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v13.3

Table of Contents
  1. 1. General Release Information
  2. 2. New Features
    1. 2.1. Rackspace Rackconnect support
    2. 2.2. New SQL Server Witness ServerTemplate
    3. 2.3. mysql force promote master
    4. 2.4. Support for Rackspace Private Cloud
    5. 2.5. Multi-cloud/cross region replication
    6. 2.6. MySQL upgrade when migrating
    7. 2.7. 3rd Party Load Balancer Integration Support
    8. 2.8. Rackspace Open Cloud for Windows
    9. 2.9. New Input for SSD and SATA
    10. 2.10. Ephemeral capacity
    11. 2.11. New input to verify the destination host
    12. 2.12. New input to specify backend IP type where application server will listen
    13. 2.13. Windows RightImages
  3. 3. ServerTemplates
    1. 3.1. Chef Client Beta (v13.3)
    2. 3.2. Logging with rsyslog Beta (v13.3)
    3. 3.3. Memcached Server Beta (v13.3)
    4. 3.4. Django App Server Beta (v13.3)
    5. 3.5. Database Manager for PostgreSQL 9.1 Beta (v13.3)
    6. 3.6. Storage Toolbox (v13.3)
    7. 3.7. Database Manager for MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    8. 3.8. Database Manager for MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)
    9. 3.9. Apache-Rails-Passenger App Server (v13.3)
    10. 3.10. Tomcat App Server (v13.3)
    11. 3.11. Tomcat7 App Server Beta (v13.3)
    12. 3.12. PHP App Server (v13.3)
    13. 3.13. Load Balancer with HAProxy (v13.3)
    14. 3.14. LAMP All-In-One Trial with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    15. 3.15. LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    16. 3.16. LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)
    17. 3.17. Base ServerTemplate for Linux (v13.3)
    18. 3.18. Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) (v13.3)
    19. 3.19. Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server (v13.3)
    20. 3.20. Microsoft IIS App Server (v13.3)
    21. 3.21. Base ServerTemplate for Windows (v13.3)
    22. 3.22. Active Directory (v13.3)
    23. 3.23. Microsoft SQL Server Witness Beta (v13.3)
  4. 4. Windows Bug Fixes
    1. 4.1. Log-based backups of SQL user databases fail because the recovery model setting (Infinity)
    2. 4.2. Rackspace Images did not allow RDP connections
    3. 4.3. Database Manager for Microsoft SQL with volume support on Rackspace Open Cloud
    4. 4.4. Microsoft SQL false success backups (Infinity)
    5. 4.5. Specify backup frequency for Microsoft SQL
    6. 4.6. Microsoft SQL transaction log fills LOG drive (Infinity)
    7. 4.7. Allow an application/website configuration other than "default web site" for the IIS ServerTemplate
  5. 5. Linux Bug Fixes
    1. 5.1. Postgres tuning parameters are not set properly
    2. 5.2. Error in logic process to determine correct master database server for a slave database
    3. 5.3. Fog gem needs to be locked down and Rubygems unfrozen
    4. 5.4. The ephemeral/vg_data_percentage input missing in metadata
    5. 5.5. Attribute db_postgres is not defined
    6. 5.6. Azure servers strand when installing packages with yum
    7. 5.7. PHP App Servers cannot specify IP address to use for the backend
    8. 5.8. The do_primary_restore.rb and do_secondary_restore.rb files fail to grant privileges on restored databases
    9. 5.9. MySQL Database Manager fails to run mysql_upgrade when migrating from 5.1 to 5.5
    10. 5.10. The SFTP subsystem directive in sshd_config uses the incorrect location on Ubuntu 12.04
    11. 5.11. The ip_conntrack_max is not setup properly by the sys_firewall::default script
    12. 5.12. The cookbooks/rightscale/providers/server_collection.rb fails if one instance is missing secondary tags
    13. 5.13. Use default method to set attributes instead of set_unless
    14. 5.14. DB refuses connections on the Public IP
    15. 5.15. The repo_git and repo_rsync cookbooks may ignore SSH host keys
    16. 5.16. Cannot use psql command line on a PostgreSQL Database Manager instance
    17. 5.17. Compressed files for dump import
  6. 6. Known Limitations
    1. 6.1. Ubuntu Image for Azure
    2. 6.2. HAProxy not Supproted with RHEL 6
    3. 6.3. Deleting Volumes in Rackspace Open Cloud
    4. 6.4. Rackspace Open Cloud Cloud Block Storage
    5. 6.5. RackConnect
    6. 6.6. Windows Evaluation Edition
    7. 6.7. Azure Virtual Machines
    8. 6.8. Default for Database Manager ServerTemplates is 10GB, but 100GB is miminum for Open Cloud
    9. 6.9. CentOS 6.3 issues affecting v13.3 ServerTemplates
  7. 7. Support

