20.11.0 ‘Io’ released

Changes compared to 20.8.4

– Feature: You can now use the API to Set (create/update), delete and list organizations. An organization has it’s own isolated brand, remote requestable storage vaults and optionally a unique hostname for the organization. Get started by using the following api calls: Set an Organization | List Organizations | Add a New Administrator for the Organization | Delete an Organization

– Feature: Prompt for Full Disk Access permission on macOS

– Feature: New boot experience for the USB Recovery Media, with cosmetic redesign and easy access Tools menu

– Feature: Support opening multiple tabs in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Support jpg/gif/png files when setting a custom application branding icon for the client software, by automatically converting to the required ico/icns format internally

– Feature: Option to add additional custom drivers to the USB Recovery Media

– Feature: Add a “Run” dialog to the USB Recovery Media boot environment

– Feature: Support adding custom files, directories, and startup commands when creating USB Recovery Media

– Feature: Support new “Rebrand Storage” option on individual Storage Vaults, to prevent users from viewing the actual storage type

– Feature: Support preconfiguring the Rebrand Storage option for new Storage Vaults created via the Request system

– Feature: Support running custom commands immediately after disk snapshot (“Thaw”)

– Feature: Support command-line parameter and registry key, to prevent creating desktop and Start Menu shortcuts when installing Comet Backup on Windows

– Feature: Support command-line parameter and registry key, to prevent creating tray icon when installing Comet Backup on Windows

– Feature: Support a token system to silently install the Comet Backup desktop app without specifying the username/password in plaintext

– Enhancement: Update translations

– Enhancement: Automatically cancel running jobs when PC is going to sleep, reducing issues with long-held lock files

– Enhancement: Allow using “open in new tab” on most buttons and links in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Support extra table features such as pagination, text filter, export as CSV, and export as Excel for job reports in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of initial page load of static assets in the Comet Server web interface by increasing gzip compression levels and supporting Brotli

– Enhancement: Improve performance of the Comet Server web interface when loading very large job reports, large Buckets page, or large Connected Devices pages

– Enhancement: Improve performance of restore jobs by reducing overhead around processing directory trees

– Enhancement: Improve performance of backup jobs by optimising the chunk split detection process

– Enhancement: Improve performance when starting a restore job via the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of connecting to Backblaze B2 buckets if there are a very large number of buckets

– Enhancement: Improve performance of Constellation deleting obsolete data from Wasabi

– Enhancement: Minor performance improvement for restoring only selected items from a backup job snapshot containing large directories

– Enhancement: Minor performance improvement for generating backup job email reports

– Enhancement: Reduce Comet Server’s peak memory requirements for producing large user/device lists, large job search results and large job reports

– Enhancement: Cosmetic update final button text on the Restore wizard in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Support accessing some kinds of damaged Storage Vaults in read-only mode

– Enhancement: Add new API to support deleting multiple snapshots at once

– Enhancement: Display a banner message when impersonating an end-user as an admin account in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Support persistent web sessions, to stay logged in to the Comet Server web interface through a Comet Server service restart

– Enhancement: Improve user experience of Full Disk Access Permission check on macOS versions after 10.14 (Mojave)

– Enhancement: Support using an installed WebView2 Runtime for embedded web views in Comet Backup for Windows

– Enhancement: Select Password authentication by default for new SFTP destinations on Windows

– Enhancement: Change the “Restrict available Protected Item / Storage Vault types” policy to allow any existing admin-created items or Requested Storage Vaults

– Enhancement: Add warning when saving a policy that prevents all Protected Item or Storage Vault types in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Add warning when attempting to create a Protected Item or Storage Vault in the Comet Backup desktop app if no types are available either via policy or OS restrictions

– Enhancement: Support showing all drives when creating USB Recovery Media

– Enhancement: Minor improvements to boot time for generated USB Recovery Media

– Enhancement: Perform network time sync when booting the USB Recovery Media

– Enhancement: Automatically select USB device if only one is available when generating USB Recovery Media

– Enhancement: Add Properties tab on the Live Connected device dialog in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Store Comet’s generated device ID in the Windows registry, for correlation with other software such as an RMM agent

– Enhancement: Add new AdminStorageBucketProperties API for individual properties and re-measuring bucket size

– Enhancement: Ensure more fidelity for restoring non-ASCII filenames, atime/ctime, and timestamps with sub-second precision inside TAR archives by switching to PAX format

– Change some Windows Event Log event IDs used by the background service manager (56, 57)

 

Changes compared to 20.9.11

– Enhancement: Update translations

– Enhancement: Improve performance of Constellation deleting obsolete data from Wasabi

– Fix an issue with constellation being unable to manage local buckets if the address was set to “Local”

– Fix an issue with bad error messages when failing to restore files in some cases

– Fix an issue with inconsistent error reporting when a lock file goes unexpectedly missing during a running operation

– Fix an issue with Constellation not fully deleting all subfolder content from Wasabi

– Fix an issue with “Cannot Delete Entity, Must Detach All Policies First” error messages when Constellation attempts to delete buckets from Wasabi

– Fix a security issue with the Comet Server web interface if the Setup Wizard is accessed by both a limited-permission admin and a full-permission admin account

– Fix a cosmetic issue with error messages when failing to replicate user profiles or policies

– Fix a cosmetic issue with mistakenly treating a matching device ID in a different account as a duplicate device in the Connected Devices page in the Comet Server web interface