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2008-10-01

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This release note documents the new features, changes, and bug fixes to the RightScale Dashboard.

Release Date: October 1, 2008

User Interface

New Features

  • Support for FlexiScale
    The Dashboard now supports FlexiScale.  You can now provision, launch, and terminate FlexiScale servers directly within the Dashboard.  Create FlexiScale ServerTemplates and add servers to existing deployments.  You can now have a deployment running multiple servers on two different cloud infrastructures.  Currently, there is no support for running rightscripts, alerts, or monitoring on FlexiScale servers.  The FlexiScale options are only visible to select customers.  If you are interested in unlocking the FlexiScale features, contact sales@rightscale.com. (ATTN: RightScale discontinued support for Flexiscale on Oct 22, 2009.)
     
  • Versioning of ServerTemplates
    The Dashboard now supports ServerTemplate versioning.  Previously, you would have had to clone a ServerTemplate in order to make any changes to its RightScripts.  Now you can make changes to the same ServerTemplate and create multiple revisions.  If you do not like the changes made to the [HEAD] version, simply revert back to a previous revision.  See Versioning of ServerTemplates.
     
  • Usage Reports
    You can now view an estimated price breakdown of all of your monthly EC2 expenses directly within the Dashboard.  In your account, go to Report -> Usage.  Costs associated with S3 are not tracked.  See Usage Estimate.

  • Create a support ticket inside the Dashboard
    Instead of sending us an email, you can now submit a support ticket by clicking the Support link (upper-right).  Since it's context sensitive, it's important to click the Support link from the screen where you are experiencing the problem so that appropriate information about your account will be collected and sent with the ticket.

 

Changes and Bug Fixes

  • RightScale Partners Section
    Several improvements were added the Partners section to facilitate a more user-friendly experience.  Previously, users would be prompted to login again in order to accept an invitation.
    • If a user is already logged into their RightScale account and receives an invitation to another account, he/she will not have to log in again.
    • If an invitation is sent to a sharing group, a user will not have to log in again if he/she is already logged into their current RightScale account.
    • If invitations are sent to users who do have a RightScale account, they must create an account using the same email that received the invitation.
    • When users accept an invitation to a shared RightScale account, they will see a "welcome" help screen that shows the shared components (ServerTemplates, Macros, RightScripts, etc.)
    • Click the 'Memberships' tab under Settings -> Account to view and remove your current sharing group access.
    • See Partner Sharing of RightScale Components.
       
  • Editable Macros
    You can now modify macros and customize their behavior.  All normal Javascript syntax and control structure are supported.  You can edit a macro before and after its been created. 
    • The macro language supports the creation and modification of deployments, servers, EC2 EBS volumes, EC2 SSH keys, EC2 security groups, EC2 Elastic IPs, and server alerts.
    • In the Aug 28, 2008 release, macros were expressed in a Ruby-based language.  Now, RightScale macros are written in Javascript.  As part of the new release, existing customer macros will be automatically translated from the old syntax to the new.
    • See Macros.
       
  • Server Array Improvements
    • Previously, all server arrays were listed in one table in the Dashboard. Server arrays are now displayed as either alert-based arrays or queue-based arrays (Manage -> Arrays).  Each table displays fields that are appropriate to their type of array.  The Nickname and Active fields were added to the table. 
    • When you create a new server array, options specific to the selected array type are displayed at the bottom of the form. Thus if you change array types, these options should change accordingly.
    • Some of the field names have been updated to minimize redundancy.  (ex: "elasticity: default min_count" is now "Default min count")  
    • Previously, you could only have one server array per deployment.  Now you can have more than one server array per deployment. As a result, alert escalations are now tied to specific server arrays, instead of deployments.  Therefore, if you try to change the deployment that a server array is assigned to, you will be prompted to reassign your alert escalations accordingly.  Conversely, if you try to edit an alert escalation which is tied to a server array, you will also be asked to update the deployment accordingly.
    • The "Add Array" button was removed from the Deployments page (Manage -> Deployments).  You must specify a deployment when you create a new server array.
    • See Server Arrays for more information or the revised Autoscaling Setup tutorial.
       
  • Elastic Block Store (EBS)
    • EBS volumes/snapshots are now located under the Manage menu instead of the Design menu.
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