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After the release of UDT 3.0 and 3.0.1, we have been working on some fixes and also planning the content of the next release. During this time, we would like to give you the possibility to vote on the ideas we are exploring:

 

 

Disclaimer: Comments given in this forum should not be interpreted as a commitment that SolarWinds will deliver any specific feature in any particular time frame. All discussions of future plans or product roadmaps are based on the product teams intentions, but those plans can change at any time.

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After the release of NCM v7.2, we have been working on the next release. Here is our "hot list" of things we are currently working on. Your comments, feedback and specially participation in Beta releases are more than welcomed.

  • Merge NCM and NPM databases
    • Optimize the DB schema.

    • Account limitations must be applied to NCM jobs.

    • Use Core node management page to add/remove devices from NCM.

    • In the discovery wizard, allow users to choose whether to import newly discovered nodes into NCM.

    • The database connection settings will be the same for NCM and Core/NPM (e.g. password etc.).

  • Improve th EoL/EoS feature:
    • Improve matching reliability for EoL/EoS.
    • Include more information in EoL/EoS data. (Candidates: End of Software Maintenance, Replacement Part Number)
  • Create a new version of the configuration management page.
  • Move config snippets from Win32 to the Web UI.
  • Enhance the flexibility of the device templates so that more devices can be supported by NCM.
  • Move to SWISv3.
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Various small fixes and enhancements including but not limited to:
    • Retrieve OS version from IBM BNT switches.

 

Disclaimer: Comments given in this forum should not be interpreted as a commitment that SolarWinds will deliver any specific feature in any particular time frame. All discussions of future plans or product roadmaps are based on the product teams intentions, but those plans can change at any time.

Hey everyone, the latest release of Alert Central is now available for download!

 

Here's what we've been working on for this release:

 

  • Notification of Alert Central upgrades in your admin AC console and admin weekly report (and support for proxy servers, so your upgrade feed doesn't get interrupted)
  • A slew of improvements to user validation to help those of you with cell phones and improve your expected workflow, including:
    • The option to not automatically send the self-validation email on import
    • The ability for an admin to see whether a user's address is self-validated from the users grid, not just from alerts themselves
    • The ability for an admin to re-send the self-validation email
    • The ability for an admin to manually validate an email address directly
    • Issues with self-validating SMS from Android
  • Support for Exchange Web Services to receive email from Exchange directly, not just via IMAP/POP
  • A bunch of bug fixes for issues reported here on Thwack, including:
    • Buttons appearing wonky when viewing alerts in gmail
    • Notes being truncated to 60 characters and some general misbehavior with longer text
    • Increased session timeout from 10 to 60 minutes
    • Some issues with creating recurring calendar entries

 

Whew!

 

You can download the Alert Central upgrade directly from right here. There's more info about what's new and links to the release notes over in the Alert Central Upgrade Info document here on Thwack.

 

If you are new to Alert Central, you can download it from the Alert Central website.

 

Alert Central is powered by YOUR feedback here on Thwack, so if you've got anything to say, or have any questions, let us know! Check out the Alert Central forum, respond to this post, or contact me (colby) directly.

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Kiwi Syslog v9.4.

 

This version includes the following enhancements:

  • New UltiDev Web Server implementation.
  • Active Directory authentication for web access.
  • Support for SSL (https) support for Web Access
  • Alerting for Message Queue Monitor based on defined thresholds.

 

Kiwi Syslog v9.4 is available for download in your customer portal for those customers under current Kiwi Syslog maintenance.

 

You can view the full set of release notes, including problems fixed here.

 

Enjoy Kiwi Syslog 9.4!

In case you missed it, the Log & Event Manager team recently released our 5.6 version which was packed with great features. And as always, there’s more exciting stuff coming, here's a sneak peek:

 

Disclaimer: this is not a commitment to a timeframe or delivery of any of the features discussed below. This is also not a commitment to deliver all of these features in our next release. This post is intended to give you a rough idea of what we're doing.

 

  • Scheduled nDepth searches
  • Support for Windows 8 with Workstation Edition
  • Support for auto-recycling licenses when using LEM in VDI-based desktop environment
  • Scalability enhancements to rules engine and appliance-side processing
  • Simplified agent update
  • NetApp connector
  • FIPS self-certification statement
  • And many other smaller customer enhancement requests and bug fixes - stay tuned for more details.
cvachovecj

UDT Whitelisting FAQ

Posted by cvachovecj Employee Aug 30, 2013

Now with version 3.0 of SolarWinds User Device Tracker (UDT) you can define a set of rules to determine if a network device belongs on your white list. If so, the device appears in UDT resources list as a safe device. Devices connected to your network that are not on the white list will appear in the Rogue Devices resource list and an alert will be automatically generated for each of them. You can also define a set of rules that determine if a network device should be ignored by UDT. If so, UDT discards all related data. This is handy for HSRP and VRRP MAC addresses.

