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We’ve all been there. Your day has been going swimmingly– until suddenly – it’s not. Something’s gone wrong, your CIO is bearing down on you like his hair caught fire, and you need Support pronto.

Well, first up – we’re here to help. It’s a point of pride for us Support Geeks (and we know you love it too), that when you need to contact SolarWinds Support, you’re directly on to a Technical Engineer.

I’d like to briefly explain our support structure, give you a better understanding of what we do, how we can help you, and how you can get the best support experience. For full detailed information on our Support Team and your entitlements as a customer, please see our reference guide here: SolarWinds Customer Support Information - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

 

So, who are we?

SolarWinds Support is made up of two teams:

 

Customer ServiceTechnical Support
SolarWinds Customer Service is available to assist you with the general operation of your account, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (Monday - Friday).SolarWinds Technical Support is available to assist you with technical product issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
  • Any license related issues: resets, registration, merging
  • Logging into your customer portal
  • Updating customer account information, contact information or billing address
  • Checking the status of orders or invoices
  • Reporting issues with the website
  • Follow-the-sun model – cases can be transferred to a close geographic location to best match your work hours
  • Assist with any Technical Product related issues
  • Specialized in a number of products

 

First off, there are two ways to contact Support – you can Call our Support Line, or you can submit an Online Support Ticket. We ask that you use your judgment here and reserve calls for when you have an urgent issue, or when your system is down. This in turn helps to keep the queue clearer – so when you do have an urgent issue or your system is down, we can get to you faster.

 

Speaking of case priorities – we allow for five different priority levels when you create a ticket with us, outlined in the table below. If you need to increase the ticket priority after submitting it, you can easily do so by responding to the case to let your Support Engineer know, by calling us, or by mailing TechnicalSupportFeedback@solarwinds.com where a Technical Support Manager will action your request.

 

PriorityBusiness Impact
System DownProduct is nonfunctional and/or has unrecoverable service failure. Critical Business Impact.
UrgentProduct is functional but with major issues. Significant business impact.
HighProduct is functional but with consistent issues or one product area is nonfunctional. Functionality is degraded. Some business impact.
MediumProduct is functional with minor or intermittent issues. Occasional functionality degradation. Minimal business impact.
LowProduct is functional with no apparent issues. Requests for upgrade documentation, feature requests, technical information, how to questions, product use questions. No business impact.

 

Before opening a case with us, check out the wide range of self-help options we have available. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by how quickly your issue gets resolved this way!

  • The SolarWinds Success Center contains all documentation, knowledge base articles, training videos, getting started guides and more, and it is easy to search.
  • Don’t forget the fine folks of Thwack, in particular, the Alert Lab and Report Lab denizens who are nothing short of logic gurus – no matter how awkward your alert or report requirements, they’ll probably have figured that logic out for someone else already.

 

Before you submit the ticket, please gather the following details for us, as it will help us to resolve your issue as quickly as possible:

  1. Clearly define the issue, providing symptoms, screenshots, how often the issue occurs, steps to reproduce the issue, any recent changes made, any steps you’re already tried when troubleshooting this yourself, and the business impact this has for you (if any). The more information you can provide, the faster we can get to the root cause - and to a solution.
  2. Provide environmental and product information, including the product version you are running, whether you are using multiple pollers or not, OS version, server details such as CPU & RAM, and any infrastructure details you believe may be relevant.
  3. For Orion products gather diagnostics and any other relevant logging (error details, memory dumps, trace files – whatever is relevant to that particular issue)
    1. To gather diagnostics, open SolarWinds Orion -> Documentation and Support -> Orion Diagnostics in the Start Menu. Click Start to kick it off, and it will produce a zip file.
    2. If you’re concerned that your issue could be environmental or permissions related, run the Orion Permission Checker tool as a Local Administrator – this checks a list of system folders to ensure the system accounts we’re using have the correct level of access. Click Check, and click Repair if you spot any failures.
  4. When you submit the ticket, you’ll get an automated email response with your ticket number. You can reply back to this to attach any small files to the case (<5MB), but anything larger, you’ll need to upload them to us:
    1. Open LeapFile and upload your file (or files), using your ticket number as the subject and support@solarwinds.net as the recipient.
    2. Ping an email through to your support ticket to let us know you’ve got files uploaded already for us – we’re not automatically notified. It will make your Support Engineer’s day.

Once you’ve submitted your case, you can check its status and update it from the Customer Portal. Log in, and click Support Cases, then ‘Review all Cases’ to view and update your ticket. You’ll also receive our responses to your case by email, directly to your inbox.

Interested in upgrading to SAM 6.2.1? Here’s all the information you might need to upgrade, and the steps you’ll need to take to do it quickly and easily.

 

Prepare your Upgrade

1. Check the Release Notes for Orion SAM 6.2.1

2. Review the system requirements and ensure your server is up to spec.

3. Back Up your Database (Microsoft KB Links: 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012)

4. Check your upgrade path

    • For a quick shortcut if you have only SAM installed, this is the standard upgrade path:  SAM 5.0 SAM 6.1 SAM 6.2
    • To confirm which version of SAM you’re currently running, check the footer of any page on your Orion SAM Web Console.
    • If you’re running NPM or any other modules with SAM, use the Product Upgrade Advisor tool to get an exact upgrade path to ensure you maintain compatibility while you upgrade.

