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MAAS 3.0 BETA release notes

We are happy to announce that MAAS 3.0 Beta 5 has been released. This release provides some critical and high-priority bug fixes.

Cumulative summary of new features in MAAS 3.0 Beta

  1. PCI and USB devices are now modelled in MAAS
  2. IBM Z DPM partition support
  3. Proxmox support
  4. LXD projects support
  5. PCI and USB device tabs in machine details
  6. Workload annotations
  7. Fixed status bar
  8. Registering a machine as a VM host during deployment
  9. Improvements to MAAS CLI help UX

The Beta can be installed by adding the 3.0-next PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maas/3.0-next
sudo apt update
sudo apt install maas

You can then either install MAAS 3.0 Beta5 fresh (recommended) with:

sudo apt-get -y install maas

Or, if you prefer to upgrade (remember, this is a Beta), you can do so with:

sudo apt upgrade maas

At this point, you may proceed with a normal installation.

NOTE that this is currently a BETA release, so there will be bugs, instabilities, and missing or incomplete features. As such, we invite you to thoroughly test this release and provide feedback. Please remember to file bugs as you find them, and please feel free to interact with the developers on discourse.

Significant changes

With the advent of MAAS 3.0, we are removing support for RSD pods. Registered pods and their machines will be removed by MAAS upon upgrading to MAAS 3.0.

New feature in MAAS 3.0 Beta 4

Improvements to MAAS CLI help UX

The MAAS CLI will now give you help in more places, supporting a more exploration-based interaction. Specifically, we now show help for cases where the required arguments are not met.

Say you’re trying to find out how to list the details of a machine in MAAS e.g.

$ maas login $PROFILE http://$MY_MAAS:5240/MAAS/ $APIKEY
$ maas $PROFILE
usage: maas $PROFILE [-h] COMMAND ...

Issue commands to the MAAS region controller at http://$MY_MAAS:5240/MAAS/api/2.0/.

optional arguments:
 -h, --help            show this help message and exit

drill down:
   account             Manage the current logged-in user.
   bcache-cache-set    Manage bcache cache set on a machine.
   bcache-cache-sets   Manage bcache cache sets on a machine.

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   machine             Manage an individual machine.
   machines            Manage the collection of all the machines in the MAAS.
   node                Manage an individual Node.
   nodes               Manage the collection of all the nodes in the MAAS.
✂️--cut for brevity--✂️

too few arguments
$ maas $PROFILE node 
usage: maas $PROFILE node [-h] COMMAND ...

Manage an individual Node.

optional arguments:
 -h, --help        show this help message and exit

drill down:
   details         Get system details
                   Get power parameters
   read            Read a node
   delete          Delete a node

The Node is identified by its system_id.

too few arguments

$ maas $PROFILE node read
usage: maas $PROFILE node read [--help] [-d] [-k] system_id [data [data ...]]

Read a node

positional arguments:

optional arguments:
 --help, -h      Show this help message and exit.
 -d, --debug     Display more information about API responses.
 -k, --insecure  Disable SSL certificate check

Reads a node with the given system_id.

the following arguments are required: system_id, data
$ maas $PROFILE node read $SYSTEM_ID
   "system_id": "$SYSTEM_ID",
   "domain": {
       "authoritative": true,
       "ttl": null,
       "is_default": true,
       "id": 0,
       "name": "maas",
       "resource_record_count": 200,
       "resource_uri": "/MAAS/api/2.0/domains/0/"
✂️--cut for brevity--✂️

We can see at each stage help which gives us clues as to what the next step is, finally arriving at a complete CLI command.

New feature in MAAS 3.0 Beta 2

Registering a machine as a VM host during deployment

When deploying a machine through the API, it’s now possible to specify register_vmhost=True to have LXD configured on the machine and registered as a VM host in MAAS (similar to what happens with virsh if install_kvm=True is provided).

New features in MAAS 3.0 Beta 1

PCI and USB devices are now modelled in MAAS

MAAS 3.0 models all PCI and USB devices detected during commissioning:

  • Existing machines will have to be recommissioned to have PCI and USB devices modelled
  • PCI and USB devices are shown in the UI and on the API using the node-devices endpoint
  • Node devices may be deleted on the API only

On the API using the allocate operation on the machines endpoint a machine may allocated by a device vendor_id, product_id, vendor_name, product_name, or commissioning_driver.

