Release notes for IBM PureApplication System W1500 Version 1.0.0.3

Release notes


Abstract

IBM PureApplication System Fixpack 3 is now available. This release notes document lists issues and fixes for this release.

Content

This fix pack includes fixes for the following APARs:

APAR
Abstract
IBM PureApplication System system monitoring pattern does not appear to be deployed
Some IBM PureApplication System users cannot log in after upgrading to fixpack 2
IBM PureApplication System console needs to differentiate between the ESXi access point and management access point
IBM PureApplication System virtual system image has an incomplete disk listing
IBM PureApplication System workload console reusable components properties duplicated by clicking previous and next buttons
IBM PureApplication System shared services are not visible to users with workload resources read-only access
IBM PureApplication System virtual system deploy failed with an error indicating the IP address is already in use
IBM PureApplication System recurring jobs not being created in the job queue
IBM PureApplication System displays an error when adding a compute note to a cloud group
IBM PureApplication System virtual system has an inconsistent state and action option
The service laptop power up and down event message from the IBM PureApplication System should be informational
IBM PureApplication System storage volume creation dialog shows a 'null' size value
IBM PureApplication System - It is difficult to change the VLAN tier ID
IBM PureApplication System deployments fail with a placement error CWZIP1914E
IBM PureApplication System is unable to assign more than 4 storage volumes to a virtual machine
IBM PureApplication System compute node status is failed
IBM PureApplicaiton System PureSystem Manager /var/logs directory is full
IBM PureApplication System's /data/storage/images directory became 100% full during image extend and capture operation
IBM PureApplication System virtual system status is not synchronized with the virtual machine status
IBM PureApplication system virtual systems deployments failing
IBM PureApplication System generates multiple critical events while discovering hardware
IBM PureApplication System uses DNS lookup, regardless of hostname being provided
IBM PureApplication System: Replacing a disk drive does not automatically delete the drive from the system console
IBM PureApplication System: Need to avoid the creation of more than 22 cloud groups
IBM PureApplication System log files contain a placement exception
IBM PureApplication System command line interface UNICODEDECODEERROR occurred while using non-english locale
IBM PureApplication System IP groups status changes to "Unavailable" after searching for an IP address
IBM PureApplication System contains references to logical storage units that do not exist
IBM PureApplication System problem determination issue: Failed to diagnose cause due to logging wrap
IBM PureApplication System: Cloning of virtual machines fail when Deployer provided IP groups are used

The following topic areas are covered in these release notes:




Administering the System:


Database instances no longer have OPM Monitoring Link on the instance user interface
Problem: Monitoring link is not present and / or does not work.
Resolution: The endpoint link on the Database Performance Monitoring shared service instance can be used to access the monitoring UI and navigate to the database instance to monitor it.


Addition of LDAP users fails after successfully configuring LDAP on system console
Problem: The built-in LDAP user group membership search filter and search attributes might not match the customer LDAP group schema. As a result, the addition of LDAP users fails after LDAP configuration has successfully completed on the system console.
Resolution: Complete the following steps:

1. Specify a custom search filter and custom attributes in the properties file:

LDAP membership:

Use this filter to query LDAP groups of which the specified user is a member. You can also use the filter to override the default membership.

Example search filter:
(&(member={0}) (objectclass=groupOfNames))

LDAP membership user identity:

Use this attribute to specify a particular attribute of the user distinguished name (DN) instead of the full user DN, which is used by membership search by default. If you do not specify a value, the full user DN is used.

LDAP group name:

Use this attribute to specify the attribute as a group DN that represents a registered group name. If you do not specify a value, the common name (cn) attribute of the group DN is used. 