5. Download the required versions from the customer portal

 

To download the current version, and any previous versions you require, you’ll need to log into the customer portal. Once you’ve logged in, use the License management menu to select ‘My Downloads’.

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Next, select the product you want to download

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And under the Server Downloads section, you’ll see the latest release selected by default. If you need an earlier version for your upgrade path, you can select it from the drop-down menu.

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Complete your Upgrade

  1. Log into your Orion SAM server using the Local Administrator account to perform the upgrade.
  2. Run the installations, in order, to upgrade your product - the upgrade can be installed 'on top' of your existing older version.
    1. If you’re unsure of what order to use for the upgrade use the Product Upgrade Advisor tool for guidance.
    2. You’ll find the upgrade instructions for Orion SAM here, and a wealth of documentation, including upgrade and installation guides for all our products here.
  3. Always complete the configuration wizard before moving on to the next step!
  4. Got additional polling engines? You'll need to upgrade each of them at each step in the upgrade path to ensure they maintain compatibility. Make sure you upgrade your main poller at each step first, then update the additional pollers to match, for that step of the upgrade. Again, always complete the configuration wizard before moving on to the next step or the next polling engine.

 

 

If you run into any trouble during your upgrade, call us in Support on our toll-free numbers or submit a ticket – we’re happy to help!

 

 

 

Got a question that wasn’t covered here? Try these resources for help:

Orion SAM Product Page

Orion SAM Product Training

Upgrading SolarWinds Orion when FailOver Engine is installed

Migrating SAM to another server

Manual License Registration

I'm happy to announce that Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) v6.2 is now available in the SolarWinds Customer Portal for customers on Active Maintenance. This version includes the following new features and improvements:

 

  • Additional Device Support for Storage Resource Monitor's Orion Module :
    • EMC® Isilon®
    • Hitachi® Data Systems AMS, USP VM, USPV, VSP G1000, G200/400/600, HUS 100 Block-Side, HUS VM
    • HP® StorageWorks XP
    • IBM® Spectrum™ Virtualize (Vxxx and SVC)
  • Hierarchical Storage Pools

 

More details can be found in the Release Notes and in the RC blog post: More array support for Storage Resource Monitor in 6.2 RC.

We have all been waiting for this, and now it's here: the Dameware 12.0 Release Candidate is now ready for you on the Customer Portal! Don’t wait, just download it while it’s still fresh and hot. However, if you want to learn a bit more about the new features, continue reading.

 

This release brings several bigger and smaller improvements, so let me highlight a few of them:

 

  • Over the Internet (OTI) unattended sessions for Dameware Centralized users
    • Allows you to remotely support users on the move, and assist remotely without the presence of the end user
    • Deploy agents with OTI unattended support to end-points
    • Manage agents for OTI unattended sessions to maintain high security and control
  • Search Hosts in Mini Remote Control
  • Support for Windows 10
  • Ability to switch between the Standalone and Centralized versions without reinstallation
  • And many other improvements and bug fixes

 

The #1 feature which I want to talk about is the ability to use unattended over the Internet sessions. You already have been able to remotely connect to a computer, but it required the assistance of the end-user, and she might not have always been available or you simply didn’t want to bother the user. Now you can connect to her computer anytime.

 

To start off, deploy a new agent with unattended OTI capabilities to the computer. The agent will register itself automatically with the proxy. The deployment is as easy as it always has been. The new version of the agent contains support for unattended OTI. It can be configured in the General tab of agent settings, where you can limit the agent only to local connections, or direct and remote connections. These settings can be found for example during agent deployment when you are prompted to confirm the deployment under Install Options… > Configure > General.

 

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Right after deploying the agent, it will be visible on the Admin Console for the Central Server, and will be waiting for your approval (if you have just upgraded and are not using an evaluation copy, which has auto-approvals enabled). This gives you control over who can use remote unattended sessions, but it also gives you control in case you have several thousands end-points and you don’t want to remote to them all over the internet.

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As soon as you approve the agent, it becomes available for remote sessions.

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Another option is to configure auto-approvals under Central Server > Settings by setting the value of the Remote Host Auto-approve property to true. This setting will automatically display a notification banner in the admin console.

 

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After the approval of the agent for Internet sessions, it will also appear in the new Remote Host List of the MRC console, so any technician can start to make unattended connections from this list right away.


You can also drag & drop the host from Remote Host List to your Personal Host List or Saved Host List (see below screenshot). From any of these lists you can initiate unattended OTI connections. If you already have the computer in the Personal Host List before, it will appear in the list twice and its icon will indicate direct LAN connection (red arrow in the screenshot) or unattended OTI connection (green arrow on the screenshot).

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You are probably also curious about searching for a host in MRC. Simply click on Find icon in Remote Connect menu of MRC console and type hostname or IP address.

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I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any feedback, please let me know in a comment or use DameWare DRS Release Candidate forum.


Now go to your customer portal and download new installer!

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