Orion Platform 2016.2 Release Notes

Orion Platform 2016.2 New Features

Agents for Linux-based computers

This release of SolarWinds Orion extends Orion agent to monitor Linux systems. This agent provides monitoring to Linux-based application on premises or in the cloud using multiple template and component monitor options. Easily deploy the agent through multiple options by adding a node, mass deployment for agents, command line, and from a Linux package repository. The Orion Agent supports multiple Linux distributions including versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Amazon Linux AMI.

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High Availability

This release of SolarWinds Orion Platform features almost instantaneous, automated failover to a secondary server to ensure continuous monitoring when a component failure occurs. SolarWinds High Availability (HA) provides failover HA for your environment maintained through the Orion web console. Easily create an HA pool, update your secondary server, and activate HA in your current Orion environment.

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Web-based License Manager

Easily add, activate, and manage Orion product licenses through the web-based License Manager. Accessing the License Manager on your main polling engine, you can monitor and update full product and evaluation licenses for your main poller, additional pollers, additional web servers, stackable pollers, and high availability pools all through one page. The License Manager also provides automatic online and offline modes for managing licenses. Add and manage evaluations with ease, including HA.

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New APE and AWS upgrade installer

When you upgrade your additional polling engine (APE) and additional web server (AWS), you will use a new unified Scalability Engines Installer that upgrades all of your updated modules with one installer. This new lightweight installer is far faster for upgrading your APE and AWS than installing one module at a time! Some customers have reported a greater than 400% reduction in the amount of time it now takes them to upgrade their Additional Polling Engines and Additional Web Servers.

You download the installers through the Orion Web Console:

  • For the APE installer, click Settings > All Settings > Polling Engines.
  • For the AWS installer, click Settings > All Settings > Web Console Settings.

Web-based SSH terminal

Open an SSH connection to your devices using the Management resource of your nodes in the Orion Web Console. With a click, an SSH client opens a remote connection using the assigned poller as the jump host to the destination server, Linux host, switch, router, firewall, or other SSH-capable system.

Other improvements

Orion Platform 2016.2 Fixed Issues

Orion Platform 2016.2 fixes the following issues.

Case number Description

1015439, 1017699, 1017652, 1015588, 1015552, 1015299, 1014989, 1016095, 1015662, 1016127, 1015267, 1016112, 1015219, 1016099, 1016280, 1016927, 1015177, 1015174, 1015614, 1016588, 1016630, 1016609, 1016610, 1015431, 1015014, 1015548, 1015506, 1016500, 1016384, 1016208, 1015385, 1015627, 1015516, 1015412, 1016247, 1016175, 1015390, 1015349, 1015345, 1015306, 1015749, 1015526, 1015466, 1015396, 1015561, 1015783, 1015356, 1015647, 1015661, 1015564, 1015571, 1015595, 1015570, 1015652, 1015606, 1015061, 1015380, 1015424, 1015454, 1015460, 1015364, 1015457, 1015413, 1015016, 1015386, 1014969, 1015261,
1043147, 1016982,

1008932

The Worldwide Map resource displays without the Mapquest notifications.

920560, 1013825, 1052808,
1048941,
1020501


Alert actions trigger when you choose to alert only when multiple objects meet the trigger conditions at the same time.
1003653, 1011487, 1005787 You can open the Orion Web Console shortcut as a non-administrator.
1012549, 1040462, 1042804 You can edit multiple nodes' properties without impacting the saved SNMP v3 credentials.
1003918

The Top CPU by Percent resource shows data for Cisco ASR 9010 devices.

1005743 Custom SQL filters are not case sensitive.
1003655, 1000374

The Configuration Wizard now installs all services and the Orion Web Console loads after an upgrade.

1000843

Menu bars are not sent when emailing a report as HTML.

990493, 1039347 Duplicate and edit alerts with reset actions.
978248

You can view graphs in scheduled reports after you configure the Orion Web Console for SSL.

1029471, 1037482 Restrict access to areas of the menu bar and views.
956237

You can select Default for Object type in Network Atlas.

950265

Filter the "Top XX Volumes by Disk Space Used" resource by caption.

873578, 861900

Improved how charts and graphs are displayed in the PDF output of reports.

1016211, 1004847, 1009082, 993024, 100588, 1012554 Improved upgrading with saved SNMP v3 credentials.
1003240 Top navigation menu in NOC views does not overlap with the view content.
992570, 1038932, 1025297 When integrating SolarWinds products with ServiceNow, alerts generate correctly without object reference errors.
1045304, 1015785 The Orion Web Console does not hang when managing alerts or alert maintenance.
989718, 1000003, 1003398, 1008094, 1015258, 1038560, 994777, 1004330, 843652

Send multiple reports at the same time and send reports that were copied and modified from another report without errors.

1028086, 1005787, 1003653, 1011487, 1016920 You can install and open the Orion Web Console from the shortcut without the following error: "The credentials supplied to the package were not recognized."
1020916 Web pages sent through the Email A Web Page alert action are sent as a PDF to preserve the same styling and appearance as in your browser.
1012349 Use the "Time of Day" and "Hour of Day" options to restrict the report to business hours.
1015855 Improved the UI around the Time of Day portion of alert actions.

Orion Platform 2016.2 Known Issues

Agent deployment to host without a /tmp directory

Issue: Agent deployment may not succeed if Linux host does not have a /tmp directory.

Work-around: Rerun the agent deployment to properly complete the deployment.

Account limitations for Windows group accounts

Issue: Accounts that are added as part of a Windows group account do not respect menu or view restrictions.

Work-around: Individually add accounts.

Orion Platform 2016.2 End of Support

The Advanced Alert Manager and Basic Alert Manager applications are deprecated features and will be removed in an upcoming release. The web-based Alert Manager replaces this functionality.

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