Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.4.0edit

New for Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.4.0:

  • Elastic App Search (beta). You can now add Elastic App Search to your deployments for a more streamlined search experience: From mobile applications to geo-localized search, Elastic App Search offers customization tools, such as query-time synonyms and relevance tuning interfaces, that cater to both technical and non-technical search managers on your team. Check Enable App Search.
  • Elastic Cloud Control tooling (ecctl, beta). A new command-line interface, ecctl is built on top of our existing ECE API and used by our own engineers. With ecctl, you can perform many of the operations that traditionally require using the Cloud UI or authenticating with the ECE API directly from the command line. This new tool provides added value if you want to script or automate portions of your ECE operations. The code is open for contributions on GitHub, so that you can build your own solution on top or add your own commands. New releases of ecctl happen separately from the ECE release cadence. Check Elastic Cloud Control Documentation.
  • Better control through API keys. ECE now supports API keys that you can hand out to teams so that they can view or modify deployments. These API keys include tight integration with ECE role-based access controls (RBAC), so that an ECE administrator can create unique API keys for each user. Additionally, these user-specific API keys can be revoked as needed, for example in the case of a security compromise. Check Authenticate using an API key.
  • New API endpoints to manage deployments. This version of ECE introduces new API endpoints that treat deployments as a single entity, so that you can manage an entire deployment as a whole. Gone are the days when you needed to use different endpoints to upgrade the Elastic Stack components of a deployment, for example. The following endpoints are all new:

  • New deployment distribution strategies. One of the benefits of the ECE platform is its robust deployment distribution logic that maximizes the utilization of the underlying resources you deploy the Elastic Stack on. With ECE 2.4, we are introducing several new deployment distribution strategies that let you customize how the Elastic Stack gets distributed across the available set of allocators in your ECE installation. Check Configure allocator affinity.
  • A replacement proxy for ECE. One of the most important components of Elastic Cloud Enterprise is the proxy that most users interact with and that routes all incoming requests to the right deployment. ECE 2.4 includes a brand new proxy layer that brings improved stability and fault tolerance, along with the ability to keep routing traffic to Elastic Stack deployments even if the ECE coordination layer fails completely. Although new to ECE 2.4, this replacement proxy has been running in production as part of the Elasticsearch Service for several months, across three major cloud providers and dozens of regions. The new proxy is also more memory and CPU efficient, outperforming the previous implementation.
  • Updated proxy layer defaults. In previous versions, the Elastic Cloud Enterprise proxy layer permitted negotiation with a client using TLS 1.0 and an intermediate level cipher suite. The proxy settings are now updated to default to a minimum of TLS 1.2 and a modern cipher suite, but we also include support for reverting to the legacy behavior. Check Configuring the TLS version.
  • Elasticsearch and Kibana 7.4.1 and 6.8.4. This version of Elastic Cloud Enterprise includes new Elastic Stack versions. Previous versions of ECE can download these versions and add them as Elastic Stack packs. To learn more about best practices when upgrading, check Upgrade versions.

Want to learn more about what’s in this release? Check out our Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.4 announcement blog post. To upgrade to your Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation to this latest version, check Upgrade your installation.

Known problemsedit

This version of ECE has a known problem with traffic filtering, where users are unable to add or manage rule sets within the Cloud UI correctly. When attempting to add a rule while creating a new rule set, there is no option to save the rule or add more rules. Instead, a Create rule set button is displayed and while attempting to create the rule set the request appears to complete successfully, the new rule set does not include the rule. As a workaround, you can create and manage rule sets with the REST API.

This issue is fixed in Elastic Cloud Enterprise 2.4.1.

This version of Elastic Cloud Enterprise has a known problem with the installation or upgrade script yielding a false negative exception when journaldis used as a logging driver in Docker daemon versions 1.12 and 1.13. This error occurs even though the underlying bootstrap or upgrade process has completed successfully. Users need to check the output of bootstrap.log or upgrade.log to determine if the process completed successfully.

ECE versions from 2.4.0 to 2.4.3 are affected.

This version of ECE has a known problem with App Search upgrades from versions 7.5 to 7.6: Rolling upgrades can lead to limited data loss if you are actively modifying new engines during the upgrade process. The upgrade requires App Search instances for 7.5 to be stopped before the 7.6 ones are started. As a workaround, before upgrading the 7.5 App Search instances to 7.6, you can stop the traffic towards those instances by selecting Stop routing in the UI. Once all 7.5 instances are no longer routing traffic, it is safe to perform the upgrade by selecting Upgrade.

ECE versions from 2.4.0 to 2.4.4 are affected.

This version of ECE has a known problem with upgrading Elasticsearch to versions 7.7 and higher in deployments with App Search. App Search is no longer present in those stack versions and will be replaced by Enterprise Search, which will be available in an upcoming minor version of Elastic Cloud Enterprise.

ECE versions from 2.4 and 2.5 are affected.

All App Search versions from 7.5 to 7.6 have a bug in which the system.log file is not rotated.

Release date: October 29, 2019