 

Although the purpose of whitelisting seems crystal clear at first, you quickly realize that its possibilities extend far beyond 'a list of devices'. This is certainly a big feature, so let’s talk about some of the common questions you may have when getting familiar with this new functionality.

 

What is the Default Setting?

By default we whitelist everything. Therefore, when you install / upgrade to UDT 3.0.x, the white list contains three rules: Any hostname, Any IP address, and Any MAC address. These rules mark any connected endpoint as safe, thus preventing your new UDT 3 system from being flooded by rogue device alerts. When you want to actually use the white list, you have to disable some of the rules first.

 

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Another part of this feature, that comes pre-configured with the installation, is the list of ignored MAC addresses. It includes both HSRP and VRRP ranges.

 

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When is an Endpoint 'Safe'?

An endpoint is considered safe (i.e. not marked as rogue) when its hostname, IP address, and MAC address are all on the white list. In other words, if e.g. the MAC address in on the white list but the hostname not, an alert will be generated.

 

I Only Want to White List MAC Addresses

If you don't care about hostnames and IP addresses, simply leave the default rules 'Any hostname' and 'Any IP address' active and disable/delete the 'Any MAC address' rule. Then create your own rules for MAC address.

 

Can I Create a Black List?

No. The current logic considers rogue every endpoint not on the white list. If you are interested in the other approach (everything is safe and only listed devices are rogue), please vote here: http://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/1367.

 

I Would Like UDT to Automatically Shut Down the Port Where a Rogue Endpoint is Connected

This is currently a feature request: http://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/2328.

It can be achieved via Orion SDK/API plus advanced alert manager, but this approach is not officially supported as functionality like this would have to be used with extra care -- for example, you probably don't want to shut down a trunk port.

 

How Do I Specify White List Items? How Do I List the Safe Devices?

On the 'Included' tab click on 'Add new':

 

UDT-WhiteList-Summary-Add-Item.png

 

and then you have several options:

 

Individual Entries

You can add individual MAC addresses, IP addresses, or hostnames:

 

UDT-WhiteList-Add-Individual.png

 

For one rule you can only add one type (e.g. MAC addresses).

 

IP Address and MAC Address Range

UDT-WhiteList-Add-IP-Range.png        UDT-WhiteList-Add-MAC-Range.png

 

Subnet

UDT-WhiteList-Add-Subnet.png

 

Custom Entries

The last option gives you very high flexibility. You can enter IP addresses, MAC addresses, or hostnames. Again, only one type per rule.

 

UDT-WhiteList-Add-Custom.png

 

How Do I Import My List of Safe Devices?

If you have e.g. a list of MAC addresses that represent safe devices on your network and want to add them to the white list. How do you do it?

  • If there is a pattern in the list, you can use the MAC Range or Custom entry with wildcards.
  • If there is no pattern, then it's probably best to format the list as a plain text file and copy-paste the content to the Custom entry field.

 

This blog post will be updated regularly based on the question we receive. If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know.

Let's Welcome the new "World Map" resource

 

 

 

If you've already had a chance to upgrade to the NPM 10.6 or SAM 6.0 RC's, you may have noticed the new "Worldwide Map" resource.

 

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For those of you that have been requesting this feature, or maybe already framing in Google Maps with your own API key to display dynamic map content, this new resource will be a real treat.

Worldwide Map has the capability to display the status of nodes or an aggregated group of nodes over dynamically updated street data.

Perhaps you're an ISP that manages customer premise equipment all over town? Worldwide map makes it easy to layout and view where your equipment is, and it's relative status. Manage a campus environment and want a birds-eye view of your gear? This new resource has you covered.

To add nodes to the map, simply click "Manage Map" and "Place Nodes on the map"

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Just select where you want the nodes, what nodes are to be placed at that location, and click submit. That's all there is to it.

If you placed a group of nodes, the status of the icon will reflect the "worst" so you instantly be able to see if a node is in a down status.

To select the default position and zoom level, simply "Edit" the resource.

 

In the future we can look at adding support for other objects, or borrowing some further functionality from the Network Atlas playbook.

What else would you like to see added? Please Let us know in the comments below.

bmrad

EOC - What We Are Working On

Posted by bmrad Employee Aug 24, 2013

Superseded by this page: EOC - What We Are Working On - Mar 2015

Please bookmark that page and follow it.

