Zed Series (20.2.0 - 21.1.x) Release Notes


Upgrade Notes

  • Adds sha256, sha384 and sha512 as supported SNMPv3 authentication protocols to iRMC driver.

  • ipxe boot_interface will be preferred to irmc-pxe by default with the irmc hardware type during the new baremetal node creation. This change doesn’t affect to the existing baremetal nodes. Operators who want to continue to use irmc-pxe as default boot interface need to specify it in [DEFAULT]default_boot_interface setting in ironic.conf.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes bug in iRMC driver, where irmc power_interface sets and updates irmc_ipmi_succeed flag which is used by rest of iRMC driver code to deal with iRMC firmware’s IPMI incompatibility but ipmitool power_interface doesn’t set nor update irmc_ipmi_succeed flag and rest of iRMC driver code fail to handle iRMC firmware’s IPMI incompatibility correctly.

  • Fixes an issue where a System Scoped user could not trigger a node into a manageable state with cleaning enabled, as the Neutron client would attempt to utilize their user’s token to create the Neutron port for the cleaning operation, as designed. This is because with requests made in the system scope, there is no associated project and the request fails.

    Ironic now checks if the request has been made with a system scope, and if so it utilizes the internal credential configuration to communicate with Neutron.

  • Fixes the default boot interface order for the irmc hardware type where previously it would prefer irmc-pxe over ipxe. This created inconsistencies for operators using multiple hardware types, where both interfaces were enabled in the deployment. Because the fix is backported on this point of releasae of Zed, operators who will update their environment beyond this release have to check the related upgrade note and take necessary action even though their update will be done in Zed release.

  • Fixes issues with Lenovo hardware where the system firmware may display a blue “Boot Option Restoration” screen after the agent writes an image to the host in UEFI boot mode, requiring manual intervention before the deployed node boots. This issue is rooted in multiple changes being made to the underlying NVRAM configuration of the node. Lenovo engineers have suggested to only change the UEFI NVRAM and not perform any further changes via the BMC to configure the next boot. Ironic now does such on Lenovo hardware. More information and background on this issue can be discovered in bug 2053064.


Upgrade Notes

  • When Ironic operator uses irmc driver against Fujitsu server which runs iRMC version S6 2.00 or later, operator may need to set Redfish parameters in driver_info so this fix can operate properly or operator should enable IPMI over LAN through BMC settings, if possible.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes Ironic integration with Cinder because of changes which resulted as part of the recent Security related fix in bug 2004555. The work in Ironic to track this fix was logged in bug 2019892. Ironic now sends a service token to Cinder, which allows for access restrictions added as part of the original CVE-2023-2088 fix to be appropriately bypassed. Ironic was not vulnerable, but the restrictions added as a result did impact Ironic’s usage. This is because Ironic volume attachments are not on a shared “compute node”, but instead mapped to the physical machines and Ironic handles the attachment life-cycle after initial attachment.

  • When aborting cleaning, the last_error field is no longer initially empty. It is now populated on the state transition to clean failed.

  • When cleaning or deployment fails, the last_error field is no longer temporary set to None while the power off action is running.

  • Fixes Invalid cross-device link in some cases when using file:// image URLs.

  • Fixes an issue where if selinux is enabled and enforcing, and the published image is a hardlink, the source selinux context is preserved, causing access denied when retrieving the image using hardlink URL.

  • Fixes bug of iRMC driver in parse_driver_info where, if FIPS is enabled, SNMP version is always required to be version 3 even though iRMC driver’s xxx_interface doesn’t use SNMP actually.

  • Fixes a firmware incompatibility issue with iRMC versions S6 2.00 and later now doesn’t support IPMI over LAN by default. To deal with this problem, irmc driver first tries IPMI operation then, if IPMI operation fails, it tries Redfish API of Fujitsu server. The operator must set Redfish parameters in the driver_info if iRMC disable or doesn’t support IPMI over LAN.

