Information for WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier users

The information below describes many of the changes that you will encounter while moving to this new version of the WhatsUp product line.

WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier vs. Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold v11 today

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold v11 offers a completely redesigned User Interface, a new polling engine, a new database structure for storing information about devices, and a new philosophy of user interaction. Processes have been streamlined to make the application easier to use, and more robust in its functionality. When moving from file-based WhatsUp Gold v7 or v8 to database-based Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold v11, you will immediately notice the changes made to the application. The philosophy changes may take a little longer to grasp.

Philosophy changes

In WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier, everything was centered around device maps. Those maps were used to monitor devices, edit device entries, and display relational information between the devices on the map. If you had multiple locations, or even multiple subnets in each location, you had to have several maps open in your WhatsUp window to monitor them all at once. Furthermore, maps were independent of each other, meaning that you could not have dependencies across maps or have the same device entry on multiple maps (without being polled by each map.)

While maps are still used today, they are now graphical representations of Device Groups, and are one of two ways to display the devices in those groups. The primary means of viewing devices is through the Device List view. This view has a familiar folder and item feel to it, and is very useful when handling many groups or large numbers of devices.

In WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier, maps handled the polling of the devices on that map. Today, there is a single database that stores all device information, across all device groups and a polling engine that polls them all.

In short, the Device List and group tree has replaced the traditional WhatsUp Gold Maps as the main interface for the user. This gives the user the ability to make dependencies across their network, regardless of grouping; and to have devices appear in multiple groups, with the same information in each device entry.

Terminology changes

The following is a comparison between terminology used in WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier, and the current product.

WhatsUp Gold v8 and earlier

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold v11


Passive Monitors

Monitors and Services

Active Monitors




Device Group or Device Map

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