Awesome!

On Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 13:04 Andres Rodriguez, <andres.rodrig...@canonical.com>
wrote:

> I'm happy to annouce that MAAS 2.1.0 Alpha 3 has been released.
>
> *Availability*
> MAAS 2.1.0 Alpha 3 has been made available in:
>
> *ppa:maas/next*
>
> *Filing bugs*
> Users can file bugs in [1], please use a prefix for the subject, such as
> [2.1].
>
> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/maas/+filebug
>
> *Release Notes*
> Major new features
>
>    -
>
>    *First User Configuration Journey (UI)*
>
> Starting from alpha 3, MAAS now provides the ability for administrators to
> perform some initial configuration when they log-in into the UI for the
> first time. The configuration includes:
>
>
>    -
>
>    Ability to change the name of your MAAS.
>    -
>
>    Ability to configure options that affect connectivity:
>    -
>
>       Option to select an Upstream DNS Server (Optional)
>       -
>
>       Option to input different Ubuntu Mirrors (Required).
>       -
>
>       Option to input an external proxy (Optional)
>       -
>
>    Ability to select additional images to download.
>
>
>
>    -
>
>    MAAS Images page re-written in AngularJS
>
> Continuing the transition from YUI to AngularJS, the MAAS Images page has
> now been completely redesigned and reimplemented in AngularJS. Improvements
> to the Image page include:
>
>
>    - Ability to select the image source (maas.io or custom repository).
>       - Show the releases and architectures available in the custom
>       repository before the import starts.
>       - Ability to view the status of the image in the import process.
>       - Show percentage based progress on the image import.
>       - Additionally, the ‘Boot Images’ section in the Settings page has
>       been removed.
>
>
>
>    -
>
>    MAAS time sync, NTP services and configuration
>
> Starting from alpha 3, MAAS now provides managed NTP services (with ntpd)
> in both the Region and Rack controller. This allows MAAS to not only keep
> its own controllers time synced, but the deployed machines as well.
>
>
>    - Region Controller time syncs from external source
>
> The Region Controller configures the NTP service (ntpd) to keep its time
> sync from one or various external sources. By default, the MAAS region
> controller syncs its time from ntp.ubuntu.com. The default can be changed
> by one or multiple external NTP servers from the Settings page, under the
> Network Configuration section.
>
>
>    - Rack Controller time syncs from the Region Controller
>
> The Rack Controllers also configure the NTP service (ntpd). Unlike the
> Region Controllers, the Rack Controllers sync their time from the Region
> Controller(s) instead of accessing directly to the external time source.
>
> Additionally, the Rack Controllers also configure DHCP with the correct
> NTP information, so that any machine on the network that DHCP’s from MAAS
> can benefit of the NTP configuration.
>
>
>    - Machines configured to sync time from external NTP (transitional).
>
> MAAS also configures deployed machines with NTP configuration. This is
> done by cloud-init via MAAS vendor data.
>
> MAAS will configure machines to use either the MAAS Rack Controllers on
> the same VLAN, or the external time source (if configured under the
> Settings page).
>
> Minor new features
>
>    -
>
>    *(Backend) Ability to import SSH keys from Launchpad and Github*
>
> MAAS now provides the ability to import SSH keys for a user from Launchpad
> and Github. This is currently supported via the API or via the user
> creation process. Users can import their SSH keys when creating their user
> for Launchpad or Github:
>
> maas createadmin --ssh-import lp:<user-id>
>
> maas createadmin --ssh-import gh:<user-id>
>
> Or via the API based CLI with:
>
> maas <maas username> sshkeys import protocol=lp auth_id=<user-id>
>
> maas <maas username> sshkeys import protocol=gh auth_id=<user-id>
>
>
>
>    -
>
>    MAAS now provides cloud-init vendor data for NTP
>
> As of MAAS 2.1 alpha 3, MAAS now provide cloud-init vendor data. Vendor
> data allows cloud-init to do some initial configurations on the system
> before user data is being run. As of 2.1, MAAS will provide NTP
> configuration which is delivered via vendor data. Note that this is
> dependent on the latest version of cloud-init (0.7.8-1-g3705bb5-0ubuntu1
> <https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cloud-init/0.7.8-1-g3705bb5-0ubuntu1>).
> This is currently available in Yakkety and is in progress to be available
> in Xenial.
>
>
>    -
>
>    Add ability to enable or disable network discovery
>
> MAAS now provides the ability to disable the discovery of networks and
> devices. By default, discovery is enabled. This setting can be changed
> under the Settings page, or via the MAAS CLI and API using the
> “network_discovery” configuration key. (Accepted values are “enabled” and
> “disabled”.) When discovery is disabled, mDNS records and ARP requests will
> no longer be stored in MAAS, and the listening processes on each rack
> controller will be shut down.
>
>
>    -
>
>    New command: maas-rack scan-network [[interface|cidr] [cidr…]]
>
> MAAS now provides a command that can be used to scan networks for
> neighbours. Only networks connected to each rack controller will be
> scanned. If ‘nmap’ is installed, MAAS will make use of its ARP scanning
> capability to quickly scan each attached network. Otherwise, it will fall
> back to a slower scan using parallel ‘ping’ requests. Only IPv4 networks
> will be scanned.
> Bugs fixed
>
>    -
>
>    *Bug #1620514 <http://launchpad.net/bugs/1620514>: [2.1a2] errors
>    during network observation processes can result in a process leak*
>    -
>
>       Fixes an issue that caused out-of-memory conditions on MAAS racks
>       in certain situations, due to too many neighbour discovery processes 
> being
>       allowed to spawn concurrently.
>
> Other notable changes
>
>    -
>
>    MAAS new CSS Framework - Vanilla
>
> In MAAS 2.1 alpha 3, MAAS started using the MAAS Vanilla Framework. This
> introduces a extensible CSS framework that allow MAAS to follow the same
> design patters as other Ubuntu websites and products. The Vanilla framework
> is originally produced by the Ubuntu design team, and MAAS has adopted such
> framework.
>
>
> Users will see a new refreshed look on their MAAS.
>
>
> http://ubuntudesign.github.io/vanilla-framework/
> Known issues and workaroundsUnable to cancel the image import.
>
> When downloading images, MAAS will fail to cancel the import of all or any
> of the images being imported. MAAS will first download all the images
> before the user is able to remove them.
>
>
>    -
>
>    https://bugs.launchpad.net/maas/+bug/1623634
>
>
> Unable to enable DHCP if NTP server is unresolvable.
>
> If the NTP server(s) are unresolvable, DHCP will fail to enable. This is
> because DHCP doesn’t accept DNS names for DHCP’s NTP configuration, and as
> such, MAAS tries to resolve the domain before it is able to set it in the
> configuration.
>
>
>    -
>
>    https://bugs.launchpad.net/maas/+bug/1623994
>
>
> Rack failed to run/register on fresh install
>
> The MAAS Rack Controller is unable to register after a fresh install due
> to being unable to parse network interfaces. After manual restart of
> maas-rackd, the rack was successfully registered.
>
>
>    - https://bugs.launchpad.net/maas/+bug/1624693
>
>
> Ongoing work
>
>    -
>
>    First User Journery - Ability to import SSH Keys
>    -
>
>    Device Discovery - WebUI
>    -
>
>    Improved IPv6 Support
>    -
>
>    MAAS Image Consolidation
>    -
>
>    Support for HWE Rolling Kernels
>
>
> --
> Andres Rodriguez
> Engineering Manager, MAAS
> Canonical USA, Inc.
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