Changelog

Version 22.02

Release 22.02 is a major version extended by three service packs (SP1, SP2 and SP3), that includes scalability, security, usability improvements, new features and bug fixes.

The following section will breakdown the main additions and updates to the Zadara Compute platform (zCompute).

Load Balancer API

Added compatibility with AWS fixed-response and redirect action types.

Control over VPC subnet MTU

Users can now view and change MTU values per virtual network.

  • The relevant networks are:
    • Edge networks (for MSP administrators only)

    • Direct networks(subnets)

    • VPC subnets

  • The minimum allowed MTU value is 1450 for standard VPC subnets or 1500 for direct subnets or edge networks.

  • The maximum allowed MTU value depends on the global MTU configured in the cluster (e.g. 9000 or 1500). If the global MTU configured in the cluster is 9000, the maximum allowed MTU value for all virtual networks will be limited to 8950.

  • If a VM experiences MTU related connectivity issues and it resides on a public network (connected via a route-table to an internet-gateway), then it is recommended to set that network MTU to no more than 1500.

  • LIMITATION: It is not possible to create a direct subnet in the GUI with desired MTU. However, the MTU can be updated post-creation.

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Note

This feature only changes the MTU as reported to the user VMs via DHCP, it does not change the actual MTU of the virtual network. VMs that use MTU value from DHCP will be updated only after the DHCP lease is renewed.

New Load Balancer Service Version

In order to support Kuberenetes integration with the managed load balancer service, the functionality and APIs were enhanced to support fixed-response and redirect action types that are compatible with their AWS equivalents.

  • Fixed-response: Return a custom HTTP response

  • Redirect: Redirect requests from one URL to another

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  • An example terraform script that create a Kuberenetes cluster that uses zCompute APIs for persistent volumes and a load balancer service type is available at: https://github.com/Neokarm/neokarm-examples/tree/master/k8s.

  • Known issues:

    • NK-2921: Getting an Action Failed status when trying to create a listener in the ALB on an cluster upgraded to version 22.02-SP1, but with the previous LBAAS engine.

      Workaround: Upgrade the LBAAS engine before creating a new load balancer.

    • NK-3247: zCompute officially supports Terraform 2.47. Terraform AWS Provider versions higher than 3.33 fail on LBAAS ARN validation.

      Important

      The new action types are applicable only after a cluster is upgraded to version 22.02.1, and then the load balancer engine is upgraded.

      After your zCompute account has been upgraded, all new load balancer instances will be created using the new engine image. The upgrade of already running load balancer instances is opt in. Users should upgrade their existing load balancer in order to receive the new functionality.

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      The new load balancer target-group types (fixed-response, redirect) in older images are not supported and require upgrade.

Creating DNS VM in any VPC network (from Version 22.02-SP2)

In this release, Zadara introduces the option for the user to select the subnet range to create a CoreDNS within a specified subnet range. This will allow accessing the CoreDNS VM from outside the VPC when using a VPN or VPC Peering, and forward DNS requests to it.

  • By default, the DNS is created with IP address 169.254.64.253, which is only routable inside the VPC.

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  • In this release, the user will have the option to select from which of the VPC subnets to allocate the DNS IP.

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  • Users can modify a VPC and switch the VM DNS Subnet. This operation is mutli-step operation: First disabling the DNS, then changing the VPC network, and finally re-enabling the DNS. The GUI does this sequence automatically, so it is recommended to use the GUI for this operation.

Custom policies support

IAM admins and tenant admins can now upload custom symp and AWS policies and then apply them to users, using the new symp APIs or AWS API.

  • Known issues:

    • NK-3786: Terraform is not supported at the moment, since it uses a the AWS CreatePolicyVersion API, which is not supported.

    • Creation of a new policy is only available via APIs and not from the GUI. Once the new policy has been created, the admin can apply it to users using the GUI.

Fixes (Versions 22.02-SP2 and SP3)

Versions 22.02-SP2 and SP3 each include a collection of minor fixes.

Notable fixes (Version 22.02-SP1)

  • NK-2374: Fixed sporadic slow response times on volume operations.

  • NK-2767: Fixed an issue with Windows VM sometimes hanging on migration.

