Last Update: 2020-10-26

Table of Contents

Major Updates
Ceph in a Windows World
Planned Releases
Release Notes
Known Issues
Report Issues
Mailing list
Frequently Asked Questions
Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code
Private channel for sensitive data
Contact Beta Manager



SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph Technology. It enables enterprises to transform their traditional storage into a cost-efficient, highly scalable and resilient storage infrastructure, capable of seamlessly adapting to changing business and data requirements.

SUSE Enterprise Storage Architecture

Major Updates


Traditionally, SUSE Enterprise Storage delivered RPM packages for Ceph. In the new release, SES 7 will deliver the components as containers. SES 7 uses cephadm an up-stream framework which uses Podman container engine to perform orchestration. Kubernetes and a simple container engine (podman) will use the same containers.

Below are some benefits of containers:

  • Improved upgrade/update story
  • Isolated processes (better debugging/being able to deploy a single PTF container without touching other containers)
  • Ability to add more day 2 operations to deployment framework
  • Align with Kubernetes orchestration by re-using the same containers images
  • Align with upstream community to harness community innovation.
Major Updates
  • Two deployment options
    • Rook/Kubernetes
      • Co-location for compute and storage (Hyperconverged setup)
      • Self-healing, scaling of services
    • cephadm install stack
      • Simplification of Day 2 operations
      • Patch management with SUSE Manager
      • Simplification of future updates
  • Ceph Dashboard: Disk handling
    • Simplification of OSDs (disks) management and replacement
  • Native Windows Client Driver
    • Simplified storage deployment for Windows systems
    • Performance improvement


Ceph in a Windows World

We are bringing a new block driver (WNBD) and Ceph CLI tools to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and 2019 platforms. These tools provide native connectivity to SUSE Enterprise Storage clusters version 6 and 7. This native I/O model may increase performance, and eliminate the complexities and single points of failure commonly associated with the iSCSI and Samba gateway configurations.

Ceph is a highly-resilient software-defined-storage offering, which has only been available to Microsoft Windows environments through the use of iSCSI or CIFS gateways. This gateway architecture introduces a single point of contact and limits fault-tolerance and bandwidth, in comparison to the native I/O paths of Ceph with RADOS.

In order to bring the benefits of native Ceph to Microsoft Windows environments, SUSE partnered with Cloudbase Solutions to port Ceph to the Microsoft Windows platform. This work is nearing completion, and provides the following functionality:

  • RADOS Block Device (RBD)
  • CephFS

This second beta of the SUSE Enterprise Storage Driver for Windows changes the device model from a strictly Network Block Device model, to an IOCTL based model which offers the following features:

  • Significantly increased performance
  • Improved stability
  • Extensibility through upper and lower level APIs

These improvements include a new libwnbd.dll, and changes to some command line tools. The most significant is a renaming of ‘rbd-nbd.exe’ to ‘rbd-wnbd.exe’. Corresponding registry entries have also been renamed to include ‘wnbd’.

Please check out our Ceph Windows Guide documentation, to learn how to install and beta test it!

And download our Ceph CLI tools and driver from here.

Planned Releases
  • Milestone 12June 17, 2020
  • Milestone 13July 01, 2020
  • Milestone 14July 22, 2020
  • Milestone 15August 12, 2020
  • Milestone 16September 02, 2020
  • Milestone 17September 16, 2020
  • Milestone 18 (GMC1)September 30, 2020
  • Milestone 19 (GMC2)October 07, 2020
  • FCSEnd October, 2020

Please note SUSE reserves the right to change or adapt this schedule. All changes to the plan will be communicated accordingly.




Important: x86-64 and aarch64 support only

Note that SUSE Enterprise Storage is only supported on x86-64 and aarch64, please select the SLE 15 SP2 ISOs accordingly.



Important: These are draft documents

These documents will remain draft throughout the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program. Beta Documentation is not final and maybe inaccurate. SUSE intends to update the documentation accordingly for the duration of the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program.

Release Notes

Known Issues

    • Component/Issue/Bug or Jira Number


Dashboard Translations to languages other than English incomplete BSC#1172673
Dashboard URLs in notifications point to the upstream documentation BSC#1175120
Dashboard Scrollbar on crush map viewer behaving oddly BSC#1170200
Dashboard Heart icon not visible, when dashboard menu selected BSC#1175169
Dashboard Creating EC pools using the “Clay” plugin is not possible

SES-2183Dashboard: add “clay” EC plugin Under Review

Dashboard Telemetry can’t be configured BSC#1176453
Dashboard Dashboard is unable to manage NFS Ganesha instances deployed by cephadm and Rook BSC#1177344
Dashboard NFS page: error in mkdirs /share: Permission denied [Errno 13] BSC#1177174
Dashboard + CLI Blinking enclosure LEDs using lsmcli or via the Dashboard doesn’t work, as the command aborts with ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'lsm._clib' BSC#1176448
NFS Ganesha Containerized NFS Ganesha daemons don’t support NFSv3 BSC#1177091
cephadm upgrade to SES 7 still in progress

