SEM 2020.2.2 Release Notes
Release date: January, 2021
This document summarizes new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Security Event Manager (SEM) 2020.2.2 (formerly Log and Event Manager), additional features, and upgrade notes and workarounds for known issues.
New in SEM 2020.2.2
SEM 2020.2.2 is a service release containing the following improvement:
- SEM 2020.2.2 is signed with a new code-signing certificate
SEM 2020.2.1 was released on July 9, 2020.
- For information about new features in the SEM 2020.2.1 release, please see the SEM 2020.2.1 Release Notes.
SEM 2020.2 was released on June 18, 2020.
- For information about new features in the SEM 2020.2 release, please see the SEM 2020.2 Release Notes.
- For information about requirements, see the SEM 2020.2 system requirements.
- For detailed information about using SEM, see the SEM Administrator Guide.
End of life, end of support, and deprecation notices
End of life
|EOL Effective dates|
|6.4||June 6, 2020: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on SEM version 6.4 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SEM.||September 6, 2020: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for SEM version 6.4 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds.||September 6, 2021: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for SEM version 6.4.|
End of support
|Windows Server 2008||
As of SEM 2019.4, Windows Server 2008 is no longer supported. SEM still supports Windows Server 2008 R2.
|Directory Service Query tool||As of SEM version 2020.4, the Directory Service Query tool will no longer be usable for configuration of LDAP authentication. Users will need to use LDAP configuration in the HTML5 Console Settings page.|
|VMware vSphere 5.5||Beyond SEM 6.7, releases will no longer support vSphere 5.5. Find more information here.|
New customer installation
How to upgrade
If you are upgrading from a previous version, use the following resources to plan and implement your upgrade:
If you are upgrading from version 6.4 or newer, you can upgrade directly to 2020.2.2.
Use the SEM Upgrade Guide to help you plan and execute your upgrade.
Download the upgrade package from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
SEM agent versions 6.7 and newer no longer include Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Oracle Java Virtual Machine (JVM). If needed, install Oracle JRE when installing agents in your network environment. SEM still includes OpenJDK JRE.
In SEM 2020.2.2, FIM is not fully compatible with previous SEM agent versions (6.6 and older). SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade agents to version 2020.2.2.
In new installations of SEM (6.7 and newer), corresponding agent versions communicate by default using a secure certificate, which no longer supports TLS 1.0, 3DES, or anonymous cipher. If you need to connect to earlier agent versions, navigate to the SEM Console security tab (Settings > Security), and switch the toggle button to enable lower security settings. Versions older than 6.3 are not supported.
File system consistency check (fsck)
During your upgrade, the system may run a fsck check during reboot. This can last 30 or more minutes depending on the quantity of data in the data partition. With the Debian version upgrade, the file system is configured to initiate the check when certain conditions are met:
- 21 mounts since the last check (during the 22nd reboot)
- Six months since the last check
SEM Agent installers
Oracle intends to discontinue support for their 32-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Therefore, SolarWinds will no longer provide 32-bit SEM Agent installers for future SEM releases. Since IBM and HP provide their own customized Java implementations, this may impact their JRE support as well.
Raw log files
Raw log file processing is facilitated in the flash-based SEM console only.
Find SEM connector information on Thwack.
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