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Site Manager 8 Release Notes

8.0.6898 - 2022-07-25

Added

  • Added role-based login system
    • Users and Groups on a domain or local machine can be assigned roles which limit their access to Site Manager
    • Five fixed roles are available: Standard User (View only), Backup Operator, Restore Operator, Backup Manager, Server Manager
  • Added viBoot to Site Manager server installer - For more information, see the viBoot KnowledgeBase
  • Added power saving options to the run now backup wizard and scheduled backup wizard
  • Added Macrium Image Guardian information to repositories and added the ability to toggle MIG status
  • Added changed file sizes and counts for the last 24 hours/7 days to Repository status
  • Added CBT driver status to computer's details
  • Added 'reboot computer' maintenance action
  • Added computer tags for locally scheduled backups
  • Added an assortment of command line actions to both the agent and server
    • Debug and support options
    • Agent connection check
    • Agent driver gathering
    • Site Manager Server first time install options
    • Site Manager Server upgrade
    • Site Manager Server data export
  • Added a new driver harvester application to harvest drivers from computers with no agent installed
  • Added a standalone installer for Macrium Image Guardian
  • Backup log files will now be removed from Agent computers based on the Site Manager log retention setting
  • Added automatic deletion of backup logs on Agent computers according to the Site Manager server log retention setting
  • Agents connecting to Site Manager for the first time can now be automatically added to the computers table
  • Computers added using an IP address now cache that IP address for remote install

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.6867. See here for details
  • Improved performance of Remote Sync
  • Existing FTP connect and response timeout values are now user configurable
  • The Rescue USB Builder now has a GUI interface as well as the command line interface
  • Additional event logs have been added for MIG status toggling and deleting backups from repositories
  • Remote sync logs are now created on a per sync basis
  • Improved the computers page table sorting and filtering
  • Improved the remote sync dashboard widget output
  • Improved remote install with further 'best effort' additions
  • Improved remote sync/S3 retry logic
  • Optimised Network share, FTP and S3 remote sync upload speeds
  • Additional remote sync config and summary logging
  • Improved settings saving to check for incorrect/impossible situations before save
  • Improved logs page layout and filtering
  • Improved handling of Repository connection failures during backup

Fixed

  • Fixed poor Agent performance with large numbers of backup logs
  • Fixed rare remote sync (FTP) crash
  • Fixed issue where multiple Remote Syncs in parallel could cause deadlock and lock up the user interface
  • Fixed bug where scheduled backups appeared unsorted
  • Fixed bug where a tooltip was hidden by the logs page
  • Fixed bug where sorting by activity was not working
  • Fixed bug where the domain would not be disabled when the username field included the domain
  • Improved CPU performance when creating rescue media
  • Fixed and improved an assortment of event logs
  • Fixed bug where AgentsActivity.log could be corrupted
  • Fixed bug that prevented existing remote sync configurations from being edited
  • Fixed poor performance in populating the repository with large numbers of files
  • Fixed some cases of Agents incorrectly reporting reboot required due to CBT being uninstalled
  • Fixed unusual comms failure if the target computer has a name that is a strict substring of the Site Manager server (e.g. SERVER vs. SERVER-SM)
  • Fixed the Agent service preventing ejection of a USB drive with a bitlocker locked partition
  • Fixed rare crash in Site Manager server when processing a VSS log over 4MB in size
  • Fixed AWS Storage Gateway Repository wizard issues with incorrectly revalidating credentials when being edited

8.0.6503 - 2022-01-12

Added

  • Added Windows Server 2022 version to Computers page display.
  • Added support for proxy servers to MultiSite connection (HTTP/S with CONNECT or SOCKS)

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.6392. See here for details
  • Improved the MultiSite Remote View connection to be faster and more reliable
  • Added TCP keepalives to Agent connections to improve behaviour when connecting via NAT routing or firewall
  • Added re-evaluation of any Agent user scripts before connection and on hardware/IP change to facilitate VPN detection

Fixed

  • Fixed extensive startup delays for clients with 50+ inaccessible domain providers.
  • Fixed crash dump cleanup code not removing some old crash dumps
  • Fixed unusual crash on startup when Windows takes over 10 seconds to bind a listen socket during Windows startup
  • Fixed bug causing multiple event log events when an Agent with an active backup disconnects
  • Fixed MultiSite Remote View of the licenses page not working

8.0.6305 - 2021-11-01

Added

  • Added "Reset VSS" feature to Computers page under the Tools tab for each computer. This can be used to restart and repair VSS on the remote computer.

