Release date: June 4, 2020
These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Orion Platform 2020.2. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.
- New features and improvements
- New customer installation
- How to upgrade
- Fixed issues
- Known issues
- Deprecation notices
- Legal notices
- For information on latest hotfixes, see Orion Platform Hotfixes.
- For release notes for previous Orion Platform versions, see Previous Version documentation.
- For information about requirements, see Orion Platform 2020.2 system requirements.
- For information about working with the Orion Platform, see Orion Platform 2020.2 Administrator Guide.
- For information about what's new for individual Orion Platform products, see Orion Platform 2020.2 Release Summary.
New features and improvements in Orion Platform
Orion Platform 2020.2 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of Orion Platform.
SolarWinds Platform Maps Improvements
Create and customize text boxes and contextual labels
Flexible controls for bulk administration
Incorporate custom icons, adjust scale/positioning, or change styling
Tools for adding shapes, moving images to front/back, or customizing layouts
Orion Web interface optimizations and improvements
Configuration wizard acceleration
Improved query and database maintenance performance
Build Powerful New Custom Summary Dashboards
Proportional (Donut/Pie) widget
KPI (Big Number) widget
Custom Table widget
PerfStack (Time Series) widget
Pre-stage future upgrades to minimize downtime
Pre-plan upgrades and generate an upgrade plan report
Automate upgrades via the Orion SDK
Enhanced Volume Status
Individual Warning/Critical thresholds per volume
Dynamic threshold support
New Management widget where you can unmanage volumes, go directly to Performance Analysis, quickly access the Edit Node page and poll now or rediscover at a click of a button.
3rd Party Language Pack Support
Translate supported Orion Platform modules into additional languages
Share Language Packs with others on THWACK
Orion Installer Improvements
- Pre-stage the installation files on your Orion server and all scalability engines from within the Orion Web Console to decrease the amount of time required to upgrade a large deployment by downloading installation files before starting the upgrade.
- The Pre-Stage option downloads the installation file to your primary Orion server, and then copies the file to all scalability engines in parallel.
- Monitor up to 1,000,000 elements per Orion Platform instance.
- HTTP/S Get/Post Alert Action supports Basic/NTLM/Bearer Token Authentication
- Reuse Classic Charts and Tables from reports on dashboards
- FIPS compliance for Orion Agent and High Availability
- Tool for migrating legacy reports to web-based Report Writer
- Report Schedule support for certificate authentication
- Support for Windows Server 2012 R2
- Support for SQL Server 2012
- Support for SQL Express for smaller production deployments
- Review the list of newly supported devices
New customer installation
For information about installing Orion Platform, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.
How to upgrade
If you are upgrading from Orion Platform 2015.1.3 or later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to simultaneously upgrade your entire Orion deployment (all Orion Platform products and any scalability engines) to the current versions.
If you are upgrading from Orion Platform 2019.2, you can upgrade your entire Orion deployment from the My Orion Deployment page. Click Settings > My Orion Deployment > Updates & Evaluations. Downloading the Orion Installer is no longer necessary.
If you are upgrading from an earlier Orion Platform version, use this topic to plan and implement an upgrade to the current version of Orion Platform.
Fixed issues in Orion Platform 2020.2
Orion Platform 2020.2 fixes the following issues.
|364862||The alert action Execute external action uses the provided Windows account to execute the action.|
|399206, 399355, 403190||Data from _cur tables is now moved to _detail tables during the maintenance, thus improving performance.|
|285708||PerfStack data is the same on the PerfStack page and in the widget.|
|Netsuite case||Searching users/groups via the LDAP protocol works correctly.|
|252263||When configuring SAML accounts in the Internet Explorer, the SSO Service URL can be copied without issues.|
|4465||User scripts with the sudo argument work after the upgrade to 2019.4 without issues.|
|359802||AMS persistence was disabled to prevent the Orion Agent management store.dat from growing.|
|Netsuite cases||AD groups now work correctly with user accounts. You can log in to the Orion Web Console using Windows Active Directory groups when group names or domain names do not match.|
|394936||Issues with Load Average polling on AIX were resolved.|
|384019||When entering an incorrect user password, each attempt is verified once. You have the number of attempts specified in your configuration.|
|299986||During the Configuration wizard, dead subscriptions are deleted on the main polling engine.|
|372719||XSS vulnerability caused by client-side template injection in AngularJS was addressed.|
|387020||The issue where the Custom Query widget using a "SELECT DISTINCT" failed was addressed.|
|430538||Failover support in SubscriptionManager was implemented. LogAnalyser rules synchronize correctly across additional polling engines.|
|345685||The issue where wrong KPIs were displayed was addressed.|
|364729 , 365085, 364782, 371520, 388147, 390577||The named pipeline privilege escalation vulnerability was addressed.|
|371827, 421004||The issue where the Agent Cortex cannot reconnect to main cortex if restarted was resolved.|
|420264||The issue where SAML tests failed when the Orion URL ended with / was addressed.|
|443849||Reports that caused issues with recursion in SQL were adjusted.|
|376076||Unauthenticated leak of internal telemetry data was addressed.|
|189092, 443685||The issue where all containers were deleted when SWIS could not load schema was addressed.|
|433903||The issue where unexpected symbols appeared in custom charts or tables under the Japanese locale was addressed.|
