oVirt 4.4.4 Release Notes

The oVirt Project is pleased to announce the availability of the 4.4.4 release as of December 21, 2020.

oVirt is a free open-source distributed virtualization solution, designed to manage your entire enterprise infrastructure. oVirt uses the trusted KVM hypervisor and is built upon several other community projects, including libvirt, Gluster, PatternFly, and Ansible.

This release is available now for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2/8.3 (8.3 recommended) and CentOS Linux 8.2 (or similar).

To find out how to interact with oVirt developers and users and ask questions, visit our community page. All issues or bugs should be reported via Red Hat Bugzilla.

If you’d like to try oVirt as quickly as possible, follow the instructions on the Download page.

For complete installation, administration, and usage instructions, see the oVirt Documentation.

For a general overview of oVirt, read the About oVirt page.

To learn about features introduced before 4.4.4, see the release notes for previous versions.

  1. oVirt 4.4.4 Release Notes
    1. Known issues
      1. How to prevent hosts entering emergency mode after upgrade from oVirt 4.4.1
    2. What’s New in 4.4.4?
      1. Release Note
        1. VDSM
      2. Enhancements
        1. VDSM
        2. oVirt Engine Data Warehouse
        3. oVirt Engine
        4. oVirt Ansible collection
      3. Bug Fixes
        1. VDSM
        2. oVirt Engine
        3. cockpit-ovirt
      4. Other
        1. VDSM
        2. oVirt Engine Data Warehouse
        3. oVirt Engine
        4. VDSM JSON-RPC Java
        5. cockpit-ovirt
      5. No Doc Update
        1. VDSM
        2. oVirt Engine Data Warehouse
        3. oVirt Engine
        4. VDSM JSON-RPC Java
        5. oVirt Hosted Engine Setup
        6. oVirt Provider OVN
        7. oVirt Node NG Image
        8. Contributors

Known issues

How to prevent hosts entering emergency mode after upgrade from oVirt 4.4.1

Due to [Bug 1837864] - Host enter emergency mode after upgrading to latest build,

If you have your root file system on a multipath device on your hosts you should be aware that after upgrading from 4.4.1 to 4.4.4 you may get your host entering emergency mode.

In order to prevent this be sure to upgrade oVirt Engine first, then on your hosts:

  1. Remove the current lvm filter while still on 4.4.1, or in emergency mode (if rebooted).
  2. Reboot.
  3. Upgrade to 4.4.4 (redeploy in case of already being on 4.4.4).
  4. Run vdsm-tool config-lvm-filter to confirm there is a new filter in place.
  5. Only if not using oVirt Node:
    • run “dracut –force –add multipath” to rebuild initramfs with the correct filter configuration
  6. Reboot.

What’s New in 4.4.4?

Release Note

VDSM

  • BZ 1899865 [RFE] Remove dpdk from host networking

    Experimental support for DPDK has been removed in oVirt 4.4.4

Enhancements

VDSM

  • BZ 1859092 Logical Name is missing when attaching RO direct LUN to a VM

    Previously, the logical name of LUN disks within the guest weren’t pull to the user visibility. Now, the LUN logical name is pulled and shown in the disk device.

oVirt Engine Data Warehouse

  • BZ 1866363 [RFE] Add variables to choose specific entity

    Feature:

Add ‘$host_id’ and ‘$vm_id’ variables to choose specific entity.

Reason:

In order to allow selection and search of virtual machines or hosts.

Result:

It will be possible to view the relevant reports according to a selected virtual machine or host. In addition it will be possible to search for the machine or host in the variable’s search bar.

  • BZ 1851725 [RFE] Add tags to grafana dashboards

    Feature:

Add tags to grafana dashboards.

The tags are:

  1. Cluster

  2. DC (Data Center)

  3. Host

  4. VM

  5. SD (Storage Domains)

  6. CPU

  7. Memory

  8. Disk

  9. Interface

  10. Downtime

  11. Uptime

  12. OS (Operating System)

  13. HA (High Availability)

Reason:

Adding tags will make it easier to sort and know the contents of dashboards.

Result:

Each dashboard will have a number of tags that describe the content displayed within it.

oVirt Engine

  • BZ 1884233 oVirt-engine reports misleading login-domain for external RH-SSO accounts

    Feature:

Authz name is now used as user domain on RHVM home page. It replaces profile. Additionally several log statements related to authorization/authentication flow has been made consistent by presenting both user’s authz name and profile name where applicable

Reason:

Before this change usage of user profile and authz name was inconsintent which might have led to confusion when troubleshooting login issues/misconfiguration.