  • NK-2814: Fixed an issue with no connectivity between VMs with EIPs and other VMs with EIPs on the edge-network subnets. Effectively this meant that VMs between different VPCs could not connect over elastic IPs without Zadara ops intervention.

  • NK-3144: Fixed issues on local routes delete in route tables, usually leading to UDP packets stop working after removing their elastic IP.

Notable fixes (Version 22.02)

There is limited availability of version 22.02, and it should not exist anymore in the field. All changes are listed under version 22.02-SP1.

Version 21.12

Release 21.12 is based on the 21.10 version. The version includes various core changes in order to significantly improve the guest operating system performance (primarily Microsoft Windows).

Version 21.10

Release 21.10 is a major release which includes scalability, security, usability improvements, new features and bug fixes.

The following section will breakdown the main additions and updates to the Zadara Compute platform (zCompute).

Support multiple subnet ranges for Elastic IPs

It is now possible to add multiple non-contiguous subnets to the same Elastic IP pool. Each may have its own gateway. This is aligned with the way site operators purchase public IP ranges. As part of the change Zadara added the following enhancement:

  • The ability to add multiple subnet ranges to the same Elastic IP pool

  • Each subnet may have its own default gateway

  • Virtual Routers will not consume Public IPs anymore, instead a single public IP will serve the entire edge network. This IP is required to access external name servers.

Current limitations:

  • Implicit DNAT Functionality is deprecated and will stop working in one of the next releases. This means: a VM without an EIP will not be able to reach an external destination. If such a flow is required, customers should use the explicit NAT GW service to implement this functionality. Also note that certain OS (e.g. Ubuntu, Windows) configuration for Zeroconf will overlap and interfere with the edge routers subnet address range - VM using DNAT cannot access VM using EIP.

  • Can’t retire a subnet from the edge network without removing all the EIP from this subnet that is in use by instances. The Edge network DNS servers that are configured for the edge network must be accessible from all edge subnets If multiple edge subnets are configured, then all of them must be configured with the same DNS servers. configuring different DNS servers for different subnets will cause unexpected behavior

  • These features require additional upgrade procedures for existing VPCs as external connectivity will be temporarily disrupted.

Site operators, for more info please contact Zadara support

CentOS 8 has been added to the zCompute Machine Images Marketplace

Following customer requests, we added a link to download CentOS 8 to our marketplace.

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Customize the system TLS certificate

MSPs that have cloud administration rights can now easily update the web service TLS certificate via the API or UI, without the need to contact Zadara support.

Go to configuration -> Cluster certificates. You’ll see the default self signed certificate To upload the certificate just click the + button and upload the public certificate and private key.

Certificate - The certificate file is the end-user certificate for your domain which you received from the certificate authority. Drop the certificate file in the designated area, -or- Browse to the location.

Private Key - The private key file is the file which contains the private key which matches your certificate. Drop the private key file in the designated area, -or- Browse to the location.

Private Key Passphrase - In case the private key is encrypted by password, the passphrase should be specified in this field, otherwise the field should be omitted.

On certificate creation the cluster will validate that the certificate is not expired. After creating the certificate, it can be installed by selecting it and clicking “Install”.

Known issues: The certificate can’t be updated while there are nodes in maintenance or in failed states and therefore unreachable. There is a GUI validation to prevent certificate change in these cases.

Cluster certificate operation validates nodes are active before starting

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Load balancer can be created without the internal Security Group

In the past, the system automatically opened the ports to any source. This is very convenient for applications that are service web applications but may be insufficient for tighter security control. Now, upon creation of a Load Balancer instance the user can select whether to keep the mentioned behavior, or like in other clouds, to have full control of the security group by attaching user controlled security groups for the instances. Note: If configured without an Internal Security Group controlled by the platform the access to listener ports is blocked by default. The user must add their own security groups to enable traffic.

The granularity of the protection plan can now be set in minutes

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Force delete VM snapshot with timer based on snapshot creation

The UI now contains a force delete button action to terminate stuck snapshots. Note that when creating a snapshot between different storage pools is an operation that may take a long time. To prevent premature attempts to delete snapshots that may succeed the button is grayed out until a 10 minute timer has been completed.

