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2011-02-24

Release Date:  February 24, 2011

General Release Information

Release Date:  February 24, 2011

Release Time:  9:00pm Pacific

Description:  The focus of this release is:

  • Widgets - customizable Dashboard components, including a Getting Started Widget with new Trial ServerTemplates
  • Dashboard UI Redesign to accommodate growing lists of clouds and design components
  • CloudStack 2.2 Support
  • Infrastructure Audit reports for both SSH Keys and Security Groups

 

Please read the Release Notes in their entirety for a more exhaustive understanding of what comprises this Release.

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Terminology:

  • alpha - Feature that has undergone simple testing and is expected to change, possibly significantly, before going into "beta" or "general release."  Recommended for early access to new features and prototyping of new deployments/architectures.  Only eligible for limited technical support. Service Level Response times are not applicable to Alpha software.
  • beta - Feature that has undergone significant testing and is not expected to significantly change before "general release."  Recommended for non-production deployments.
  • general release - Feature that has undergone testing and field experience or is a minor upgrade from prior releases.  Recommended for production upgrade after testing.  (Also known as general availability (GA).)

 

Note:  Any numbers in parentheses below are for internal RightScale use only.  Please ignore them, they are simply tracking numbers. 

 


New Features

- Disclaimer -

recently_intro_icon.gifThe 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.

Dashboard UI Update

The Dashboard UI has undergone changes to accommodate the growing list of clouds and their features. The navigation bar has been updated to include dropdown menus. You will find that the functionality of the new dropdown menu is not fundamentally different from the previous navigation bar, but is a more practical way of organizing the components of the Dashboard. Additionally, the Dashboard Overview page has been modified to include Widgets. These Widgets will give you a more detailed and customizable overview of your Dashboard. See UI Changes for a preview of the modifications. (gr-16284) 

Widgets

Widgets are customizable objects that are displayed in the Dashboard. Widgets provide you with with the ability to create small, custom UI's that are shown in the Overview tab. Use RightScale Widgets to construct your own custom landing page within the Dashboard. Create your own Custom Widgets and use the Built-in Widgets that have already been predefined in your account. For more information, see Widgets. (gr-13003).

AWS Quick Start Macros (deprecated)

One of RightScale's Built-in Widgets is designed to show you how easy it is to launch a real server in the cloud. Run one of the pre-built Macros from the "AWS Quick Start Macros" Widget to create a fully configured Server that's ready to launch an instance in EC2. The Macros create All-in-one Servers in your RightScale account's 'Default' deployment. Simply choose a Macro, click 'Run' to create a Server and then launch it to create an EC2 instance. For more information, see AWS Quick Start Macros Widget. (gr-18779)

Infrastructure Audit Report

Infrastructure Audits provide a quick usage overview of cloud resources within your RightScale account. These audit reports focus on security aspects (Security Groups and SSH Keys) and cover all EC2 regions available to your RightScale account. You may keep up to 10 historical audits. Beyond that, the oldest audit will be rotated out (deleted). You may lock audits to prevent them from being deleted in the rotation, which will allow you to keep an old report as a baseline for performing differentials. For more information, please see Infrastructure Audits. (tr-8575)

Support for HTTPS on Elastic Load Balancers using Security Certificates

You can now use Server Certificates for enabling HTTPS (SSL) Listeners when setting up or managing an AWS Elastic Load Balancer (ELB). For more information, see Load Balancing and Server Certificates.  (or-8691)

Support for AWS CloudFront Custom Origin

You can now use a custom origin to create a CloudFront distribution. Previously, you could only use S3 as an origin server. Each distribution can now point to another storage service as an origin server or even an Elastic Load Balancer or an EC2 instance. For more information please see Create a New CloudFront Distribution. (or-8901) 

Support for CloudStack 2.2 Beta

RightScale now supports CloudStack 2.2. For more information on Adding your Cloud.com Cloud, see Register a CloudStack cloud with RightScale. (or-18082).

Heat Maps and Stacked Graphs

Heat maps and stacked graphs are now available for plans premium and above. These are forms of cluster monitoring that will help you view metrics for many servers on one graph. A heat map shows a somewhat different view of the same action. A stacked graph is a great alternative to display many servers on one graph where their activity contributes to a total sum. These new monitoring components provide a better way to quickly determine the cause of issues. For more information, please see Cluster Monitoring.

