are deprecated as of this release. Migrate your charts to their modern version.|
|Report Writer||Use the web-based Report Manager to create reports.|
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