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. General Release Information
  2. 2. New Features
    1. 2.1. Rackspace Rackconnect support
    2. 2.2. New SQL Server Witness ServerTemplate
    3. 2.3. mysql force promote master
    4. 2.4. Support for Rackspace Private Cloud
    5. 2.5. Multi-cloud/cross region replication
    6. 2.6. MySQL upgrade when migrating
    7. 2.7. 3rd Party Load Balancer Integration Support
    8. 2.8. Rackspace Open Cloud for Windows
    9. 2.9. New Input for SSD and SATA
    10. 2.10. Ephemeral capacity
    11. 2.11. New input to verify the destination host
    12. 2.12. New input to specify backend IP type where application server will listen
    13. 2.13. Windows RightImages
  3. 3. ServerTemplates
    1. 3.1. Chef Client Beta (v13.3)
    2. 3.2. Logging with rsyslog Beta (v13.3)
    3. 3.3. Memcached Server Beta (v13.3)
    4. 3.4. Django App Server Beta (v13.3)
    5. 3.5. Database Manager for PostgreSQL 9.1 Beta (v13.3)
    6. 3.6. Storage Toolbox (v13.3)
    7. 3.7. Database Manager for MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    8. 3.8. Database Manager for MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)
    9. 3.9. Apache-Rails-Passenger App Server (v13.3)
    10. 3.10. Tomcat App Server (v13.3)
    11. 3.11. Tomcat7 App Server Beta (v13.3)
    12. 3.12. PHP App Server (v13.3)
    13. 3.13. Load Balancer with HAProxy (v13.3)
    14. 3.14. LAMP All-In-One Trial with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    15. 3.15. LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)
    16. 3.16. LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)
    17. 3.17. Base ServerTemplate for Linux (v13.3)
    18. 3.18. Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) (v13.3)
    19. 3.19. Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server (v13.3)
    20. 3.20. Microsoft IIS App Server (v13.3)
    21. 3.21. Base ServerTemplate for Windows (v13.3)
    22. 3.22. Active Directory (v13.3)
    23. 3.23. Microsoft SQL Server Witness Beta (v13.3)
  4. 4. Windows Bug Fixes
    1. 4.1. Log-based backups of SQL user databases fail because the recovery model setting (Infinity)
    2. 4.2. Rackspace Images did not allow RDP connections
    3. 4.3. Database Manager for Microsoft SQL with volume support on Rackspace Open Cloud
    4. 4.4. Microsoft SQL false success backups (Infinity)
    5. 4.5. Specify backup frequency for Microsoft SQL
    6. 4.6. Microsoft SQL transaction log fills LOG drive (Infinity)
    7. 4.7. Allow an application/website configuration other than "default web site" for the IIS ServerTemplate
  5. 5. Linux Bug Fixes
    1. 5.1. Postgres tuning parameters are not set properly
    2. 5.2. Error in logic process to determine correct master database server for a slave database
    3. 5.3. Fog gem needs to be locked down and Rubygems unfrozen
    4. 5.4. The ephemeral/vg_data_percentage input missing in metadata
    5. 5.5. Attribute db_postgres is not defined
    6. 5.6. Azure servers strand when installing packages with yum
    7. 5.7. PHP App Servers cannot specify IP address to use for the backend
    8. 5.8. The do_primary_restore.rb and do_secondary_restore.rb files fail to grant privileges on restored databases
    9. 5.9. MySQL Database Manager fails to run mysql_upgrade when migrating from 5.1 to 5.5
    10. 5.10. The SFTP subsystem directive in sshd_config uses the incorrect location on Ubuntu 12.04
    11. 5.11. The ip_conntrack_max is not setup properly by the sys_firewall::default script
    12. 5.12. The cookbooks/rightscale/providers/server_collection.rb fails if one instance is missing secondary tags
    13. 5.13. Use default method to set attributes instead of set_unless
    14. 5.14. DB refuses connections on the Public IP
    15. 5.15. The repo_git and repo_rsync cookbooks may ignore SSH host keys
    16. 5.16. Cannot use psql command line on a PostgreSQL Database Manager instance
    17. 5.17. Compressed files for dump import
  6. 6. Known Limitations
    1. 6.1. Ubuntu Image for Azure
    2. 6.2. HAProxy not Supproted with RHEL 6
    3. 6.3. Deleting Volumes in Rackspace Open Cloud
    4. 6.4. Rackspace Open Cloud Cloud Block Storage
    5. 6.5. RackConnect
    6. 6.6. Windows Evaluation Edition
    7. 6.7. Azure Virtual Machines
    8. 6.8. Default for Database Manager ServerTemplates is 10GB, but 100GB is miminum for Open Cloud
    9. 6.9. CentOS 6.3 issues affecting v13.3 ServerTemplates
  7. 7. Support

Reminder: Additional release notes found here.


