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Sneak Peek at Orion IP SLA Manager 3.5

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The next release of Orion IP SLA Manager is right around the corner.  If your maintenance is current, you should already have the Release Candidate waiting for you in your SolarWinds customer portal.  This release includes a couple of really cool features for which we’d love to hear your early feedback.  First, we’ve added support for two new IP SLA operations: ICMP Path Echo and ICMP Path Jitter.  These operations are unique in that they not only give you Round Trip Time (RTT) between the source and target for the operation, but also give you a traceroute for the path on which the operation executed.  Let’s take a look.

Current Traceroute.

This is a screenshot of a new resource we’ve added for the Path operations that shows you the most recent traceroute on which the operation was executed.  Here we see the operation executed over four hops, and we can see the RTT for each hop from the source.  In addition to the most recent path, we also show you historical traceroutes with unique paths.  See screenshot below.

Historical Traceroutes. 

Here we can see unique paths over which the operation executed in the last 30 days.  This resource allows you to see any path deviations the operation experienced over a certain period of time.  You can configure the resource to show you only the time periods you care about.  For example, if you only cared about unique paths that have occurred over the last week, you can specify the resource to only show unique paths that have occurred over the last seven days.

The other neat feature in Orion IP SLA Manager 3.5 is the ability to discover existing, manually created operations on an IP SLA capable device.  If you’ve already made a significant time investment in configuring operations across your network, IP SLA Manager can now go discover those operations and monitor them.  Let’s take a look.

monitor wizard 1.

Here we see the Operations Wizard, which you can access from the IP SLA Manager Settings page or from the Getting Started resource.  To kick off an operation discovery, first you’ll want to select ‘Monitor existing operations’ then click Next.

monitor wizard 2.

On this screen you’re given two choices; select ‘Automatically discover existing operations then click Next.

monitor wizard 3.

On this screen you’ll select the node(s) on which you want to perform the discovery.  Select your node(s) and click Next.  (One thing to note: you’ll need to supply valid credentials for the nodes on which you want to perform the discovery.  Path operations require CLI credentials; all other operations require SNMP credentials).

monitor wizard 4.

Lastly, you’ll select the operations you want to monitor.  IP SLA Manager is smart enough to know if it’s already monitoring operations on the device, and will exclude those from the list of choices available for selection.  Select the operations you want to monitor, then you’re all set.  Orion IP SLA Manager will start collecting data on those operations, and will show you historical data for the operations as well as the operations’ availability over time.

Now for the fun part: go grab the Release Candidate from your customer portal and start checking out the new features.  We’d love to hear your feedback!

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Let me introduce myself.  My name is Craig McDonald, and I come from the land of video games and stock trading, sprinkled with identity management, and, by the way, I like to write.  Checkered past, you say?  How did you end up in network management, you ask?  Perfectly valid questions; I will connect the dots for you and it will all make sense shortly. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin where I had the opportunity to write for The Daily Texan and Texas Monthly.  Upon graduation I was faced with two options: move to a small town and start my career at an even smaller newspaper, or make a home in Austin and see where this crazy tech town would take me.  I chose the latter, and ended up working in support and managing QA for a popular MMORPG called Ultima Online (this was before WoW was a sparkle in Blizzard's eye). After a few years of policing the haXXorZ, overseeing a few in-game weddings, and shipping several expansion skus, I decided it was time for a change.  I remember the advice from one of my journalism professors when I asked about pursuing a graduate degree; his suggestion, "Go to business school!"  I heeded his advice, got accepted to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and started working on my MBA. While finishing my MBA at McCombs, I was presented with an opportunity to work for a company that developed online trading software (Charles Schwab, formerly CyberTrader).  This may seem a stretch from video games, but the client/server infrastructure and the uptime requirements for an MMORPG and a securities trading engine are quite similar.  Although the content and use cases are obviously very different, both require fast connections and the ability to allow users to log into the service at any time.  My next career move was into the enterprise software arena where I worked as a product manager for Sun Microsystems in the Identity Management space. Fast forward to today, I'm your newest product manager at SolarWinds.  I will be managing Toolset, VoiP, and eventually the Kiwi products.  Outside of the SolarWinds 'Borg' (assimilation is swift and definitive), I keep busy with my lovely wife, two beautiful kiddos, and a pug named Marley.  When they go to bed, I'm either watching a movie, reading a book (working on Atlas Shrugged, and it is work, indeed), or staring at the red circle of death on my XBOX 360.