Changes

Changes to the software are listed here.  Changes usually refer to enhancements to existing features, minor UI changes, additional logging or messaging, etc.

MCI Tagging

Previously, if you created your own custom images using one of our RightLink Installer tutorials, you had to manually tag the image so that RightScale would be able to recognize it as a RightScale-enabled image. Instead of checking for the tag at the image level, RightScale will now check for the tag at the MultiCloud Image (MCI) level.  For backwards compatibility purposes, we will continue to check for the RightLink tag at both the MCI and image level so if you've already created custom RightScale-enabled images in the past, you do not have to tag the MCI. However, if you create any new custom images, you should only tag the MCI and not the individual images. The RightLink Installer tutorials have been updated to reflect this change. For more information, see Creating RightScale-enabled Images with RightLink.

Reserved Instances

The process for purchasing Reserved Instances has been streamlined to be more intuitive and efficient. We've also added a new column called "potential servers" that will highlight those servers that qualify for a particular reserved instance rate. Any inactive/active servers that match the purchased reserved instances will be highlighted as instances that could have been charged at a discounted rate. For more information, see Reserved Instances. (tr-5657).

Your Imports in Account Library

Under the Design dropdown menu, you will find that "Your Imports" is now located under the "Account Library" heading. Previously, "Your Imports" was located under the MultiCloud Marketplace heading.

Monitoring for Free Accounts

Previously monitoring data for free accounts was limited to only 7 days after a server was started. This limitation has been lifted.


Bug Fixes

The following bugs were user facing and have been resolved in this release. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in a particular issue that is not shown here, please contact customer support.

Call to clone a ServerTemplate returns wrong ServerTemplate

In a macro, when a reference was made in the 'clone_server_template' call to a ServerTemplate that does not exist in the MultiCloud Marketplace, a random ServerTemplate would be returned. This issue has been resolved. (7968)

ServerTemplate 'Xref' Tab Showing Only AWS Servers

Previously, a ServerTemplate that was used to create servers for multiple clouds would only list the AWS servers; non-AWS servers were not listed.  This problem has been fixed.  A ServerTemplate's Xref will now show all servers defined for any cloud.  (8658)

Unable to set EC2 Availability Zone with 'create_server_array'

The Availability Zone was not getting set when the 'ec2_availability_zone' call was used in the 'create_server_array' macro. This issue has been resolved. (8851)

'Filter by' options broken for 'Your Publications'

Under Design -> Your Publications, the 'filter_by' option would not return any results even if you performed a filter with string that was an exact match.  This issue has been resolved.
(9271)

Inaccurate message returned when updating AWS Credentials

Previously, if you updated your AWS Credentials and had missing AWS x509 key and cert fields, a positive confirmation message would be returned instead of returning a warning that you had required fields that were missing critical information.  Now, if you try to update your Amazon Credentials with empty required fields, you will receive an error message. (8675)

Unnecessary Inputs Displaying when Canceling Server in 'Pre-launch'

The Server pre-launch process was incorrectly requesting additional inputs when the original necessary input is missing. This issue has been resolved. (8802)

'Move' button missing from Cloud.com 'Current' Servers

When launching a server with a Cloud.com image, the 'Move' button was missing from the 'Current' server's page. This button is now available for servers in both the 'Next' and 'Current' states. (8033)

Elasticity Daemon out-of-sync with Arrays when Scaling

The Elasticity Daemon was getting out of sync and launching servers because it didn't realize that the array had been disabled and some servers were terminated. The daemon now reloads each server array just before processing a scaling action to avoid this problem. (7624)

'Copy inputs' button missing with Cloud.com Servers

When launching the server with a Cloud.com image, the 'Copy inputs' button was missing from the Server's Inputs tab. This button is now available. (8032)

Disabled Scripts Causing Input Validation Failure

When starting a server with a disabled RightScript with inputs, you would always be redirected back to the inputs page saying there are missing inputs, even if those inputs existed. This issue has been resolved. (9005)


Unresolved Issues

Please report issues to:  support@rightscale.com


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