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2013-05-23

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Release Date: May 23rd, 2013

Note: archived release notes available here

New Features

Unified Cloud Platform Private Beta

The current platform will soon be known as "Legacy Cloud Platform." The future of the RightScale Dashboard, and what is currently in private beta, contains a unified API 1.5 where all clouds are supported. This new version of the RightScale Dashboard and API will be known as "Unified Cloud Platform." For more information on how to join the private beta, see Unified Cloud Platform.

RightLink 5.9

With RightLink 5.9, you can use custom images within RightScale to receive the same functionality as you would with RightImages. Additionally, you can use RightScale more efficiently in your private cloud with operating systems that we support but cannot distribute, such as Windows and RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). For a tutorial on how to install RightLink, see Create RightScale-Enabled Images with RightLink 5.9.

 

Note: Install.rdoc shows how to install RightLink 5.9 with your images, which is fully supported by RightScale. It also covers how to build your own package, but this is not fully supported.

User and Root Role Separation for SSH

With the release of RightLink 5.9, the ability to distinguish between root (sudo) and a user account has been added. When accessing servers through SSH, a new role has been created called 'server_superuser.' This role enables more strict restrictions for server access. If a user has 'server_superuser' enabled without 'server_login,' they will be logged in as root. If a user has 'server_login' enabled without 'server_superuser,' they will be logged in as a user of their account without root access. This only applies to images with RightLink 5.8 and above. If your servers are using images with RightLink 5.7 and lower installed, you will automatically have 'server_superuser' and 'server_login' enabled, which provides the ability to login both as root and user. If either one of the roles is enabled for images with 5.7 and lower, you will not be able to properly SSH into your server. For more information, see RightScale Account and User Role Privileges.

Enhanced SSH Key Settings

It is now possible to view which SSH Key belongs to which user. RightScale will add a comment to the end of an SSH Key containing the username (the email associated to the account) whenever a user uploads their own Public SSH Key to RightScale. This makes it easier for account managers to keep track of a list of SSH Keys. Additionally, there has been a Download Private SSH Key added to Settings > User Settings > SSH. For more information, see Manage an SSH Key Pair.

Mandatory Server Login Control

It is now possible to choose if your SSH Key Pair is managed by RightScale or an account manager. While it has been possible for users to create an SSH key pair, it has not been possible to manage which users have uploaded their own public key nor has there been a way to mandate users to upload a public key to RightScale while having their private key reside on their workstation. With this new feature, an entire account can be mandated to have its users manage their own key pairs. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Account Settings > SSH and click 'enable.' For more information, see Enable Mandatory Server Login Control.

IP Whitelisting for Enterprise Manager

RightScale Enterprise Managers are now able to manage IP Whitelists from the UI. As an addition to the Enterprise Manager feature set, Enterprise Managers can add, modify, and delete Dashboard and API IP access rules on Enterprise parent and child accounts. To enable this option, go to Settings > Enterprise > IP Whitelist. For more information, see Manage IP Whitelists for Enterprise Accounts.

Windows Azure Availability Set

A Windows Availability Set is a high level construct (with a label) that captures both fault domain and update domain. Virtual Machines that have been “tagged” with the same availability set are guaranteed to be in different fault and update domains. For more information, see Create a Windows Azure Availability Set.

S3 Analytics

With this release, you now have the ability to run a report on S3 usage per bucket. Choose your bucket and click its Analysis tab to view the analytics for your usage. You have the ability to sort, filter and download a CSV of your usage. For more information, see Run S3 Analysis.
 

Note: this feature is only available for Unified Cloud Platform.

Google Compute Engine Hotmount Volumes and Snapshots

The ability to mount and unmount volumes with snapshot capability is now supported including attach/detach/snapshot on persistent disks. Note that the ability to attach "read-only" copies of the same volume to different instances is not supported in this release. Full volume and snapshot support for ServerTemplates will be included in an upcoming release. For more information, see Google Volumes and Google Snapshots.

Improved RightScript Syntax Editor

CodeMirror has been implemented into the RightScript editor which will offer syntax highlighting and line numbering while editing or creating new RightScripts. For more information, see RightScripts

Improved Messaging for Successes and Errors

A new design has been applied to success and error messages in the UI. When a task successfully completes, like creating a new RightScript, a blue message appears at the top center of the Dashboard. If something goes wrong, such as failing to launch a server, a red message will appear with a link to email customer support. When the link is selected, you have an option to enter in a subject and description and hit send, notifying support of your issue.

API Improvements

Being able to lock and unlock deployments and instances through API 1.5 is now possible. Additionally, managing credentials through API 1.5 is also possible. For more information, see the API 4.8 Change Log.

Log Tab Removed

With Lumberjack servers being deprecated, the "Log Files" tab in the Dashboard is being removed. For more information, see Why is Built-in Logging in ServerTemplates Deprecated?

Known Issues

Google Snapshots

Currently, if you delete a volume, you will be unable to create any new volumes from any of its corresponding snapshots. So you must not delete any volume where you want to use its snapshots to create new volumes. (t-15736)

Bugs

Many bugs were resolved with this release. If you are interested in inquiring about a particular issue, please contact support@rightscale.com

 

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