NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.5 Release Notes

Release date: December 4, 2018

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.5. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

If you are looking for previous release notes for NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, see Previous Version documentation.

New features and improvements in NTA 4.5

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NTA 4.5 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of NTA.

NTA-specific alerting

As of NTA 4.5, you can create alerts on recently processed flows to quickly identify and solve quality issues. The new Create a Flow Alert panel creates a standard Orion alert based on Custom SWQL query. The Create a Flow Alert panel provides the following alerts:

  • The alert Application Threshold notifies you that a NetFlow-reporting node reports traffic for an application or NBAR2 application over or under a certain threshold.
  • The alert Application present in Top Applications / Application not present in Top Applications notifies you that an application or NBAR2 application is or is not present in Top Applications or NBAR2 Applications lists.
  • The alert Flow no longer being received notifies you that a device (node or interface) is not sending data over a defined time period.

For more information on flow alerts, see NTA-specific alerts in the NTA Administrator Guide.

Other improvements

For new features and improvements in Orion Platform 2018.4, see the Orion Platform 2018.4 Release Notes.


New customer installation

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For information about installing NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from NTA 4.4 or later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously.

If you are upgrade from an earlier version, use the following resources to plan and implement an upgrade to NTA 4.5. Then use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to complete the upgrade.

  • If you are upgrading NTA and other modules (SAM, NCM, NTA, etc.), use the multiple products upgrade guide.
  • If you are upgrading NTA as a stand-alone product, use the single product upgrade guide.

Fixed issues

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NTA 4.5 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

00169326

NetFlow is no longer down on the Additional Polling Engine.

00142798

NTA is able to access SolarWinds HTTP.
00155331
When upgrading to NTA 4.4, the Configuration wizard no longer displays an error.

00124897

The Configuration wizard no longer displays an error when you install NTA 4.4.

00140384

The NTA installer no longer fails.

00114926

The NetFlowSources resource no longer takes a long time to load.

00140254
PerfStack displays NTA data correctly.

1169255

Data from the FlowEngines tables match the data from the dbo.Engines table.

1161109

The NTA settings page no longer displays the following error under NetFlow Collector Services:

There was an error rendering: NetFlow Collector Service.


Fixed issues in Orion Platform 2018.4

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See Orion Platform Release Notes.


End of life

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Version EoL Annoucement EoE Effective Date EoL Effective Date
4.1

December 4, 2018:

End-of-Life (EoL) announcement - Customers on NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.1 should begin transitioning to the latest version of NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.

March 4, 2019:

End-of-Engineering (EoE) - Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.1 will no longer be supported by SolarWinds.

March 4, 2020:

End-of-Life - SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.1.

See the 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.


End of support

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This version of NetFlow Traffic Analyzer no longer supports the following platforms and features.

Type Details
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.

Deprecation notices

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This version of NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 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.

For information about supported version of SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.

Type Details
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.

Legal notices

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