CloudCenter 4.8 has reached End of Life (EOL) as of November 14, 2018. See End of Support Notices for additional context.

Cisco CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 Release Notes

Release Date

  • Release Date: February 7, 2018

  • Updated:

    • February 9, 2018: Added additional known issues and addressed redundancy in the Administration and Governance section.

    • February 13, 2018: Updated additional pages with additional information as identified in the Documentation section, added details on the Spectre and Meltdown impact on CentOS7 and RHEL7 systems in the Security section.

    • March 16, 2018: Updated additional pages with additional information as identified in the Documentation section

    • August 1, 2018: Added details on the Upgrade Path.

Installation

CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 is available as installer files for ALL components for all supported clouds. Contact the CloudCenter Support team for additional details.

Upgrade Instructions

To upgrade to CloudCenter 4.8.2.1, see Upgrade Overview for additional context.

Upgrade Path

The recommended upgrade path if you are using CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 is to upgrade to CloudCenter 4.9.0.

Architecture

No updates

Clouds

  • Google Cloud:

    • Google Cloud's Cross-Project Networking (XPN) is now referred to as Shared VPC.

    • CloudCenter documentation has changed all textual XPN references to Shared VPC effective this release.

    • You may see some instances of the older XPN reference – Shared VPC is sometimes abbreviated as XPN in some images.

    • See Configure Google CloudCloud Nuances, and Google Cloud Settings for additional context.

  • AzureRM Cloud:

    • Replacement instructions to login using Azure UI when registering the required Azure providers.

    • See Configure an AzureRM Cloud for additional context

Applications and Services

No update

CloudCenter Management

No updates

Administration and Governance

No updates

(Script execution changes are included in the Resolved Issues section below.)

Security

The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability can impact CentOS7 and RHEL7 systems. Be sure to run the security patches on the affected CCM servers in your environment.

To verify and/or update a system on which you have installed CloudCenter 4.8.2, follow this procedure.

  1. Identify if the kernel has the following patches installed by issuing these commands.

    rpm -q --changelog kernel | grep  'CVE -2017-5754'
    rpm -q --changelog kernel | grep  'CVE -2017-5753'
    rpm -q --changelog kernel | grep  'CVE -2017-5715'
  2. If the above commands do not output any response, then update the kernel as follows.

    yum update kernel
  3. Once the kernel is updated, restart the CCM server by executing the following commands.

    The restart sequence is important for HA environments. See the HA Mode Backup and Recovery >  CCM section for additional details.

    service ccm stop
    service ccm start
  4. Verify that the patches are available in the new kernel by re-issuing the commands specified in Step 1

End of Life Notices

See End of Support Notices for additional details.

Deprecated

The Payment Profiles feature is deprecated and the corresponding documentation is removed effective CloudCenter 4.8.2.1.

CCM UI

  • Browser Compatibility: Cisco supports the two latest versions of each browser. See Browser Compatibility for a list of compatible browsers. 

  • Localization: See UI Behavior for additional context.

API

No updates

Integrations

  • ACI Integration:

    • Support for the following APIC releases:

      • Cisco APIC, Release 3.0

      • Cisco APIC, Release 3.1

    • In addition to the tier name, the firewall rule for an application can be configured to expose that port to any endpoint in the ACI context (VRF). See Security and Firewall Rules for additional details.

Documentation

This section lists the documentation changes implemented in CloudCenter 4.8.2.1.

Known Issues

CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 has the following known issues:  

  • After upgrading to CloudCenter 4.8.2.1, if the user terminates deployments launched in a previous CloudCenter version, then contracts and filters created by previous deployments are not cleaned up. However, the EPG and the Dynamically created BD/VRF are cleaned up.

  • The Virtual Machines UI page fails to list the VMs as soon as a deployment is launched. The VMs launched by CloudCenter will show up once the deployment is complete or ends in error.

  • While creating usage plans, the Plan type dropdown selection in the CCM UI does not change the selection value. To workaround this issue you must disable WalkMe.  

  • Executing any custom action on a VM after CloudCenter is upgraded, may result in a timeout. This issue occurs if RabbitMQ is not completely up and running after the upgrade. Try executing the action again.

  • The Docker container crashes when deploying a Windows 2016 VM. When the external service script dumps a lot of information, the platform tries to download the execution output, which causes docker container to crash when the output is beyond 50MB. It is recommended to redirect the execution output to a file or suppress it completely, so that the content to be downloaded is less and might not crash the Docker container.