General Release Information

Release Date: March 6th, 2013

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

NOTE: This release is part of the infinity lineage.

Rackspace Rackconnect support

Starting with the v13.3 Linux ServerTemplates, the sys_firewall::default recipe detects if the cloud is Rackspace with RackConnect enabled. If so, iptables are no longer managed by our ServerTemplates which is required to work with RackConnect. Rackspace Open Cloud RightImages were updated with a new version of RightLink, v5.8.12.

New SQL Server Witness ServerTemplate

The new Microsoft SQL Server Witness Beta enables automatic failover for Microsoft SQL Server mirroring. See Microsft SQL Server Witness Beta (v13.3). This ServerTemplate has support for AWS, Rackspace Open Cloud, Windows Azure, SoftLayer, CloudStack 3.0.6 Xenserver and VMware.

mysql force promote master

A new recipe in MySQL allows "force promote to master," forcing a slave to master without any of the checks. If the "Force Promote to Master" input is set to 'true' when promoting a slave to master, it ignores making checks and changes to any current master. This is set to 'false' by default. This feature can be used when there are cloud issues that cause the standard promotion method to fail.

Support for Rackspace Private Cloud

All Linux ServerTemplates now support Rackspace Private Cloud.

Multi-cloud/cross region replication

You now have the ability to to set up a MySQL database that's asynchronously replicated across multiple clouds. See MySQL Database Replication Across Clouds.

MySQL upgrade when migrating

We will detect if a MySQL 5.1 database is in use on a MySQL 5.5 restore and automatically run 'mysql_upgrade'.

3rd Party Load Balancer Integration Support

We have implemented a generic provider using machine tags and remote recipe calls for attaching and detaching application servers. The 3rd party load balancer ServerTemplate must add the expected "loadbalancer:#{pool_name}=lb" machine tag and include the lb::handle_attach and lb::handle_detach recipes which will connect/disconnect application servers to any load balancer in the deployment. With this release, the options for the Load Balancer Provider input on all the App ServerTemplates are changed. The "lb_client" option replaces the previous "lb_haproxy" provider option.

Rackspace Open Cloud for Windows

Windows ServerTemplates (except for Active Directory) now support Rackspace Open Cloud.

New Input for SSD and SATA

The new Volume Type input is in the Block Device Advanced Input category. This input provides two options, "SSD" and "SATA". By default the input is set to "SATA".

Ephemeral capacity

The block_device::setup_ephemeral recipe places an LVM of ephemeral drives at /mnt/ephemeral (currently not supported on AWS). This can be used to host logs or swap files. Percentage of the Ephemeral LVM volume group used for data can be set via the "Percentage of the ephemeral LVM used for data" input. 100% is the default.

New input to verify the destination host

The Known Hosts SSH Key input hosts verification and prevents MiTM attacks. This input is in the App ServerTemplates as well as the LAMPs. Provide a credential with a valid SSH key which will be appended to /root/.ssh/known_hosts file. This input will allow to verify the destination host, by comparing its IP, FQDN, SSH-RSA with the record in /root/.ssh/known_hosts file. This input is optional but highly recommended it is set every time.

New input to specify backend IP type where application server will listen

There is a new input titled Application IP Type Given to Load Balancer where you can specify the IP type that the application server is listening on, such as "private."

Windows RightImages

Added support for:

  • AWS (all regions): Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 w/IIS, Windows Server 2012 w/SQL 2008R2, Windows Server 2012 w/SQL 2012
  • Rackspace Open Cloud (all regions): (RackConnect supported) Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2008R2 w/IIS, Windows Server 2008R2 w/SQL 2008R2, Windows Server 2008R2 w/SQL 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 w/IIS, Windows Server 2012 w/SQL 2008R2, Windows Server 2012 w/SQL 2012

Removed support for:

  • AWS (all regions): Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 w/IIS, Windows Server 2008 w/SQL 2008
  • Rackspace Legacy (all regions): Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 w/IIS, Windows Server 2008 w/SQL 2008
  • Datapipe (all regions): Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2008R2 w/IIS, Windows Server 2008R2 w/SQL 2008R2
  • IDC Frontier (all regions): Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2008R2 w/IIS, Windows Server 2008R2 w/SQL 2008R2

RackConnect Support:

  •  Changed standard Windows Firewall policy and sysprep / imaging scripts and process to allow compatibility with RackConnect.