SES-769Upgrade from SES6 (DeepSea) to SES7 (cephadm) In Progress

cephadm improve UX when updating the cluster to a minor release

SES-2022cephadm: improve UX when updating the cluster to a minor release In Progress

cephadm Deploying the SNMP trap receiver is not implemented yet

SES-1194cephadm: Configure SNMP Traps Closed

cephadm OSDs are not properly mapped to their OSDSpecs (counting in `orch ls` is wrong)
cephadm ceph orch osd rm – Unable to find OSDs BSC#1175145
cephadm nfs-rgw

SES-2095cephadm: nfs-rgw Backlog

cephadm missing man pages

SES-2108SES 7 (cephadm): Missing man pages In Progress

cephadm+rook missing container images for monitoring stack

SES-2008Container Images for prometheus, node-exporter, alertmanager Closed

ceph-volume batch sub-command is inconsistent, not idempotent and thus makes replacing OSDs very awkward. Also:

  • doesn’t allow for testing in teuthology
  • creates multi device VGs in some scenarios
  • doesn’t allow to pre-provision wal/db disks
  • probably other issues I forget

SES-1071refactor osd creation code path In Progress

cephfs scheduled snapshots PR is still open waiting for review

SES-704CephFS scheduled snapshots Closed

Rook drive group deployment ceph-volume feature backported to octopus slightly after the M15 cutoff. This should be in for M16

Monitoring The Grafana plugin “vonage-status-panel” no longer works with Grafana 6.7 and newer, which breaks the Ceph cluster status indicators on the “Ceph Cluster” Grafana dashboard (which is not embedded into Ceph Dashboard) BSC#1173810
Monitoring Downstream container image (CaaSP v5) for alertmanager is not compatible with upstream image and can currently not be used as drop-in replacement. BSC#1174902
iSCSI SCSI reservations currently not supported
rook When adding an additional data pool to an already-created CephFilesystem, Rook will create the pool but not add it to the filesystem.

  • Not critical; workaround exists (add pool to filesystem automatically)

SES-2049Rook doesn’t add pools to already-created filesystems Planning

rook Rook v1.4 has a breaking change that should be considered before upgrading.

Make sure the lvm2 package is installed on the host where OSDs are running. If not, the prepare job will fail and the upgrade of OSDs will be blocked.

This only applies to non-PVC OSDs.

Beginning in v1.3, OSDs created on PVCs no longer rely on LVM.

SES-2130doc update for the lvm package on the host Closed

iSCSI Unable to export images because tcmu-runner-handler-rbd package is not installed on SUSE ceph image.

EDIT: the package only doesn’t exist on the OBS side, our internal image (devel/storage/7.0) does contain the package.

Workaround: Install tcmu-runner-handler-rbd package manually
iSCSI Unable to export images using “krbd” backstore BSC#1175808
iSCSI Initiator errors when connected to an iSCSI target using “krbd” backstore BSC#1177109


Component Issue Reference
Rook Installation There is no need to install rook-k8s-yaml RPM package from anymore. This package is now available in the Media.
ceph-salt Orchestrated shutdown of the whole cluster not supported

SES-2048ceph-salt: Need an orchestrated shutdown of the whole cluster Closed

ceph-salt Running ceph-salt update fails with an error: /etc/sudoers.d/ceph-salt: file not found

Workaround: Install package sudo on all nodes, e.g. via salt '<nodes>' pkg.install sudo


For reporting bugs and questions please use our email list first. If the reported issue has not been resolved, please open a bug report. .

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Please refer to our Mailing Lists Guideline for more information.


Here are the links to the SUSE Enterprise Storage Bugzilla product that you will use for reporting the defects of the following products:

If you don’t have a Bugzilla account, you can create a new account.

Please refer to our complete Bugzilla guideline for more information and before creating your first bug report: how to use Bugzilla


Frequently Asked Questions

– Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code



Regular product subscription and registration code will not work with the beta products!

Thus we will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SUSE Enterprise Storage 7 Beta Program. You should request one via, but we reserve the right to review your case and eventually provide one for your personal beta test.

Without a beta registration code for SUSE Enterprise Storage 7 you won’t be able to access the online channels.

– Private channel for sensitive data

In case you are a SUSE partner or customer and would like to share some sensitive data with us (data for bug reports, feedbacks, etc), please contact us at, and we will review your case and provide you a private channel with us.

– Contact Beta Manager

For questions related to the beta test infrastructure, for example download issues or problems with reporting bugs or the mailing list, please write to