RHVM internally always uses username & authz name to identify the user, profile is only used at login screen. Additionally, there might be multiple profiles attached to single authz configuration. Authz name by convention represents a domain ie. example.com so it makes sense to stick to the following pattern when presenting user: username@authz ie. jsmith@example.com

Result:

@' is displayed on home page after user is successfully logged into RHVM. Additionally, log statements now contains both Authz name and profile name in addition to username.

  • BZ 1729897 [RFE] Per-vNUMA node tuning modes

    Previously, the NUMA tune mode was set to the VM, setting every virtual NUMA node of the VM with this setting. Now, it is possible to set NUMA tune mode for each virtual NUMA node.

  • BZ 1576923 RFE: Ability to move master role to another domain without putting the domain to maintenance

    Feature:

Add the ability to move the master role to another domain without putting the domain to maintenance, using the REST API.

Reason:

Currently, you can’t migrate the master role to a newer domain, without migrating the VMs from the old one and putting it on maintenance.

Another scenario was the inability to put on maintenance a hosted_storage domain.

Result:

There’s now an option to move the master role using the REST API to a different storage domain, without putting them into maintenance.

For example, for setting a storage domain with ID ‘456’ as a master on a data center with ID ‘123’, send a request like this:

POST /ovirt-engine/api/datacenters/123/setmaster

With a request body like this:

<action>

  <storage_domain id="456"/>

</action>

There’s also an option for using the storage domain’s name:

<action>

  <storage_domain>

    <name>my-nfs</name>

  </storage_domain>

</action>

The specified storage domain should become the new master storage domain.

  • BZ 1859092 Logical Name is missing when attaching RO direct LUN to a VM

    Previously, the logical name of LUN disks within the guest weren’t pull to the user visibility. Now, the LUN logical name is pulled and shown in the disk device.

  • BZ 1872210 [RFE] Don’t require ovirt-guest-agent on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and newer

    Feature: Added support for Ubuntu 18.04, Debian 9 and later versions. Also turned off ovirt guest agent for Ubuntu 18.04 and later as well as Debian 9 versions and later.

Reason: To support the latest Ubuntu Operating Systems and to turn off ovirt guest agent support for the latest Ubuntu and Debian versions.

Result: The latest Ubuntu and Debian Operating Systems are now supported without ovirt guest agent support.

oVirt Ansible collection

  • BZ 1893385 hosted-engine deploy (restore-from-file) fails if any non-management logical network is marked as required in backup file

    In previous versions, when using ‘hosted-engine –restore-from-file’ to restore or upgrade, if the backup included extra required networks in the cluster, and if the user did not reply ‘Yes’ to the question about pausing the execution, deployment failed.

With this version, regardless of the answer to ‘pause?’, if the host is found to be in state “Non Operational”, deployment will pause, outputting relevant information to the user, and waiting until a lock file is removed. This should allow the user to then connect to the web admin UI and manually handle the situation, activate the host, and then remove the lock file and continue the deployment.

This version also allows supplying a custom hook to fix such and similar issues automatically.

Doc team: Perhaps instead of above, or in addition to it, open a doc bug. See also comment 27 for details.

Bug Fixes

VDSM

  • BZ 1903358 Speed up activation with large number of storage domain

  • BZ 1508098 [RFE] RHV should configure sanlock host name

  • BZ 1904774 Direct lun disk is reflected on the guest by lun ID instead of disk ID

  • BZ 1892403 Image download via SDK broken with older engines

oVirt Engine

  • BZ 1905417 vGPU: VM failed to run with mdev_type instance (java NPE in engine.log)

  • BZ 1904947 ISO domain images list is empty when virtio-win is not installed on the engine side.

  • BZ 1904774 Direct lun disk is reflected on the guest by lun ID instead of disk ID

  • BZ 1508098 [RFE] RHV should configure sanlock host name

  • BZ 1888142 Confusing warning message in the logs while shutting down a pool VM

  • BZ 1875386 openssl conf files point at qemu-ca-certificate

  • BZ 1855782 Export VM task blocks other tasks

  • BZ 1797553 [REST-API] exportToPathOnHost call works only synchronously

  • BZ 1889987 Export VM task block other tasks

  • BZ 1886750 VM host device is not removed while removing the host

  • BZ 1875363 engine-setup failing on FIPS enable rhel8 machine

  • BZ 1758216 [scale] Engine fails to create multiple pools of vms

  • BZ 1880251 VM stuck in “reboot in progress” (“virtual machine XXX should be running in a host but it isn’t.”).

