18.5.0 ‘Phobos’ Released

18.5.0 ‘Phobos’ Released

This is available from your account area on cometbackup.com

If you are upgrading from ‘Mars’ release: 

Changes compared to 18.2.7

– Feature: Client web interface

– Feature: Group policies

– Feature: Password recovery codes

– Feature: Option to limit Storage Vault speed for backup

– Feature: Allow configuring storage during the initial setup wizard in Comet Server Service Manager

– Feature: Allow importing settings from CrashPlan

– Feature: Auto-refresh button when viewing backup job reports in Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Automatically clean up old “In Progress” job records that are no longer running

– Feature: Automatically unlock Storage Vaults when safe to do so

– Feature: Button to copy backup job report content in Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Display IP address of live-connected devices in the Comet Server web interface (column is hidden by default)

– Feature: Display Protected Item sizes on user detail pages in the Comet Server web interface, linking to job that produced the information

– Feature: Display pie-chart rings for Storage Vault quotas in Comet Backup

– Feature: Display user account creation time, and allow searching/sorting by user account creation time in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Group Policy option for mandatory, OS-specific exclusions from “Files and Folders” Protected Items

– Feature: Option to configure new Comet Server for Windows installations using your cometbackup.com credentials instead of a serial number

– Feature: Option to display ID on job list page, advanced option to navigate directly to job report by ID in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Option to reduce number of disk access threads during backup

– Feature: Option to set duration limit when immediately starting a backup in Comet Backup

– Feature: Option to toggle whether the embedded Help page in Comet Backup is embedded, opens in a popup window, or is disabled (leave URL blank)

– Feature: Policy option to prevent users from logging in to the client web interface

– Feature: Quick action tiles, and homepage software download links, in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Raw policy editor in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Russian translation

– Feature: Support “Copy (as cURL)” / “Copy (as wget)” when downloading Comet Backup for Linux

– Feature: Support Hyper-V backup on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, where Hyper-V module for Powershell is unavailable

– Feature: Support backing up “Access denied” files in Comet Backup for Windows if the user account is in the Backup Operators group

– Feature: Support cancelling a running job from the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Support importing Microsoft SQL Server Protected Items from AhsayOBM 6.x

– Feature: Support renaming devices in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation

– Feature: Updated Croatian translation

– Feature: Updated French translation

– Feature: Updated Spanish translation

– Feature: Write job report logs to Windows Event Log in Comet Backup for Windows

– Enhancement: Add a “Stop campaign” button on the Bulk Update page in the Comet Server web interface, replacing active-state checkbox

– Enhancement: Add a warning message if Powershell components for Hyper-V are not installed

– Enhancement: Add explanations for some features on the User page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Add proactive defence layers against possible clickjacking and XSS attacks against the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Add standardised Comet Server API endpoint synonyms for software download variants

– Enhancement: Add tooltips for navigation bar icons in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Allow configuring the option to reduce number of disk access threads in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Allow linking directly to the downloads page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Always use a subdirectory when importing a Local Path Storage Vault from another backup product

– Enhancement: Automatically focus search field on the User list page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Automatically select ‘request first storage vault’ when adding a new user in the Comet Server web interface if only one requestable destination is configured

– Enhancement: Clickable links in the “What’s New?” section in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic toggle extraneous columns in the Comet Server web interface, to better fit mobile devices

– Enhancement: Display (always-enabled) compression and deduplication status in Storage Vault property dialogs

– Enhancement: Display an explanation message when failing to take a VSS snapshot of a non-NTFS filesystem

– Enhancement: Display elapsed time for currently running backup jobs in Comet Server job report

– Enhancement: Display message in backup log if the current device is responsible for stale locks in the Storage Vault

– Enhancement: Display number of databases and backup mode in Microsoft SQL Server backup job reports

– Enhancement: Display software codename in Comet Server Service Manager

– Enhancement: Emphasise currently selected language in the dropdown menu in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Expand the warning message when revoking devices in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Extend heuristic to avoid compressing more types of already-compressed files during backup

