Revision 22 as of 2011-07-28 18:47:50

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Release highlights

  • VM licensing: optional new license type specific for virtual machines
  • database schema check in the initscripts
  • better initscripts
  • automatic activity status update in the UI using ajax
  • new alerts: license overflow and package reporting errors
  • ajax-style alert notification in the UI

Read on for details.


Please make sure you have backed up the database and all the Landscape config files before proceeding with the upgrade.

Upgrading from appliance (KVM) version

  • /!\ This is not supported by the packaged version. Please contact Canonical support for assistance in doing this upgrade.

Quickstart upgrade

In general, the quickstart upgrade works just fine from either LDS 1.6 or LDS 11.03. You may see some warnings about patch errors, but these are accounted for, and if there was a real patch problem, the service start at the end of the upgrade will tell you.

Nonquickstart upgrade from 11.03

The only changes required by this upgrade are schema changes, both to Landscape and to the Clouddeck databases. If you have UPGRADE_SCHEMA set to "yes" in /etc/default/landscape-server, then only the clouddeck schema needs to be updated manually.

  • to upgrade the Landscape schema, run this command after the landscape-server package upgrade:

sudo setup-landscape-server
  • to upgrade the clouddeck schema, run this command after the clouddeck package upgrade:

sudo clouddeck-schema /etc/clouddeck/stores.cfg

Both commands will only take a few seconds in this upgrade.

Nonquickstart upgrade from 1.6

This upgrade is not trivial. Please follow the steps described in the 1.6 to 11.03 nonquickstart upgrade.

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.

No "Ubuntu" release in the cloud page, only "Other"

The cloud page needs to know the AMI for each Ubuntu release. This data is filled in by a cron job ("maintenance") that runs once a day and, among other things, checks for new AMIs on

To populate that information right after installation, just run the following command:

sudo -u landscape /opt/canonical/landscape/scripts/

It needs a network connection, but what it downloads is very small and it should take just a few seconds. It can be run while all services are up, no problems with that.