ServerTemplates

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

Find more documentation such as tutorials and runbooks for these ServerTemplates here.

Chef Client Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.comThis ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate installs and configures the Chef Client that connects either to the Chef Server inside of RightScale, the Chef Server outside of RightScale, or the Hosted Chef from Opscode.

Key Features:

  • Specify which Chef Client version to install.
  • Connect to a specific Chef Server by setting the Chef Server URL, the custom Client "node_name" for authentication and the private SSH key for authorization.
  • Support for Roles and executing run-lists.
  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, etc.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack HP OpenStack Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu  

Logging with rsyslog Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.comThis ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate installs and configures the Chef Client that connects either to the Chef Server inside of RightScale, the Chef Server outside of RightScale, or the Hosted Chef from Opscode.

Key Features:

  • Specify which Chef Client version to install.
  • Connect to a specific Chef Server by setting the Chef Server URL, the custom Client "node_name" for authentication and the private SSH key for authorization.
  • Support for Roles and executing run-lists.
  • Basic set of recipes for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, etc.
  • Basic set of alerts for most server type monitoring.

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu

Memcached Server Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.com. This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate installs Memcached, which can be used as a caching layer to improve the performance of your cloud-based multi-tier application.

Application versions: Memcached 1.4.4

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu  
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/17146

Known Limitations:

Django App Server Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.com. This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate configures a Django application server for Apache using mod_wsgi. 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. It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services. Features Firewall management within a three-tier scalable web architecture. Utilizes RightScale tag-based routing for connecting to load balancers. Pulls application code from an external repository (Git, SVN or cloud storage)

Application versions:

  • Django 1.4
  • Python 2.6.6
  • MySQL Client (5.1 and 5.5)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/17143

Known Limitations:

Database Manager for PostgreSQL 9.1 Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.comThis ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate configures a PostgreSQL 9.1 database server and provides a high-availability master/slave database configuration that can be used as the backbone for a variety of applications and workloads. It supports multiple clouds using either instance-based storage or attachalbe volumes. Instance-based snapshot backups are automatically uploaded to your choice of remote object storage (Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files). It alos includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Key Features:

  • Master or slave roles.
  • Uses attachable volumes or instance-based LVM volumes for primary backup.
  • Supports a secondary, disaster-recovery backup to S3 or Cloud Files remote object stores.
  • Support for striping of external volumes for faster database performance.
  • Continuous snapshot backups using a grandfather-father-son paradigm (on clouds with volume support).
  • Assisted database restoration, including stripe re-creation.
  • Provides scripts for master to slave fail-over, restoration of master, and more.
  • Choice of DNS providers (DNS Made Easy, DynDNS, AWS Route53, CloudDNS).
  • iptables management within a three-tier scalable web architecture for clouds that do not have firewall services.
  • Pre-configured monitoring and alerts.

Application versions: PostgreSQL 9.1.5

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/17144

Known Limitations:

Storage Toolbox (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate contains several useful 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
  • Save off-site backups in cloud object storage
  • Backup and restore across regions and clouds

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...-/lineage/7843

Known Limitations:

Database Manager for MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

Configures a MySQL 5.5 database server. This ServerTemplate provides a high-availability master/slave database configuration that can be used as the backbone for a variety of applications and workloads.

The ServerTemplate supports multiple clouds, using either instance-based storage or attachable volumes. Instance-based snapshot backups are automatically uploaded to your choice of remote object storage (Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, or SoftLayer Object Storage). It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Key Features:

  • Master or slave roles.
  • Uses attachable volumes or instance-based LVM volumes for primary backup.
  • Supports a secondary, disaster-recovery backup to S3, Cloud Files, or SoftLayer Object Storage remote object stores.
  • Support for striping of external volumes for faster database performance.
  • Continuous snapshot backups using a grandfather-father-son paradigm (on clouds with volume support).
  • Assisted database restoration, including stripe re-creation.
  • Provides scripts for master to slave fail-over, restoration of master, and more.
  • Choice of DNS providers (DNS Made Easy, DynDNS, AWS Route53, CloudDNS).
  • iptables management within a three-tier scalable web architecture for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Application versions: MySQL 5.5

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/13699

Known Limitations:

Database Manager for MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

Configures a MySQL 5.1 database server. This ServerTemplate provides a high-availability master/slave database configuration that can be used as the backbone for a variety of applications and workloads.