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Clear indication added for incompatible instance sizes

Users are now allowed to create an instance type of any size, even when the size is larger than the node’s size (RAM or CPU). However, both the UI and API indicate the instance type is incompatible with the hardware size.

lbaas-manager and Core DNS image updates

A new load balancer and core DNS engine images have been created to account for bug fixes that were carried out. Once the first phase of the upgrade is done, the admin needs to go to the upgrade panel and click upgrade all engines (no screenshot attached). Once image upgrade is done and the engines are updated all the users that have LBaaS and core DNS instances will see that updates are ready

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DHCP to Pass user configured DNS when default VPC is disabled

By default the system created a VPC DNS service which is a forwarding DNS for the user’s configured DNS in the DHCP options while at the same time it’s the authoritative DNS for the VPC entities. Hence the instances are configured to point to the VPC DNS. Before the change, if the user chose not to use VPC DNS (example, when using an Active Directory) then the system did not pass through the user configured name server directly to the VMs as the user expected. Now when the user disables the VPC DNS the system will provide the configured DNS all the way to the VM via DHCP.

Direct-Subnet allocation pools can be updated while attached

It is now possible to update allocation pools while the direct network is attached.

Fixed an issue where trying to restore from previous version snapshot failed

Due to fields that were updated in later releases, VM snapshots restored from previous versions that didn’t include the os_type field failed. This has now been addressed.

After refresh on the account page, the Enforce MFA appeared unenforced

What was fixed

The status now always reflects the actual setting

After a long network disconnect, DNS and LBaaS go into an error state

What was fixed Fixed issue where after a long disconnect, managed services fail to refresh state and lose the state. Relevant for CoreDNS (VPC) and LBaaS

Workaround for pre-R8 In order to fix it in the field, identify the VMs supporting the service and restart the service VMs from the symp CLI.

Version 21.4

VPSA based VM and Volume DR

zCompute can now orchestrate the protection and restore of individual Instances and Volumes between two zCompute systems connected to different VPSAs. The data transfer is done using VPSA volume mirroring between sites, and zCompute has enhanced the protection plans capability to support setting of mirroring on the volumes and to place the required metadata for restoration on an NFS share on the destination VPSA.

Self service password reset

Users can reset their passwords directly from the login page using the “Forgot your password?”.

Added support for virtual network appliances within a VPC

Some virtual network appliances are either a virtual firewall that requires full control of the traffic coming in/out of the interface, or may be a VPN appliance that has extra IPs representing the client endpoints.

To support the above, there are now two new settings:

  1. Enable/Disable Source/Dest Check - which only controls the L3 IP check. Item 3 above. (This operation can be done by any tenant member)

  2. Enable/Disable Port security. This one can only be set by MSP or Cloud admins.

The options were added to the security groups settings of the interface

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Improve VNC console security

Starting of R7 version, users must explicitly allow Zadara administrators or MSP administrators to connect to the VM VNC, otherwise only users from the same project can access the VM VNC.

Auto-populate instance name as a DNS record

When creating a new instance from the Management user interface, the DNS name field in the VM creation wizard will auto populate the VM name as the DNS name.

VPC deletion wizard

A VPC is a construct with many sub resources and/or attached resources. A VPC deletion wizard was added to easily delete a VPC and it’s related resources as long as there are no running workloads in the VPC.

Allow user to set VPC as default VPC

The user is now able to change the default VPC by setting a new VPC as the default one.

Additional changes and bug fixes

  • NK-1103 - Clone image operation to allow creation of an image with IDE devices or extra data disks

  • NK-1082 - Add the option to export filtered event list to CSV from the management user interface

  • NK-1108 - Delete project now deletes all the default resources created with the project

  • NK-797 - Fixed an issue where Compute Overview’s “Top VMs” sort worked only with CPU

Version R5 (V21.1.0)

  • NK-227 - Managed resources (like: ENI, EIP, Security Groups,etc…) are now hidden by default and need to explicitly toggle to see them in all views

  • NK-294 - Added a capability to the GUI to change Direct Network IP addresses allocation pool