  • Fixes 'NoneType' object is not iterable in conductor logs for redfish and idrac-redfish RAID clean and deploy steps. The message should no longer appear. For affected nodes re-create the node or delete raid_configs entry from driver_internal_info field.

  • Fixes an issue in the online upgrade logic where database models for Node Traits and BIOS Settings resulted in an error when performing the online data migration. This was because these tables were originally created as extensions of the Nodes database table, and the schema of the database was slightly different enough to result in an error if there was data to migrate in these tables upon upgrade, which would have occured if an early BIOS Setting adopter had data in the database prior to upgrading to the Yoga release of Ironic.

    The online upgrade parameter now subsitutes an alternate primary key name name when applicable.

  • Fixes an issue where an agent token could be inadvertently orphaned if a node is already in the target power state when we attempt to turn the node off.

  • Fixes scope classification check with the “self_owned_node” policy check where it was limited to check execution with only project scoped, so system scoped users who ticked the policy endpoint would basically get an incorrect error.

  • Fixes the bug where provisioning a Redfish managed node fails if the BMC doesn’t support EthernetInterfaces attribute, even if MAC address information is provided manually. This is done by handling of MissingAttributeError sushy exception in get_mac_addresses() method. This fix is needed to successfully provision machines such as Cisco UCSB and UCSX.

  • Modify iRMC driver to use ironic.conf [deploy] default_boot_mode to determine default boot_mode.

  • No longer re-calculates checksums for images that are already raw. Previously, it would cause significant delays in deploying raw images.

  • The per-node external_http_url setting in the driver info is now used for a boot ISO. Previously this setting was only used for a config floppy.

  • Fixes an issue where an agent token was being orphaned if a baremetal node timed out during cleaning operations, leading to issues where the node would not be able to establish a new token with Ironic upon future in some cases. We now always wipe the token in this case.



The Ironic team hereby announces the release of the Zed version of Ironic. This version, 21.1.0, represents the collaboration of Ironic’s contributors during the Zed release cycle, which first saw the release of Ironic 20.2.0, and Ironic 21.1.0. These versions saw improvements in functionality to better support infrastructure operators from the configuration of individual nodes, to support a greater separation of duties, and ultimately Self-Service Bare Metal as a Service, or “SSBMaaS”. Along with these features, these releases have seen numerous bug fixes. We sincerely hope you enjoy it!

New Features

  • Adds raritan_pdu2, servertech_sentry3, servertech_sentry4, and vertivgest_pdu snmp drivers to support additional PDU models.

  • Adds an automatic switch to url for the kickstart template when the source is a URL path as opposed to a stage2 ramdisk.

  • Adds a concurrency limiter for number of nodes in states related to Cleaning and Provisioning operations across the ironic deployment. These settings default to a maximum number of concurrent deployments to 250 and a maximum number of concurrent deletes and cleaning operations to 50. These settings can be tuned using [conductor]max_concurrent_deploy and [conductor]max_concurrent_clean, respectively. The defaults should generally be good for most operators in most cases. Large scale operators should evaluate the defaults and tune appropriately as this feature cannot be disabled, as it is a security mechanism.

  • Adds new clean steps create_csr and add_https_certificate to ilo and ilo5 hardware types which allows users to create Certificate Signing Request(CSR) and adds signed HTTPS certificate to the iLO.

  • The [dhcp]dhcp_provider configuration option can now be set to dnsmasq as an alternative to none for standalone deployments. This enables the same node-specific DHCP capabilities as the neutron provider. See the [dnsmasq] section for configuration options.

  • Provides vendor passthru methods for ilo and ilo5 hardware types to create, delete and get subscriptions for BMC events. These methods are supported for HPE ProLiant Gen10 and HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus servers.

