This page provides a summary of enhancements and bug fixes for 1.5.4 and prior 1.5.x releases. To get started with new features checkout out Velocity resources.
Key Features/Enhancements in 1.5.4
Easier Scheduling of Release Start Time
Deployment schedulers can now specify start time when joining a release. Previously this required release managers to update the start time after creation. The scheduled deployment time is now defaulted to release start time.
Snapshots now show Individual Component Versions
Snapshots now show individual component versions from the deployment plan “Version Tab”.
Pipeline Environments no longer Require Deployment to Leading Environments
A new checkbox has been added to pipeline deployments to allow deployment of any available version. The default list of versions remains the same as before, that is, it only includes versions that have already been deployed to environments left of the target environment. The new checkbox allows this restriction to be circumvented by selecting any version if needed.
Easier Velocity Trial Extension
Velocity extended trial keys can now be entered from the UI, under settings –> license management. It is still necessary to contact support to obtain a new trial key before extending.
- Fixed ability to change log level for several services
- Fixed Jenkins job execution drilldown status to fully complete if the task is manually marked as completed.
- Fixed issue that complicated pipeline deletion if deleted integrations were included in the vsm.
- When a user goes to replace a vsm.json file, the upload form includes a warning to backup the previous vsm.json file. Velocity 1.5.4 fixes a link to download the existing vsm.json file in this warning message.
Key Features/Enhancements in 1.5.3
Improved LDAP Settings Page
Added ability to import LDAP user groups by entering a username string from the LDAP settings page. The username string can include wildcards.
Improved Add/Edit Integration Forms
Advanced “hidden” fields can now be toggled from create/edit integration forms. This simplifies form usage while improving configuration.
Improved UCD Application Naming
UCD application names have better context by having their associated integration names appended.
- Fixed partial value stream display when using FireFox and Safari browsers.
- Improved integration forms: always synchronize form fields with plugin version and fixed possible checkbox bug when creating more than one integration.
- Reduced value stream dot (work item) alert noise.
- Improved consistency of value stream navigation from value stream “card” view.
Fixed the UrbanCode Deploy Status task to correctly identify and ignore all snapshot components that do not specify at least one component version. UrbanCode Deploy statuses can only be applied to components with versions.
Key Features/Enhancements in 1.5.2
- Fixes a v1.5.1 specific issue where usernames with uppercase lettering that were upgraded from a prior installation would be prevented from accessing deployment plans and reports.
Key Features/Enhancements in 1.5.1
New Deployment Plan Task can “Run a Shell Script”
A new “Shell” plugin brings the powerful flexibility of containerized shell execution as part of deployment plans. Simply add the plugin and integration to Velocity and you will be able to configure deployment plan templates with a new type of task to “Run a Shell Script”.
Deployment Plan Task Support for UrbanCode Deploy Properties
Velocity can now pass properties to UrbanCode Deploy (UCD) tasks as part of a deployment plan. Property values can be set from Velocity as name-value pairs in the “UCD Properties” text box when creating or editing a task.
New Value Stream Dot Hover-Over
Dots now display hover-over details making value streams more interactive and data rich. Hover-over is available in all “Dot” views: value stream stage view and value stream swim lanes view.
Added Sprint and Release Details and Sprint Coloring
Dots now have sprint and release fields displayed in the details panel. Both are also available as view coloring schemes.
Jenkins Templates are Hidden
The UI has been improved for Jenkins Jobs by hiding CloudBees Jenkins templates which cannot be run on their own.
Other UI improvements
Other UI improvements include the pipeline deployment version selector and improved spacing for stage names.
- Fixed issue where template deployment plans might not be visible to an authorized user.
- Fixed issue where multi-select process did not work for combined apps.
- Fixed issue for dots with long histories.
- Fixed age in stage value for dot overview.
- Fixed an issue to support “latest” as a plugin image tag.
Key Features/Enhancements in 1.5.0
New Value Stream Swim Lanes view
A Value Stream Swim Lanes view is now available for all value streams. The new view reorganizes your original value steam based on assigned user. You can use this view to identify who owns certain work items and how far along these items are in the value steam. The DQL querying is available if you are looking for something specific.
New Pipeline Executor role
The new Pipeline Executor role allow teams to give developers the ability to push builds through the pipeline, but not modify them. Proper use of this role ensures good division of duties and conformity to each deployment.
Improvements to integration logs have been made to improve troubleshooting. Now, the last ten integration executions are saved in a log and each can be viewed. The Logs Modal dialog has been redesigned to better accommodate the additional information.
Insights dashboard improvements to the Deployment Count chart
Several improvements have been made to the Deployment Count chart.
- If a links is available for a Deployment Count chart, it links to additional details.
- The chart can be filtered by User.
- The Group By drop down list now expands to display the selected option.
Problem: Unable to disable SMTP configuration setting
There is now a Delete button to remove a SMTP configuration. Prior to this fix, the SMTP configuration could not be unset or deleted.
- Significant Velocity Related Performance Issues for UrbanCode Deploy prior to v188.8.131.52
APAR PI99803 identified a significant UrbanCode Deploy performance issue due to the Velocity UrbanCode Deploy Integration creating a large number of login requests when gathering deployment information. This issue is resolved with UrbanCode Deploy v184.108.40.206. If you are using UrbanCode Deploy v220.127.116.11 or greater, contact the L2 support team to obtain a performance related patch.
