We need photos of IT Pros like you for our website - solarwinds.com. We're looking to feature our thwack community members in their real-life work setting—working in the server room, fixing a problem, helping a co-worker, or whatever you do to keep your shop up and running.


  • Ideally, the photos should show your face, be high resolution quality, and include several poses, if possible. We want to show the world what your world looks like and how you save the day.
  • The picture should be a wide horizontal shot with preferably a 16:9 aspect ratio and at least 1200px wide.
  • If you’d like, please include a short comment about yourself, what you were doing while the photo was taken, or how SolarWinds’ products help make your job better.


So, what’s in it for you?

Everyone who submits a photo in the comments below will receive:

  • the "SolarWinds.com Hero" badge for your profile.

If your photo is chosen to be used on SolarWinds.com, you will receive:

  • Your choice of a $75 ThinkGeek or Amazon gift card.
  • Oh - and you'll be front and center on the solarwinds.com homepage!

We’ll contact you by email to let you know if you were chosen and get the info on where to send your gift card.


Our Legal team wants us to remind you to make sure you have permission from your employer to take photos in your office and you’ll need to sign a photo release (we’ll send it to you) if we use your image.  Your company name won’t be used.


Here is are a few examples.  The first two feature some of our MVPs - bsciencefiction.tv and ssadlocha.  Please know that we will handle any retouching, effects, etc. Any changes made will be passed by you for your sign off before we add it to our website.

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Please submit your photo(s) in the comments below.  We appreciate your participation and look forward to adding YOU to our catalog of photos powered by the thwack community.

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We are pleased to announce the general availability of Service Release of Serv-U v15.0.1.


The contents of this release contain numerous bug fixes and improvements, namely,


  • Added a dialog that informs Web Client Pro users about the options they have if they use JVMs older than u51.
  • Corrected an issue where buttons were displayed incorrectly in the Custom HTML tab of the Domain Limits and Settings page.
  • Corrected a bug when wildcards were not working correctly on Linux while doing a directory listing in FTP.
  • Corrected an issue with Internet Explorer 11 not recognizing file names in the headers.
  • Corrected a bug where SDK did not integrate calls from other threads into the application.
  • Corrected a bug where file sharing did not work correctly on 32-bit Linux systems.
  • Corrected a bug where the HTTP limits were not displayed while configuring limits at the group and user levels.
  • Corrected a bug where SFTP key renegotiation failed when zlib compression was used.
  • Corrected a bug where the setting that allows users to change their password did not work correctly.
  • Corrected a bug where the Add, Edit and Template buttons in the Users and Groups lists of the Management Console were not working in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Corrected a bug where pressing enter in the Filter log dialog after inputting text resulted in the whole page being refreshed.
  • Corrected a bug where it was not possible to close dialogs in the Management Console in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Corrected a bug where it was not possible to upload files to a file share from the Send files wizard and from the guest upload page in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Corrected an issue where the file upload progress dialog could not be cancelled.
  • Corrected an issue with a missing link in the Verify Java Runtime dialog.
  • Corrected a bug where the auto-disabling and auto-deleting of database user accounts did not work properly.
  • Corrected a security issue that allowed for a Denial of Service attack, which could make Serv-U unresponsive.
  • Corrected an issue where JavaScript errors occurred when selecting any check box in the Management Console in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Corrected an issue where FTP Voyager JV did not detect the browser specific page and Java Runtime Environment in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Corrected a Web Client Pro and FTP voyager JV issue where these Java applications would fail to launch correctly when the Oracle Java Runtime was updated to Java 7 Update 51.
  • Corrected an issue where HTTPS connections may fail to close after all data has been transferred. Affected installs of Serv-U would demonstrate degraded Management Console performance or errors. This most commonly occurred on Linux deployments with a single core processor.
  • Corrected an SFTP (via SSH2) bug, introduced in Serv-U, where each connected session caused Serv-U to consume an excessive amount of memory until the session was disconnected.
  • Corrected a Web Client bug where users configured with FTP Voyager JV as their default web client did not see the FTP Voyager JV landing page when accessing Serv-U from a new browser window when the browser still had an active session cached.


You can view the full set of release notes here.


Download Serv-U now and have fun!

SolarWinds is pleased to announce that latest and greatest version of IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.1 has been recently released.


