18.8.0 “Deimos” Released

18.8.0 (2018-08-14)

Changes compared to 18.6.9

– Enhancement: Minor performance improvements (via upgraded compiler toolchain)

– Enhancement: Link to Storage Vault quotas in the Restrictions area in the Comet Server web interface

– Fix an issue with cancelling Windows System Backup and Windows Server System State backup jobs

– Fix an issue with not retrying temporary errors when deleting unneeded files during a retention cleanup pass

– Fix an issue with unclear error messages when using a too short container name on Azure storage

– Fix an issue with “unexpected short output from UTF-16LE conversion” error messages

– Fix an issue with “Login failure for admin account” messages in Comet Server logs when server is upgraded or web sessions expire naturally

– Fix an issue with not cleaning up wbadmin spool directory in some failure cases

– Fix a cosmetic issue with not being able to re-click the “regenerate” button on the Bucket Users report in the Comet Server web interface

 

Changes compared to 18.5.8

– Feature: Automatic service mode

– Feature: Support pre-logon backup on macOS

– Feature: Hebrew translation (BETA)

– Feature: Policy options to hide Import feature, software version and codename in Comet Backup

– Feature: Easy weekday picker for backup job schedules

– Feature: Support “log” and “other” VSS modes for Application-Aware Writer backups

– Feature: Track bucket / user / device / booster numbers over time, for a new homepage widget in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Redesign server log page – search, navigate between log days

– Feature: Support setting Windows Network Authentication credentials for Comet Backup Storage Vaults and for Comet Server Storage Role storage

– Feature: Built-in support for Wasabi Cloud Storage (S3-Compatible)

– Feature: Support setting Windows Network Authentication credentials for “File and Folder” Protected Items

– Feature: Support copying multiple selected rows from the Comet Backup report dialog, including timestamps

– Feature: Support backing up EFS-encrypted files on Windows

– Feature: Support running backup on PC boot, if last job was missed

– Feature: Support Comet Backup on Linux ARMv8 (Aarch64) and ARMv6kl, no glibc required. Best compatible ARM build will be autodetected at install

– Feature: Policy option to set the “Skip if already running” option on backup schedules

– Feature: Advanced diagnostic option to regenerate index directory in Storage Vault

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage for long-running Comet Backup interface processes

– Enhancement: Support editing existing exclusions and regular-expression exclusions in “File and Folder” Protected Items

– Enhancement: Preserve any changed user account for the “Comet Backup (delegate service)” service (e.g. when using Managed Service Account on domain controller)

– Enhancement: Support backing up Windows application compatibility junctions on OS drive

– Enhancement: Add new password format for bucket keys, to improve authentication performance

– Enhancement: Add server log messages to audit failed attempts to log in to Comet Server web interface and/or API

– Enhancement: Show Protected Item and Storage Vault icons in the restore dialog, schedule dialog, and retention pane in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Allow double-clicking snapshot to restore in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Add tooltips to explain ‘Ineligible’ and ‘Pending’ statuses in bulk update campaigns in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Display full server names in the ‘Bucket Users’ page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Group Protected Items by device when performing a restore as a user in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the live-connected device actions dialog in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Click for direct search by status/classification in the 24-hour job history widget in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Show symlinks for restore using the shortcut icon in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Cosmetic replace the installer icon for Comet Server on Windows

– Enhancement: Replace “Use encrypted transmission” for S3-Compatible storage with http/https dropdown

– Enhancement: Allow clicking “last run” timestamps to view job report when logged in as a user to the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Retry backup/restore operations that were blocked by a running retention pass

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the History pane in Comet Backup, add “View Log” button

– Enhancement: Cosmetic new application icon for Comet Server Service Manager to reduce confusion with Comet Backup application icon

– Enhancement: Improve performance of file scan during incremental backups by removing a redundant disk stat call

– Enhancement: Enable the “Take filesystem snapshot” (VSS) option by default for new “File and Folder”-type Protected Items

– Enhancement: Auto-detect bucket region for Wasabi storage

– Enhancement: Support maximising the report dialog window in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Improve backup performance on Windows by supplying more accurate hints to the OS disk cache

– Enhancement: Improve performance of compressing new data chunks for backup

– Enhancement: Cosmetic add button labels to the job report dialog in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the Account dialog in Comet Backup to resemble a Windows property pane

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the Job Search dialog to match the Connected Device Actions dialog in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Add popup confirmation when closing the Comet Server Service Manager Setup Wizard if the Comet Server service is not yet running

– Enhancement: Add X-to-close button on search fields in the Comet Server web interface in Webkit-based web browsers

– Enhancement: Skip filesize calculation for UNC paths, to improve GUI performance in Comet Backup for Windows

– Enhancement: Reduce class B transactions needed for Backblaze B2

– Enhancement: Improve performance when backing up to Backblaze B2, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi, and other S3-compatible destinations

– Enhancement: Minor performance improvements (via upgraded compiler toolchain)

– Enhancement: Link to Storage Vault quotas in the Restrictions area in the Comet Server web interface