IBM Z DPM partition support

IBM Z14 and above mainframe partitions are supported in MAAS 3.0. Note that partitions must use HyperV sockets and properly-defined storage groups. IBM Z DPM Partitions can be added as a chassis, which allows you to add all partitions in an HMC at once.

Proxmox support

MAAS 3.0 supports Proxmox as a power driver:

  • Only Proxmox VMs are supported
  • You may authenticate with Proxmox using a username and password or a username and API token
  • If an API token is used, it must be given permission to query, start and stop VMs.
  • Proxmox VMs can be added as a chassis; this allows you to add all VMs in Proxmox at once.

Note that proxmox support has also been back-ported to MAAS 2.9

LXD projects support

MAAS 3.0 supports the use of LXD projects:

  • LXD VM hosts registered in MAAS are now tied to a specific LXD project which MAAS uses to manage VMs
  • MAAS doesn’t create or manage machines for VMs in other projects
  • MAAS creates the specified project when the VM host is registered, if it doesn’t exist
  • All existing VMs in the specified project are commissioned on registration
  • Resource usage is reported at both project and global levels

PCI and USB device tabs in UI machine details

Tables for detected PCI and USB devices have been added to the machine details page for MAAS 3.0:

These tables include a new skeleton loading state while node devices are being fetched:

The user is prompted to commission the machine if no devices are detected.

Workload annotations

Workload annotations have been added to the machine summary page in MAAS 3.0. These allow you to apply owner_data to a machine and make it visible while the machine is in allocated or deployed state:

This data is cleared once the machine state changes to something other than “allocated” or “deployed.” The machine list can be filtered by these workload annotations. MAAS will warn you on the release page to remind you that workload annotations will be cleared upon releasing the machine.

Fixed status bar

In MAAS 3.0, a fixed status bar has been added to the bottom of the screen, which will always display the MAAS name and version on the left. The right side of the status bar is intended to show contextual data, depending on the UI panel currently displayed. For now, the only data shown is a “last commissioned” timestamp when the user is on a machine details page:

MAAS 3.0 bug fixes

MAAS 3.0 incorporates a large number of bug fixes, summarized in the sections below. Please feel free to validate these fixes at your convenience and give us feedback if anything doesn’t seem to work as presented in the bug request.

One particular bug, #1916860, involves failures in the IPMI cipher suite in MAAS 2.9.2 and up, on the Lenovo x3650 M5 (and others). This particular bug is a not a MAAS bug, but a firmware issue with the subject machines. While the MAAS team can’t fix this (hence the assignment of “Won’t Fix”), the team did provide a easy workaround which helps circumvent this issue.

MAAS 3.0 Beta 5 bug fixes

Here are the bugs that have been Fix Released in MAAS 3.0 Beta 5:

Number Description Importance
#1925784 Processing LXD results failure with loopback Critical
#1923871 LXD vmhost project usage includes usage for other projects High
#1815084 MAAS web ui should perform Save action when Enter/Return is pressed Medium
#1923867 Commissioning fails if NIC gets different PCI address Medium

MAAS 3.0 Beta 4 bug fixes

Here are the bugs that have been Fix Released in MAAS 3.0 Beta 4:

Number Description Importance
#1923246 Unable to compose LXD VM with multiple NICs High
#1918963 Controllers page out of sync with nodes Undecided
#1923685 Unable to deploy LXD VM host on S390X Undecided
#1923687 LXD VM host refresh failure is ignored Undecided
#1774529 Cannot delete some instances of model ‘Domain’ because they are referenced through a protected foreign key High
#1914762 test network configuration broken with openvswitch bridge High
#1919001 Unable to network boot VM on IBM Z DPM Partition High
#1917963 Add chassis lowers the case of added machines Low
#1915087 2.9 UI is broken, seems to loop between user intro and machines pages endlessly High
#1923842 Can’t use action menu on machine details page High
#1917667 Commissioning/testing scripts no longer show ETA or progress Undecided
#1917669 No way to view previous commissioning or testing script results Undecided
#1917670 Storage and interface tests not assoicated with a device Undecided
#1917671 Commissioning/testing scripts not updated after starting commissioning or testing Undecided
#1917794 Unable to view full history of events in UI Undecided
#1918964 UI shows action unavailable after performing action Undecided
#1918966 Tabs aren’t always underscorred Undecided
#1918971 UI does not autofill size on storage tab Undecided
#1923524 Unable to delete LXD composed machine on KVM page Undecided