  • Adds the capability for a project scoped admin user to be able to create nodes in Ironic, which are then manageable by the project scoped admin user. Effectively, this is self service Bare Metal as a Service, however more advanced fields such as drivers, chassies, are not available to these users. This is controlled through an auto-population of the Node owner field, and can be controlled through the [api]project_admin_can_manage_own_nodes setting, which defaults to True, and the new policy baremetal:node:create:self_owned_node.

  • Adds the capability for a project scoped admin user to be able to delete nodes from Ironic which their project owns. This can be contolled through the [api]project_admin_can_manage_own_nodes setting, which defaults to True, as well as the baremetal:node:delete:self_owned_node policy.

Upgrade Notes

  • Large scale operators should be aware that a new feature, referred to as “Concurrent Action Limit” was introduced as a security mechanism to provide a means to limit attackers, or faulty scripts, from potentially causing irreperable harm to an environment. This feature cannot be disabled, and operators are encouraged to tune the new settings [conductor]max_concurrent_deploy and [conductor]max_concurrent_clean to match the needs of their environment.

  • Operators who are upgrading should be aware that a bug was discovered with the automatic selection of boot_interface for users of the ilo and ilo5 hardware types. This was an inconsistency, resulting in pxe being selected instead of ipxe if both boot interfaces were enabled. Depending on the local configuration, this may, or may not have happened and will remain static on preexisting baremetal nodes. Some users may have been relying upon this incorrect behavior by having misalligned defaults by trying to use the pxe interface for ipxe. Users wishing to continue this usage as it was previously will need to explicitly set a boot_interface value to either pxe or ilo-ipxe by default, depending on the local configuration. Most operators have leveraged the default examples, and thus did not explicitly encounter this condition. Operators explicitly wishing to use pxe boot interfaces with the ipxe templates and defaults set to override the defaults for ironic.conf will need to either continue to leverage default override configurations in their ironic.conf file.

Security Issues

  • This release contains an improvement which, by default, allows users to create and delete baremetal nodes inside their own project. This can be disabled using the [api]project_admin_can_manage_own_nodes setting.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes detecting of allowable values for a BIOS settings enumeration in the redfish BIOS interface when only ValueDisplayName is provided.

  • Adds a configuration option, [anaconda]insecure_heartbeat to allow for TLS certificate validation to be disabled in the anaconda deployment interface, which is needed for continious integration to be able to be performed without substantial substrate image customization. This option is not advised for any production usage.

  • Fixes an issue where image information retrieval would fail when a path was supplied when using the anaconda deploy interface, as HTTP HEAD requests on a URL path have no Content-Length. We now consider if a path is used prior to attempting to collect additional configuration data from what is normally expected to be Glance.

  • Fixes an issue where the fallback to a default kickstart template value would result in error indicating “Scheme-less image href is not a UUID”. This was becaues the handling code falling back to the default did not explicitly indicate it was a file URL before saving the value.

  • Fixes an issue where cleaning operations could fail in such a way that was not easily recoverable when pre-cleaning network interface configuration was validated, yet contained invalid configuration. Now Ironic properly captures the error and exits from cleaning in a state which allows for cleaning to be retried.

  • Fixes idrac-redfish RAID delete_configuration step to convert PERC 9 and PERC 10 controllers to RAID mode if it is not already set.

  • Fixes the default boot interface order for the ilo hardware type where previously it would prefer pxe over ipxe. This created inconsistencies for operators using multiple hardware types, where both interfaces were enabled in the deployment.

  • Fixes API error messages with jsonschema>=4.8. A possible root cause is now detected for generic schema errors.

  • Fixes an issue where the Redfish session cache would continue using an old session when a password for a Redfish BMC was changed. Now the old session will not be found in this case, and a new session will be created with the latest credential information available.

Other Notes

  • The maximum disk erasure concurrency setting, [deploy]disk_erasure_concurrency has been incremed to 4. Previously, this was kept at 1 in order to maintain continuity of experience, but operators have not reported any issues with an increased concurrency, and as such we feel comfortable upstream enabling concurrent disk erasure/cleaning. This setting applies to the erase_devices clean step.