Release Date: October 27, 2009
Note: ServerTemplates and RightScripts are typically released 3-7 days after the new release of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Thanks for your patience!
See OS and Software Package Support for more information about RightScale's officially supported operating systems and software packages.
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Release Time: 9:00pm PDT
Description: The focus of this release is:
Please read the release notes in their entirety for a more exhaustive understanding of what comprises this release.
Note: Any numbers in parentheses below are for internal RightScale use only. Please ignore them, they are simply tracking numbers.
- Disclaimer -
The following new features have been added to the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Be sure to read the documentation, follow best practice principles, and thoroughly test any new functionality before making any changes to your production deployment.
RightScale now supports the notion of object libraries where you can select and import objects such as ServerTemplates and Macros in to your 'Local' view. For example, the 'Local' view of your ServerTemplates will only show ServerTemplates that you've imported, cloned, or created from scratch. Instead of viewing a long list of all published ServerTemplates (many of which may not be relevant to your application), you now have the ability to select and import only the ServerTemplates that you wish to see on a regular basis. This way, your 'Local' view will only display relevant ServerTemplates. ServerTemplates and RightScripts that are currently being referenced by operational/stopped servers inside your account will automatically be imported to your 'Local' view. i.e. You will not have to import any ServerTemplates that are currently being used. Anything that was previously under the Private tab will be visible under the 'Local' view. ServerTemplates that you cloned from will also be displayed in the 'Local' view even though they may not be actively used by any Servers or ServerTemplates. See About the RightScale Component Library. (bl-6557)
Amazon RDS - Support for Amazon Relational Database Service in EC2-US. (Clouds -> AWS US -> RDS)
RightScale now supports Amazon RDS as part of our overall management platform. Amazon RDS is only supported in the Amazon EC2-US region. Before you can use Amazon RDS, you will need to sign-up for the service. Support for RDS in the Dashboard will be available for all users except Free Trial users. See Relational Database Service (RDS).
Previously, you could only launch Elastic Load Balancers in EC2-US. They are now supported in the EC2-EU region. (or-6573)
You now have the ability to share EBS Snapshots with other users or make them public. When you share a snapshot with a user, you must provide their AWS Account ID, similar to how you currently share Images/AMIs. See Share an EBS Snapshot. (or-6625, or-6741)
You can now monitor Rackspace servers via the RightScale monitoring service. You will also be able to write custom collectd plugins for the monitoring service. Note that alerts and escalations based on monitoring are not yet available.
Enterprise customers can now create a Master account that acts as an umbrella account for its child accounts. Use the Master account to monitor the cloud related activity across all of its children accounts. Each child account is essentially a separate RightScale account with its own AWS Credentials. Use the Master account to manage the accessibility and permission rights of users. For example, the owner of the Master account can select which ServerTemplates are available to a child account. See Enterprise.
The RightScale Dashboard now supports a Lite UI for Enterprise accounts. The Lite UI exposes a restricted feature set to its "Lite Users". It is extremely easy to use and learn, with nearly a single-click to spin up a Deployment in the Cloud! Lite UI users don't build or manage RightScale Objects and Cloud Resources, they just view and/or start them. For example, Lite users don't create and manage new Deployments, they simply start them up. Lite users will only see the ServerTemplates that have already been pre-configured for them, not the entire MultiCloud Marketplace. Lite users also have access to view many reports. Please contact sales@RightScale.com for more information. See Enterprise. (gr-4609w, bl-5527)
RightScale supports the new instance types from Amazon EC2: m2.2xlarge & m2.4xlarge. You can launch one of these new instance types using one of the AMIs. However, our current ServerTemplates have not been adjusted and tested to use the new instance sizes. For example, MySQL requires config files that must be specifically tailored for them. Please, do not attempt to launch these new instance sizes with our current ServerTemplates.
ISV Partners now have the ability to view usage reports about their published ServerTemplates. They can use the reports to see usage reporting on ServerTemplates that they share through private sharing groups. Partners can also put hooks in their own software to register custom variable metrics (e.g. size of a customer's database), and then use this information for customer billing services. (bl-5528)
Changes to the software are listed here. Changes usually refer to enhancements to existing features, minor UI changes, additional logging or messaging, etc.
The following improvements have been made to the table views within the Dashboard. (gr-4632w)
Previously, when you added RightScripts to a Server or ServerTemplate, there were several pulldown bars where you had to select the type of RightScript (private/premium/shared/partner) and specify which section it should be added (boot/operational/decommission). There is now an "Add Script" button underneath each section along with a 3-column selector similar to the machine image selector. If Chef cookbooks are enabled, you will also be able to select and add receipes the same way. (gr-4616w)
Previously, billing information associated with a RightScale account was visible for all users of an account. For discretionary reasons, permissions have changed so that the billing/cost information is hidden from users who do not have the 'admin' or 'billing' roles. Users will no longer be able to see the Usage Estimates section. (gr-4558w)
Previously, you could only tag Servers, Images, and EBS Snapshots. Our tagging system has been extended to support the tagging of following objects:
See Tagging for more information.
