2.5

This release of IBM UrbanCode Velocity is a maintenance release and includes bug fixes. This release is recommended for all customers.

Insights update

On the Insights page, when you click the Reports tab, available reports include the following:

  • Pipeline snapshot
  • Deployment audit
  • Deployment duration (Beta)

Release deployment plans

Optimized deployment rendering for improved performance including memory, CPU, and utilization of user sessions.

Installations and upgrades

For installations and upgrades of OpenShift and Kubernetes, at the Choose the platform prompt, you are presented with Kubernetes or OpenShift (Using Helm) as the platform. You can currently install IBM UrbanCode Velocity using service templates and the process should yield successful results without encountering any issues.

Note: Starting with future versions, installations of IBM UrbanCode Velocity as an OpenShift application using service templates will be deprecated and you should prepare migration to using Helm charts. If you are planning to migrate to using Helm charts, create a support ticket here and we will help you with the transition process. Otherwise, check upcoming release notes for more details when more information is available.

New roles and global scope

When you click Settings > Authorization > Roles, roles capabilities are expanded including the following features:

  • Addition of new roles.
  • Security for Value streams, Insights, and Settings.
  • Assign roles and manage global roles.

Help

For the Help icon:

  • When you click the question mark help icon, you can select either of the following items:
    • Documentation
    • Getting started
      • Redesigned the Getting started page.
      • Upon initial login, all users including admin are directed to the Getting started page.
    • Support portal
    • Ideas portal
    • Plugins
    • About
  • Changed the Help icon to the ? icon.

Settings

The Settings icon turns yellow for either or both of the following conditions:

  • User authentication is not configured.
  • Integrations are not installed.

 

The following table is a cumulative list of fixes in the 2.5 version.

On the Value streams page, if a work item status contains a leading number and a DQL query references that number, stage change event calculations yield correct results.
On the Value streams page displayed in the Chinese language, when you click on any of the filter drop-downs, the page filters properly according to your selection.
 On the Pipelines page on any environment except Input, when you click Add gate, modal UI text is updated for clarity.
On the Pipelines page, if API-driven pipelines and auto promotion are set up simultaneously, both operate properly without issues.
On the Pipelines page, resolved an issue with duplicate pipeline deployments occurring when both autopromotion and gates were configured on the same environment.
On the Pipelines page, gates failure no longer alternates between the same two jobs in any environment.
Fixed security vulnerabilities.
When you click the Help icon and then select Getting started, the drop-down closes properly.

Plan and 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 require a master license key, which can be acquired from IBM Passport Advantage.

Online installer

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.

Offline installer

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 Fix Central. 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.

Learn

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

Get support

For information from support, including FAQs, visit the IBM Support portal. You can configure the support portal to view information about specific products.

Announcements

MongoDB Version 3.6 end of support

The MongoDB version 3.6 has reached end of life and all MongoDB 3.6 instances must be upgraded to MongoDB 4.0 for IBM UrbanCode Velocity 2.3.0 to start. This upgrade applies only if you are running UrbanCode Velocity in a Docker Compose environment.

If you are upgrading or have ever upgraded from a UrbanCode Velocity version prior to v1.4.5, which was released in March 2020, you must migrate your MongoDB. The procedure to complete is described in the following table. The procedure depends on several items.

Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
IBM UrbanCode Velocity version 1.4.4 or earlier Upgraded from 1.4.4 or earlier to a version between 1.4.5 to 2.2.4 New installation of 1.4.5 or higher
MongoDB version 3.4 3.6 3.6
MongoDB compatibility flag version 3.4 3.4 3.6
Solution A Upgrade to version 2.2.5, then to 2.3.0 Upgrade to version 2.2.5, then to 2.3.0 Upgrade directly to version 2.3.0
Solution B N/A Run MongoDB command:

db.adminCommand( { setFeatureCompatibilityVersion: 3.6 } )

to set compatibility flag to version 3.6

N/A
Solution C Contact support. Contact support. N/A

Upgrade information

Starting in 2.4.1

When upgrading from an IBM UrbanCode version prior to 2.4.0 for Kubernetes and OpenShift upgrades, you are required to perform a Helm uninstall and install prior to performing a full installation of version 2.4.x.

For Docker Compose upgrades of IBM UrbanCode Velocity with a default certificate replaced with a custom certificate, the installer tracks the latter certificate and reads the associated files from the directory location.


Starting in 2.4.0

When upgrading from an IBM UrbanCode version prior to 2.4.0 for Kubernetes and OpenShift upgrades, you are required to perform a Helm uninstall and install prior to performing a full installation of version 2.4.x.


Starting in 2.1.0

The Jenkins UrbanCode Velocity plug-in is now prerequisite and must be installed. The allows for running Jenkins jobs as a part of a deployment plan in UrbanCode Velocity. Version 2.1.0 of the plug-in is required. For more information about the plugin, see the Jenkins website.


Starting in 2.0.0

Starting in UrbanCode Velocity v2.0.0, the MongoDB server 3.4 is no longer supported. UrbanCode Velocity v2.0.0 supports MongoDB server versions: 3.6, 4.0, and 4.2. For more information about out of service MongoDB server versions, see Mongo website.

  • Docker Compose installations automatically upgrade to 3.6.
  • Helm installations require manual upgrade or installation of the MongoDB server to 3.6 or later.
  • New Helm installations use MongoDB 4.2 according to the Helm chart.

1.5.1 Improves Upgrade Support for all Prior Versions

All versions can be directly upgraded to 1.5.1 or later. Helm upgrades from 1.4.5 and 1.5.0 avoid previous complications. 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


Starting in 1.5.0

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.

  1. Delete your currently installed release with helm delete --purge , where is the name of your current UrbanCode velocity release.
  2. 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

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, such as: OpenShift and Kubernetes 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 continue to support the prior version of MongoDB, but deprecate the version before that. For example, when the shipped version of MongoDB is upgrade to v4.0, support is continued for v3.6 and and v3.4 is deprecated. We estimate that this will require two MongoDB upgrades per year, which should not force our Enterprise Docker Platform users to upgrade their MongoDB image more than once a year.