Revision 13 as of 2011-07-27 18:43:42

Clear message

Things to write about:

  • new license file format available. If you replace your existing license with the new format, you can't go back or all existing computers will lose their registations.
  • schema check during startup
  • errors to ignore during upgrade:
    • patch 119 error
    • warnings about transaction import
  • non-quickstart upgrade is less troublesome
  • vmfeatures
    • installing the new client on an existing vm won't make it report the vm: this only happens at registration time
  • automatic activity update (ajax-style refresh)

Release highlights

  • VM licensing: optional new license type specific for virtual machines
  • database schema check during startup
  • better initscripts
  • automatic activity status update in the UI using ajax
  • new alerts: license overflow and package reporting errors
  • instantaneous alert notification in the UI: no need to reload a page

VM Features

This release of LDS introduces a new license type called "VMFeatures". This license, if purchased, can be used exclusively by virtual machines, including cloud instances. We currently detect vmware, xen and kvm. The use of this feature requires landscape-client or higher.

If you register a virtual machine with Landscape, and you have seats available in the VMFeatures license, the computer will use one of these seats. If VMFeatures is not available, or doesn't have enough seats, then a regular Full seat will be used.

Bare metal machines cannot use VMFeatures seats: they can only use the regular Full license seats. Virtual machines, on the other hand, can use either.

Known Issues

VMFeatures requires new registration

To use a VMFeatures seat, the machine (VM) has to be registered again as this information is only reported at registration time. If it's an existing VM in Landscape, it will need to be removed and registered again, or just registered again. Registering in place of an existing Landscape computer won't work for this feature.

Warnings about transaction module

Some initscripts and the quickstart upgrade will report a warning about the transaction module. This is benign and can be ignored.

Upgrading to new license format

In order to support the VMFeatures license, a new license format was introduced. It is backwards compatible with old installations of LDS.

If you upgrade to the new license format, however, DO NOT DOWNGRADE BACK TO THE OLD ONE. Doing so will remove all existing computers from a license and you will need to license them all again by selecting them and going to the Info page and selecting a suitable license.

Ignoring patch error during LDS upgrades

During the LDS upgrade, you may see one or more messages saying an exception during the application of database schema changes was ignored. These are expected in some cases, and a confirmation that everything is OK can be seen later on when the services are started. We now check for the correct database schema before starting the services, so if they start, then all patches were applied correctly.

Package reporter error alert email is not sent

The new package reporter alert, which triggers when a computer is getting errors when running the package reporter, doesn't send out emails.