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Serv-U FTP Server and MFT Server v15. The contents of this release contain exciting new features and improvements, namely,

 

  • File sharing in Serv-U MFT Server
  • New Web Client user interface
  • Rebranding of the user interface
  • FTP Voyager is a FREE tool and no longer requires an activation key

 

You can view the full set of release notes here.

 

To learn more about new features in this release see this blog post.

 

Download Serv-U now and have fun!

Please join us for a monthly product update from the SolarWinds Product Management team. The team will cover what’s new, what’s coming, what we’re thinking about for future releases, tips & tricks, and cross-product capabilities.


Each session will be hosted by one or more product managers, and will be very collaborative. We want to hear your thoughts, questions, and requests.

On August 21, we’ll do a sneak peek into our progress with NPM Vnext, and we’ll discuss new developments with our Systems portfolio. We’ll set aside plenty of time for your thoughts, opinions, and questions.

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THIS WEBCAST, PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

cvachovecj

UDT 3.0.1 is Now Available

Posted by cvachovecj Employee Aug 15, 2013

You can find the installation packages in your customer portal.


This service release delivers the following fixes:

  • Fixed multiple SSID issues.
  • Fixed an issue where user information was not being displayed.
  • Fixed issues with database maintenance not completing.
  • Fixed issue where "All Network Connections" resource would not load until clicking the refresh icon.
  • Fixed issue where Wireless resources popup shows invalid data.
  • Fixed issue with false MAC address alerts.
  • Fixed issue with alerts not triggering for new MAC addresses after upgrading UDT.
  • Fixed SSID association issue with Cisco wireless devices.


More details can be found here.

Now that we have released Network Configuration Manager v7.2 (NCM), it is a good time to take a look at one of its most awaited features: End-of-Life / End-of-Support (EoL/EoS) information management. The purpose of this post is to set expectations on what this feature is/isn't and to provide a few tips for using it in the most efficient way.

 

As I outlined in my previous posts on this topic,

you may try to solve the EoL/EoS problem in different ways ranging from a do-it-yourself, spreadsheet-based approach (cheapest but most difficult) to an automated third-party service (fastest but most expensive and may require access to vendor-specific service APIs like e.g. Cisco CDS opened only to Cisco partners).

 

This new NCM feature, which we have just delivered, enables you to manage the EoL/EoS dates in a much more convenient way than a spreadsheet, because it is connected with other information about the devices that NCM stores.

 

How is This Feature Going to Help?

  • We provide suggestions for Cisco and Juniper devices out of the box. (For other vendors, you can enter your own information.)
  • You do not have to track the end-of-life information in a spreadsheet.
  • You can group, sort, and filter your devices according to node details and custom properties.
  • Once end-of-life data is entered, you can generate a highly customized report. (See the second blog post.)

 

What is the EoL/EoS Feature NOT?

  • A fully automated solution that will report all the end-of-life information automatically.
  • A complete multi-vendor database of different devices and extension cards. Today, this NCM feature handles devices only; not cards and modules, yet.

 

Typical Workflow

  1. Notice the "End of Support" view under the Configs tab. (Note that this feature is only available in the Web console and not in the Win32 client.)
  2. Select the devices you want to define end-of-life information for.
    You can do it in many different ways using e.g. the Group By drop-down box on the left side and/or filtering on column values in the main group. Most probably you will want to define the same EoL/EoS information for a group of devices of the same properties -- e.g. machine type, firmware version etc. You can see the applied filter(s) in the top left corner.

    NCM EOL Summary Page
  3. Select the resulting devices and click on "Assign Dates".

    NCM EOL Summary Assign Dates
  4. Inspect the suggestions and either
    • select one of the suggested pieces of EoL information,
      (We provide external links to vendor pages that help you choose the correct item. You can also enter a comment that will be displayed in the resulting report.)

      NCM EOL Assign Page
    • or, if our database does not provide any suggestions, enter your own data.
      (In addition to the dates and comments, it is advisable to insert link to the source of the information.)

      NCM EOL Summary Assign Page Custom Dates
  5. Click on "Assign".
  6. If interested, create a report. You can filter the columns as you need and also export the result as spreadsheet.

    NCM EOL Report

Vendor Information

If our database does not provide suggestions to choose from, you can look up the end-of-life information yourself. An alternative to search engines are vendor pages. Here are a few of them:

 

We would also like to encourage you to post your EoL/EoS data item on thwack here: http://thwack.solarwinds.com/thread/58861.

