[Bug 1509147] Re: [SRU] MAAS 1.9

Scott Moser smoser at ubuntu.com
Tue May 3 17:27:53 UTC 2016


** Description changed:

  We would like to request a SRU for MAAS 1.9. This follow the approval by
  the Ubuntu Technical Board for backporting new MAAS upstream releases.
  
  [Impact]
  This is a new version of MAAS that provides new features as well as various bug fixes against various issues. It increases MAAS' reliability and serviceability and greatly improves MAAS as a whole.
  
  [Regression Potential]
  Minimal. MAAS has been thoroughly tested stand alone and upgrading from 1.7 and 1.8. It has been QA'd in a CI lab as well as other production deployments:
  
  Tests done:
  
  1. Upgraded a production lab from 1.7.6 to 1.9.0 (and 1.9.0 later on).
  MAAS 1.9 has proven to be more robust, and higher deployment rates
  without failures than 1.9.0. This lab is a high load lab that stress
  tests deployments with MAAS.
  
  2. Every MAAS release is thoroughly tested for upgrades. For 1.9, upgrade tests include:
   - Upgrading from 1.5 to 1.9 directly
   - Upgrading from 1.5 to 1.7 to 1.8 to 1.9
   - Upgrading from 1.7 to 1.9
  
  3. MAAS CI Lab:
   - Tests Installation (from pkgs), configuration / customization of MAAS, enlistment, commissioning. It also tests deployments with Juju.
   - Tests various API's
   - Tests are performed against Trusty.
  
  4. Other manual testing include:
   - Installation (both fresh and upgrades)
   - Configuration
   - Taking nodes through the lifecycle for regression testing.
   - Custom configuration to ensure proper operation.
   - Tests API's for regressions, and keeping backwards compatibility.
  
  =========
  Changelog
  =========
  
  1.9.0
  =====
  
  Important announcements
  -----------------------
  
  **New Networking Concepts and API's: Fabrics, Spaces and Subnets**
   With the introduction of new MAAS networking concepts, new API's are also been introduced. These are:
  
    * fabrics
    * spaces
    * subnets
    * vlans
    * fan-networks
  
   MAAS 1.9.0 will continue to provide backwards compatibility with the
  old network API for reading purposes, but moving forward, users are
  required to use the new API to manipulate fabrics, spaces and subnets.
  
  **Advanced Network and Storage Configuration only available for Ubuntu deployments**
   Users can now perform advanced network and storage configurations for nodes before deployment. The advanced configuration is only available for Ubuntu deployments. All other deployments using third party OS', including CentOS, RHEL, Windows and Custom Images, won't result in such configuration.
  
  **Re-commissioning required for upgraded MAAS**
   Now that storage partitioning and advanced configuration is supported natively, VM nodes in MAAS need to be re-commissioned.
  
    * If upgrading from MAAS 1.8, only VM nodes with VirtIO storage
  devices need to be re-commissioned.
  
    * If upgrading from MAAS 1.7, all nodes will need to be re-
  commissioned in order for MAAS to correctly capture the storage and
  networking devices.
  
   This does not affect nodes that are currently deployed.
  
  **Default Storage Partitioning Layout - Flat**
   With the introduction of custom storage, MAAS has also introduced the concept of partitioning layouts. Partitioning layouts allow the user to quickly auto-configure the disk partitioning scheme after first commissioning or  re-commissioning (if selected to do so). The partitioning layouts are set globally on the `Settings` page.
  
   The current default Partitioning layout is 'Flat', maintaining
  backwards  compatibility with previous MAAS releases. This means MAAS
  will take the first disk it finds in the system and use it as the root
  and boot disk.
  
  **Deployment with configured /etc/network/interfaces**
   Starting with MAAS 1.9, all node deployments will result in writing
   `/etc/network/interfaces` statically, by default. This increases MAAS'
   robustness and reliability as users no longer have to depend on DHCP for  IP address allocation solely.
  
   MAAS will continue to provide IP addresses via DHCP, even though
  interfaces in `/etc/network/interfaces` may have been configured
  statically.
  
  Major new features
  ------------------
  
  **Storage Partitioning and Advanced Configuration**
   MAAS now supports Storage Partitioning and Advanced Configuration natively.
   This allows MAAS to deploy machines with different Storage Layouts, as
   well as different complex partitioning configurations. Storage support
   includes:
  
   * LVM
   * Bcache
   * Software RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10.
   * Advanced partitioning
  
   Storace configuration is available both via the WebUI and API. For more
   information refer to :ref:`storage`.
  
  **Advanced Networking (Fabrics, Spaces, Subnetworks) and Node Network Configuration**
   MAAS now supports Advanced Network configuration, allowing users to not
   only perform advanced node network configuration, but also allowing users  to declare and map their infrastructure in the form of Fabrics, VLANs, Spaces and Subnets.
  
   **Fabrics, Spaces, Subnets and Fan networks**
    MAAS now supports the concept of Fabrics, Spaces, Subnets and FANS,
    which introduce a whole new way of declaring and mapping your network
    and infrastructure in MAAS.
  