2. Contact IBM to request that an IBM service representative arrive at your data center and upload the properties file to each PureSystems Manager. The task of uploading the file to the management nodes can be completed only by an IBM service representative. Enable the IBM service representative account by completing the following steps:
a) In the system console, click System > Troubleshooting and select the Enable IBM service representative account access check box.
b) Click Generate to generate an encrypted key. Save this key, because you must provide it when you contact IBM.
c) Contact IBM. Specify the machine type model (MTM) and the serial number (SN) of the system, rather than those of an individual component.
* In the U.S. and Canada, call 1-800-IBM-SERV (1-800-426-7378).
* To locate a global IBM support contact, see the Directory of worldwide contacts at http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/


Temperature warnings are displayed when the storage controller temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius
Problem: A temperature warning indicator is activated on the system console user interface for the IBM Storwize V7000 storage controllers if the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius.
Resolution: The temperatures displayed in the system console represent the ambient temperature and exhaust temperature. The system console reports the following events if the storage device is over the temperature threshold:

010060 E A solid-state drive (SSD) exceeded the warning temperature threshold. 1217
010061 E A solid-state drive (SSD) exceeded the offline temperature threshold. 1218
010062 E A drive exceeded the warning temperature threshold. 1217
045012 W The canister temperature is at the warning level. 1098
045013 W The canister temperature is at the critical level. 1095
045070 W The canister temperature sensor cannot be read. 1034
070528 W The ambient temperature is too high while the system is starting. 1182
528 Ambient temperature is too high during system startup.


Black screen is displayed when connecting to VNC on DB2 9.7.5.0 virtual system deployments
Problem: On some DB2 9.7.5.0 virtual system deployments, the VNC service is not started correctly. The user sees a black screen when connecting to VNC using the standard Java applet. This problem occurs when deploying the DB2 9.7.5.0 HA Primary in a separate pattern from the Standby.
Resolution: You can manually reset the VNC service by connecting as root using SSH and issuing the following commands:

su - virtuser -c "vncserver"
su - virtuser -c "vncserver -kill :1"
su - virtuser -c "vncserver -kill :2"
su - virtuser -c "vncserver"


High Availability:



The Primary PureSystems Manager always pushes workload data to overwrite the secondary PureSystems Manager
Problem: The primary PureSystems Manager always pushes management data out to the secondary PureSystems Manager.

If the primary PureSystems Manager goes down, the secondary PureSystems Manager automatically takes over as the primary PureSystems Manager. When workload changes occur (such as deploying new workloads) during this time, only the secondary PureSystems Manager knows about the new workload changes. 

If the secondary PureSystems Manager goes down, and if the original PureSystems Manager then recovers and resumes its role as the primary, it might then overwrite the secondary PureSystems Manager data with older information. As a result, any workload changes that were made during the outage might be lost.
Resolution: If both PureSystems Managers are down, start the PureSystems Manager that was most recently functional first.


IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool:


How to install IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool as a maintenance fix
Problem: Image Construction and Composition Tool V1.2.0.2 is not installed by default with PureApplication System V1.0.0.3.
Resolution: You can install Image Construction and Composition Tool V1.2.0.2 as a maintenance fix in PureApplication System V1.0.0.3:
1. Download the maintenance fix package ICCT_v1.2.0.2_for_IPAS_plugin_v1.2.0.3_efix.zip from Fix Central at http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/quickorder?product=ibm/WebSphere/PureApplication+System&function=fixid&fixids=icct-1.2.0.2-plugin-1.2.0.3efix.
2. Apply the maintenance fix by using the information on the Fix Central page.


How to install and upgrade IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool as a standalone application
Problem: Image Construction and Composition Tool V1.2.0.2 is not installed or upgraded by default with PureApplication System V1.0.0.3.
Resolution: You can install or upgrade Image Construction and Composition Tool V1.2.0.2 as a standalone application:
1. Download the binary files package ICCT_Install_1.2.0.2-28.zip from Fix Central at http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/quickorder?product=ibm/WebSphere/PureApplication+System&function=fixid&fixids=icct-1.2.0.2-install.
2. Install or upgrade Image Construction and Composition Tool by using the information in the appropriate topics in the PureApplication System information center at http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/psappsys/v1r0m0/topic/com.ibm.ipas.doc/ICON/topics/iwd_cicn_installing.html.