The ServerTemplate supports multiple clouds, using either instance-based storage or attachable volumes. Instance-based snapshot backups are automatically uploaded to your choice of remote object storage (Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, or SoftLayer Object Storage). It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

For the latest version of MySQL, see Database Manager for MySQL 5.5

Key Features:

  • Master or slave roles.
  • Uses attachable volumes or instance-based LVM volumes for primary backup.
  • Supports a secondary, disaster-recovery backup to S3, Cloud Files, or SoftLayer Object Storage remote object stores.
  • Support for striping of external volumes for faster database performance.
  • Continuous snapshot backups using a grandfather-father-son paradigm (on clouds with volume support).
  • Assisted database restoration, including stripe re-creation.
  • Provides scripts for master to slave fail-over, restoration of master, and more.
  • Choice of DNS providers (DNS Made Easy, DynDNS, AWS Route53, CloudDNS).
  • iptables management within a three-tier scalable web architecture for clouds that do not have firewall services.
  • Pre-configured monitoring and alerts.

Application versions: MySQL 5.1

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...1/lineage/8480

Known Limitations:

Apache-Rails-Passenger App Server (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate configures a Rails application server with the Apache HTTP Server running Phusion Passenger. 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. It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Key Features:

  • Firewall management within a three-tier scalable web architecture
  • Utilizes RightScale tag-based routing for connecting to load balancers
  • Pulls application code from an external repository (Git, SVN, or cloud storage)

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • Ruby 1.8
  • Phusion Passenger 3.0
  • MySQL Client (5.1 or 5.5)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/12756

Known Limitations:

Tomcat App Server (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate configures a combined Tomcat 6 and Apache application server, which uses the mod_jk connector plug-in. It creates an HTTP virtual host (vhost) and forwards requests to the specified application port to serve your web application.

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • Tomcat 6.0
  • mod_jk 1.2
  • Java 1.6
  • MySQL Client (5.1 or 5.5)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...-/lineage/9785

Known Limitations:

Tomcat7 App Server Beta (v13.3)

This is a Beta ServerTemplate since it has only recently been released and has not yet had heavy usage. Please provide feedback at our feedback forums or file support tickets with docrequests@rightscale.com. This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. There is no LTS version of the ServerTemplate yet. For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release and Lineage Methodology.

This ServerTemplate configures a combined Tomcat 7 and Apache application server, which uses the mod_jk connector plug-in. It creates an HTTP virtual host (vhost) and forwards requests to the specified application port to serve your web application.

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • Tomcat 7.0
  • mod_jk 1.2
  • Java 1.6
  • MySQL Client (5.1 or 5.5)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
Ubuntu

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/17142

Known Limitations:

PHP App Server (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate configures a PHP application server with Apache. 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. It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Key Features:

  • Firewall management within a three-tier scalable web architecture
  • Utilizes RightScale tag-based routing for connecting to load balancers
  • Pulls application code from an external repository (Git, SVN, or cloud storage)

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • PHP 5.3
  • MySQL Client (5.1 or 5.5)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...-/lineage/2288

Known Limitations:

Load Balancer with HAProxy (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate configures an HAProxy load balancer and Apache server. It is designed to work in a hybrid cloud setting, and with application server and database ServerTemplates as part of a three-tier web architecture. It also includes iptables management for clouds that do not have firewall services.

Key Features:

  • Supports both HTTP and HTTPS
  • Firewall management within a three-tier scalable web architecture
  • Utilizes RightScale tag-based routing for connecting to application servers
  • Routes to multiple application servers based on subdomain

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • HAProxy 1.4

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...3/lineage/9103

Known Limitations:

LAMP All-In-One Trial with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

Launches a complete LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on a single server in any of the supported cloud infrastructures. It includes default values for all required inputs so you can launch a server in less than 15 minutes. This ServerTemplate is designed for demonstration purposes only and is not recommended for production use.

If you want to launch a LAMP stack with your own application code and database, please see: LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.5

Application versions

  • Apache 2.2
  • MySQL 5.5
  • PHP 5.3

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Link: http://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/14092

Known Limitations:

LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.5 (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

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

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • MySQL 5.5
  • PHP 5.3

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/14093

Known Limitations:

LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.1 (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

Basic all-in-one LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server designed to work in a hybrid cloud setting. This server takes regular backups of the MySQL 5.1 database and saves them to public cloud storage. Suitable for single-server test, development, and production (non-redundant) purposes.

For the latest version of MySQL, see: LAMP All-In-One with MySQL 5.5

Application versions:

  • Apache 2.2
  • MySQL 5.1
  • PHP 5.3

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...1/lineage/8161

Known Limitations:

Base ServerTemplate for Linux (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate is a starting point for custom ServerTemplate development in Linux.

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, 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 CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...-/lineage/8160

Known Limitations:

Base ServerTemplate for Linux (RSB) (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate is a starting point for custom ServerTemplate development.