Ideally in the following format:

Device Type, System description, end-of-sale date, end-of-support date, Vendor EOL statement URL

 

NCM 7.2 is now available for all customers on active maintenance in the customer portal.  Please check out EoL/EoS and let us know what you think.

 

As a bonus, you can watch this video about EoL/EoS:

Individual User Profiles Release

 


On August 14th, SolarWinds will be offering a subset of our customers the opportunity to create an individual user profile for their customer portal experience. We will continue to roll this feature out across our entire customer base within the next month. You will be automatically prompted to create the individual user profile when your SolarWinds Customer ID (SWID) is included in this rolling release.


During this month-long rollout period, customers will be given the choice to continue using the legacy SWID & Password experience or create their individual user profile. By the end of the month, we will require all customers to enter the customer portal via their individual user account.

 


Frequently Asked Questions About Individual User Profiles:


 

Will I still log in with my SolarWinds Customer ID (SWID)?

Until you create your individual user profile, you will continue to login with your SolarWinds Customer ID (SWID) and password. After we complete the release of individual user accounts and you have created your individual profile, you will no longer be able to log in to the Customer Portal using your SWID.

 

Do I still need my SWID?

Yes, your SWID (SolarWinds Customer ID) is still used to identify your account with SolarWinds. When logged into the portal, you will be able to see your company name and SWID at the top of the page.

 

What is the new individual user profile, and why do I have to create one?

For purposes of logging in, changing/resetting passwords, managing account information, and more, you will now use a login based on your email address instead of a shared SolarWinds Customer ID (SWID). This will make is much simpler for you to manage your account, and more secure for you as well, because you will no longer have to share credentials among multiple team members.

 

Help: I can't create an individual account?

In order to create an individual account, you will need to already have a SolarWinds ID (SWID) and be a SolarWinds customer. You will use your SWID and password to create your user profile. If you do not have a SWID, but are a customer, contact customer service to get this. If you do not know your password, use the SWID password retrieval links on the Customer Portal log in page to retrieve these. You need to be listed as your account's primary contact in order to recover these credentials.

 

What are the different types of individual account? How do I know which one I have?

Currently, there are two types of accounts. Standard Access and Account Administrator. Standard access allows you full access to the customer portal as you know it today. Account Administrators have access to additional account administration functionality within the portal and can modify contact types and roles for other users on the SWID.

 

Are there plans to add more roles?

Yes, we are planning to add additional roles and more granular access levels in the future.


I am the main contact on my account. Can I add other users to the account?

Yes, you can add contacts and users to the account. You will need to do this from the Company Account Settings screen. The only way to access this page is to be listed as an Account Administrator.

 

How do I become an account administrator for my company?

When you create your individual user profile, if you are already listed as the business or billing contact on your account, you will have admin access the next time you log in to the portal. Otherwise, in order to request this role, please submit a support ticket for customer service - http://www.solarwinds.com/support/ticket/serviceticket.aspx.

 

I have access to several different SWIDs. Do I need different user profiles for each SWID's Customer Portal I need to log in to?

You will only have one user profile for your email address. This profile can be linked to access multiple SWIDs.

 

How do I link different SWIDs?

You can link your user profile to additional SWIDs by going to your User Profile Settings page after logging in to the Customer Portal. In order to link to an additional SWID, you will need to the SWID and Password for the account that you wish to link to. Your user profile will be linked to the additional SWIDs. The account must be associated with the same email address you used to setup your user profile. You will use one user profile to log in to multiple accounts using this method.


Can you help me create an individual user profile?

Please refer to the tutorial below on how to create your user profile for the first time. We tried to make the process as simple as possible, but if you do experience issues while creating your account, this tutorial should help.

 

Can I change my password for my user profile?

Yes, you can change your individual user profile password from within the customer portal on your profile page.

 

What if I forget my password?

You can get a temporary password and reset it to a new password using the Forgot Password link on the SolarWinds Customer Portal login page.

 

What if someone else in my organization forgets their password?

The user who has forgotten their password will need to reset the password themselves.

 

Will Customer Service give me my password if I forget it?

No, for your security, SolarWinds Customer Service will not have access to your password. You will need to retrieve and change your user profile password yourself. 


How do I make updates to my company’s information that is on file with SolarWinds?

On the Company Account update page (accessible by the account admin), users can download and submit the Account Information Update form and submit this to customer service via email to be updated.

 

What if I need the password for my shared account in order to create a user profile?

The person who is listed as the primary account contact with SolarWinds can retrieve this information using the Forgot Password dialog and clicking I need to retrieve account information for a SWID. This will allow the primary contact to retrieve the shared credentials that are needed in order to create an individual account.

