Meet the NEW IPAM 4.2

Posted by mungerman Aug 26, 2014

Earlier this year we conducted a survey and asked you what it’s like managing DHCP, DNS and IP addresses. Among the findings, we observed that you are spending about 40 hrs. a month managing roughly 2,000 IP’s.  You also told us you needed things to be a lot easier especially when it comes to configuring and tracking IP addresses and DHCP and DNS services. We’ve just released IPAM 4.2 and we can help!


Let’s take a quick tour of what’s new.


NEW Automatic Subnet Discovery.  We know many of you are working with spreadsheets that are outdated. Why would you want to import these outdated spreadsheets into a shiny new IPAM tool? Rather than manually create your subnet definitions, IPAM will now discover your subnets automatically by conducting neighbor scans on your routers and load the results into IPAM.  How cool is that?



IMPROVED Integrated DNS Configuration Management.  Often when implementing a new IP address you need to make a corresponding DNS entry.  IPAM integrates this DNS configuration task with the task of activating or deactivating an IP address.  Now you can seamlessly create DNS PTR and A Records.



IMPROVED DHCP and DNS Resource Monitoring.  IP conflicts are not the only related problem that can bring one or more systems off-line.  IPAM now delivers improved DHCP split scope monitoring so you can more closely monitor utilization of address pools within each DHCP scope.  IPAM will also now alert you on mismatched DNS entries and help you avoid the problems when the forward DNS entry does not match the reverse DNS entry.



NEW Device Vendor Identification. When you look at an assigned IP address, how often do you wish you determine what kind of device it us? Well now you can.  IPAM now offers device vendor identification using an integrated MAC address lookup.  This will save a lot or head-scratching and time when troubleshooting problems.



NEW Automatic IPv6 Address Discovery and Verification. You don’t manage IPv6 addresses the same way you manage IPv4 addresses.  So if you have started to use IPv6, you may not know where or how all of your IPv6 addresses are being used. IPAM will automatically discover your IP addresses by querying routers and switches for known IPv6 devices and load this into your IPAM IPv6 subnets.  In addition, IPAM will also use IPv6 ping to verify the status of each IPv6 address.  How much time will this save you?



We’ve introduced you to what’s new in IPAM 4.2.  If you wondering why any of this matters to you, take a few minutes and read this thwack post “Would a Hospital Manage Patient Care Using Only a Spreadsheet” or grab this white paper written former CIO and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey on why Now is the Time to Modernize your IP Management System.  Or you can download the NEW IPAM 4.2 and put it to work for you.

SolarWinds is pleased to announce IP Address Manager (IPAM) v4.2 was released today.


In its greatest and latest version you may find following new features and improvements:

1) Automatic IPv4 subnet discovery.

  • No more obsolete information from spreadsheet during import, IPAM scans routing tables and gets your real list of subnets
  • Automatic detection of default gateways speeds up your discovery process
  • New interactive wizard which will help you organising new subnets from network discovery
  • Uses read only & SNMP protocol - supports almost all L3 network devices.


2) Automated MAC -> HW Vendor translation

  • Need monthly audit reports? IPAM resolve MAC to Vendor Icon and name automatically.
  • Contains over 4500 vendors in up-to date internal database (doesn't need internet connectivity to resolve MAC)
  • Looking for a specific device? Search for specific vendor name and IPAM shows you a list of assigned IP addresses


3) Improvements in DHCP and DNS management

  • Speed-up your daily routine tasks - PTR records are created automatically with A or AAAA records on your DNS servers, no space for typos and mistakes.
  • Problems with server availability? New DNS Mismatch UI that scans your DNS servers and shows you where you have mismatch in forward and revers DNS records
  • Running DHCP in split-scope scenarios on multiple servers and want to see top utilised scopes before you run out of free IPs? New UI will tell you where you need to reclaim old IP addresses or re-size your DHCP scope

4) IPAM is now fully IPv6 compatible

  • Did you deploy IPv6 networks and devices but you don't have up-to date network map of IPv6 addresses? IPAM has now IPv6 IP Address discovery. It scans routers and their NDS tables for all IPv6 traffic and automatically assign discovered IP Addresses into your IPv6 subnets. You can run it every week or month and keep IPAM updated
  • Would you like to see IP address status history, when it went offline or if it uses same MAC address? IPAM now uses ICMP v6 protocol for scanning IP address status and also track MAC addresses in a history list.


You can read more details about its content in this post:IP Address Manager (IPAM) - Updated May 5, 2017and in product release notes:IPAM v4.2 Release Notes


This version is already waiting for download on customer portal.

I'm very excited to announce General Availability of VNQM 4.2 with native support for Avaya (Red) communication managers and call quality monitoring and troubleshooting. This version of VNQM brings most wanted features by VoIP pros who were looking for a software for Avaya real call quality troubleshooting. Features, which may sound as a fundamental functionality but existing solutions on the market simply didn't have them.


Here is the short list of what's included in VNQM 4.2:


  • Support for Avaya VoIP call troubleshooting and monitoring
    • CDR and CQR monitoring of 1:1 and conference VoIP calls
    • MOS, Jitter, Latency, and end-point quality metrics information
    • Visualization of call signaling
    • Automatic region recognition and call grouping
    • Call manager failed calls and calls quality statistics
    • Avaya Gateway detection during call signaling phase
    • Reporting and alerting for Avaya VoIP CDR/CQR metrics
  • Call Manager phone registration resource with full text search and other new features
  • Support for Cisco Call Manager v10.x

You can see more insights in product blog post: VNQM 4.2 GA - Avaya CDR support available for download!