- Velocity 1.5.1 Upgrade could Prevent Access to Deployment Plans and Reports (Fixed with v1.5.2)
APAR PI99806 only affects upgrades to Velocity 1.5.1, where usernames containing uppercase lettering can loose access to deployment plans and reports (fully lowercase names/emails are unaffected). If you have users affected by this, contact support for an immediate work around. This issue is fixed with version 1.5.2 and later (upgrading will resolve the issue).
Plan & Prepare
For supported platforms and requirements you can dynamically generate a system requirements report using the Software Product Compatibility Reports (SPCR) tool.
Install the server
There are two option to obtaining the installation package: online installer and offline installer. Both options will require a master license key, which can be acquired from:
- IBM Passport Advantage – Use this option if you have purchased IBM UrbanCode Velocity.
- Trial Installation – Use this option if you would like to try IBM UrbanCode Velocity.
The online installer option for installing the product requires an internet connection for the entire process. It requires minimum storage for the downloaded package. The downloaded image contains only the Helm charts used to pull the product Docker images from a GitHub location. This is our recommended installation method.
Download the online installer package depending on the platform, the product is being installed.
After the download completes, start the executable file to begin the install process.
Use the offline installer to install Velocity without internet connection. You will still need internet connection at some point to download the installer itself. Once downloaded, the installer will include all containers needed to successfully install the product. For this reason, the offline installer is larger than the online installer and will require more time/bandwidth and disk space when downloading.
The installation package is available from IBM FixCentral. Search and select the installation package appropriate for the installation platform.
After downloading the installation package, decompress the contents into two directories: one for Kubernetes and the other for Docker Compose. See the documentation section on installation for instructions about how to install the server.
A product license key is required to install the product. To obtain a key, you must agree to the terms and conditions provided on Passport Advantage.
To learn more about UrbanCode Velocity, see documentation.
For help installing or using UrbanCode Velocity, post your questions in the UrbanCode forums. Tag your question with velocity.
To suggest an enhancement to the product, visit the RFE Community
For information from support, including FAQs, visit the IBM Support portal. You can configure the support portal to view information about specific products.
Starting in 1.5.1
Restored Upgrade Support for all Prior Versions
All versions, including Helm upgrades from 1.4.5 and 1.5.0, can be directly upgraded to 1.5.1 or later (see Helm upgrade issue from 1.5.0 notes). Velocity 1.5.1 also fixes an old issue that required versions older than 1.2.6 to upgrade to 1.2.6 before upgrading further.
NOTE: Helm upgrades from versions prior to 1.5.0 still require
helm delete --purge <release_name> (see Helm Upgrade Requirements from 1.5.0 notes)
Case Insensitive Usernames
Usernames (usually email addresses) are no longer case sensitive. This is intentional. A side affect will be that upgrades will merge into a single account any preexisting user accounts differentiated only by grammatical case.
Database Structure for Helm Installations
Starting in 1.5.0
Upgrade Path from v1.4.5 to v1.5.0 is Not Supported for Kubernetes/OpenShift
The specific upgrade from 1.4.5 to 1.5.0 for helm dependent installations (Kubernetes, OpenShift, and ICP) is not supported. The result might be inaccessible data, especially for integrations. New installations of v1.5.0 and upgrades from v1.4.4 or lower to v1.5.0 are supported. This issue is resolved as of v1.5.1, allowing the upgrade path from v1.4.5 to v1.5.0 to v1.5.1 for Helm dependent installations.
Helm Upgrade Requirements
Starting with v1.5.0, we have added and modified some Helm Selectors to adhere with best practices. Therefore, running the
helm upgrade command from a previous version of UrbanCode Velocity will fail. All upgrades from a version prior to v.1.5.0 to v1.5.0 or later will require a Helm purge as described below.
- Delete your currently installed release with
helm delete --purge <release_name>, where
<release_name>is the name of your current UrbanCode velocity release.
- Follow the normal install directions with all previous name and values from your previous release.
Note: Your Mongo database will be not be modified as it is maintained outside of the installation.
Starting in 1.4.5
Mongo Database Support and Upgrade Cadence
In v1.4.5, the distributed version of MongoDB was upgraded from v3.4 to v3.6. Docker Compose installs will see the upgrade happen automatically. Other Docker platforms (OpenShift, Kubernetes, etc), will need to manually upgrade their MongoDB instance. MongoDB v3.4 is still supported as of the release of v1.4.5. However, MongoDB v3.4 has been End of Life by Mongo, so we recommend customers upgrade at their earliest convenience.
Going forward, when our shipped version of MongoDB is upgrade, we will continue to support the prior version of MongoDB, but deprecate the version before that. As an example, when the shipped version of MongoDB is upgrade to v4.0, we will continue to support v3.6 and deprecate v3.4. We plan to make two MongoDB upgrades a year, so it would not force our Enterprise Docker Platform users to upgrade their MongoDB image more than once a year.
Starting in 1.4.2
UrbanCode Deploy Audit Logs: APAR PI99803
APAR PI99803 identified a significant performance issue where the UrbanCode Deploy Integration was creating a large amount of login requests when gathering deployment information. If using UrbanCode Deploy v18.104.22.168 or greater, it is highly recommended that you contact the L2 support team to obtain a performance related patch.