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New features specific to self-hosted deployments

This page cumulates all the new ThingPark Enterprise features brought by the different 7.3.x software releases, which are specific to self-hosted deployments (i.e. not applicable to SaaS). See the 7.3 changelog to know more about the split of those features per maintenance release.

Add custom entries to /etc/hosts RDTP-15208

For Appliance/VM-based deployments, this feature makes it possible to add custom entries to /etc/hosts without losing them during reboot or software upgrade operations.

This custom configuration is applied to all the containers having outgoing flows:

  • actility_tpx-flow-bridge
  • actility_node-red
  • actility_lrc

This feature is not relevant for self-hosted TPE over Kubernetes infrastructure.

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Key customer benefits

Operational efficiency, simplifying the ThingPark Enterprise integration with the customer's external servers.

Feature activation

Extra hosts can be configured in Cockpit under "TPE Configuration" -> "Advanced settings", as described in the Administration guidelines.

Feature limitations

Not applicable.

Private IP address allocation enhancements RDTP-18317

Prior to release 7.3, the subnets 192.168.0.0/24 and 192.168.1.0/24 were reserved for internal product use, therefore these private IP address ranges could not be used in end customers enterprise LAN environment for the following NW address allocations:

  • TPE server
  • Base Stations configured with IPSec security
  • Application Servers

Starting release 7.3, IP addresses used internally by the TPE system become configurable, to avoid using IP addresses already used by the customer's deployment environment.

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For a new TPE installation, the TPE system administrator can choose the /20 IPV4 block the TPE platform will use internally. The subnet 192.168.0.0/20 is used by default, but the administrator can change this Internal Subnet in "TPE services" module during the cluster creation step.

Additionally, the TPE administrator may customize the IPV4 subnet used by base stations configured in IPSec mode, through Cockpit:

This feature is not relevant for self-hosted TPE over Kubernetes infrastructure.

Key customer benefits

Smoother integration of self-hosted TPE deployments with the customer's IT environment, avoiding IP address conflicts.

Feature activation

This feature is deactivated by default for TPE platforms installed in a previous TPE release.

To change the internal TPE subnet for a running platform, use the procedure described in Appliance/VM administration guide.

To change the IPSec subnet, see TPE configuration.

Feature limitations

Changing the internal subnet for a running platform results in a change of the LRC and FTP IP addresses for base stations using IPSec. Hence, the base station managers must reconfigure the LRC and FTP IP addresses for those base stations, as described in Configuring core network endpoints. Nevertheless, ThingPark's Infrastructure Commissioning Service (ICS) may be used to seamlessly do this reconfiguration.

Upgrade TPX IoT Flow to version 1.7

ThingPark Enterprise 7.3 brings a new version of ThingPark X IoT Flow engine, upgrading from v1.6 to v1.7.

In self-hosted TPE 7.3.0, the IoT Flow version is 1.7.14. In self-hosted TPE 7.3.3, the IoT Flow version is 1.7.16c.

To learn more about the changes brought by each IoT Flow version, see the related IoT Flow release notes.

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Key customer benefits

New connectors + major functional enhancements. To learn more, see TPX release notes.

Feature activation

This feature is activated by default.

Feature limitations

Not applicable.

Enhancements specific to Kubernetes deployments

ThingPark Enterprise 7.3 brings several enhancements to Kubernetes deployments:

  • Omit the requirement to have three dedicated workers. RDTP-20772
  • Support Kubernetes API versions 1.24, 1.25 and 1.26. RDTP-19464
  • Host all third party docker images used for TPE Kubernetes deployment on the ThingPark repository and have only one outbound flow for all docker images. RDTP-21029
  • Rename of thingpark-enterprise-controller helm chart. RDTP-21031
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Key customer benefits

These enhancements offer significant operational gains for Kubernetes deployments, making it easier to integrate & scale-up the TPE deployment within the customer’s existing kubernetes cluster.

Additionally, supporting the latest API versions allow customers to leverage the most updated cloud-based Kubernetes services.

Feature activation

For new TPE deployments, these enhancements are activated by default.

For existing deployments, all the enhancements are activated by default except the first one (about dedicated workers) which requires a specific migration procedure documented in Kubernetes upgrade guide.

Feature limitations

Not applicable.