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General Release Information

Release Date: December 23, 2011

Release Time: Close of business (Pacific Standard Time)

Release Highlights:

  • Added Windows Server 2008 R2 RightImage support for Logicworks infiniCloud to all released Windows ServerTemplates.

Contact Information:


  • 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 components.
  • 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).



The following ServerTemplates and MultiCloud Images can be found in the RightScale MultiCloud Marketplace. (Design -> MultiCloud Marketplace).

Microsoft Active Directory

Description: Configures a Microsoft Active Directory server or additional Directory Controllers. This ServerTemplate supports Microsoft best practices for Active Directory. You can launch a standalone server or a set of multiple servers. It leverages volume-based storage for the Active Directory database and logs with optional scheduled continuous backups. To get started with this ServerTemplate, see Launch Active Directory Domain Controllers (Windows).

Supported compute clouds: Amazon Web Services EC2; Cloud.com CloudStack; Logicworks

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: https://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Microsoft-Active-Directory/30397

Ancestor: Microsoft Active Directory - Beta

Supported OS: Windows 2008 R2

Additional Documentation:

  • Added Windows Server 2008 R2 RightImage support for Cloud.com CloudStack with the XenServer or VMware vSphere (ESXi) hypervisor.
  • Added support for CloudStack volume storage in addition to Amazon EBS volumes.
  • Added Windows Firewall support for non-Amazon clouds with a series of default TCP and UDP ports open for Active Directory use, along with a new RightScript, SYS AD open ports. This script, in conjunction with the new REMOTE_DC_IP, TCP_PORTS, and UDP_PORTS inputs, lets users add user-defined Windows Firewall rules as needed.

Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server

Description: This is a premium ServerTemplate that configures a Microsoft SQL Server stand-alone database server or pair of servers in a high-availability (HA) configuration (synchronous mirroring). This template supports the following Windows/SQL Server versions across the Amazon EC2, Rackspace and CloudStack clouds:

  • Windows 2008R2 Server / SQL Server 2008R2 Standard (on AWS, Rackspace, CloudStack)
  • Windows 2008 Server / SQL Server 2008 Standard (on AWS)
  • Windows 2003 Server / SQL Server 2005 Standard (on AWS)

The template applies best-practice disk configuration for system and user databases, as well as configuration for log and tempdb. Microsoft SQL Server data will be stored using dynamically created volumes (Amazon EBS or CloudStack volumes), or on separate drives created via repartition of the primary instance volume (for Rackspace). On AWS and CloudStack striped data and log volumes are supported for Windows 2008 and 2008R2 (up to 3 stripes per each volume tested). Backups can be performed using cloud-specific volume snapshots (on Amazon and CloudStack) or to remote storage (Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files, supported for all clouds). The template uses Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to ensure data consistency when doing snapshot backups, and configures policy to perform scheduled backups. In addition, manual import and export to remote storage is supported on all configurations to enable migration among all supported clouds.

The template supports graceful (no data loss) and forceful (possible data loss) manual failover, with the latter to be used for disaster-recovery situations. Also included are built-in monitoring and alerts on CPU, memory, and disk. To set up your SQL Server environment, see the appropriate tutorial on the Support Portal.

Supported compute clouds: Amazon Web Services EC2; Rackspace; Cloud.com CloudStackk; Logicworks

Supported backup clouds: Amazon Web Services S3; Rackspace Cloud Files

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: https://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Database-Manager-for-Microsoft/30395

Ancestor: Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server - Beta

Supported OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1; Windows Server 2008 SP2; Windows Server 2003

RightLink Version: RightLink 5.7

Additional Documentation:

  • Added a new RIghtScript input, NUMBER_STRIPES, to support striped volume storage for SQL Server database and log files. To use striped volumes, set this input to a value greater than 1.

MultiCloud Images

For a list of our latest images, see OS and Software Package Support.

MCI Name and Revision
Windows 2008    
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_v5.7 [rev 9] Released December 23, 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) Amazon EC2
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_v5.7 - VMware [rev 3] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) CloudStack
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_v5.7 - XenServer [rev 3] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) CloudStack, Logicworks
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_sqlsvr2k8r2_v5.7 [rev 7] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) and SQL Server 2008 Express Amazon EC2, Rackspace
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_sqlsrv2k8r2_v5.7 - VMware [rev 2] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) and SQL Server 2008 Express CloudStack
RightImage_Windows_2008R2_x64_sqlsrv2k8r2_v5.7 - XenServer [rev 3] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 R2 SP1 with 64-bit architecture (x64) and SQL Server 2008 Express CloudStack, LogicWorks
RightImage_Windows_2008_x64_v5.7 [rev 8] Released December 23, 2011; Windows 2008 SP2 with 64-bit architecture (x64) Amazon EC2
RightImage_Windows_2008_i386_v5.7 [rev 8] Released December 23, 2011; Windows 2008 SP2 with 32-bit architecture (i386) Amazon EC2
RightImage_Windows_2008_x64_sqlsvr2k8_v5.7 [rev 4] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2008 SP2 with 64-bit architecture (x64) and SQL Server 2008 Express Amazon EC2
Windows 2003    
RightImage_Windows_2003_x64_sqlsvr2k5_v5.7 [rev 4] Released November 21 2011; Windows 2003 with 64-bit architecture (x64) and SQL Server 2005 Express Amazon EC2


Known Limitations

All Windows ServerTemplates/MCIs

  • Windows MultiCloud Images do not support the Amazon US-Oregon or South America (Sao Paulo) regions at this time.

Please report issues to: support@rightscale.com


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