  • NK-470 - An issue if a wrong error when extending volume on a live instance was resolved

  • NK-502 - VM snapshots are now restored to the requested pool

  • NK-594 - MFA is now supported using authenticator application on a mobile device (e.g. Google Authenticator), for both Console and CLI login

  • NK-771, NK-777 - The system now allows admins and tenant_admins to create instance types and also specify the CPU topology over sockets

  • NK-795 - A network mini-graph was added on the nodes list view

  • NK-809 - Added clear indication and system alarm to the cloud admin when running out of EIP per IP pool

  • NK-831 - Prevent deletion of ENI from the GUI

  • NK-865 - Ability to export filtered lists as CSV file was added to all GUI tables

  • NK-897 - GUI and Sym/AWS web shell now work even if firewall is forwarding different public port to 443

  • NK-904 - Snapshots and volumes are now deleted when deleting image from the marketplace

  • NK-906 - Tenant Admin gets all the permissions of a member

  • NK-913 - Images and Marketplace Images now have an Operating system field The Operating system is inherited by the Instances created out of these images

  • NK-955 - The reboot button was removed from the instance view

  • NK-967 - A new inspector command was added that can be used to validate the MTU of all network interfaces after changing the MTU in the cluster

Version R4 (V5.5.4)

Improvements to the VM Creation dialogue

NK-733 - Instance creation wizard Steps are according to functionality

Step1 - Compute

Step2 - Storage

Step3 - Network

Step4 - Config

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Show the VPC virtual router IP on the direct subnet

NK-668 - It is, now, easier to set the static routes in the external routers in case that VMs on non direct VPC subnets need to be accessed via the direct subnets or need to access entities on the direct subnet that are outside of the direct subnet allocation pool

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Additional changes & bug fixes

  • NK-234 - An issue, where direct-network was not listed as route in route-table, was fixed

  • NK-444 - Improved Resource Consumption tile to make it easier to understand

  • NK-546 - create default VPC operation was added to the GUI

  • NK-621 - When attaching Elastic IP, if there is only one network available, it’s now selected automatically

  • NK-648 - The issue of Load Balancer creation with elastic IP that belong to an instance was resolved

  • NK-661 - Basic event filtering was fixed, and now working as expected

  • NK-663 - Project delete is now possible even if a NAT gateway still exists in the project but in a deleted state

  • NK-681 - AWS compatible API now support import from snapshot

  • NK-703 - CoreDNS VMs removed from the network topology diagram. Clicking the VPC shows if DNS is enabled

  • NK-729 - When creating key pair for a VM the keys are automatically download, to prevent inaccessible instance

  • NK-730 - Neokarm Policies were renamed Symp Policies

  • NK-739 - Cleanup of aging images from the marketplace

  • NK-800 - The “default” security group is properly displayed even if a load balancer is configured in the same VPC

Version R3 (V5.5.3)

Quick start button and screens

Look for the quick start button on the main navigation bar

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It will easily guide you via the most common tasks such as creating VM instances, attaching storage volumes, etc…

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New VPC creation wizard

A wizard was added to assist you with creating the 3 common topologies of VPCs with private or public subnets

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The Wizard can activated from the Quick Start and from the VPCs pane

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Elastic Network Interfaces

A new screen was added to manage Network Interfaces. Network interfaces may be attached and detached from an instance and may even move between instances or be a route target. Until now, you could only create it implicitly when connecting an instance to a subnet. Now it has its own screen that exposes the full functionality.

A user can now Create/attach/detach/add security groups and update the name of any network interface.

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Toolbox

A VM with client tools available on the marketplaces Toolbox v5.5.0. The images contain the Symp CLI, AWS CLI, Python 2.7, Boto3 and Terraform. The instance should be created with an SSH key pair.

Additional changes & bug fixes

  • NK-386 - Added Storage Pool update mechanism

  • NK-405 - The GUI was fixed to allow subnet name change

  • NK-422 - The GUI was fixed to enable detach security groups from a network interface

  • NK-467 - Account members can now generate Access keys

  • NK-468 - All the networking related tabs are now merged into the networks tab Under instance view. EIP, Security groups and Interfaces operations are done from the same place.