The instructions to upgrade Image Construction and Composition Tool are incomplete
Problem: You originally installed Image Construction and Composition Tool by using a silent installation, which also installed Installation Manager. The directory /opt/IBM/InstallationManager/eclipse does not exist in your environment. In this case, you must use updated instructions to upgrade.
Resolution: To upgrade Image Construction and Composition Tool successfully with a silent installation, use the following instructions:

1. Edit the file install.xml to remove the following 2 lines:

<repository location='icon'/>
<offering id='com.ibm.cloud.icon'/>

2) Install the Installation Manager agent, by running the following command:
./installc –acceptLicense

3) Proceed with the silent upgrade steps documented in the PureApplication System information center at: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/psappsys/v1r0m0/topic/com.ibm.ipas.doc/ICON/topics/ticn_upgradingsilent.html.


When deploying an image created with Image Construction and Composition Tool, you might see that the script package "maestro" is in a failed state.
Problem: After deploying the image, the log file remote_std_err.log contains the following error message, which indicates that a prerequisite is missing.
Verifying Prerequisites - JavaERROR: Missing IBM SDK for Java at /opt/IBM/ibm-java-i386-60
The required package is missing because Image Construction and Composition Tool does not automatically install the IBM SDK for Java during image extension.
Resolution: If the virtual application features provided by the "maestro" script package are needed, you can extend the image by using Image Construction and Composition Tool and by adding a bundle for IBM SDK for Java.


Product GUID limitations
Problem: A number of limitations apply to the Product GUID field on the user interface. The same limitations apply to the productGUID parameter on the command line.
Resolution: If you are using the product GUID parameter, note the following limitations:
  • The product GUID must exist in the software catalog that is loaded into PureApplication System. If the product GUID is not valid, it will not be displayed on the PureApplication System interface after the image is captured.
  • Product GUIDs can be added only with the PVU License type.
  • Immutable product GUIDs cannot be removed. Image Construction and Composition Tool cannot detect if a product GUIDs is immutable or not. If you attempt to remove an immutable product GUID from a part, when the image is captured in PureApplication System, the product GUID is still displayed.


Bundles are not added to new images in Image Construction and Composition Tool
Problem: When creating an image from a template, bundles that do not have an installation step defined are not added to the new image.
Resolution: After creating an image from a template, additional bundles can be added to the new image following the regular add bundle process.


Incorrect synchronization parameters after Image Construction and Composition Tool upgrade
Problem: Images that were imported in older versions of Image Construction and Composition Tool do not have correct synchronization parameters after the upgrade
Resolution: When upgrading to Image Construction and Composition Tool V1.2.0.2, a deployment filtering function is enabled to display only the environment profiles and cloud groups that are compatible with the image to be synchronized.

This filtering function is enabled only for images imported and extended after V1.2.0.2 is installed. Images that were imported or extended before the V1.2.0.2 installation do not have this function.


Changes are not saved while synchronizing images in edit mode in Image Construction and Composition Tool
Problem: When editing virtual images in Image Construction and Composition Tool, for example, adding bundles, clicking on the Synchronize button before saving the image results in the changes not being preserved.
Resolution: Ensure that you save the image after editing and before synchronizing


Product IDs are not saved on the Image Construction and Composition Tool user interface
Problem: When adding a product ID on user interface in Image Construction and Composition Tool, these new product IDs are not saved, unless you click elsewhere on the user interface to take the focus away from the current table row.
Resolution: When entering a new product ID, click a new field before clicking the Save button. Verify that the product ID field after saving, to ensure that it was saved as expected.


ESX cloud provider synchronize or capture might not work in Image Construction and Composition Tool
Problem: Synchronization or capture of an ESX cloud provider might not work if the ESX data store name contains the pound sign character (#). When attempting to synchronize or capture a virtual image, a failure is reported. The log files indicate a URISyntaxException while copying the VM disk file.
Resolution: To resolve this problem, change the data store name so that it does not contain any pound sign characters (#) or use a data store name without URL-reserved characters.


