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What we are working on for NPM

As always, since NPM 10.3 has been released recently we are already working on the next release of NPM. Here is a preview:

  1. Better support for international customers.
  2. Support for better charts
  3. HW Health Monitoring for major market vendors
  4. Out of the box support for BigIP F5 devices and HP MSM760 and MSM765 wireless devices
  5. Custom Property Enhancements
  6. General web performance improvements for larger customers
  7. Multiple UnDPs in a single chart
  8. Support for audit trail
  9. Better handling of duplicate nodes - same devices with multiple IPs
  10. Supportability enhancements and fixes
  11. Ability to set polling intervals based on the specific UnDP
  12. Better support for nodes with multiple IP Addresses
  13. Native support for Hyper-V
  14. Adding support for Windows Server 2012 as a supported OS platform

PLEASE NOTE:  We are working on these items based on this priority order, but this is NOT a commitment that all of these enhancements will make the next release.  We are working on a number of other smaller features in parallel.   If you have comments or questions on any of these items (e.g. how would it work?) or would like to be included in a preview demo, please let us know!

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

What is supportability enhancements?

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

that means fixes of bugs and improvements we received trough Support and QA from previous releases.

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

Mike,

You mentioned in #49243 "UX Reviews and Beta tests" to sign up for, but you didn't mention where we would sign up for said things. Were you just referring to the normal RC releases, or actual beta testing? We would REALLY love to have the Multiple UnDP Graphs sooner than later. 🙂

Thanks,

-Ian-

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

Hi lan,

I'm glad you are asking. We typically announce the Beta availability here on Thwack so you can just respond on that thread and I'll contact you directly. We also send emails to our customers so they may participate very easily. Regarding the Multiple UnDP graps, this is something we would like to validate with our users so if you don't mind I'd like to have a short session with you and we may discuss what our designers have already prepared.

thanks,

Michal

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

Hi Wifig0d,

I just asked to friend you on thwack.  For any user feedback sessions on these features, please feel free to email me directly at kellie.mecham@solarwinds.com.  We're getting ready to run some next week (week of August 20) on out of the box support for BigIP F5 devices and showing multiple UnDPs in a chart (plus maybe more).  For anyone who has 60 minutes to give us any day next week between  7:30 am to 11am Central time, we'd sure love your feedback!  Email me and I can schedule you or give you more information.

-Kellie

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

I'm glad to hear that out of the box hw monitoring is coming. It's been a challenge sometimes to do that, we do it with a combination of syslog and UnDP tables and alarms.

I'd like to ask for an enhancement to the "tabular view" for UnDP as well. Specifically, I'd like to be able to put in a column filter.

Example: We'd like to monitor our cisco switches' fiber optic tranceiver rx and tx levels. We can get that info by joining the ENTITY-MIB::entPhysicalName mib (sensor names) table with the CISCO-ENTITY-SENSOR-MIB::entSensorValue. Put that in a tabular UnDP view and you're seeing all the values.... for everything.

You can edit the tabular view to only display specific indexes, but here's the thing: a) that table is a member of every node's page and b) the indexes are different on chassis to chassis! So i can only manally manage one table per view, and configure it to only display the right info for one system

So much easier if for a specific table view if we could set in an snmp regex or sql expression to limit the display for a particular table to All matching indexes that match entPhysicalName like '%Transmit Power%' or even better, where entSensorValue is returning a value of type dbm.

Thx much for considering it.

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

Guys,

I just want to give the Dev Team props for the "new" interface charts...it is a feature that adds a huge level of class and flexibility to the product overall. This may have been answered previously, but what is the timetable for adding a min/max/avg BPS chart in the new format? We use those for the majority of our custom interface views and that would be a HUGE addition for us. Also, the ability to use new charts for UnDP poller charts would be great as well.

To add to spruance's request above...I'd love to be able to join a UnDP table of values with another table of descriptors for drawing the graphs. An example would be the following:

On a Nexus 7K, I have a UnDP poller to pull the "cbQosCMPrePolicyBitRate" table and graph the traffic against each of our class-maps prior to QoS policing. The issue with the MIB structure is that each of the table entries is assigned an integerial (?) Index value, but I would want my graph to show the traffic values, AND have each line correleated to the human readable class-map name rather than the random integer indexID which is pulled from another table.

I hope this makes sense...I've re-written it twice now

Chris

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

Kudos to dev team...   you guys listen and we love it!

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Re: What we are working on for NPM

I would like to 2nd the request for ability to join tables.  I run into this limitation constantly right now.