The wait is finally over. SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 5.2 Release Candidate is now available to all existing SAM customers under active maintenance. Simply sign up here to get your hands on the bits.


In my previous blog posts I covered several major new features included as part the SAM 5.2 release. These features include native support for monitoring Microsoft® Hyper-V from Orion's Virtualization tab alongside existing VMware® assets. In the same blog, I also covered the new Application Template Editor. This new editor is not only much faster and easier to use, it also features multi-edit for mass component monitor configuration changes. Later, I posted another tease that highlighted the new chart resources, which now include warning and critical thresholds as well as a new trend line to provide context to the information being collected and displayed. Lastly, I touched on the new Event Log Message Details resource. This new resource enhances the existing Windows Event Log Monitor by providing the full detail of the matching Windows Event Log Messages within the Component Details view, as well as allowing this information to be included as part of an alert..


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Now some might say these features alone more than constitute a respectable release, but there's still plenty more cool new features jam packed into the SAM 5.2 RC.


Hardware Health Summary Resource

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The SAM 5.0 release introduced server hardware health monitoring for Dell PowerEdge, HP Proliant, and IBM X-Series servers. But one thing that was missing in that release was a simple way of rolling all that information up into a single, easy to digest view. In SAM 5.2 we sought to rectify that issue by including a new Hardware Health Overview resource that can be found on the Summary Home view. At a glance, this new resource allows you to see any server hardware issues and quickly drill down to see precisely what the issue is. This is remarkably similar to how you currently use the Application Health Overview resource.


In this release we also included numerous improvements to server hardware health monitoring. The most notable improvement is the increased support for additional hardware components; specifically, IBM's MegaRAID Controllers, and Dell PERC Array Controller batteries. We also made improvements to our HP Power Supply and Memory Module monitoring for newer Proliant servers.


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Real Time Process Explorer Enhancements

The Real-Time Process Explorer (RTPE), also introduced in SAM 5.0, provides the ability for Systems Administrators to get a real time perspective on how server resources are being utilized and quickly isolate rogue processes.


We took feedback from numerous customers during our usability studies, then incorporated these features into the SAM 5.2 release. These features include two new optional fields of information that can be displayed in the RTPE which display the username and command line arguments for all running process.


By including the Username with other pertinent information displayed in the RTPE window, administrators of multi-user systems such as Citrix® and Terminal Services can easily identify, not only the application consuming excessive resources, but also the user who's running that application.


With the inclusion of the processes command line arguments administrators can for example, quickly isolate which of multiple instances of Apache's httpd, or Java is leaking memory, or has become a runaway process.


There's still plenty of other new features I haven't yet touched on, but I welcome and encourage all existing APM/SAM customers under active maintenance to sign up now to download the SAM 5.2 Release Candidate. Please note that release candidates are fully supported and can be used in your production environment.