 

 

 

How to create and features of Individual User Profiles - Version 2


 

When you come to the Customer Portal, you will use your SWID and password as you have in the past if you have not created your user profile. If you have created a user profile already, log in with your email address and the password you selected.

 

cp log in page.png

 

After logging in with the shared credentials, you will be taken to the following page to create an individual user profile. Click get started, and head to the form. If you have already done this, click I'm already set up and log in. If you choose to setup your individual user profile later, click I'll setup later

 

 

Fill out all fields on the form to create your account.

 

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After filling out this form, click Create Account and you will immediately be logged into the customer portal. After your initial log in, you will receive an email to the account provided with a link to confirm your account. You are required to click on the link before your next log in to the customer portal. If you do not confirm your account, you will not be able to log in.

 

confirm account modal.png

 

If you return to the portal and re-enter your shared SWID credentials, you will be prompted again to create a user profile. If you have already created an user profile, simply click on the Log In button. We recommend that if you have access to more than one SWID, that you link your user profile to the other SWIDs, so that you only have to remember a single set of credentials. To do this, log in to your account and navigate to the user profile settings page:

 

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On this page, you will have the option to link to another account. You will need the SWID and password of that account in order to link it to your user profile.

 

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If you are the administrator for your account, you can also access the company profile settings screen where you can view users who have access to the Customer Portal for your company, add users, assign roles and contact types and review other information related to your account.

 

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If you have any questions regarding your individual user profile, please reach out to customer service

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Network Configuration Manager v7.2.

 

Version 7.2 includes the following enhancements:

  • Continue moving functionality from Win32 client to Web UI
    • Job management (Windows Task Scheduler not used anymore)
    • Config management (edit, delete, set baseline)
    • Possibility to test device login credentials
    • Import config from file
  • Provide End-of-Life information for managed devices.
  • Multiple global connection profiles
    • Define multiple connection profiles (device credentials, protocol, port etc.)
    • NCM will try which of the predefined connection profiles works for a device (configurable per device)
  • The execution of Config Change Templates can be scheduled.
  • Change Approval System enhancements
    • Approved requests to be executed at specified date/time
    • Approved requests to be returned to requestor for execution
    • Requesters can see a history of what they requested and was approved
    • Approvers can see a history of what they approved
  • SNMPv3 -- Support of AES-256 encryption
  • Inventory for Brocade devices
  • More devices supported natively (Palo Alto)
  • Config Change Template Extensions: 'delay' command, string <-> number conversion
  • Make downloaded configurations searchable for IP addresses with FTS enabled.
  • Security enhancements of the Web UI
  • Support for database encryption using MS SQL TDE.

 

NCM v7.2 is available for download in your customer portal for those customers under current SolarWinds NCM maintenance.

 

You can view the full set of release notes, including problems fixed here.

 

Enjoy NCM 7.2!

It is with great pleasure I introduce Virtualization Manager 6.0, fulfillment of the dream of deep integration with SAM (Server & Application Monitor) and NPM (Network Performance Monitor). This isn't simply embedding a view or two, but real contextual integration into Orion views and resources allowing you to navigate seamlessly from App to VM to Host to Datastore/CSV without ever leaving the familiar interface of SAM and NPM.  Is it perfect? - well no (at least, not yet), but it is a huge step forward and has been your most requested features on our Thwack ideation forum. But enough with the pleasantries, lets get down to business!

 

 

 

What's New In 6.0?

This release is a smörgåsbord of goodness, including large features and small enhancements, plus numerous bug fixes as well.  We will cover the most important and asked for features in this blog post.

 

Integration with SAM and NPM

The goal of integration was to expand the breadth of virtualization data in SAM & NPM, but maintain a seamless experience in the Orion GUI, with contextual linkages to Virtualization Manager when needed.  The focus for the data was around storage (datastores, local volumes, cluster shared volumes) and how it relates to other nodes - mainly hosts, VM's and applications.  Here is a quick video showing the kinds of issues you can solve with the integration:

 

 

To cover these new capabilities, let's list the different integration points (Views, Resources & Links) and their benefits:

 

New Views:

Let's start out with the 6 new views added to SAM and NPM that appear after you install/upgrade and turn on the integration. Under the virtualization tab, you will see the 5 new links (click on the image to brief video).  The datastore view is available via links from other views.