|384043||PerfStack status changes when aggregation and sampling periods differed were addressed.|
|419561||Custom Query widget: the issue where columns needed to match the casing of columns the were related to was addressed.|
|273033, 430879||High memory consumption caused by Service Host on Agent was addressed.|
|326464, 375228||The issue where error messages triggered by a Linux Agent plugin blocked the collector or polling engine was addressed.|
|202306||The "Cluster upgrade needed but other disc nodes shut down after this one" issue after RabbitMQ upgrade was addressed.|
|459326, 472414, 466561, 472414,||The impact of ADV190023 Advisory on LDAP authentication was researched and addressed.|
|334500||The Server Error when trying to add an entity on PerfStack was addressed.|
|236388, 460462, 470831,||The issue where multiple changes in a ServiceNow incident updated unexpectedly was addressed.|
|228562||The issue where session timeout expiration does not work on fresh installs was addressed.|
|394422||A reflected XSS vulnerability in EOC was addressed.|
|394422||Issues with Linux SNMP python plugins failing in FIPS environments were addressed.|
|409938||The machine type and vendor for Selex Communications Limited is now displayed correctly in the Orion Platform.|
|412099||Aware devices are displayed with a correct icon in the Orion Platform.|
|453900||An arbitrary file read vulnerability in phantomJS.exe was addressed.|
|375705, 425841||A memory leak in SWIS was addressed.|
|464664||The issue where an incorrect operating system for the Orion Server was displayed was addressed.|
|375324, 418241||The issue where a Windows account could log in using the AD group account even after the account was removed from the AD group was addressed.|
|380566, 388809, 451919, 476471||Web-based availability reports were optimized to prevent arithmetic overflow issues.|
|481734||You can now add web-based reports into the List of Reports widget.|
|284978||ServiceNow: Linked field choices for customized ServiceNow instances are displayed correctly in the Orion Web Console.|
|261934||Add Node wizard confirmation timeout issues were addressed.|
|461249||The issue where Orion credentials were readable within logs when manually installed in ‘Active’ (Agent-Initiated) mode was addressed.|
|428716||Database case-sensitive collation setting was optimized to prevent SQL issues.|
|385360, 471947||The issue where SNMPv3 didn't work on Microtic router 6.45.5 was addressed.|
|417484, 471947||A caching mechanism for SettingsDAL was introduced in the Collector to high usage of resources on startup.|
|450635||SolarWinds addressed the security requirement to keep RabbitMQ up-to-date and FIPS-compliant.|
|344516, 0427734, 0488563||SQL exceptions caused by insufficient column width were addressed.|
|471773, 480532||SQL exceptions caused by using the ONLINE option when rebuilding indexes were addressed.|
|354134, 438750||The issue where two users were logged in and shared the same session was addressed.|
|372843, 393764, 452906||Authentication issues where users could not log to SWIS by domain account were addressed.|
|354134, 438901, 459078, 485225,||When you log out of the Orion Web Console, the .ASPXAUTH token on the server side is invalidated.|
|352627||SolarWinds addressed an issue where custom SQL alerts were not triggered when custom poller was used as NetObject.|
|N/A||Inaccurate height and width properties for images in the SolarWinds Platform Maps editor have been addressed.|
|SolarWinds.Core.BusinessLayer.dll security vulnerability in Orion Platform 2020.2|
Issue: An exposed vulnerability in the SolarWinds.Core.BusinessLayer.dll
Work-around: To address the vulnerability, upgrade to the latest hotfix for Orion Platform 2020.2.1. For details, see the article Address the SolarWinds.Core.BusinessLayer.dll security vulnerability.
|039492, 164576 , 164576, 446984 / Isilon devices identified as Fraunhofer FOKUS|
Issue: When you are monitoring Isilon devices, the Orion Platform displays Fraunhofer FOKUS as the vendor, while Dell might be expected.
Work-around By default, the Orion Platform uses Enterprise ID for displaying the vendor, and the EnterpriseID for Isilon devices is Fraunhofer FOKUS. To change the way vendor is displayed in the Orion Platform, create a custom node poller and set a constant value for the vendor label for Isilon devices.
|384463 / Secure flags on cookies are missing|
Issue: When Secure flags on ASP.NET_SessionID and .ASPXAUTH cookies are missing, you probably configured your Orion Platform with HTTP, reconfigured to HTTPS and logged in to the Orion Web Console again.
When you move the Orion Platform to HTTPS, use one of the following workarounds:
|Enlarged areas in the Orion Installer hide options and the Next button|
Issue: When you RDP to the server hosting your main polling engine and running the Orion Installer there, some areas in the installer are enlarged and hide options on the screen.
Work-around : Use full screen resolution or the same resolution as on the computer you are remotely connecting from.
In Orion Platform 2020.2, the following platforms and features are deprecated.
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.
|Legacy Orion Report Writer||
Starting with Orion Platform 2019.4, all out-of-the-box reports are web-based.
In Orion Platform 2020.2, the Report Writer is only available in the ReadOnly mode. Migrate your custom reports to the web.
You can no longer add new Report from Orion Report Writer widgets to your views. Existing Orion Report Writer widgets in views will remain in place.
|Network Atlas||Network Atlas is deprecated as of this release. It is still available and supported in the current release, but it will be removed in a future release. Deprecation is an indication that you should avoid expanded use of this feature and formulate a plan to discontinue using the feature. SolarWinds recommends that you start using SolarWinds Platform Maps in the Orion Web Console to display maps of physical and logical relationships between entities monitored by the Orion Platform products you have installed.|
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