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

Key Features:

  • Basic set of scripts for a RightLink-based server with logging, monitoring, alerts, 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 CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
CentOS
Ubuntu
RHEL 6                      

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se...-/lineage/8160

Known Limitations:

Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

This ServerTemplate configures a Microsoft SQL Server stand-alone database server or pair of servers in a high-availability (HA) configuration (synchronous mirroring). The template 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 template 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.

Application versions:

  • .Net 3.5SP1
  • .Net 4.0
  • .Net 4.5
  • SQL Server 2008R2 (on Windows 2008R2 image - n/a for Windows Azure)
  • SQL Server 2012 (on Windows 2008R2 & Windows 2012 image - Amazon, Rackspace Open Cloud, and Windows Azure only)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
2012 / SQL 2012                  
2008R2 / SQL 2012                
2008R2 / SQL 2008R2                

 

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

Notes:

  • Added support for Windows Server 2012 on AWS, and Rackspace Open Cloud
  • Added support for Rackspace Open Cloud, Widows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012 with full volume(CBS) and snapshot support 
  • Removed support for IDCF
  • Log based backups of SQL user databases are failing because Recovery Model is set to SIMPLE
  • MSSQL false success backups
  • MSSQL transaction log fills LOG drive
  • Added the ability to Specify backup frequency for MSSQL
  • Added multipart upload for Remote Object Storage. This is to allow support for uploading files that are larger then the remote storage supports as a single file

Known Limitations:

Microsoft IIS App Server (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

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)

Application versions:

  • .Net 3.5SP1
  • .Net 40
  • .Net 4.5
  • IIS 7.5 (on 2008R2 image)
  • IIS 8.0 (on 2012 image)

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
2012                  
2008R2              

 

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

Notes:

  • Added support for Windows Server 2012 on AWS
  • Added support for Rackspace Open Cloud, Widows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012
  • Removed support for Datapipe
  • Removed support for IDCF
  • Added ability to specify a custom website name for application deployment (used to only allow install to "default website")
  • Added multipart upload for Remote Object Storage. This is to allow support for uploading files that are larger then the remote storage supports as a single file

Known Limitations:

Base ServerTemplate for Windows (v13.3)

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, common monitoring, and alerts.
  • MultiCloud Images that reference the latest supported images.
  • Examples of system-required input variables.

Application versions:

  • .Net 3.5SP1
  • .Net 40
  • .Net 4.5

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
2012                  
2008R2              

 

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

Notes:

  • Added support for Windows Server 2012 on AWS and Rackspace Open Cloud
  • Added support for Rackspace Open Cloud, Widows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012
  • Removed support for Datapipe
  • Removed support for IDCF

Known Limitations:

Active Directory (v13.3)

This ServerTemplate is on the Infinity Lineage. For the latest LTS version, see the 12-LTS Release
For a description of the Infinity and LTS lineages, see ServerTemplate Release Methodology

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

Supported MultiCloud Images:

  • Windows 2008R2 - Amazon, Windows Azure

Key Features:

  • Standalone or multiple AD server configurations
  • Volume-based AD database
  • Scheduled, continuous backups

Application versions:

  • .Net 3.5SP1
  • .Net 40
  • .Net 4.5

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
2008R2                    

 

MultiCloud Marketplace Linkhttp://www.rightscale.com/library/se.../lineage/10830

Known Limitations:

Microsoft SQL Server Witness Beta (v13.3)

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 DBs
  • Does NOT store database content locally.

Application versions:

  • .Net 3.5SP1
  • .Net 4.0
  • .Net 4.5
  • SQL Server 2008R2
  • SQL Server 2012

OS and Cloud Support

  Amazon Google CloudStack Datapipe HP IDC Frontier Logicworks OpenStack Rackspace Rackspace Open Cloud SoftLayer Windows Azure
2012                  
2008R2 / SQL 2012              

 

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

Known Limitations:

 


Windows Bug Fixes

Log-based backups of SQL user databases fail because the recovery model setting (Infinity)

Log-based backups of SQL user databases were failing because the recovery model was set to simple. This issue was resolved by adding logic that forces the PowerShell library to skip database log creation when the database recovery model is set to simple. (5363)

Rackspace Images did not allow RDP connections

Rackspace images include a fix to allow RDP connections without running RDP certificate regeneration script. This was an issue with a mismatched computer name in RDP certificate provided with Rackspace core images.

