In this post you can find an overview about the work happened in the Firefox Automation team during week 45 and 46.
In our Mozmill-CI environment we had a couple of frozen Windows machines, which were running with 100% CPU load and 0MB of memory used. Those values came from the vSphere client, and didn’t give us that much information. Henrik checked the affected machines after a reboot, and none of them had any suspicious entries in the event viewer either. But he noticed that most of our VMs were running a very outdated version of the VMware tools. So he upgraded all of them, and activated the automatic install during a reboot. Since then the problem is gone. If you see something similar for your virtual machines, make sure to check that used version!
Further work has been done for Mozmill CI. So were finally able to get rid of all the traces for Firefox 24.0ESR since it is no longer supported. Further we also setup our new Ubuntu 14.04 (LTS) machines in staging and production, which will soon replace the old Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS) machines. A list of the changes can be found here.
Beside all that Henrik has started to work on the next Jenkins v1.580.1 (LTS) version bump for the new and more stable release of Jenkins. Lots of work might be necessary here.
If you are interested in further details and discussions you might also want to have a look at the meeting agenda, the video recording, and notes from the Firefox Automation meetings of week 45 and week 46.