vFabric Cloud Application Platform 5.0

Release Notes

vFabric Cloud Application Platform 5.0 | 30 NOV 2011

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New in vFabric 5.0

See the What's New section of the Release Notes for each component:

vFabric tc Server 2.6.x
vFabric RabbitMQ 2.4.1
vFabric GemFire 6.6.0 and 6.6.1
vFabric GemFire 6.6.2
vFabric GemFire 6.6.3
vFabric GemFire Tools 6.6.0 and 6.6.1
vFabric GemFire Native Client 3.6.0
vFabric GemFire Native Client 3.6.2
vFabric GemFire Native Client 3.6.3
vFabric Hyperic 4.6.0
vFabric Hyperic 4.6.5
vFabric Hyperic 4.6.6
vFabric Web Server 5.0.x
vFabric SQLFire 1.0.1, 1.0.0
vFabric SQLFire 1.0.2
vFabric SQLFire 1.0.3

30 NOV 2011 Refresh

The November 30th refresh of VMware® vFabric™ Cloud Application Platform includes vFabric License Server 1.0.1. In this version of the license server, vFabric Hyperic handles local tc Server licenses correctly. You must upgrade both the License Server and vFabric Hyperic for these changes to take effect. See Upgrade vFabric License Server and Upgrade Hyperic Components for details.

This refresh of vFabric 5.0 also updates the vFabric License Check Tool to version 1.0.1. This version improves the readibility of the output of the serial number checker, and also adds an audit log feature which parses and displays in readable format the component events file. For details, see Using the vFabric License Checker Tool.

Known Issues

The following problems exist in this release of vFabric Cloud Application Platform and are labeled by their ID. Where possible, a workaround is provided.

Issue IDDescription
VFP-406 The vFabric License Server installer program installs the server in the default location of the vCenter Server (c:\Program Files\), even if vCenter Server is actually installed in a different location. As a result, the vFabric License Server does not work correctly.
VFP-331 On RHEL, if you use the rpm -e command to remove the GemFire RPM, the command does not also stop the cacheserver if it is currently running.

Workaround: Stop the cacheserver yourself before you remove the GemFire RPM using rpm -e.
VFP-330 On RHEL when installing Hyperic Server from an RPM file, if you set the HQ_SERVER_INSTALL_PATH variable of the vfabric_hyperic_server.properties file to any value other than the default /opt/hyperic value, the post-installation configuration of Hyperic Server fails.

Workaround: Always install Hyperic Server in the default /opt/hyperic directory by setting the HQ_SERVER_INSTALL_PATH property to this default value.
VFP-325 If you shut down the ESX host that is running the VMs on which you have installed vFabric components, in certain circumstances not all vFabric licenses are released.
VFP-311 When you start many GemFire cacheservers, in certain circumstances a cacheserver node takes more than 30 seconds to read information from the vFabric License Server. Because 30 seconds is the default timeout when cacheserver nodes start, the nodes end up using the default evaluation vFabric license. The evaluation license in turn allows a maximum of only three nodes to be started, and thus any new nodes that default to the evalulation license due to this issue will fail.
VFP-298 On RHEL, the RPM install of GemFire fails if you have not previously installed a JDK or JRE on the VM.

Workaround: Before installing GemFire from RPM, install a JDK or JRE on the VM.
VFP-288 When you install Hyperic Server from RPM on RHEL, and the installation process is scrolling through the EULA, the scrolling process occasionally hangs for long enough that you might think there is a problem, even though the installation will continue successfully after awhile.

Workaround: Wait until the installation starts again.
VFP-286 If a vFabric license expires while a component is using it, the license assignment is not expired.
VFP-282 If a vFabric license is deleted while the component that has consumed it is still running, the vFabric License Server expires the license from the license table but the license assignment is not expired.
VFP-185 When you uninstall the vFabric License Server using the installer program, the initial focus is on the Back button instead of the username/password field.
VFP-168 When you uninstall vFabric License Server using the installer program, the vCenter username/password dialog box shows up in the background instead of the foreground.
VFP-167 When you uninstall vFabric License Server using the installer program, if you click the Cancel button on the vCenter Server username/password dialog, the uninstall continues to delete files and completes successfully rather than stopping and leaving the License server running.
VFP-109 When you uninstall vFabric License Server using the installer program, the install does not remove the database it was using to store its meta-data. This is correct behavior in an upgrade, but if the user plans to never use the License server again, they must manually remove the database themselves.
VFP-82 The SQLServer driver included in vFabric License Server does not support integrated authentication.

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been fixed in vFabric License Server 1.0.1.

Issue IDDescription
VFP-108 You cannot upgrade the vFabric License Server using the current installer program.