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So what’s on tap next for Orion NPM

Product Manager

The NPM team is busy at work on a number of highly requested enhancements

  • Active Directory authentication integration with group support
    • Ability to authenticate users into Orion using their individual AD account, based on their membership in an AD group, or using native Orion authentication (same as today)
  • Dependencies 2.0 / Basic Root Cause Analysis
    • Ability to define dependency relationships within the Orion web console.  For example, if this parent node or interface goes down, then mark all items defined as children as “unreachable” instead of “down”.   This effectively suppresses alerts on all children objects while still allowing you to use your existing alerts configured on “down” status.
    • New state called “unreachable” for elements which are children to a parent device or interface that has gone down
    • Allows parent and children to be defined using groups (see below).   For example, objects in the “Site A” Group are dependent on the WAN link being up
  • VMware infrastructure monitoring
    • Visibility into the vCenter, DataCenter, and Cluster levels (in addition to ESX host and VM guest visibility already provided)
  • Dynamic Service Level Groups
    • Ability to select multiple Orion objects (statically or using a dynamic query) even of different types (e.g. nodes, interfaces, applications, groups) and group them into a container that can be used to visualize status and for configuring "service level" alerts
    • Ability to see Groups at the summary and details view levels
    • Ability to set Group level status as worst (worst status rolls up), mixed (yellow unless all objects are green, or all or red), or best (best status rolls up for high avail/hot backup scenarios)
    • Ability to alert on Group status
  • Ability to PDF Reports and Web Console Views via Report Schedule
    • Send Orion Web Console Views or Report Writer Reports as PDF attachment to Orion users email account
  • Cisco UCS Support (Unified Computing System)
    • Dynamically maintain the logical relationships from operating system through virtual guest and host to the Cisco UCS blade  and chassis
    • View the status of the UCS chassis hardware, such as fans and PSU’s
  • Meru Wireless Controller Support
    • First class support for the Meru Wireless Controllers
    • See Controller and Thin AP stats along with connected client information
  • Ability to create custom SQL advanced alerts
    • Just like in Report writer, you can use SQL to create advanced alerts you cannot create through the built-in trigger creation interface
  • Mobile Alert View
    • A dedicated alert view made for mobile web browser to allow you to view and acknowledge alerts from your phone
  • Node and interface details on Summary Views
    • Ability to quickly and easily add any resource from node details and interface details to Summary views
  • Enable, disable, and delete Advanced Alerts in the web console
  • Notes on alerts
    • Ability for users to add notes to alerts in the web console
  • Acknowledge Alerts via link in email alerts
    • Receive an email alert notification and directly from your email whether on your PC or mobile device, acknowledge that alert by clicking on a link
  • Platform Support  
    • SQL 2008 
  • Stackable Charts 
    • Ability to place multiple interfaces from a single node or multiple nodes on a single chart
    • Ability to place a UnDP assigned to one node or multiple nodes to a single chart 

    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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    "Send Orion Web Console Views or Report Writer Reports as PDF attachment to Orion users email account"

    Did this ever get done?  I'd like to automate sending PDF attachment reports directly into my reports document library in Sharepoint.

    About the Author
    I have currently been at SolarWinds for a little over three years and have been in the IT technology field for about 10 years either as an Engineer/IT Admin or working for a software company to help makes those folks lives easier.  I graduated from Texas A&M University with an MIS degree from the Business School and have been in Austin for about 8 years.