  • BZ 1891293 auto_pinning calculation is broken for hosts with 4 NUMA nodes. request fails

  • BZ 1871792 Importing VM using virt-v2v fails if service ovirt-engine restarted during AddDisk operation.

  • BZ 1694711 Incorrect NUMA pinning due to improper correlation between CPU sockets and NUMA nodes

cockpit-ovirt

  • BZ 1903567 cockpit cant discover iscsi and fc luns

Other

VDSM

  • BZ 1893656 [CBT] VM state switches from ‘up’ to ‘powering up’ right after full backup - causing a second immediate backup attempt to fail

  • BZ 1893773 NVDIMM: memory usage in WebAdmin is always ~100% regardless to actual usage inside the VM.

oVirt Engine Data Warehouse

  • BZ 1894298 ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘ovirt_engine’ raised when starting ovirt-engine-dwhd.py in dev env

oVirt Engine

  • BZ 1627997 [RFE] Allow SPM switching if all tasks have finished via REST-API

  • BZ 1904202 Create backup failed on vm after hot plugging a disk

  • BZ 1881115 RHEL VM icons squashed, please adhere to brand rules

  • BZ 1792905 Sparsification is not reflected on image size of qcow volumes

  • BZ 1881505 German translation of ME should be checked by a native and technical German speaker please

  • BZ 1796231 VM disk remains in locked state if image transfer (image download) timesout due to inactivity.

  • BZ 1895695 Modifying (add/remove/replace) NICs in the clone modal doesn’t reflect on the cloned VM

  • BZ 1895667 Missing UI proper error message for cloning a VM which in a process of cloning

  • BZ 1900540 Engine try to stop NBD server during online backup

  • BZ 1899768 Live merge fails on invoking callback end method ‘onSucceeded’ for a VM with Cluster Chipset/Firmware Type “Cluster default” or “Legacy”.

  • BZ 1895697 Modifying disk allocation target domain in the clone modal doesn’t reflect on the cloned VM

  • BZ 1892291 Change the representation of empty disk.usage statistics

  • BZ 1885997 [OVS] Trigger sync while switching host from legacy type cluster to OVS type and vise versa

  • BZ 1893540 Cannot clone a suspended VM

  • BZ 1710446 [RFE] Europe/Helsinki timezone not available in RHV.

  • BZ 1897422 Virtual Machine imported from OVA has no small/large_icon_id set in vm_static

  • BZ 1893101 nl-be keymap should be removed

  • BZ 1894758 [DR] Remote data sync to the secondary site never completes

  • BZ 1885132 [OVN] Run OVN tasks on host re-install flow

  • BZ 1888278 Refresh LUNs pop UI massage if the vm is powered off

  • BZ 1847090 [RFE] Support transferring snapshots using raw format (NBD backend)

  • BZ 1890430 Kubevirt / OpenShift Virtualization provider - the cluster/host cpu mismatch message

  • BZ 1881026 UI Prints ‘Actual timezone in the guest differs from the configuration’ due to daylight saving time

  • BZ 1891303 Cloning modal doesn’t close automatically when cloning is finished/failed

  • BZ 1889394 VM hosted by non-operational host fails in migration with NullPointerException

  • BZ 1890071 Bond mode 4 is detected as custom bond options

VDSM JSON-RPC Java

  • BZ 1890430 Kubevirt / OpenShift Virtualization provider - the cluster/host cpu mismatch message

cockpit-ovirt

  • BZ 1899917 [day2] create volume flow from cockpit allows to select more than 3 hosts

No Doc Update

VDSM

  • BZ 1895015 Bad permissions in /etc/sudoers.d drop-in files

  • BZ 1839444 [RFE] Use more efficient dumpStorageDomain() in dump-volume-chains

  • BZ 1833780 Live storage migration failed - Failed to change disk image

oVirt Engine Data Warehouse

  • BZ 1894420 Stopping a remote dwh is broken

  • BZ 1892247 Fix duplicates in time-based queries (that use the hourly + daily tables)

oVirt Engine

  • BZ 1900594 [CBT][incremental backup] Engine fail to stop backup if VM was destroyed during backup

  • BZ 1900546 [CBT][incremental backup] Engine reports that backup was finalized when stopping backup failed

  • BZ 1868114 RHV-M UI/Webadmin: The “Disk Snapshots” tab reflects incorrect “Creation Date” information.