VMan6Login2.gif

 

 

ViewDescriptionUse Cases and BenefitsImage
Storage

High level summary of storage capacity, usage and performance of all the storage in your virtual environment in a single view.  Resources Include:

  • Virtualization Storage Summary
  • Top 10 Datastores by Low Free Space
  • Predicted Datastore Space Depletion
  • Top 10  VMs by Storage Consumed
  • Predicted VM Disk Depletion
  • Top Datastore I/O Latency
  • Top Datastore IOPS
  • Top VM Latency
  • Top VM IOPS

From this view, you can see capacity and performance across the entire virtual environment, generally emphasizing where you have issues:

  • Identify the busiest Datastores, drill down to identify which VM and Application is causing the load.
  • Identify the busiest VM's, drill to the datastore and see what other VM's are affected.
  • Identify which Datastores and VM's are low on storage and which ones will run out first.
  • The Storage Summary (aka "the bragging screen") lets you know how big your virtual storage environment really is.
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Datastore

Wait - there's no "datastore" link in the Virtualization Tab!  Correct - you link to this view from other virtualization nodes (VC, DC, Cluster, Host, VM).  We use the name "datastore" to represent any storage managed by the host - i.e. datastores for VMware and local storage and cluster shared volumes (CSV) for Hyper-V.

The datastore view unifies three different areas:

  • Datastore capacity, usage and growth.
  • Datastore relationships with both applications and virtualization nodes (VC, DC, Cluster, Host, VM)
  • Datastore performance (IOPS and Latency) overlaid with the busiest VM's

Resources on this view include:

  • Virtualization Manager Tools - Links directly to Virtualization Manager features (see more below)
  • Virtualization Manager Alerts (see more below)
  • Datastore Info
  • Datastore Usage
  • Related Nodes - related clusters, hosts and VM's
  • Applications on this Datastore - which applications are running on this datastore, more info on this one later.
  • Top 10 VMs by Used Space
  • Top 10 VMs by Allocated Space
  • Top 10 VMs by Low Storage Space
  • Datastore IOPS and Latency Gauge
  • IOPS: This Datastore and its Top VMs
  • Latency: This Datastore and its Top VMs

This view combines all the key data onto one screen to show you contention between VM's at the datastore level, allowing you quickly identify which VM's are the source of the issue and what other VM's and applications are affected.

  • Identify contention on a datastore, drill down to the VM causing the load, investigate applications and services on that VM.
  • Identify over allocation from thin provisioning.
  • Find which VM's are using the most storage or about to run out of storage.
  • Quickly see what Applications and VM's are using this datastore, with status and drill down.
  • Visually map relationships between the datastore and other nodes, ranked by current status.
  • See additional alerts (from Virtualization Manager) indicating configuration and performance problems, drill down to see suggestive corrective actions.
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Sprawl

Summary of actions you could take in your environment to optimize resource utilization, including removing VM's, decreasing resources assigned to under utilized VM's, and increasing resources to busy VM's. Resources include:

  • Top 10 VMs by Underallocated CPU
  • Top 10 VMs by Overallocated CPU
  • Top 10 VMs by Under allocated Memory
  • Top 10 VMs by Over allocated Memory
  • Top 10 VMs by Snapshot Disk Usage
  • VMs Idle for the Last Week
  • VMs Powered Off for More than 30 Days
  • Rightsizing: Once over and under allocation problems are shown, drill down to the VM and see what applications and loads are on the VM and then decide to increase or decrease resources to that VM.
  • Reclamation: Reclaim resources by decommissioning and removing idle VMs, removing VMs that are not running, and deleting old snapshots.
VMan60ViewSprawl.png
MapShows the Virtualization Manager Map within the SAM/NPM website.  The Map shows the relationship of virtualization objects and is ranked by object status.  Bonus: When you click on an object in the Map (Cluster, Host, Datastore or VM) it opens up the corresponding node in SAM or NPM.  .
  • Visually understand relationships in your virtual infrastructure and where issues are currently occurring.
  • Focus on an issue by altering the context on the Map to any node.
  • Quickly drill down to the SAM/NPM node view to diagnose application, OS and network issues.
VMan60ViewMap.png
ReportingShows the Virtualization Manager reports in the SAM/NPM website.Allows you to run reports and see the results in a single pane of glass.VMan60ViewReports.png
DashboardsShows the Virtualization Manager dashboards in the SAM/NPM website.  You are able to switch to any dashboard while staying within the Orion website. Most links in the dashboard drill down to the corresponding SAM or NPM node.

Allows you to leverage all the default and custom dashboards from Virtualization Manager without leaving the Orion website, but with the ability to drill down to nodes in SAM/NPM.

  • Identify overloaded nodes, drill down to the corresponding SAM/NPM node and review application, OS and networking data..
VMan60ViewDashboards.png

If this is enough to convince you, jump to the download and install instructions. But if you want to know more, read on.

