Release Notes for Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

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Release Notes for Flow Publisher v1.0

Release Information

Product name

WhatsUp Flow Publisher



Release date

November 2009

New in Flow Publisher v1.0

WhatsUp Flow Publisher is a lightweight, passive, software agent that can be deployed to collect data from routers, switches, servers and other points of interest in the network and create flow data from the packet information. Flow Publisher provides a means of collecting flow data and associated statistics for devices that do not support the NetFlow protocol, or where using a NetFlow enabled device to acquire the data is cost prohibitive. Flow Publisher delivers this flow data to WhatsUp Flow Monitor for reporting and analysis.

System Requirements

Flow Publisher software requirements

Flow Publisher hardware requirements

The following are the hardware requirements for the Flow Publisher:







Processor speed

2 GHz or more

2 GHz


1 GB

< 100 KB

Network interface cards (NIC)

1 Gbps

(1+n) NICs, where n is the number of Flow Publisher capture devices.

100 Mbps

Minimum of 1 NIC when capturing local traffic on a server.

Minimum of 2 NICs when capturing traffic copied from a network device.

Video display resolution

800 x 600 or higher

800 x 600

Installing or upgrading

Installing WhatsUp Flow Publisher

Prerequisites and recommendations

The following prerequisites and recommendations are provided to ensure a smooth installation of Flow Publisher:

To install Flow Publisher:

  1. Log in directly to Microsoft Windows using the Administrator account (if you do not have an account called Administrator, use an account that has full administrative privileges to the computer).
  2. Start the installation program. Click the email download link for Flow Publisher install.
  3. Read the Welcome screen.

    Click Next. The License Agreement dialog appears.

  4. Read the license agreement. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, select I accept the terms of the license agreement, then click Next. The Setup Type dialog appears.
    • To print a copy of the license agreement, click Print. The license agreement is sent to the default printer.
    • If you do not accept the terms of the license agreement, click Cancel to exit the installation program.
  5. Select the type of setup, then click Next. The Choose Destination Location dialog appears.

    Note: The Complete option installs both WhatsUp Flow Publisher and Console and uses a Flow Publisher license instance. The Custom option allows you to select which program features you want to install. The available feature options are Flow Publisher, Flow Console, or both. If you install the Flow Console only, you will not use a Flow Publisher license instance.

  6. Select the installation directory for the Flow Publisher application files, then click Next. If you selected the Complete setup type, the Port Selection dialog appears. If you selected the Custom setup type, the Select Features dialog appears.

    Note: The default path is C:\Program Files\Ipswitch\WhatsUp Flow Publisher.

    Tip: You can install Flow Publisher to a different location. To select a different location, click Change.

  7. If you selected the Custom setup type, select the options you want to install from the Select Features dialog. The Port Selection dialog appears.
  8. In the Port Number field, type the port number where the Flow Publisher will receive configuration data from the Flow Console and click Next. The Ready to Install the Program dialog appears.

    Note: The default port number is 9398 and should only be changed if there is a conflict with another application or service.

  9. Click Install to install Flow Publisher. The setup program installs Flow Publisher. When the installation completes, the InstallShield Wizard Complete dialog appears.
  10. Select one of the following options.
    • Yes, I want to restart my computer now.
    • No, I will restart my computer later.
  11. Click Finish. The setup program closes.

Uninstalling Flow Publisher

To uninstall Flow Publisher:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Control Panel, then select Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Select Ipswitch WhatsUp Flow Publisher.
  3. Select Remove.
  4. When the following prompt appears, click Yes to remove the Flow Publisher and all its components.

    Do you want to completely remove the selected application an all of its features?

  5. When the Uninstall is complete, select one of the following options and click Finish.
    • Yes, I want to restart my computer now.
    • No, I will restart my computer later.

You can also run the WhatsUp Flow Publisher installation program, then select Remove.

Known Issues

The following are known issues in Flow Publisher v1.0:



For more information and updates

Following are information resources for WhatsUp Flow Publisher. This information may be periodically updated and available on the Flow Publisher web site.

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