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Current Release Notes - ServerTemplates

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General Release Information

Release Date: November 14th, 2014

Release Time: Close of business (Pacific Standard Time)

Contact Information:

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 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).

 


 

- Disclaimer -

recently_intro_icon.gifThe following new ServerTemplates have been added to the RightScale MultiCloud Marketplace. Be sure to read the documentation, follow best practice principles, and thoroughly test any new functionality before making any changes to your production deployment. 

New Features

Linux

Ubuntu 14.04 and RHEL 6.x Support

RigthtScale Linux ServerTemplates now support the Ubuntu 14.04 and RHEL 6.x Linux distributions.

RightLink 6.1 Support

RightScale Linux ServerTemplates now have RightLink 6.1 installed.

ServerTemplates are now GA

The v14 Infinity Linux ServerTemplates are now released for general availability.

Load Balancer with HAProxy

The Load Balancer with HAProxy ServerTemplate installs HAProxy 1.5.6 and allows enabling and disabling of periodic syncing of the HAProxy configuration and application servers in the deployment. If periodic syncing returns with no application servers found in the deployment, no changes to the HAProxy configuration will be made. This prevents removal of all application servers from the configuration if there are any issues on scanning the deployment. HAProxy logs to /var/log/haproxy.log. Support for SSLv3 has been disabled.

AWS EBS Image Support

Logic has been added to the 'rightscale_backup' cookbook to exclude the root EBS volume in the list of volumes to backup.

Storage Toolbox ServerTemplate

A new v14 Infinity Storage Toolbox ServerTemplate is now available.

Windows

Active Directory 2012 Support and Domain Integration

The new Microsoft Active Directory Server ServerTemplate supports Windows 2012 and includes domain support where scripts can be used to join or leave a domain via tags (default), IP address, or FQDN. The older version of the ServerTemplate based on Windows 2008R2 is now deprecated. Please see the Base ServerTemplate for Windows ServerTemplate, to see the join/leave RightScripts that can be executed manually or automatically as boot or decommission scripts. You can either customize the base ServerTemplate or use the join/leave RightScripts in your own custom ServerTemplate.

Advanced Firewall Management

Advanced firewall management for Windows servers is now supported in the v14.x ServerTemplates. They contain RightScripts that leverage a Powershell library that has a function to create and remove IP-specific firewall rules for select servers (based on tags) to allow ingress communication. However, there is also a generic RightScript called SYS Setup firewall rule that can be used to manually create/remove firewall rules.​ You can find the generic RightScript in the Base ServerTemplate for Windows ServerTemplate as an Operational Script.

Web Application Deployment using MSDeploy

The Microsoft IIS App Server ServerTemplate now supports the ability to use an MSDeploy package for deploying an application. Support for using SVN, application code archives, or web links to a ZIP file for application deployment has been removed in favor of support for the most common use case (MSDeploy).

 

 


ServerTemplates

The following ServerTemplates and MultiCloud Images can be found and imported in the RightScale MultiCloud Marketplace.  Navigate there from either:

Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) - (v14.1.0)

Description: This ServerTemplate using RightScript technology is a starting point for custom ServerTemplate development in Linux. The ‘base’ ServerTemplate contains the minimum set of scripts and alerts for optimized server management through the RightScale platform such as:

  • Scripts for setting up monitoring and generating of real-time graphs in the Dashboard
  • Creation of alert specifications for automation.
  • Best practices alerts that are preconfigured under the Alerts tab.

It’s strongly recommended that custom ServerTemplate development starts with cloning the ‘base’ ServerTemplate and modify it to meet your needs.

This ServerTemplate uses RightScript technology; for a Chef-based version of this ServerTemplate, see: Base ServerTemplate for Linux.

Key Features:

  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen software repository date that has been tested.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6      
Ubuntu 12.04      
Ubuntu 14.04      
RHEL 6.x            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Base-ServerTemplate-for-Linux-/lineage/51532

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: Base ServerTemplate for Linux (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

Base ServerTemplate for Linux - (v14.1.0)

Description: This ServerTemplate is a starting point for custom ServerTemplate development in Linux. The ‘base’ ServerTemplate contains the minimum set of scripts and alerts for optimized server management through the RightScale platform such as:

  • Scripts for setting up monitoring and generating of real-time graphs in the Dashboard
  • Creation of alert specifications for automation.
  • Best practices alerts that are preconfigured under the Alerts tab.

It’s strongly recommended that custom ServerTemplate development starts with cloning the ‘base’ ServerTemplate and modify it to meet your needs.

This ServerTemplate uses Chef; for a RightScript based ServerTemplate, see: Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB).