– Enhancement: Hide news header in Comet Backup main screen if no news is present

– Enhancement: Hide unbranded S3 server and bucket names from customer job reports (including Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi, and S3-compatible)

– Enhancement: Improve compatibility with some types of FTP server

– Enhancement: Improve logging around HTTP 400/500 errors when Comet Server encounters a file upload conflict, or fails to delete/retrieve a file from cloud storage

– Enhancement: Improve message guidance when Comet Server does not start owing to a bad license

– Enhancement: Improve page load performance of the Job History page in the Comet Server web interface by up to 10x

– Enhancement: Improve performance for loading the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of backing up zero-byte files

– Enhancement: Improve performance of loading very large job reports in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of taking backups from VSS snapshots, by eliminating some unnecessary disk activity

– Enhancement: Improve responsiveness of cancelling a backup job going to a Comet Server destination

– Enhancement: Improve responsiveness of cancelling some types of backup jobs

– Enhancement: Improve speed of installing Comet Server (remove locales requirement on Debian/Ubuntu; trim NSIS size on Windows)

– Enhancement: Improve webfont loading performance for the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Increase connection limits for server-side cloud storage

– Enhancement: New workflow for managing multiple email addresses for users in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Reduce idle memory consumption of Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage under some error conditions

– Enhancement: Rename backup types for Microsoft SQL Server, to clarify the behaviour

– Enhancement: Simplified workflow for managing password recovery in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Simplify network setup and user setup in the Setup Wizard inside Comet Server Service Manager

– Enhancement: Support importing path exclusions from CrashPlan

– Enhancement: Suppress all popups from the embedded Help browser in Comet Backup for Windows

– Enhancement: Try to prevent PC sleeping during backup/restore operations in Comet Backup for Windows

– Enhancement: Use a wizard when creating new Protected Items in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Use branded filenames when downloading Comet Backup for Windows and Linux

– Enhancement: Validate email address formats when saving changes in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Warn during an active job if it detects its own lockfile was unexpectedly deleted

– Enhancement: When performing software upgrade, add warning message the job log if the customer is very low on disk space (under 500MB)

– Enhancement: Write Comet Server log files in Notepad-compatible format on Windows

– Remove the default “Unlimited” quota pie-chart in Comet Backup

– Comet Server now always keeps a minimum of 10 days’ of job history

If you are upgrading from ‘Voyager’ release:

Changes compared to 18.3.14

– Feature: Russian translation

– Feature: Quick action tiles, and homepage software download links, in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Updated Brazilian Portuguese translation

– Feature: Updated French translation

– Enhancement: Hide unbranded S3 server and bucket names from customer job reports (including Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi, and S3-compatible)

– Enhancement: When performing software upgrade, add warning message the job log if the customer is very low on disk space (under 500MB)

– Enhancement: Display software codename in Comet Server Service Manager

– Enhancement: Clickable links in the “What’s New?” section in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of backing up zero-byte files

– Enhancement: Automatically select ‘request first storage vault’ when adding a new user in the Comet Server web interface if only one requestable destination is configured

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage under some error conditions

– Fix an issue with not performing retention passes in some multi-device locking situations

– Fix an issue that could cause “Cannot make \\foo\bar relative to \\foo” error messages when backing up some types of UNC path

– Fix an issue with issuing multiple scheduled jobs in the same second

– Fix an issue with HTTP 409 errors by allowing errant duplicate chunk uploads to Comet Server if upload content exactly matches disk content

– Fix an issue with “expected ## bytes, got 0” error messages when using Backup Operators mode in Comet Backup for Windows

– Fix an issue with non-atomic disk/inode operations when rechecking file sizes using Backup Operators mode in Comet Backup for Windows

– Fix a cosmetic issue with multiple error messages appearing on the same line if two retention passes run at the same time

– Fix a cosmetic issue with displaying non-latin characters in custom branded text in the Comet Backup for Windows installer

– Fix a cosmetic issue with missing help text for macOS in the first-use introduction text in the Comet Server web interface