Managing virtual systems and virtual applications:


Adding storage volumes to virtual machines does not support concurrency
Problem: If a user simultaneously adds multiple storage volumes to a virtual machine one or more of the volumes may not complete the action. Those failing volumes will not switch to the "Available" state.
Resolution: Users should add a single storage volumes to virtual machine, allow the operation to complete, and when it is available continue adding volumes, one at a time.


Advanced Monitoring links fail for database instances under the Workload Console
Problem: If you follow the Advanced Monitoring link from a Database as a Service deployed database instance console, then it will fail with Server not found error.
Resolution: Administrators can use the endpoint link on the Database Performance Monitoring service to launch the UI and select the database instance to monitor.


Parentheses cannot be specified in a virtual application instance name
Problem: Deploying a virtual application instance with invalid characters "(" or ")" in the instance name is not supported.
Resolution: Delete the failed instance and redeploy with a new instance name that contains valid characters.


The Revert function does not work after IBM Image Construction and Composition tool virtual application upgrade
Problem: After upgrading the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool virtual application, the Revert function does not work from the virtual application detail web page.
Resolution: Connect to the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool virtual machine manually and use the IBM Installation Manager silent mode function to complete the rollback of the virtual application.


Virtual Machine Usage report on the Machine Activity page takes too long to generate on Internet Explorer
Problem: When you attempt to generate a Virtual Machine Usage report on the Machine Activity page of the workload console using Internet Explorer, the process takes an excessive amount of time to complete.
Resolution: Continue to wait for the report to be generated.


Deployments might time out and fail while a backup job is running
Problem: Group deployments might time out and fail while a management system backup is running on the system. The backup prevents all other work from running while it backs up the system. As a result a multi-deploy pattern might have a number of deployments held up by the backup job as it runs, and might cause the overall group deployment to time out and fail.
Resolution: Remove the existing failed group deployment and retry the group deployment once the management system backup has completed.


When deleting a virtual system, virtual machines are deleted from the hypervisor, but persist in the node virtual machine list
Problem: If an instance cannot be properly deleted it will be marked as failed.
Resolution: No further action is required. A recurring job periodically checks for instances that are in the failed state and automatically retries deleting the instance.


WebSphere Application Server stops responding to requests if you first deploy a virtual application pattern or virtual system pattern with one CPU and later increase the number of CPUs
Problem: If you deploy a virtual application pattern or virtual system pattern that is configured with one CPU, and later increase the number of CPUs, WebSphere Application Server stops responding to requests.

This problem does not occur if you initially deploy the pattern with more than one CPU and later increase the number of CPUs, or if you do not increase the number of CPUs at a later time, after deployment.
Resolution: When you first deploy the pattern, ensure that it is configured with at least two CPUs, if you anticipate that you might need more than one CPU for the application at a later time.

Note: This problem does not occur if the virtual machine is stopped before the CPU count is increased.


Networking and Connectivity:



Email notifications are not submitted when deployments occur
Problem: Email notifications for instance deployments are not sent.
Resolution: This is a restriction for this release.


To remove a VLAN from the Customer Network Configuration page, you must remove it in two places
Problem: While managing the network configurations of your system, when you choose to remove a VLAN from the system, you might only select the VLAN from the VLAN Information section of the Customer Network Configuration page of the System Console. This action does not fully remove the VLAN.
Resolution: There are two places on the Customer Network Configuration page that show the VLANs that are in use by the system. To fully remove a VLAN from the page, you must remove it from both the VLAN Information section and the Link Configuration section.

See Configuring VLAN information in the Information Center for details on managing VLANs in your network configurations.


Related:
Release Notes for IBM PureApplication System
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27036448

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More support for:

PureApplication System

Software version:

1.0.0.3

Operating system(s):

Linux Red Hat - xSeries

Reference #:

7036681

Modified date:

2013-04-09

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