  • BZ 1903595 [PPC] Can’t add PPC host to Engine

  • BZ 1811593 Some PKI files are not removed by engine-cleanup

  • BZ 1898066 host deploy fails when tune profile is null

  • BZ 1833780 Live storage migration failed - Failed to change disk image

  • BZ 1856375 Can’t add additional host as hosted-engine ha-host from “Guide me” from UI.

  • BZ 1846338 Host monitoring does not report bond mode 1 active slave after engine is alive some time

  • BZ 1689362 ovirt does not respect domcapabilities

VDSM JSON-RPC Java

  • BZ 1846338 Host monitoring does not report bond mode 1 active slave after engine is alive some time

oVirt Hosted Engine Setup

  • BZ 1897888 [RFE] Refine “hosted-engine –check-deployed” results.

oVirt Provider OVN

  • BZ 1895015 Bad permissions in /etc/sudoers.d drop-in files

oVirt Node NG Image

  • BZ 1907803 ovirt-node anaconda installclass needs rebase on CentOS 8.3 anaconda-33.16.3.*

Contributors

47 people contributed to this release:

Ahmad Khiet (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Ales Musil (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-provider-ovn, vdsm)
Amit Bawer (Contributed to: vdsm)
Andrej Cernek (Contributed to: vdsm)
Arik Hadas (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Artur Socha (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, vdsm-jsonrpc-java)
Asaf Rachmani (Contributed to: cockpit-ovirt, imgbased, ovirt-hosted-engine-setup, ovirt-node-ng-image)
Aviv Litman (Contributed to: ovirt-dwh)
Aviv Turgeman (Contributed to: cockpit-ovirt, ovirt-hosted-engine-setup)
Bell Levin (Contributed to: vdsm)
Bella Khizgiyaev (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Ben Amsalem (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-web-ui)
Benny Zlotnik (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, vdsm)
Dan Kenigsberg (Contributed to: vdsm)
Dana Elfassy (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Dominik Holler (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-provider-ovn, ovirt-release)
Ehud Yonasi (Contributed to: vdsm)
Eitan Raviv (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Eyal Shenitzky (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, vdsm)
Hilda Stastna (Contributed to: ovirt-web-ui)
Jean-Louis Dupond (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Kaustav Majumder (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Kobi Hakimi (Contributed to: ovirt-ansible-collection)
Lev Veyde (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-release)
Liran Rotenberg (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, vdsm)
Lucia Jelinkova (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Marcin Sobczyk (Contributed to: ovirt-provider-ovn, vdsm)
Martin Nečas (Contributed to: ovirt-ansible-collection)
Martin Perina (Contributed to: ovirt-ansible-collection, ovirt-engine, vdsm-jsonrpc-java)
Milan Zamazal (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-vmconsole, vdsm)
Nir Levy (Contributed to: imgbased, ovirt-node-ng-image)
Nir Soffer (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-engine-sdk, vdsm)
Ori Liel (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-engine-sdk)
Parth Dhanjal (Contributed to: cockpit-ovirt)
Pavel Bar (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Radoslaw Szwajkowski (Contributed to: ovirt-web-ui)
Sandro Bonazzola (Contributed to: ovirt-appliance, ovirt-engine, ovirt-node-ng-image, ovirt-release)
Scott J Dickerson (Contributed to: ovirt-engine, ovirt-web-ui)
Shani Leviim (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Sharon Gratch (Contributed to: ovirt-web-ui)
Shirly Radco (Contributed to: ovirt-dwh)
Shmuel Melamud (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Steven Rosenberg (Contributed to: ovirt-engine)
Tomáš Golembiovský (Contributed to: vdsm)
Vojtech Juranek (Contributed to: ovirt-engine-sdk, vdsm)
Yedidyah Bar David (Contributed to: ovirt-ansible-collection, ovirt-dwh, ovirt-engine, ovirt-node-ng-image)
aelrayess (Contributed to: ovirt-engine-sdk)