Summary of August & Sept 2017 Rolling Releases

Following the activity surrounding Jenkins World, we are excited to make available many of the features announced at the event. Below, are release highlights, for fixed and rolling releases for CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, CloudBees Jenkins Advisor and CloudBees Jenkins Platform.

Key highlights are a brand new user experience in CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise and the introduction of CloudBees Jenkins Advisor, a free service which continuously analyzes your Jenkins environment, identifies potential issues and helps you resolve them.

Improvements Across All Products

These improvements apply universally to all of our commercial offerings: CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, CloudBees Jenkins Platform and CloudBees Jenkins Team.

Our product release notes now has a plugin tab with plugins related to that release, each color coded into verified/compatible, required/optional as well as a dropdown download button to get the distribution you want. We have added a neat 'Compare' feature, that lets you compare different releases of CJE, CJP and CJT. The syntax to use is https://release-notes.cloudbees.com/compare/[productId]/[oldVersion]...[newVersion].  Here is an example https://release-notes.cloudbees.com/compare/1/2.60.3.1...2.73.1.2 and the results below.

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CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise 1.9.1, 1.9.0 & 1.8.0

Our flagship product, CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise (CJE) solves the automation needs of organizations that need scalability, security, manageability and resiliency capabilities.

Now available, is a new user experience, that builds upon Blue Ocean with new functionality that enables organizations to onboard new projects and new teams quickly, via pre-configured security and built-in integrations to code repositories. Development teams have the full flexibility of a custom environment, yet the the Jenkins instance is managed centrally. 

The following enhancements were also added to CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

Improvement Benefit

Enable users to configure the cluster to use custom private Hosted Zone during cluster set up on AWS

This feature allow users to test changes before making them public. If you are using private hosted zone on AWS you can, for example, maintain internal and external versions of the same website or application.
Support for self-signed certificates

With this feature, the admin setting up the cluster does not have to depend on his/her IT Security team to provide “CA” issued certificates and thus reduces lengthy delays.

With self-signed certificates, customers can avoid the wait and get started faster.

Optimize utilization of storage disks on Amazon AWS. On AWS, there are special EC2 instances (VMs) that provide multiple storage disks.  

With this feature, customers are free to choose appropriate AWS instances to meet their CI/CD needs. This give customers the flexibility to use these AWS instances to run special jobs that have very large storage requirements.

Customers can now view which docker agent template was used to provision a Jenkins Agent

 

Often developers running their CI/CD workloads on a CJE environment want to investigate why certain jobs failed to run successfully. It becomes necessary to understand which docker Agent template was used to provision a Jenkins Agent that ran the failed job. This feature helps developers to determine if the configurations in the Agent Template was responsible for the failures and makes debugging faster.

Improved docker cleanup; customers have encountered an issue where their day-to-day CI/CD operations on  a CJE cluster, have been interrupted due to ‘Worker VMs’ (the VMs running jobs) running out of disk space. One reason for this issue is because jobs running on those VMs were storing docker images locally and CJE wasn’t cleaning up the images fast enough. With this feature, we have optimized 'Docker clean up' which will mitigate the lack of disk space to reduce CI/CD interruptions.
CJE installs could fail with NFS v4.x. When installed using NFS 4.x servers as a storage solution, CJE will not properly mount JENKINS_HOME in containers. The issue has been fixed, removing installation (and upgrade) failures. This issue only applies to installations on OpenStack and vSphere.
Provide more accurate cluster capacity metrics in Operations Center dashboard. With this fix in place, the shared services or tools manager can get a better gauge of infrastructure capacity in a CJE cluster (such as CPU and memory resources). This enables customers to manage and optimize their resources.

CloudBees Jenkins Advisor

Now available, CloudBees Jenkins Advisor is a free service that preempts master downtime by offering diagnostic reports on issues it has detected. Customers can take advantage of this service by installing a plugin, which collects data (service bundle) on your master, analyzes it against the CloudBees knowledge base and emails a report on corrective actions. Subscribe today!

CloudBees Jenkins Platform 

An older product, CloudBees Jenkins Platform forms the base of, CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, with features that enable enterprise needs such as scalability, manageability, and security. 

Improvement Benefit

SAML 2.0 authentication support. 

SAML 2.0 authentication is a key standard for Single Sign On (SSO) solutions is available through polished plugin, a formal QA process and engineering resources.

Customers using SSO through Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Active Directory Federated Services, CA Identity Management, Okta, etc. have first class support on their SAML authentication, making for a much smoother CJP login experience.

 

Release Notes

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