Database Manager for Microsoft SQL with volume support on Rackspace Open Cloud

Database Manager for Microsoft SQL is now supported on Rackspace Open Cloud with volume support. (5340)

Microsoft SQL false success backups (Infinity)

The mirror server had no graph to alert when mirroring was broken, resulting in misleading information in the audit entries. The audit entries showed that the backup was completed but would not include any warnings about mirroring being broken, which would cause the backup to fail. This issue has been resolved so that the backups cannot take place on the principal without the mirror being connected. (5361)

Specify backup frequency for Microsoft SQL

The backup frequency for the Microsoft SQL ServerTemplates was hard coded to be every four hours, which did not. The DB_BACKUP_FREQUENCY input was added so that the backup frequency is now configurable (in hours). (4603)

Microsoft SQL transaction log fills LOG drive (Infinity)

The Database Manager for Microsoft MySQL Server was not shrinking/rotating the transaction logs, which filled up the LOGS drive. The LOGS drive was becoming full because the SQL DB logs were not being truncated. Logs backup support has been added and DB logs are now truncated. (5362)

Allow an application/website configuration other than "default web site" for the IIS ServerTemplate

The IIS ServerTemplate only allows an application/website to be configured as "Default Web Site." The Web_Site_Name input (default value of "Default web site" for backward compatibility) is now available to allow you to set the website name. (5300)

Linux Bug Fixes

Postgres tuning parameters are not set properly

The Postgres tuning parameters were not being properly set. The tuning was updated to set the parameters properly. (5326)

Error in logic process to determine correct master database server for a slave database

The db/definitions/db_register_slave.rb points to the wrong master database server for a new slave server. The logic and variable/array names have been corrected so that the appropriate master database server is used for a new slave server. (5346)

Fog gem needs to be locked down and Rubygems unfrozen

The Rubygems freeze date was set to August 15, 2012 on all volume-based ServerTemplates because newer versions of fog did not work well with Google, which resulted in the blocking of gems released after this date. The fog gem has been locked down and Rubygems unfrozen so that newer versions can be used with volume-based ServerTemplates. (5393)

The ephemeral/vg_data_percentage input missing in metadata

The block_device/ephemeral/vg_data_percentage input was missing from metadata.rb in the block_device cookbook because of an incorrect merge. The input has been added back into the block_device cookbook to resolve the issue. (5402)

Attribute db_postgres is not defined

The db_postgres is not defined, causing Database Manager for MySQL 5.5 to fail during the converge process. This attribute has been added to postgres_tuning.rb to resolve this issue. (5408)

Azure servers strand when installing packages with yum

Azure servers strand when installing packages with yum because of an issue with OpenLogic mirror. This issue was resolved by disabling the OpenLogic mirror via the image. Users wanting to use the kernal will need to re-enable it. (5514)

PHP App Servers cannot specify IP address to use for the backend

PHP App Servers tag themselves with loadbalancing tags that do not work in cross cloud configurations. An input has been added to specify what IP address to use for the loadbalancer:backend_ip tag. (3900)

The do_primary_restore.rb and do_secondary_restore.rb files fail to grant privileges on restored databases

The do_primary_restore.rb and do_secondary_restore.rb files fail to grant privileges on restored databases. This occurred because the db::setup_privileges_admin and db::setup_privileges_application recipes run after the MySQL install but before the actual database had been restored. To prevent this situation from recurring, the privileges no longer reset upon a database restore. (4926)

MySQL Database Manager fails to run mysql_upgrade when migrating from 5.1 to 5.5

MySQL Database Manager does not automatically run the mysql_upgrade script when migrating from MySQL 5.1 to MySQL 5.5. The default is still to not run the upgrade but an input has been added for this purpose. (5201)

The SFTP subsystem directive in sshd_config uses the incorrect location on Ubuntu 12.04

The SFTP subsystem in the sshd_config file uses the incorrect location on Ubuntu 12.04, which results in SFTP not working. The location problem has been fixed to resolve this issue. (5210, 5329)

The ip_conntrack_max is not setup properly by the sys_firewall::default script

The ip_conntrack_max is not setup properly by the sys_firewall::default script, which resulted in the "kernel: ip_conntrack: table full, dropping packet" error message. The nf_conntrack_max parameter value calculation algorithm has been updated to resolve this issue. (5233)

The cookbooks/rightscale/providers/server_collection.rb fails if one instance is missing secondary tags

The server_collection.rb fails if one instance is missing secondary tags. The 'secondary_tags' attribute name has been changed to 'mandatory_tags' which resolves the issue. The 'secondary_tags' attribute has been deprecated but is available as a RightScale resource so that the interface will not break. (5244)

Use default method to set attributes instead of set_unless

Earlier versions of Chef called for setting values in the attribute files using set_unless but this method is outdated in newer Chef versions and these values are now set using the default method. (5271)

DB refuses connections on the Public IP

App servers in other clouds or customers using a MySQL client remotely cannot use the database server because MySQL is listening on the private IP address. MySQL now listens on 0.0.0.0, which resolves this issue. (3889)