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved/addressed in CloudCenter 4.8.2.1:

  • Issue: When exporting an application where the name contained a / (slash) character the export ended in an error.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 provides a fix to accept the / character in exported application names.

  • Issue: When trying to provision an OpenStack VM, the provisioning may stall if the OpenStack setup is integrated with third-party infrastructure that is not visible to the CloudCenter platform. 
    Resolution: If your native OpenStack configuration does not support the Create Servers OpenStack API (with bootable volume mapping), then you must select the No Blocked Device Mapping Required for Launch option. You can configure this option in the Bootable Volume Mapping Required field in the CloudCenter Configure Cloud Settings. See Configure an OpenStack Cloud for additional context.

  • Issue: When using a HA CCO set up if the cloud is deleted on the CCM and re-added with different settings, then the /usr/local/osmosix/etc/gateway_config.properties file is only updated on one of the three CCOs.
    Resolution: Effective CloudCenter 4.8.2, the gateway_config.properties is no longer used to store region and CCM information. Instead, this information is stored in the MongoDB cluster which is available in all 3 CCOs.

  • Issue: If you view the Health Monitor Logs after deleting a cloud, the monitor continues to probe the deleted cloud even if it is not displayed on the CCM.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the monitor no longer attempts to check on a cloud after it is deleted from the CCM.

  • Issue: The Tenant ID is required to login to the CloudCenter platform even if the Tenant Domain Name is set for a subtenant.   
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the tenant is able to login to the CloudCenter platform without a Tenant ID -- if the Tenant domain name is provided.

  • Issue:  When creating a tenant and specifying the vendor URL, https:// is appended to the input URL by default. If a user enters https://test.com it should correctly show up as https://test.com in the vendor.properties file. Instead, the file displays https://https://test.com.
    Resolution:Effective CloudCenter 4.8.2.1, the entries are stored in the database and this feature functions as designed.

  • Issue: After a user's admin role is revoked and the user re-logs into the CloudCenter platform, the user continues to have admin privileges and can perform admin tasks.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to revoke role permissions after this user is removed from a role/group.

  • Issue: Initial SSO activation of a tenant group requires a CCM reboot.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the creation of metadata files does not require restarting of CCM while activating SSO for a tenant. The maximum turnaround time for the creation of metadata files is 5 minutes.

  • Issue: The editing/creating of an application displays images that are not shared with the user but are added to the service being used.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that custom images are not listed for a tenant when creating/editing application profiles or services – if they are not shared with that tenant.

  • Issue: The password becomes incorrect after deploying a cloned application profile.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the password is preserved in cloned application profiles.

  • Issue: Resource placement scripts error out with an invalid JSON format. However the same script works well when using CloudCenter 4.8.0.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the output of the resource placement scripts specified in Resource Placement and Validation functions correctly.

  • Issue: When launching multi-node deployments, VM cloning takes place at the same time for all nodes. Hence,  the IPAM callout scripts trigger at the same time and sends multiple requests to the Infoblox application to request a single IP address for each node. This results in the same IP address being assigned for all nodes. 
    Resolution: Based on the synchronization assumption for the Infoblox integration, the CloudCenter platform acts as a client, and Infoblox acts as a server. Infoblox server issues cannot be resolved from the CloudCenter client side. This issue can also occur when multiple users submit jobs at the same time.

  • Issue: The Post VM Stop lifecycle action is not displayed in the cloud region page.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that this action displays as designed in the cloud region configuration.

  • Issue: Unexpected exception encountered while updating the user balance.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.1.2 includes a fix to correct the timestamp problem that caused this issue in earlier release.

  • Issue: CCM failed to migrate the vendor properties to the database. 
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the vendor properties migration to the CCM database database successfully updates the property values.

  • Issue: Windows and Linux VMs fail to deploy when using a custom image in AzureRM.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that a custom image deploys as designed for AzureRM.

  • Issue: Windows 2012 application deployment fails when using a NodeInit script present in an application package zip file.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the NodeInit script is honored when referenced from the package.

  • Issue: Values set from the Configure CCO Wizard Properties for the External Script Executor parameter does not overwrite the default value.
    Resolution
    : CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the default value for the External Script Executor parameter is overwritten when configured from the CCO wizard.

  • Issue: External Service script is not executed from the package folder when using a bundle.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that the External Service script is executed from the package folder.

  • Issue: Docker service parameters change from optional to required when saved.
    Resolution: CloudCenter 4.8.2.1 includes a fix to ensure that an edit to the Docker service does not overwrite previously-configured changes.


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