Here is the list of major improvements and new functionality:


ISC DHCP server management

  • A new re-designed DHCP management UI that helps to manage multiple methods of organizing IPs across Windows, CISCO and ISC DHCP vendors
  • Management of ISC DHCP subnet options, ranges and pools (New to ISC)
  • Monitoring of ISC shared network containers and their subnet utilization
  • Monitoring of ISC DHCP IP address static assignments within groups

Support for more DHCP options

  • Monitor and manage over 180 (RFC 2132) DHCP options on Cisco, Microsoft and ISC DHCP servers
  • New UI for DHCP options management with data type validator and text translation of numeric value of each option (you don't have look into RFC)
  • Automatic detection of supported/unsupported options per DHCP vendor
  • Both-way sync between IPAM and DHCP server.


You can read more details in this post: Announcing IP Address Manager 4.1 General Availability!

IPAM v4.1 Release Notes


This version is already waiting for download on customer portal.

SolarWinds Network Topology Mapper (NTM) version 2.0 Hotfix 3 - Is now available





This HotFix addresses an issue with Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL 1.0.1E, which NTM uses. There is a potential security issue--for outbound communications only--when using AES with SNMPv3.



This fix requires SolarWinds NTM 2.0.



To install this HotFix:


1. Extract files from the compressed archive (.zip) to a directory accessible by your NTM machine.

2. Close Network Topology Mapper if it is running.

3. Shutdown "SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler" service, as follows:

   a. Click Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.     

   b. Stop "SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler" service.

4. Go to "c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\SolarWinds\OpenSSL\", move the folders "x64" and "x86" to a backup location, and replace them in the OpenSSL folder with the appropriate folders from this hotfix.

    Note: On 32bit systems, the folders are located in "c:\Program Files\Common Files\SolarWinds\OpenSSL\".

5. Start SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler.

6. Start Network Topology Mapper.   



To un-install this Hotfix:


1. Shutdown "SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler" service, as follows:

   a. Click Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.     

   b. Stop "SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler" service.

2. Go to "c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\SolarWinds\OpenSSL\", delete the folders "x64" and "x86", and copy here the same folders from the backup location.

    Note: On 32bit systems, the folders are located in "c:\Program Files\Common Files\SolarWinds\OpenSSL\".

3. Start "SolarWinds Network Topology Job Scheduler" service.

Do you work in K-12 Education and looking to earn some thwack points to do a little shopping in the store?  We're looking for someone who has helped build an infrastructure to manage BYOD for their school district.  Post a comment below or send me a direct message if you're interested in speaking with a journalist about your experience.  Just as an FYI - they'd like to share your name and school if possible.  2,000 points are hanging in the balance, let us know if you're game!

We are interested in knowing who is planning to attend the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin, TX March 31st - April 2nd.  If you will be in attendance, would you be so kind as to let us know a bit of information about your stay in the comments below?


  • When are you arriving?
  • When are you leaving?
  • Would you be interested in attending a SolarWinds event? (party, training, etc.)


Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER of an HD Projector AND a 6-month subscription to Netflix is... xbod! Congratulations!

We also have 3 runner-ups who are the winners of a 6-month Netflix subscription.  Congratulations to dbucks01, syldra, and lwpeters!



There's lot of things that come to mind for the month of February... Goundhog Day, a couple President's birthdays, Clean Out Your Computer Day (yes, it's a real thing, February 8th, mark your calendars).  But when most people think of February, they probably think of Valentines Day and this month we're spreading the love for our DBAs!  Several months ago, Confio Ignite became part of the SolarWinds family and today we're happy to announce Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) now has a home on thwack.  So, whether you're a seasoned DBA but you're new to thwack or you're a seasoned thwack user but you're new to database management, this month will serve as the meeting point for all.


February's Mission

Meet The Database Monsters! There are 7 monsters and each has their own 3-question quiz for you to answer.  If you can successfully get through at least 5 of the monster quizzes, you'll be entered to win 1 or 3 Netflix 6-month subscriptions.  If you defeat all 7 monsters, you'll be entered to win our grand prize: a HD Projector + Netflix 6-month subscription.


Mission Rules

  1. All 7 quizzes will open on February 3rd and remain open until February 28th.
  2. Only your first attempt on each quiz will count. Be sure to triple check your answers before hitting submit!
  3. Score 100% on all 7 quizzes and you will be entered to our grand prize drawing: HD projector + Netflix subscription.
  4. Score 100% on 5 or more quizzes and you will be entered to win 1 of 3 Netflix subscriptions.
  5. For each correctly answered quiz, you will receive:
    1. 400 points (x 7 quizzes means you can earn a maximum of 2800 points this month)
    2. The monster badge for that quiz
    3. *Both the points and badges will be applied to your profile once the mission has closed*
  6. The drawings will be held on March 3rd.
  7. Terms & Conditions for US, UK, Canada, and Germany are attached to this blog.


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