MAAS 3.0 Beta 3 bug fixes

Here are the bugs that have been Fix Released in MAAS 3.0 Beta 3:

Number Description Importance
#1922569 Create KVM fails in MAAS 3.0 Beta with a project error High
#1923251 Creating an LXD VM host now requires a project name High
#1809939 dhcp snippet create fail when dhcp subnet is relayed Medium
#1913460 Add option to pick whether to keep or decompose machines in a VM host Undecided
#1922787 make “LXD” the default VM host in MAAS UI (rather than virsh) Undecided
#1922876 Deploy KVM hosts with LXD by default Undecided
#1922972 MAAS 3.0 Beta2 UI says “machine cannot be deployed” while successfully deploying machine Undecided
#1923719 MAAS 3.0 : snap refresh maas from 3.0.0~beta2-9826-g.13cc184d5 Undecided

MAAS 3.0 Beta 2 bug fixes

Here are the bugs that have been Fix Released in MAAS 3.0 Beta 2:

Number Description Importance
#1922107 Hugepages/pinning available for virsh and lack validation High
#1922433 Machine resources path set incorrectly in rackd when using snap High

MAAS 3.0 Beta 1 bug fixes

Here are the bugs that have been Fix Released in MAAS 3.0 Beta 1:

Number Description Importance
#1896199 API docs link is not offline Critical
#1904245 MAAS Snap fails to build on PPC64 on Launchpad Critical
#1912727 KVM Page Fails to load with error “An unexpected error has occurred, please try refreshing your browser window.” Critical
#1915869 maas snap cli renders SyntaxWarning in the stderr Critical
#1916093 Unable to add more than 3 Promox VMs Critical
#1883824 Support LXD projects in power control High
#1884276 Terrible user experience adding existing LXD host High
#1902425 Failed to allocate the required AUTO IP addresses after 2 retries High
#1908087 Reverse DNS for non-maas RFC1918 zones fails inside maas High
#1908356 Owner data websocket methods are not working High
#1908434 Can’t delete LXD VM in offline state High
#1913323 /MAAS/docs/ leads to 404 page High
#1914588 Enabling debug from snap traceback High
#1915021 Mapping subnet doesn’t work from the MAAS snap High
#1915022 The MAAS snap doesn’t include nmap High
#1915715 LXD VM additional disks all show 10Gb size High
#1915970 Facebook Wedge BMC detection fails on non-x86 architectures High
#1918997 MAAS does not set snap proxy High
#1919000 Unable to connect MAAS to an LXD VM host High
#1887797 Impossible to delete zombie LXD VM Medium
#1894116 Machines can’t be deployed after deselecting all archs in the “Ubuntu extra architectures” package repo Medium
#1897946 hi1620-based ARM Servers are shown as “Unknown model” Medium
#1906212 timeout in testing scripts ignores the days if set to greater than 24 hours Medium
#1911825 Unable to use FQDN as power_address Medium
#1914165 Proxmox does not allow custom port Medium
#1917652 30-maas-01-bmc-config failing on commissioning Cisco UCSC-C220-M4L Medium
#1335175 maas does not combine kernel_opts when nodes have multiple tags with kernel options Low
#1915359 make sampledata can’t find machine-resources Low
#1916844 Removing a machine that is a vm host tells you to remove the “pod” Low
#1920019 maas_remote_syslog_compress is unnecessarily chatty Low
#1887558 Multipath JBOD storage devices are not shown via /dev/mapper but each path as a single device. Wishlist
#1901944 tags field in machine edit page overtakes other fields Undecided
#1909985 Add commission timestamp to machine websocket api Undecided
#1913464 Drop RSD pods UI Undecided
#1914590 Support composing LXD VMs with multiple disks in the UI Undecided
#1915970 Facebook Wedge BMC detection fails on non-x86 architectures Undecided
#1916073 MAAS should install qemu-efi-aarch64 on arm64 KVM pods Undecided
#1916317 UI is using API to request scripts with full content Undecided
#1919381 typo “veryiying” in info message in smartctl-validate Undecided