The July 2018 release includes:
- New US-East region: US-East-2
- Connecting to an AIX VM with X Windows
- New and updated public templates, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Improved messaging for large usage reports
- REST API v1 support for automatically shutting down environments
Skytap Cloud also recently made updates to your marketing email preferences and account information.
New US-East region: US-East-2
Skytap Cloud continues to grow! To meet increasing demand for data center capacity on the eastern coast of the United States, Skytap Cloud has opened a second multi-tenant data center in this region: US-East-2. US-East-2 is an independent data center that does not share regional limits or capacity with US-East.
The US-East-2 region is now generally available.
For learn more about Skytap Cloud regions, see Understanding regions.
Connecting to an AIX VM with X Windows
Though AIX is generally considered a command-line-driven operating system, some AIX software is optimized for installation from a graphical user interface (GUI). If you need an AIX GUI, you can enable a Skytap Cloud AIX VM as an X11 client over an SSH published service and connect to it using an X Windows GUI.
For more details about configuring an X Windows display for an AIX VM, see Connecting to an AIX VM with X Windows.
New and updated public templates, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Skytap Cloud has added new and updated pre-built virtual machines to the public template library, including a public template for the new Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS release. Skytap Cloud public templates are a useful starting point for building new environments or testing new technologies in your application stack. For information about viewing and using public templates in your account, see Skytap Cloud public templates.
The new templates include:
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop - Firstboot
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Server - Firstboot
- Ubuntu 17.10 Server - Firstboot
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop - Firstboot
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server - Firstboot
These Ubuntu templates come pre-installed with Firstboot, which is a technology similar to Windows Sysprep. The first time you run an Ubuntu machine with Firstboot, you are prompted to configure the operating system (by setting the username, password, display language, name server address, etc.).
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server POWER8
- Windows Server 2016 Standard (audio and RDP configured)
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (audio and RDP configured)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (audio and RDP configured)
- Empty Windows 10 Image 64-bit
- Empty Windows 8 Image 64-bit
- Empty Windows 7 Image 64-bit
- Empty Windows Server 2016 64-bit
- Empty Windows Server 2012 64-bit
- Empty Windows Server 2008 R2 Image 64-bit
- Empty Ubuntu 64-bit Image 30GB
Skytap Cloud also updated the following templates with the latest operating system patches:
- Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise (Version 1709)
- Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (Version 1709)
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home (Version 1709)
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
- Microsoft Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- Windows 7 Enterprise
- Windows 7 Pro
- Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Improved messaging for large usage reports
Skytap Cloud now provides advanced messaging if a usage report is too large to run.
Rather than time out over a period of several minutes, the report will fail quickly and display a message indicating that the report is too large. Use the filter parameters on the page to select a shorter date range, or to apply filters to the report.
For detailed instructions, see Generating usage reports.
REST API v1 support for automatically shutting down environments
The REST API v1 now supports operations for automatically shutting down environments when they are idle, or at a specific date and time. This functionality was added for the REST API v2 in the previous release.
- For instructions, see the updated reference documentation for the v1 Environments resource.
- For general information about automatically shutting down environments or using the REST API, see:
Updates to your marketing email preferences and account information
Skytap now provides options for customizing the types of marketing and product team communications you want to receive.
During a one-time step, you’ll be prompted to update your marketing email preferences and provide your country of residence. This helps ensure that Skytap is sending you the most relevant information, and that we are honoring all applicable data laws in your country.
You can change your marketing email preferences or country of residence at any time from the Account page in Skytap Cloud.
NOTE: Skytap Cloud has deprecated the previous checkbox that was used to indicate whether users wanted to receive marketing emails.
REST API v2 users: To ensure that all marketing email preferences are correctly logged, the REST API field (
wants_email) associated with the
/v2/account resource has been deprecated. Previous values have been replaced with a
null value, and the field is now read-only.
Attempts to edit this field will be ignored by the REST API. Users should manage their marketing email preferences at http://research.skytap.com/Email-Preference-Center.html.
Highlights from recent releases
- Automatically shut down inactive environments
- Recent activity feed for environments
- New Advanced Import Appliance
- Email notifications for department and regional usage (admins)
- Linux VMs on Power hardware in Skytap Cloud