    The MAAS WebUI allows users to view all the declared Fabrics, Spaces,
    VLANs inside fabrics and Subnets inside Spaces. The WebUI does not yet
    support the ability to create new of these, but the API does.
  
    These new concepts replace the old `Network` concepts from MAAS'
    earlier versions. For more information, see :ref:`networking`.
  
    For more information about the API, see :ref:`api`.
  
   **Advanced Node Networking Configuration**
    MAAS can now perform the Node's networking configuration. Doing so,
    results in `/etc/network/interfaces` being written. Advanced
    configuration includes:
  
     * Assign subnets, fabrics, and IP to interfaces.
     * Create VLAN interfaces.
     * Create bond interfaces.
     * Change interface names.
  
    MAAS also allows configuration of node interfaces in different modes:
  
     * Auto Assign - Node interface will be configured statically
       and MAAS will auto assign an IP address.
     * DHCP - The node interface will be configured to DHCP.
     * Static - The user will be able to specify what IP address the
       interface will obtain, while MAAS will configure it statically.
     * Unconfigured - MAAS will leave the interface with LINK UP.
  
  **Curtin & cloud-init status updates**
   Starting from MAAS 1.9.0, curtin and cloud-init will now send messages
   to MAAS providing information regarding various of the actions being
   taken. This information will be displayed in MAAS in the `Node Event Log`.
  
   Note that this information is only available when using MAAS 1.9.0 and
   the latest version fo curtin. For cloud-init messages this information
   is only available when deploying Wily+.
  
  **Fabric and subnet creation**
   MAAS now auto-creates multiple fabrics per physical interface connected
   to the Cluster Controller, and will correctly create subnetworks under
   each fabric, as well as VLAN's, if any of the Cluster Controller
   interface is a VLAN interface.
  
  **HWE Kernels**
   MAAS now has a different approach to deploying Hardware Enablement
   Kernels. Start from MAAS 1.9, the HWE kernels are no longer coupled
   to subarchitectures of a machine. For each Ubuntu release, users
   will be able to select any of the available HWE kernels for such
   release, as well as set the minimum kernel the machine will be
   deployed with by default.
  
   For more information, see :ref:`hardware-enablement-kernels`.
  
  **CentOS images can be imported automatically**
   CentOS Image (CentOS 6 and 7) can now be imported automatically from the MAAS Images page. These images are currently part of the daily streams.
  
   In order to test this images, you need to use the daily image stream.
   This can be changed in the `Settings` page under `Boot Images` to
   `http://maas.ubuntu.com/images/ephemeral-v2/daily/`. Once changed, images can be imported from the MAAS Images page. The CentOS image will be published in the Releases stream shortly.
  
  Minor notable changes
  ---------------------
  
  **Minimal Config Files for Daemons**
   Starting from MAAS 1.9, minimal configuration files have been introduced for both, the MAAS Region Controller and the MAAS Cluster Controller daemons.
  
   *  The Region Controller (`maas-regiond`) has now dropped the usage of
      `/etc/maas/maas_local_settings.py` in favor of `/etc/maas/regiond.conf`.
      Available configuration options are now `database_host`, `database_name`, `database_user`, `database_pass`, `maas_url`. MAAS will attempt to migrate any configuration on upgrade, otherwise it will use sane defaults.
  
   *  The Cluster Controller (`maas-clusterd`) has now dropped the usage
  of `/etc/maas/pserv.yaml` and `/etc/maas/maas_cluster.conf` in favor of
  `/etc/maas/clusterd.conf`. Available configuration options are now
  `maas_url` and `cluster_uuid` only. MAAS will attempt to migrate any
  configuration on upgrade, otherwise it will use sane defaults.
  
  **Commissioning Actions**
   MAAS now supports commissioning actions. These allow the user to specify how commissioning should behave in certain escenarios. The commissioning actions available are:
  
    * Enable SSH during commissioning & Keep machine ON after commissioning
    * Keep network configuration after commissioning
    * Keep storage configuration after commissioning
  
  **Warn users about missing power control tools**
   MAAS now warns users about the missing power control tools. Each MAAS
   power driver use a set of power tools that may or may not be installed
   by default. If these power tools are missing from the system, MAAS will
   warn users.
  
  **Python Power Drivers**
   Starting from MAAS 1.9, MAAS is moving away from using shell scripts
   templates for Power Drivers. These are being migrated to MAAS'
   internal control as power drivers. Currently supported are APC, MSCM,
   MSFT OCS, SM15k, UCSM, Virsh, VMWare and IPMI.
  
   Remaining Power Drivers include AMT, Fence CDU's, Moonshot.
  
  Major bugs fixed in this release
  --------------------------------
  
  See https://launchpad.net/maas/+milestone/1.9.0 for details.
+ 
+ 
+ Related Bugs:
+  * bug 1577872: [SRU] xenial curtin to trusty

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