18.1.1.0
Observer Platform 18.1.1.0 was released September 28, 2020.
Supported Operating Systems
 
Notice: Windows 32-bit Operating System is no longer supported. Only 64 bit variants of the OS types (specifically, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) will be supported with 18.5.0.0 and forward.
 
 
Notice: Windows 7.0 is no longer supported as of the 18.1.0.0 release. Your product must be installed on one of these operating systems to receive assistance from Technical Support.
 
Table 8. Supported Operating Systems (OS)
Product Name
64-bit Windows
GigaStor Software Edition
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
Observer Apex
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
Observer Management Server (OMS)
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
Observer Expert Observer Standard Observer Suite
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
Observer Expert Console Only (ECO)
Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
 
Future Projected OS End of Support Dates
Jan 20, 2023: End of Windows 8.1 Support
Oct 10, 2023: End of Windows Server 2012 R2 Support
Oct 24, 2025: End of Windows 10 Support
 
How to upgrade to version 18 of the Observer Platform
 
For version 17 to version 18 upgrades executed through OMS, you must ensure that you have your NEW version 18 asset licenses added in OMS prior to the upgrade, otherwise the upgrade WILL NOT WORK.
Refer to How to add a license for procedures on manually adding your license(s) to OMS. If you have a license (.lic) file containing all of your verions of 18, then refer to How to import a license for procedures on importing your licenses to OMS.
To receive your new version of 18 asset licenses, please contact our Technical Assistance Center at nisupport@viavisolutions.com or call +1 800-526-7919 (for Americas) and niuksupport@viavisolutions.com or call +44 1959-569-880 (for Non-Americas). Please have your current asset license keys and/or product serial numbers available.
The process for upgrading each product is available by following the information at these links.
Apex
OMS
 
New Features
 
There is no new functionality in 18.1.1.0.
 
Fixed Issues
There are 9 notable issues fixed and several improvements made in this release.
 
There are no documentation changes in this release.
 
 
Observer Management System
OMS-1806 Protocol port definitions were not displaying any port numbers after new protocol definitions were added (related to OBS-12776)
 
 
Observer Apex
OA-10409 Some applications are not showing up correctly on Apex
OA-17051 Threshold widgets are not loading in any dashboard
Various performance improvements
Apex UI rendering time improvements
 
 
Observer GigaStor
OBS-12776 Observer console crashes when adding new protocol definitions
OBS-12789 Observer application crashes when decoding OpenFlow application
OBS-11007 Packet decode summary view does not display details of GRE encapsulated protocols
OA-10409 Some applications are not showing up correctly on Apex
Improved Network Trending performance by eliminating end of interval FIFO backup
 
 
Observer Expert Console
OBS-12789 Observer application crashes when decoding OpenFlow application
OBS-11007 Packet decode summary view does not display details of GRE encapsulated protocols