While it's only been a few months since we announced the release of SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 5.0, our crazily caffeinated SAM development team has been busily brewing up the next major installment. Available now exclusively to existing APM & SAM customers under active maintenance, this SAM beta release includes native out-of-the-box support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, as well as significant usability improvements that should ease the creation and editing of application templates.

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Hyper-V support has been a long standing Thwack community feature request. And with an increasing rise in adoption of Virtualization over the last few years, Microsoft has made significant inroads into customers data centers with their Hyper-V offering. As a result of this increased adoption, there has been a steadily growing number of Server Admins needing better visibility into the performance and availability of their Hyper-V servers and the guests that run on them.

 

The latest 5.0 release ofhttp://www.solarwinds.com/resources/webcasts/virtualization-manager-50-now-with-hyperv-support.htmlSolarWinds Virtualization Manager and our recently updated Free VM Monitor tool were the first SolarWinds products designed to address this need with the addition of Hyper-V support. Now it's SAM's turn to get some Hyper-V goodness.

 

With this beta we go beyond the existing VMware support that's existed under Orion's Virtualization tab for years now and added native support for Microsoft's Hyper-V. Mixed VMware/Hyper-V environments will share a single centralized dashboard that will provide a single pane of glass view into their entire virtualized server infrastructure.

 

All resources that exist under the Virtualization tab in Orion today have been expanded to support Microsoft's Hyper-V in addition to VMware. Also, all of the Virtualization related resources normally found on an ESX Host Details view have been replicated to a new Hyper-V Host Details view, providing parallel functionality across Virtualization technologies.

 

 

 

 

Creating and modifying application templates in SAM has never been a terribly difficult process, but in some instances it may have proven tedious, if not downright monotonous. After countless hours of usability testing, we've made some fairly dramatic improvements to this workflow process, while paying careful attention not to impede existing users already familiar with the product. The most noticeable of these changes are that many of the most common actions have been moved to a new menu bar across the top and the addition of a check box column that allows these actions to be applied to more than one component monitor simultaneously.

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The most powerful usability improvement the new template editor provides is the ability to modify the properties of multiple component monitors simultaneously using the new Multi-Edit feature seen on the top action bar. Anyone, for example, who has spent time nerverackingly modifying the SQL Server instance name for each component monitor in the SQL Server 2005-2008 application template to suite their database server environment will greatly appreciate this enhancement. This new multi-edit feature works much as you might expect. Simply select two or more component monitors of a similar type and click the Multi-Edit button from the top action menu bar.

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All common properties for the selected component monitor type are then presented. The values of these properties can be overridden by clicking the checkbox next to the property you want changed across all selected component monitors. In the screenshot above I'm changing the default SNMP port for the Java Application Server template to '1161' because '161' is already in use by the operating systems SNMP daemon.

 

We'd love to hear your feedback on these new features after playing with them in your own environment. So If you'd like to take the latest SAM beta out for a test drive and kick the tires you can signup here.