Key Features:

  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen software repository date that has been tested.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6      
Ubuntu 12.04      
Ubuntu 14.04      
RHEL 6.x            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Base-ServerTemplate-for-Linux-/lineage/46939

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: Base ServerTemplate for Linux (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

Load Balancer with HAProxy - (v14.1.0)

Description: This ServerTemplate configures an HAProxy load balancer. It is designed to work with application server and database ServerTemplates as part of a three-tier web architecture.

Key Features:

  • Downloads source code, builds, and installs HAProxy and configures the server to act as the front-end for all HTTP(S) requests.
  • Recipe to attach existing application servers in the deployment.
  • Recipe to set up load balancer machine tags on the server.
  • Monitoring HAProxy process.
  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen and tested software repository date.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6      
Ubuntu 12.04      
Ubuntu 14.04      
RHEL 6.x            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Load-Balancer-with-HAProxy-v14/lineage/48171

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: Load Balancer with HAProxy (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

PHP App Server - (v14.1.0)

Description: This ServerTemplate configures a PHP application server. It is designed to work with a CLB, ELB, or Load Balancer ServerTemplate and Database ServerTemplate as part of a three-tier web architecture.

Key Features:

  • Sets up and launches a PHP application server in any of the supported cloud infrastructures.
  • Connections to a MySQL database.
  • Includes predefined alerts for monitoring Apache.
  • Attach/Detach application servers to a HAProxy load balancer.
  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen and tested software repository date.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6      
Ubuntu 12.04      
Ubuntu 14.04      
RHEL            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/PHP-App-Server-v14-0-1-/lineage/48191

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: PHP App Server (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

Database Manager for MySQL - (v14.1.0)

Description: This ServerTemplate provides a high-availability master/slave MySQL database configuration that can be used as the backbone for a variety of applications and workloads. The MySQL version installed depends on the default package available for the OS. CentOS 6.5 installs MySQL 5.1, and Ubuntu 12.04 installs MySQL 5.5.

Key Features:

  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen and tested software repository date.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6        
Ubuntu 12.04        
Ubuntu 14.04        
RHEL 6.x            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Database-Manager-for-MySQL-v14/lineage/49810

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: Database Manager for MySQL (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

LAMP All-in-One - (v14.1.0)

Description: Basic all-in-one LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) ServerTemplate. This ServerTemplate takes regular backups of the MySQL 5.1/5.5 database and saves them to public cloud storage. Suitable for single-server test, development, and production (non-redundant) purposes.

Key Features:

  • Launches a complete LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on a single server in any of the supported cloud infrastructures.
  • Recipe for importing a MySQL database dump file to be used by the sample PHP application.
  • Includes predefined alerts for monitoring Apache and MySQL.
  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, tagging, etc.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images with a frozen and tested software repository date.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6      
Ubuntu 12.04      
Ubuntu 14.04      
RHEL            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/LAMP-All-In-One-v14-0-1-/lineage/47367

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: LAMP All-in-One (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

Storage Toolbox - (v14.1.0)

Description: Storage Toolbox ServerTemplate. This ServerTemplate contains several recipes to set up and back up storage within a variety of contexts. It is used within other ServerTemplates to support runbook operations like backup and restore of databases.

Key Features:

  • Set up consistent storage blocks on instances or attachable volumes
  • Backup using volume snapshots or instance storage snapshots
  • Set up continuous backup schedules
  • Perform one-off backups with a click of a button

OS and Cloud Support:

  Amazon Google

OpenStack

Havana Havana

VMware

vSphere

SoftLayer

Windows

Azure

CloudStack

RackSpace

Open Cloud

CentOS 6        
Ubuntu 12.04        
Ubuntu 12.04        
RHEL 6.x            

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/server_templates/Storage-Toolbox-v14-0-1-/lineage/50079

Known Limitations: 

Documentation: Storage Toolbox (v14 Infinity)

Notes:

Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server

Description: This ServerTemplate configures a Microsoft SQL Server standalone database server or pair of servers in a high-availability (HA) configuration (synchronous mirroring). It supports graceful (no data loss) and forceful (possible data loss) manual failover, with the latter to be used for disaster-recovery situations. This can also be used with our SQL Server Witness ServerTemplate to provide automatic failover. Also included are built-in monitoring and alerts on CPU, memory, and disk.

Key Features: 

  • MS Best Practices for disk and database configuration.
  • Cloud-agnostic data storage on dynamic volumes or equivalent.
  • Striped data and log volumes (on supported clouds).
  • Automatically scheduled backups with data consistency.
  • Backup and restore to/from remote storage to enable data migration between clouds.

OS and Cloud Support: 

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP OpenStack Rackspace Open Cloud Rackspace Private SoftLayer Windows Azure
Windows 2012/SQL 2012        
Windows 2008R2/SQL 2012        
Windows 2008R2/SQL 2008R2        
Windows 2012/SQL 2012ent                  
Windows 2008R2/SQL 2012ent                  
Windows 2008R2/SQL 2008R2ent                  

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/10529

Known Limitations: Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers are not supported.

