It’s been a while since the last Vagrant box update and release, so here are the highlights of the past months combined into a new shiny 2.0 release :)
New provider: OpenStack
In the past week I’ve been playing with OpenStack. Johan was so kind to send a PR nearly 2 years ago, now the NETWAYS NWS cloud is ready for OpenStack and my tests. Small things were needed to adopt the box provisioning with floating IPs. If you are an experienced OpenStack user, you’ll know how to source everything into your environment. Everyone else just can follow the newly written docs :)
Huge shout-out to Johan from CSC for his contribution!
We’re in OSMC mode in October which typically means that expectations are high, time is limited and everyone is busy preparing talks, demos, implementing new features … but also fixing things. Icinga 2.10 brings support for namespaces, improved TLS connection performance and much more. Community members tackled some bugs already, 2.10.1 is released and 2.10.2 is waiting for test feedback from the snapshot packages. Also notable – we’ve agreed on writing more technical documentation for Icinga, future 2.11 will bring even more shiny insights.
On the right, you can see a draft from our community channels, how Icinga can be run distributed on ships. We’ve also learned that CESNET is using Icinga 2 and the Director for monitoring their eduroam infrastructure, sharing everything on GitHub too :)
Our partner Shadow-Soft wrote about using the official Chef cookbooks, NETWAYS updated the Icinga cloud offering in NWS to 2.10.1 and published the webinar video for adding new satellites and also working with the Icinga Director. If you are in Switzerland, join our partner Linuxfabrik for an official Icinga training in December!
Our first meetup in Salzburg, Austria was a great success – many hours of helping each other and exploring all the things. Rumors tell that other Austrian cities might get involved soon – many thanks to Moritz for organizing :) Icinga Camp Tel Aviv happens on December 17th, make sure to book your flight and ticket!
Thilo looked into Grafana and Graphite graphs embedded into notifications, Gian Paolo went for NetBox and Icinga as MVP. Doing the migration dance from Icinga 1 to 2 is a good thing since 1.x is out of support by the end of 2018. 42ThinkTank did great!
That’s it for October, looking forward to the OSMC week, especially to meet many of you :)
The namespace support in 2.10 caused a regression with the registered global scope being evaluated for API permissions with filters. This release fixes the problem, next to a problem with Windows packages not fully starting up. There’s also a fixed oversight with not setting a default environment constant. This affects setups checking the SNI header in external load balancers.
v2.10.1 also fixes a problem with application reload and missing event states in large scale environments.
Our friends from the Max-Planck-Institut for Marine Mikrobiologie kindly sponsored that acknowledgement notifications are now sent only to users which have been notified about a problem before – thanks a lot. Another sponsor asked for more child options for the ScheduledDowntime which are now released in 2.10.
2.10 also brings support for namespaces and allows us to keep the “globals” namespace clean. In addition to that, user-defined namespaces are possible and can be imported into the global namespace too. Read more about this feature here. An additional DSL feature is the support for references. You’ll also find new fine granular path constants in this release, e.g. ConfigDir instead of SysconfDir + “/icinga2”. The old constants are still intact but deprecated.
As promised in the 2.9.2 release post, we’ve been debugging TLS connection handling with many threads and TLS timeouts in large scale environments. This release adds a dynamic thread connection pool for both, cluster messages and HTTP requests. With the performance boost granted, we’ve also lowered the cluster reconnect interval from 60 to 10 seconds. This ensures that configuration deployments triggering a reload don’t leave clients behind.
Our first Icinga meetup in Salzburg, Austria is happening this week. Join fellow community members :) OSMC is near, just one month to go …. meet Jan-Piet on MQTT, Claudio as a first-time speaker on container monitoring, Nicolai with infrastructure visualization and Carsten with his “Einhornmagie” :-)