Release notes with bugs & fixes are ready here: VNQM v4.2 Release Notes


This version is already waiting for download on customer portal.

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With Web Performance Monitor (WPM) 2.1.0 just around the corner I'm happy to announce WPM 2.1.0 has entered Release Candidate phase. There are many improvements coming with this version, notably


  • Tighter integration with Server & Application Monitor (SAM) and Network Performance Monitor (NPM) to help you identify problems in your Web Application infrastructure faster
  • New integration allows you to
    • Create dependencies between Transactions and Applications and dependencies between Transactions and Nodes
    • Visualize the relationship and status of infrastructure components that can impact Web transactions
    • Visualize the relationship and status of Web transactions alongside node and application performance (New Transactions subview in Node Details page and New Transactions subview in Application Details page)
  • Ability to create dependencies between Transactions and other Orion objects like Groups or Interfaces and also between Locations and other Orion objects
  • Recorder usability improvements include:
    • Positive and negative text and image match
    • Simple conditionals to handle web application variance
    • Ability to multi-select steps for easier editing in Recorder
    • Multi-variant text inputs
    • Logically group transactions and recordings with custom properties
  • Support for web-based reporting


You can find more details in Web Performance Monitor 2.1.0 Beta is available blog post and Web Performance Monitor 2.1.0 - What's Coming in Recorder.


WPM 2.1.0 RC is available in your customer portal today. RC's are fully supported and upgradable to the final GA version (if it differs from RC.)


Please let us know if there are any questions. Comments welcomed below.


I can't believe I get to say that.


I have been using SolarWinds products since 2003, and a member of Thwack for almost as long. But until this week, I hadn't thought about how it would feel to write a blog post like this.


It's been an interesting journey to this point

I started out 25 years ago as a classroom trainer teaching WordPerfect 5.1 and DOS basics. After 5 years and more applications than I can count, I made the leap to desktop support, and then server admin. And then, during a project where we rolled out standard PC and server images to about 10,000 systems, I had the chance to work with an inventory and software distribution tool called “Tivoli”. As it turned out, Tivoli did other things too. Like monitoring and event correlation. I was hooked.


That was about 12 years ago. Since then, I've had a chance to work in small environments (dozens of systems) as well as large ones (10,000 devices in 150 locations) and even gargantuan ones (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). I've had the chance to work not just with Tivoli, but also NetIQ, Patrol, OpenView, Sitescope, Zenoss, Nagios, and a few others. I've had the chance to learn about monitoring AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, various flavors of Linux, routers, switches, load balancers, wireless devices, storage systems, UPS and environment controls, virtualization platforms, and every flavor of Windows except Microsoft Bob.


In all that time and all those tools, three things stood out about SolarWinds

First is how easy it is to accomplish so many things. It's not that you can't do certain things with other tools. Let's be honest: Given enough time and expertise, you can set up monitoring using nothing more than Perl, Cron, and a few well-designed shell scripts. But with SolarWinds you can do more in less time, and that translates to having more sophisticated solutions implemented in the time it takes just to get other tools  up and running.


Second, the level of development across the entire suite of SolarWinds tools is nothing short of astonishing. It's not an exaggeration to say that, if you have more than 2 products, you will probably upgrade something once every quarter. And even though each upgrade comes with the usual hassle of testing, coordinating change control windows, and late nights, it's hard to justify NOT doing it because each new version comes with features that are innovative, compelling, and just flat-out slick as snot.


But what really sticks with me is the dedication and insight of the folks who graciously share their expertise on these forums. Like I said, I've been using SolarWinds (and hanging out on Thwack) since 2003. I'm here to tell you that the forums for “the other guys” don't have this level of ongoing interest, communication, and engagement (both between users and with staff). They don't have “regular folks” who carve out time every week (sometimes every day) just to help other users with questions. They don't nominate MVP's. They certainly don't have a store where people spend hard-won points to get shot glasses, lab coats, and so-bright-you'll-never-misplace-it laptop sleeves.


So when the job posting came my way, I jumped at it. For me, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.


I now have a business card that reads "Leon Adato, SolarWinds Head Geek".  It's hard to imagine anything cooler than that.

Part of this job is to be a technical evangelist: I'm here to evangelize not just SolarWinds tools, but monitoring as a discipline of I.T. My take on that evangelism is that I want to see monitoring design become as consistent and repeatable as network designs. I plan to provide resources – documents, matrixes, case studies, sample RFP's business justifications, ROI models, and more – that help make the business case and overcome purchasing department interia. Most of all, being a technical evangelist means I'm here to show the importance and relevance of monitoring to the challenges companies face, and demonstrate how having a solution is more cost effective than doing nothing.


Another part of the job is to keep my "customer" hat firmly on my head. It means drawing on my experiences over 12 years setting up monitoring for dozens of enterprises and be the voice of the customer in roadmap discussions. To make sure “wouldn't this be a cool looking widget” doesn't trump “we needed this key feature yesterday” during design meetings.


But the best part of the job is that I get to be as excited as you are when monitoring saves the day (or the bottom line) for your organization.


My name is Leon Adato, and I'm a SolarWinds Head Geek.


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