DocumentationDatabase Manager for Microsoft SQL Server (v14 Infinity)

Notes: 

Microsoft IIS App Server

Description: This ServerTemplate configures an IIS (Internet Information Services) web application server. It is designed to work in a hybrid cloud setting and with a CLB, ELB or Load Balancer ServerTemplate and Database ServerTemplate as part of a three-tier web architecture.

Key Features: 

  • Built-in monitoring and alerts on CPU, memory, and disk
  • Utilizes RightScale tag-based routing for connecting to load balancers
  • Pulls application code from an external repository (Git, SVN, or cloud storage)

OS and Cloud Support: 

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP OpenStack Rackspace Open Cloud Rackspace Private SoftLayer Windows Azure
Windows 2012        
Windows 2008R2        

MultiCloud Marketplace Link:  http://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/10506

Known Limitations: 

DocumentationMicrosoft IIS App Server (v14 Infinity)

Notes: 

Microsoft Active Directory Server - Beta

Description: Configures a Microsoft Active Directory server or additional Directory Controllers leveraging Microsoft best practices.

Key Features: 

  • Standalone or multiple AD server configurations
  • Volume-based AD database
  • Scheduled, continuous backups
  • Active Directory domain integration with other v14 RightScale Windows ServerTemplates

OS and Cloud Support: 

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP OpenStack Rackspace Open Cloud Rackspace Private SoftLayer Windows Azure
Windows 2012        

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/48517

Known Limitations: Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers are not supported.

DocumentationMicrosoft Active Directory (v14 Infinity)

Notes: 

Base ServerTemplate for Windows

Description: This ServerTemplate is a starting point for custom ServerTemplate development in Windows.

Key Features:

  • Basic set of PowerShell scripts for setting up an Administrator password, firewall rules, common monitoring, and alerts.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

OS and Cloud Support: 

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe OpenStack Rackspace Open Cloud Rackspace Private SoftLayer VMware
vSphere
Windows Azure
Windows 2012            
Windows 2008R2            

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...w/lineage/7210

Known Limitations: 

DocumentationBase ServerTemplate for Windows (v14 Infinity)

Notes: 

Microsoft SQL Server Witness - Beta (v13.5)

Description: This ServerTemplate configures a Microsoft SQL Server Express database server that may be used to add a mirroring Witness to a MS SQL Server mirroring pair. The Witness is an optional instance of SQL Server that enables the mirror server in a high-safety mode session to recognize whether to initiate an automatic failover. Unlike the two partners, the witness does not serve the database; supporting automatic failover is the only role of the witness.

More information about using mirroring witness can be found at Microsoft Technet

Key Features: 

  • SQL Server Express (no license required)
  • Performs automatic failover of a mirrored pair of SQL Server databases
  • Does NOT store database content locally

OS and Cloud Support: 

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP OpenStack

Rackspace Open Cloud

Rackspace Private SoftLayer Windows Azure
Windows 2012        
Windows 2008R2        

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/19086

Known Limitations: 

DocumentationMicrosoft SQL Server Witness Beta (v14 Infinity)

Notes: 

 


Known Limitations

  • The scripts that create and/or attach volumes to instances (e.g. DB SQLS Setup volumes and services, AD DS Setup volumes) fail on the Windows Azure cloud because of a known issue with instances rebooting during volume attachment. A fix is expected soon from Microsoft to resolve this issue.

Windows Bug Fixes

  • (6000) Windows 2008R2 instances on OpenStack lose their IP address after reboot from RightScale dashboard

  • (6141) Unable to do log backup when last backup was done for Simple recovery model

  • (6254) DNS Register IP: Rackspace Cloud DNS failing on API 1.0

  • (5185) Consolidate DNS_DOMAIN_NAME and DNS_ID inputs

  • (5528) DB SQLS Configure Database Backup Policy - Script not updating scheduled task

  • (5986) Windows: monitoring stops randomly and after unplanned restart

  • (6037) Sometimes the script "DB SQLS Switch mirroring off (v13.5)" completes with error

  • (6173) DB Manager for MS SQL: Some scripts and functions always assume the "administrator" user account

  • (6005) Update Windows ServerTemplate alerts to use RS/Server vs. EC2/Server for alerts

  • (6175) DB SQLS Configure TempDB Failing

  • (5971) MSSQL server 13.3 witness server does not fail over DNS to new principal

  • (6196) Refactor RightScripts to use rs_state tool introduced in RightLink 5.9

  • (6207) Migrate to AWS SDK version 2.0.3

  • (6226) DB SQLS AD Init principal fails on DB SQLS Manager

  • (6227) Refactor 7-Zip install script to remove it and use windows native zip only

  • (6228) Diskpart exits with error on creating blank striped volumes on API 1.5 clouds


 

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