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NPM 2020.2 Release Candidate Now Available

It is my pleasure to announce that the NPM 2020.2 Release Candidate is now available in your customer portal.

Each release candidate is a fully tested and supported product version which you can use to upgrade your current production servers while retaining your complete configuration and history.

Version 2020.2 is the next release following NPM 2019.4 and is compatible with Orion Platform 2020.2.

What's New

Release notes and system requirements for NPM 2020.2 and related Orion releases can be found in our latest release summary.

Many of the features in this release are also mentioned on the What We're Working on for NPM product roadmap.

With the NPM RC, comes some fantastic new updates & enhancements to the Orion Platform which include:

  • Monitor up to 1,000,000 elements per Orion Platform instance.
  • An Orion Map to Success! - Orion Maps improvements, such as creating and customizing text boxes, labels, or layouts, incorporating custom icons, adding shapes, dynamic backgrounds, bulk administration and all-new Time Travel.
  • Performance enhancements - The Orion web console is now up to 96% faster!
  • Dashboards, Dashboards, Get Your Dashboards! All New Custom Summary Dashboards
  • A Gateway To Your Fastest Upgrade Ever! - Upgrade improvements, such as pre-staging upgrades, upgrade plan reports, automating upgrades via Orion SDK.
  • Enhanced volume status.
  • 3rd Party Language Pack Support - scripts to extract UI texts from the Orion Web Console.

Watch the forum for updates, even if you're not able to install now. The product team will continue to release new documents detailing our deep dives of the mentioned features. If there's one you're particularly interested in, mention it in the comments!

Your Feedback Counts!

The NPM team is incredibly interested in your feedback, and on top of that, when you participate by downloading and installing the RC, you get THWACK points. More importantly, your feedback shapes how we develop our products. Post your thoughts, questions, and concerns into the RC forum and not only will you be able to get some SolarWinds swag, but you may help to make NPM a better product. If you have a particularly compelling idea, you should also consider putting in a Feature Request and encouraging others to vote on your idea.


Clearly the dev teams have been hard at work... can’t wait to start seeing some of these improvements. Nice work and thank you!

This looks amazing! I need to build new lab to test it 🙂


Looks very good. the UI has needed help for a long time.

We are on the cusp of upgrading from 2019.2, but if we go to 2020.2 RC2, I have some questions.

1. What is the effort involved to install fixes made available between RC 2 and the general release? Are hotfixes or buddy drops made available, or is the upgrade process the same as, say, going from 2019.2 to 2020.2?

2. When is the general release expected to happen?

3. What is the history or anyone's experience of RC's having major issues?



1 - The upgrade process would be the same as going from 2019.2 to 2020.2.

2 - I don't have a specific date I'm able to share at this time.

3 - Release Candidates are sometimes installed in production environments, but it's generally best to wait for GA releases for production environments. Others may pipe in here to share their experiences!

@jason.carrier Thanks!

- is there a way to display Syslog's and Trap's in 2020.2 RC as a widget? I can not find it on my installation?

- as well as the regular widget's, they are away, not visible??


regards Pascal 



Many thanks for this.

Any plans for Viptela Cflowd?

Also monitoring of vEdge devices is very basic in Solarwinds NPM. Can we expect something for vEdge devices in coming version?

Regards, Raheel SK

Hi Jason,

Do we have any indication of when this will go GA?  Weeks/Months? 

Just a rough idea will help as this RC contains hardware health support for Aruba switches which we have been waiting for quite some time.



GA guesstimate/estimate would be awesome!

I like the mention of website performance improvement.  We had a number of issues with various web panels loading slowly with NPM 12.5 and 2019.4 so we are hoping this improves.  Can anyone attest to the website performance improvements? 

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