 

New Sub-Views

Sub-Views appear in tabs on the left of the node you are viewing.  When you turn on the integration, a new "Storage" sub-view will appear for all Virtualization Nodes, including the Virtual Center, DataCenter, Cluster, Hosts and VM's.  In general, the Storage sub-view has the same resources as the Storage view detailed above but for just that slice of the virtual environment - i.e. if you drill down to a cluster, then click the Storage sub-view, you will see storage, datastores, hosts and VM's that belong to that cluster.

 

Sub-ViewDescriptionUse Cases and BenefitsImage

Storage Sub-View

for:

  • Virtual Center
  • Data Center
  • Cluster
  • Host


Same view and resources as the Storage view, but data is filtered for the appropriate node (Virtual Center, Data Center, Cluster and Host).  Resources included:

For all virtualization Nodes:

  • Virtualization Storage Summary
  • Top 10 Datastores by Low Free Space
  • Predicted Datastore Space Depletion
  • Top 10  VMs by Storage Consumed
  • Predicted VM Disk Depletion
  • Top Datastore I/O Latency
  • Top Datastore IOPS
  • Top VM Latency
  • Top VM IOPS

The cluster and host add these Resources:

  • Virtualization Manager Tools
  • Virtualization Manager Alerts

This Host also adds this Resource:

  • Related Nodes

The Storage sub-view slices up your resources according to your virtual environment configuration, allowing you to focus your attention on the data in each area.

  • Identify the busiest Datastores, drill down to identify which VM and Application is causing the load.
  • Identify the busiest VM's, drill to the datastore and see what other VM's are affected.
  • Identify which Datastores and VM's are low on storage and which ones will run out first.
  • Cluster, Host & VM: Visually map relationships between the datastore and other nodes, ranked by current status.
  • Cluster, Host & VM: See additional alerts (from Virtualization Manager) indicating configuration and performance problems, drill down to see suggestive corrective actions
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Storage Sub-View for:

  • VM

The Storage sub-view for the VM is different than the others, as it focuses on a single node.  Resources include:

  • Virtualization Manager Tools
  • Virtualization Manager Alerts
  • Storage Summary
  • Related Nodes
  • Component Volumes
  • Virtual Machine IOPS and Latency (gauges)
  • Virtual Machine IOPS - compared to Datastore
  • Virtual Machine Latency - compared to Datastore

For VM's, the Storage sub-view shows how this VM is running and compares that to the overall load of the datastore.

  • Identifies if the VM is loading the datastore or if the datastore is overloaded by other VM's.
  • Visually map relationships between the datastore and other nodes, ranked by current status.
  • See additional alerts (from Virtualization Manager) indicating configuration and performance problems, drill down to see suggestive corrective actions
  • Quickly see if there have been configuration changes to your VM's or if your VM has migrated to another Host
VM60VmStorageView.png

 

Much of the virtualization data is presented in native resources of SAM/NPM (one of the main goals of the integration), linking to the data of native nodes and applications. However, not all of the data available is shown via the integration. In some places, there are contextual links into Virtualization Manager features (Performance Analyzer, Maps, Alerts, etc.), allowing you to launch a feature while maintaining the context from SAM/NPM.  This allows you to smoothly diagnose issues while traversing from SAM/NPM to Virtualization Manager (and back again).

 

Resource or LinkDescriptionUse Cases and BenefitsVideo (No Sound)
Resource: Applications on this Datastore

When you are in the datastore view, it shows the applications related to this datastore, along with their status and their associated nodes.

Appears for Datastores.

If you are having a problem with a datastore in your virtual environment, you can instantly see what applications could be affected.  You can then drill down to the application .

Link: View Performance

Allows you to contextually launch Performance Analyzer in Virtualization Manager and then pick any metric and chart, all within the SAM/NPM website.

Appears for Clusters, Hosts, and VM's.

Contextually drill down to any metric in Virtualization Manager, not just the ones shown in Orion, allowing you further diagnose performance issues.VMan6ViewPerf.gif

Link: Show in Maps

Allows you to contextually launch Maps in Virtualization Manager and see all related nodes and their status.

See a visual representation of all the nodes related to the current node, ranked by their status.  Easily drill down to any node to go to the SAM/NPM view.VMan6Map.proj.gif

Link: Diff Recent Config Changes

Allows you to contextually launch the "Virtual DNA" feature for hosts and VM's in Virtualization Manager to view configuration or environmental changes of that node over the past week. 

Appears for Hosts and VM's.

Quickly see if there have been configuration changes to your VM's or if your VM has migrated to another Host.VMan6VirtualDNA.gif
Resource: Virtualization Manager AlertsShows you the current alerts for that node with the ability to drill down to the alert in Virtualization Manager.

