SolarWinds Platform and Products—Release Candidate Version 2024.2 is Now Available!

We’re excited to announce a release candidate (RC) for version 2024.2 of the SolarWinds® Platform, SolarWinds® Hybrid Cloud Observability, and the Network and Systems modules. Version 2024.2 RC is now available for all customers under maintenance, so log in to your customer portal to download it. Want to see everything new? Check out the Release Notes.

Hybrid Cloud Observability

These features and improvements are exclusive to Hybrid Cloud Observability products.

Support for Azure Load Balancer and Azure SQL DB

We have added support for discovering, polling, and monitoring two new Azure cloud objects:

  • Azure Load Balancer
  • Azure SQL DB

New Cloud Summary Dashboard for Azure and AWS

We are revamping the summary pages related to cloud-based entities monitored in Hybrid Cloud Observability. In 2024.2 we have introduced a new AWS summary dashboard that allows you to see your AWS objects more clearly with a refreshed UI. We have also extended the Azure summary to include a new category for databases.

Increased capacity for High Availability Pools

For Hybrid Cloud Observability customers, you can add more than two Additional Poling Engines (APEs) to a HA pool, allowing you to reduce the number of APEs you need to deploy as spares for High Availability. Note for this release, configuration of HA pools with more than two members requires the use of the API/SDK.

Vulnerability and Risk Dashboard Improvements

We are excited to continue expanding our security observability capabilities with support for more vendors that have vulnerability information in our vulnerability and risk dashboard. In this version, we now support Palo Alto, Fortinet, and HPE-Aruba devices apart from Cisco, Juniper, Windows, Linux and VMware support that are already supported.

For customers that choose not to have a node participate in the vulnerability widgets, you can now go to the respective node settings page and disable the node under “Manage node(s) with Security”.

Hybrid Cloud Observability and Network and Systems modules

These features and improvements are available for Hybrid Cloud Observability customers, as well as customers who own Network and Systems modules.

Expanded SDWAN Monitoring: Aruba Silver Peak

We have added support for Aruba Silver Peak SD-WAN monitoring of SD-WAN Edge devices and cloud orchestrators using the native API. Key features include:

  • Edge Devices monitoring.
    • Displaying General Details: Information such as device name, model, serial number, status, and type can be displayed.
    • IP Address Display: All IP addresses for a specific Aruba Silver Peak SD-WAN device can be displayed and matched with IPs received in NetFlow data.
    • CDP and LLDP Data: Displayed from Aruba Silver Peak SD-WAN devices to build connections between them.
    • VLANs and Port Maps Data: Displayed from Aruba Silver Peak SD-WAN devices.
    • Monitoring Uplinks: Includes WAN interfaces, VPN tunnels, VPN tunnel metrics, and performance score.
  • Cloud Orchestrator Monitoring:
    • Display status and response time, polled via native API.
    • Device List Display: Show all devices managed by a cloud orchestrator and add these devices in a simplified discovery.

New Wireless Support: Aruba Orchestrator and Wireless Access Points

Monitoring Aruba Wireless Controllers via API polling provides access point details, network-wide polling of clients, and details of Rouge access points. Key features include:

  • Total Number of Access Points: Keep track of the overall count of access points deployed in your network.
  • Total Number of Users| Clients: Monitor the number of connected users to assess network load.
  • Rogue Access Point Signal Strength: Detect and manage unauthorized or rogue access points by evaluating their signal strength.
  • Response Time: Observe the Response Time on controller to ensure efficient operation.
  • Packet Loss: Monitor Packet Loss to prevent performance bottlenecks.
  • Percent Utilization on Interface: Percent Utilization on Interface from access points to connected devices.

SRM Only: NetApp E-Series devices now monitored via API

NetApp recently deprecated the SMI-S provider for E-Series devices. Polling in SRM has now been updated to include support for the new API. The new polling option has also added support for hardware health and controller status in E-Series devices.

IPAM: Split DHCP scope wizard UI updated

The wizard for DHCP scope splitting user interface has been upgraded for a better user experience while maintaining the existing functionality.

WPM Only: Transaction Conversion Tool

Internet Explorer based transactions will be removed from the product in a future version. We know that many customers have large numbers of IE-based transactions still running, and we are providing a new tool to help automate the process of moving your transactions from IE to Chromium.

Migrate WPM recordings using the Recordings Migration Tool

SolarWinds Platform Improvements

The following improvements have been made to the overall platform:

Maps created in Network Atlas can now be imported to Intelligent Maps

No more manually recreating maps from scratch! The new migration tool allows for direct import of legacy maps created in Network Atlas into Intelligent Maps. You can select and import Network Atlas maps as well as Wireless Heatmaps.

Improved stability and performance

Every release, we focus on upgrades, stability, security, and bugs. Here are a few of the items we improved in this release.

  • Agent upgrade times are reduced
  • Agents reconnect faster when a poller is restarted or failover occurs
  • Reduced chance of missed polls and out-of-memory errors
  • Improved polling of PCU/UPS devices
  • Bug and security fixes

Security Always

We focus on securely coding, building, and delivering software to you. SolarWinds Aims to Set New Standard in Software Development with Next-Generation Build System. The choices we made in forging the SolarWinds Platform align with our Secure by Design philosophy, enhancing our ability to execute this vision now and in the future.

How to Download

The 2024.2 release candidate is fully tested and supported and is ready for you to install on a new server or update your current one.

  • For all current Hybrid Cloud Observability customers, the release is available now. You can log in to your customer portal and download it.
  • For all current module and bundle customers, the release is available now. You can log in to your customer portal and download it.
  • If you don’t own Hybrid Cloud Observability but would like to try it or one of its new features, there are a couple of options for you:
    • Download a 30-day free trial and install it on a new server.
    • If you’re a current module or bundle customer, upgrade to 2024.2 first and use the instant evaluation feature to try Hybrid Cloud Observability for 30 days with a click of a button. You can switch back to your modules anytime.

To see everything included in the release, check out the Release Notes.

What’s Next?

The 2024.2 release of the platform and products is another step forward, but there is always more to do. Check out our What We’re Working On post for what’s coming next for the SolarWinds Platform and products.

—The Hybrid Cloud Observability Team

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