Last modified: 27 Dec 2007
WARNING: This documentation covers Parallels H-Sphere versions up to 3.1. For the latest up-to-date Parallels H-Sphere documentation, please proceed to the
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H-Sphere 2.5 introduces significant changes in managing operating system packages installed with H-Sphere.
The ultimate goal is to make H-Sphere installation modular, its packages independent and self-configurable,
and to use standard package managers like
yum, up2date, apt-get, or swup, for scheduled updates of H-Sphere services,
instead of running occasional update scripts or updating H-Sphere versions.
Read more about what's new in
H-Sphere updater in 2.5 and up.
Here is the list of major innovations and improvements in H-Sphere system packages:
Check package versions in supported H-Sphere releases and
change logs for major packages installed with H-Sphere.
All packages are rebuilt to meet the new requirements:
- Included post-install and pre-remove scripts wherever required;
- Provided information about static dependencies;
- Conformed to package code name conventions;
- Optimized package list;
- All packages are made self-configured, with possibility to start/stop/restart corresponding services.
New Common Packages
hsphere-info package installs the
/hsphere/shared/bin/hsinfo script on each server. The script collects information
about about this server into the /hsphere/shared/etc/config.xml file.
This XML file contains information about physical and logical server names, ids, IPs; system zones;
current H-Sphere version, etc.
hsphere-update is installed on each server. It is used by
to update H-Sphere and its particular packages and to
add new H-Sphere physical and logical servers.
Now H-Sphere scripts installed in the /hsphere/shared/scripts directory are now built as a single
hsphere-utils installs some useful utilities like logrotate, unzip, gzip,
pidof to each H-Sphere server.
Now a single hsphere-perl package
includes all Perl modules coming with H-Sphere. This package can work with the Perl version
in H-Sphere release and also supports 2 latest Perl versions.
During the package installation the respective script automatically chooses the current Perl version.
Thus, hsphere-perl makes it easier to update Perl without any compatibility issues, and enables
system OS package managers to install and include any set of Perl modules in a respective distributive.
Changes in Service Packages
Apache and PHP
The hsphere-apache-webbox Web server package is now split into separate Apache and PHP packages.
- hsphere-apache is installed on Web servers, but the same package is used and shared by
mail (for Webmail), MySQL (for PhpMyAdmin), and PostgreSQL (for PhpPgAdmin) services.
The current version is hsphere-apache-1.3.34-1.
- Separate PHP packages provide support for PHP 4 and PHP 5 branches
with a comprehensive set of plugins included, with a possibility to toggle these versions in
Control Panel for each physical server. PHP is installed both as DSO Apache modules and
command-line interface, with LDAP, PEAR, and PECL. Packages:
All mail packages are rebuilt for H-Sphere 2.5:
- Mail Service: new generation hsphere-mail-service-4-x packages have the
same features as the latest hsphere-mail-service-3-x rebuilt for HS 2.5 and up
- Webmail: hsphere-webmails-h2.5-x-x packages are the same as the
the latest hsphere-webmails-x-x rebuilt for HS 2.5 and up
- IMAP: hsphere-imap-h2.5-x.x.x-x packages are the same as the
the latest hsphere-imap-x.x.x-x rebuilt for HS 2.5 and up
H-Sphere 2.5 and up cancels support for Bind 8.x. Bind 9 package has undergone some essential changes.
See hsphere-bind Changelog for details.
Third-Party Products Installed as H-Sphere Packages
For the sake of easy update of third-party products, they are built as H-Sphere packages and updated to ensure
support of PHP 5 which handles objects in a principally new way. Packages:
The following third-party packages are re-built as H-Sphere packages to avoid possible conflicts:
SiteStudio is now installed to H-Sphere and updated by means of the packages:
- hsphere-sitestudio-core - imaker and SiteStudio related configs.
- hsphere-sitestudio-templates - package with SiteStudio templates.