Appears for Clusters, Hosts, Datastores, and VM's.

See in-depth virtualization alerts not available in SAM or NPM, drill down to get more details and suggestions.VMan6Alerts.gif
Link: Datastore to Storage Manager TargetIf you have Storage Manager and turn on the integration with Virtualization Manager, the link from Datastore to the Target View (LUN/Share) will also be propagated to SAM and NPM.When diagnosing a problem with your application, after drilling down to storage level in the virtualization layer, you can drill down to the Array level, jumping directly to the LUN your application is running.VMan6STMLink.gif

 

Hyper-V Storage (Yes, Cluster Shared Volumes!)

VMan6CSV.pngWe've improved our Hyper-V coverage by going deep on storage, making local and CSV (cluster shared volumes) equivalent to a datastore object in Virtualization Manager... what does that mean?  It means everything that works in Virtualization Manager on datastores (trends, capacity planning, search, alerts, link to Storage Manager, etc.) now works on Hyper-V local storage and CSVs!  Yes, including the integration detailed above.

 

Hyper-V storage data includes:

  • Storage capacity, usage and growth
  • Relationships to Clusters, Hosts and VMs
  • Performance including IOPS, Latency and More
  • Snapshots
  • LUN information

 

Note: We've kept the "datastore" nomenclature to represent all storage presented to hosts (at least for now).

 

GUI and Speed Improvements

As this post gets longer, I get slower, but Virtualization Manager 6.0 would still be going strong.  We made numerous improvements to increase the speed of data collection, dashboards, maps and capacity planning - "snappier" is what one of our RC testers called it.  Also, we completed many long requested GUI improvements... here are a few:

 

FeatureDescriptionUse Cases and BenefitsVideo (No Sound)
Resize WidgetsResize widgets to 1x1, 1x2, 2x1, and 2x2.  Dashboards automatically adjust to make the widgets fill up the page properly.

Users can customize dashboards to fit their environment.

  • Enlarge the Map widget to see more of the environment
  • Enlarge key performance metrics to see more detail in charts.
VManResize.gif

Improved Charting

Change the size of the legend, easier to select time ranges, improved selection of a time range on the chart, and made the time slider work more like SAM/NPM.

Easier to use charting - bonus, it works more like SAM/NPM.VMan6Chart.gif

Appliance Health and Status

Quickly see the health and status and link to the appliance login.

Quickly understand if your Virtualization Manager appliance is healthy.VMan6Status.gif

 

How do I turn on the integration?

To see the integration in your environment, you need to install two pieces.

  • First, for Virtualization Manager:
    • If you own Virtualization Manager, download the upgrade ISO from the customer portal and upgrade to 6.0.
    • If you don't own Virtualization Manager, download the appliance from the SolarWinds website and install it in your VMware or Hyper-V environment.
  • Second, you need to update your production SAM or NPM server with the IVIM package included in the zip file you downloaded above (upgrade or fresh install).

Once both servers are installed/upgraded, then you have to "turn on" integration. All downloads of Virtualization Manager installs and upgrades include the update installer for SAM/NPM too.

 

VMan6Setup.pngHere is a brief overview of the steps to install and configure, more detailed steps can be found in the Admin Guide.

  1. Download Virtualization Manager 6.0:
    1. Upgrades: Get the upgrade ISO from the customer portal (the full install is available too).
    2. Try It: If you want to try it, download it from the SolarWinds website.  Installation of the appliance is super easy - watch our video Virtualization Manager Installation on VMware®.
  2. Make a snapshot/backup of your servers.  Always important to have a backup!
  3. Install/Upgrade Virtualization Manager.
  4. If you are using SAM 6.0 or NPM 10.6, there is nothing additional to install on Orion.
    For SAM (5.5) or NPM (10.5), upgrade Orion with the IVIM package included in your zip.  This upgrades the IVIM module to 1.7.
  5. In SAM/NPM, go to Settings > Settings section > Virtualization Settings.
  6. Go to Setup Virtualization Manager integration
  7. Enter the required information, press Submit.
  8. If everything works, you should see a green check mark appear.
  9. Click on the Virtualization tab, you should see 5 new links.  Congrats, you are done!

 

Notes:

 

The End of the Beginning

This is the first step of integrating Virtualization Manager with SAM, NPM and other Orion-based products.  We'd love to hear what you think about the integration and the new features in Virtualization Manager 6.0 - and, of course, what you want in the future.  Check out our What We Are Working On post and the idea forum for Virtualization Manager.

 

Cheers!

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