There are more consistent rules applied to attaching instances by availability zone now. The display in our UI has also been made more informative. As a specific example, when you navigate to Clouds -> AWS US/EU -> Load Balancers, and select the Servers tab for a specific Load Balancer, you will note the Status column and type of font in the Availability Zone columns depict the key information.
Kernel and Ramdisk have been removed from the UI with respect to ServerTemplates. However, continued support has been grandfathered in. For example, if you are using a ServerTemplate that already had the Kernel and Ramdisk set, it will still be displayed and editable. For newer ServerTemplates, both fields will not be shown. (or-6330, bl-5903)
RightScale first implemented Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) support in the September release of the Dashboard. The initial release did not support all configuration aspects of the Virtual Private Cloud. This release has increased its support for VPC. Most notably, the following are now supported:
To learn more about Virtual Private Cloud support and related tasks from within our Dashboard please consult the documentation on our Support Portal and the Dashboard context sensitive Help Text. (or-6078)
Previously, the tab sequence would jump to the "forget password" link instead of progressing to the login button. The new sequence is Email--Password--Login button. (gr-4608w)
The following bugs have been resolved in this release.
In certain scenarios a booting Server that stranded and entered the "configuring" state would get stuck there. There was not an option to force a Server in that state to go "operational". This has been resolved, and an "operational" action link is included that when selected it will force the stranded Server to change states. (or-4757w)
When copying an Alert, a three column dialog helps you specify which Alert you wish to copy from. The Source Type is either Servers or ServerTemplates. Previously, selecting any type of ServerTemplate (for example Private or RightScale ServerTemplates) resulted in an empty list. This has been resolved. (or-4775w)
This rare bug is best illustrated with an example:
This bug has been resolved. (or-4777w)
In very rare conditions when many Servers were launched rapidly as part of a Server Array scaling up their names would end up identical. For example (note the identical numbers in bold below):
. . . Oct 8 23:14:23 "webfarm-1 # 171", Oct 8 23:15:14 "webfarm-1 # 171", Oct 8 23:15:17 "webfarm-1 # 172", Oct 8 23:15:18 "webfarm-1 # 173", . . .
This rare error condition has been resolved in this release. (or-4773w)
The timestamps for various cloud resources have been changed from UTC to local time. Examples of this include the "Started at" and "Terminated at" timestamps for Instances and "Created" and "Updated" times for Images. (or-4688w)
Rackspace instances that became stranded did not consistently report the proper state. This has been resolved, and stranded instances are accompanied by a warning image. (Exclamation point in a triangle.) (or-4721w)
You use to be able to launch Rackspace Servers multiple times even if it was already running. The restrictions have been tightened up so you can no longer inadvertantly launch it multiple times. (or-4707w)
When viewing Rackspace audit entries (Manage -> Deployments -> View All -> <DeploymentName>) the Subject field was set to "-unknown-". This has been fixed so the Subject correctly displays the Rackspace instance name. (or-4751w)
In rare instances, for Rackspace accounts only, an incorrect URI would be constructed when selecting options in the horizontal menu beneath Clouds -> Rackspace ... This would result in a "no action exists..." flash error message. This has been resolved. (gr-4726w)
Please report issues to: email@example.com
New and significant changes for this release with respect to ServerTemplates, RightScripts and Recipes are summarized below. New and updated ServerTemplates are typically released approximately 7 days after the new release of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Updated status messages with respect to actual release date/time of the ServerTemplates and RightScripts will be found here within this document.
RightScale will be publishing the following new ServerTemplates approximately one week after the current Dashboard release. The following ServerTemplates are Chef-based and are pre-configured to launch instances into either the EC2 or Rackspace clouds.
Released on Nov 6, 2009
The following RightScript-based ServerTemplates will also be released soon:
Warning! - RightScale ServerTemplates are published with frozen repositories and are associated with a particular RightImageTM . There is no guarantee that newer RightImages (RightImages CentOS v4.1.15 and 4.1.20 for both the US and EU regions and 32- and 64-bit versions) will work correctly using older versions of software packages in the frozen repositories. To ensure that an older ServerTemplate works with one of the newer RightImages, you will need to clone the template and refreeze the software repositories to a more recent date where the RightImage and the repositories are compatible. Always check to make sure that a server will boot correctly.
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