The repo_git and repo_rsync cookbooks may ignore SSH host keys

The repo_git and repo_rsync cookbooks SSH support turn off checking the host key of the server, which could lead to an undetected man in the middle attack. The optional repo/default/ssh_host_key input has been added to address this issue. (4874)

Cannot use psql command line on a PostgreSQL Database Manager instance

You cannot use the psql command line on a PostgreSQL Database Manager instance because it is not the default behavior of the Postgres "postmaster" process. The behavior of the Postgres database server has been changed to use the default Postgres socket, which resolves this issue. (5037)

Compressed files for dump import

The db::do_dump_import recipe saves the file as source.gz and doesn't detect the file type. This is because everything was saved as .gz. The file type is now detected and the dump process supports .zip, .gz, and .bz2 files. (4808)

Known Limitations

Ubuntu Image for Azure

The "db::do_primary_restore" recipe (for Database Manager ServerTemplates) and the "block_device::do_primary_restore" recipe (for Storage Toolbox) on Azure Ubuntu image hangs while performing LVM commands. This operation also makes the CPU busy and it is not possible to kill the process which runs the LVM commands. This is a sporadic issue. It appears to be a bug in the "udev" package detailed here:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ev/+bug/995645

 

This issue only occurs when doing a restore. The fix is to simply launch a new Database server and attempt to do the restore again. Since this is not a consistent, you should be able to perform the restore successfully in a few attempts.

 

HAProxy not Supproted with RHEL 6

HAProxy officially removed from the EPEL repo under EL6 by RedHat on 2.21.13. The "Load Balancer with HAProxy" ServerTemplate will strand using RHEL 6 since the haproxy package is no longer available.

Deleting Volumes in Rackspace Open Cloud

Volumes can be deleted only if they have no dependent snapshots. The block_device::do_force_reset recipe fails gracefully when it tries to delete volumes with dependent snapshots.

Rackspace Open Cloud Cloud Block Storage

Rackspace Open Cloud - CBS (Cloud Block Storage) does not work perfectly all the time. This has the largest effect on the Database Manager for Microsoft SQL Server template. At times when making volume attachment request the cloud will return a Error 500 "Service Unavailable", This will strand the template. The issue is observed most when try to mix volume types (SSD & SATA). The only solution is to try and relaunch and hope CBS works as expected. Over the past few weeks we have seen this issue occur many times across all three Regions (DFW, ORD, LON) with the most issues in LON.

RackConnect

Rackspace RackConnect automation has a limitation of only being able to sustain server launches at a 30 second interval. The issue has to do with their automation system not being able to keep up if servers are launched too quickly. We will be releasing a RightScript as a separate publish outside the ServerTemplates "SYS Validate RackConnect Automation Status" that can be added to any server running on Rackspace Open Cloud. This script will catch these automation failures and strand the server. This is needed because RightLink will continue a server boot even on a RackConnect failure.

Windows Evaluation Edition

Our RightImages that include Microsoft SQL for Windows Azure, SoftLayer, CloudStack (XenServer & VMware) all have an evaluation edition of SQL installed that has a expire date for the evaluation. Please see MCI descriptions for the exact dates (differs per image).

Azure Virtual Machines

We are experiencing issues with Azure Virtual Machines when doing multiple operations simultaneously. Given this offering is in Microsoft Technical Preview, please work with our support team to address any issues as they arise.

Default for Database Manager ServerTemplates is 10GB, but 100GB is miminum for Open Cloud

For Rackspace Open Cloud, the minimum size is 100GB for volumes.  Currently the default for our Database Manager ServerTemplates is 10GB, which results in a failure.

Here are steps to fix this issue on a running server:

  1. Update Total Volume Size input to be at least 100.
  2. Run block_device::default recipe
  3. Rerun recipe that gave error.

This also applies to the Database Manager for Microsoft SQL v13.3, so make sure to use a minimum volume size of 100GB for all volume size inputs.

CentOS 6.3 issues affecting v13.3 ServerTemplates

During our v13.3 testing, there were two CentOS 6 issues discovered:

  1. Using XFS erroneously inflates reported system load. This is only a reporting bug, causing no performance issues with the server. Because we use XFS on ephemeral and ServerTemplates that use volumes, we do see this bug. If load is used to determine an action, such as a scaling event, this should be taken into consideration. This is a known issue that CentOS has in their bug tracker: http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=6087
  2. Compared to CentOS 5.8, CentOS 6.3 uses more CPU in running the kernel and user processes. This can be seen in the CPU graphs on our Dashboard. This appears to be normal behavior, however users are reporting this when changing ServerTemplates from v12-LTS to v13.

Support

Contact support@rightscale.com for assistance with this release.

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