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.6161. See here for details
  • Add additional support logging
  • Renamed options in Add Computers wizard so that two entries no longer have the same title

Fixed

  • Fixed error preventing the computers page from loading due to control characters embedded in backup failure messages
  • Fixed the Repository browser and restore pages encountering issues with backups made on systems with non-capitalized NetBIOS names
  • Fixed issue with the scheduler calendar displaying incorrect times for unusual weekly triggers where intervals were greater than 1 and the first backup happened in the week after the start date.
  • Fixed some MultiSite connectivity issues

8.0.6078 - 2021-08-09

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.6036. See here for details
  • Updated installer to not wait for service startup to prevent rollback on timeout
  • Improved performance getting log details with MultiSite
  • Improved performance with large numbers of Agents (Over 300)

Fixed

  • Updated Remote Sync to take deletions into account when checking for appropriate disk space on the target
  • Fixed deferred backup jobs running for computers that have never connected since the Site Manager service started up
  • Fixed MultiSite API key changing when Network MAC addresses change too frequently - this was due to overly-eager hardware change detection
  • Toggling scheduled backups on and off should no longer have long UI delays
  • Fixed repeated passphrase change messages in the Event Log

8.0.6013 - 2021-07-05

Changed

  • Allow extra time for Agent Reflect to launch on slower systems
  • Add extra logging for Windows time and time zone changes
  • Detect Agents running on Windows 11 and update Windows Version tags to include Windows 11

Fixed

  • Removed spurious event log entries for failed configuration file loading when a file does not exist
  • Fixed Copy Path function in Rescue Media page causing a JavaScript error
  • Fixed default credentials not being used for Agent installs
  • Fixed Remote Install working with default login credentials
  • Fixed showing the user's display name in the top bar

8.0.5995 - 2021-06-22

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.5994. See here for details
  • Split logging for Active Directory, Driver and Agent events into separate files
  • Added a Password Confirmation dialog in the Settings > Email page when attempting to send test emails
  • Improved Active Directory query performance on Agents
  • Updated Azure repository configuration credentials page to match non-Azure repositories

Fixed

  • Fixed emails not including backup log attachments or event name in the subject
  • Fixed repository browser from preventing file deletion under limited circumstances
  • Fixed intra-daily backup success notification settings resetting to follow backup success notifications on service restart
  • Fixed slow shutdown caused by service shutdown while a repository scan was in progress
  • Fixed Agent taking a long time to shut down when huge numbers of backup logs are present on the Agent

8.0.5973 - 2021-06-10

Fixed

  • Fixed install failure on platforms which have never had a version 7 Site Manager Agent installed and which don't support SHA2 driver hashing
  • Fixed Kerberos domain trusts causing a crash/hang in Site Manager server startup
  • Fixed adding Metered license keys giving incorrect error message about upgrading
  • Fixed the Scheduled Activity page always showing 'Active' button for Backup Definitions with no computers
  • Fixed creating Backup Definitions without encryption producing a password length error
  • Fixed the Agent not running on some systems on startup

8.0.5965 - 2021-06-07

Changed

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 version 8.0.5963. See here for details
  • Added extra code to delete write-test files on Repositories
  • Added additional information to errors in the UI caused by JavaScript
  • Changed intra-daily forecast to show intra-daily frequency as hours and minutes instead of just minutes
  • Improved Scheduled Activity computer results table to show icons for all result types
  • Added an option to use Repository credentials in the Restore wizard rather than pre-filling the credential fields
  • Added an Revert button to the password field when editing the password in the Repository wizard
  • Updated password fields to clear on click and use a fixed length of password characters to reduce any possible information leakage
  • Updated Backup Definitions wizard to produce an error if the AES encryption type is changed to a type which requires a longer password
  • Site Manager browser logout is now temporarily disabled during support log generation (ctrl-shift-s)

Fixed

  • Fixed Site Manager not allowing login via Microsoft accounts ([email protected] etc)
  • Fixed backups being stuck in the running state in Scheduled Activity view if Site Manager is restarted during backup
  • Fixed daily email not considering backups with warnings as successful when generating list of computers without backups
  • Fixed weekly triggers using an interval other than 1 from displaying the incorrect dates in the Schedules page in some cases
  • Fixed the Scheduled Activity page always showing backup definitions with no computers as disabled regardless of slider selection
  • Minor layout fixes on Licenses page
  • Fixed Agent generating a warning that all backup sets have been deleted when using a 'Keep 1' retention rule and running the purge before backup
  • Fixed the Computers page showing an 'Unlicensed' warning on computers using Virtual Machine Server Agent licenses
  • Fix unusual crash if a background cleanup task triggers, runs and completes within 1 second of midnight
  • Fix an Agent crashing on service shutdown if a log file changes during shutdown
  • Fix missing ReflectTheme.dll in MIG component installation

8.0.5934 - 2021-05-26

Added

  • Update Agent backup engine to Macrium Reflect 8 and CBT release level (8.0.5928). See here for details
  • Show clock and time zone information on the Site Manager header
    • All times shown in the UI should now be in the Site Manager server's time zone, not browser time zone.
  • Intra-daily backups available in Schedules page
    • Intra-daily stealth mode (backup logs are not produced for successful intra-daily backups, a daily table of results is available in the Logs page instead)
    • Additional notification options for intra-daily backups
  • New computers page
    • User-creatable tags
    • Automatic tagging for Agents with problems, Active directory information and backup definition membership
    • Sorting and grouping by tags
    • New detailed information for each computer
    • Backup by tag option in Backup Definitions
  • Update wizard for adding new computers
    • Full Active Directory browsing to locate new computers
  • Added Universal Rescue Media (a single rescue media with multiple PE versions to allow for a single USB which can restore any computer)
  • Added USB creation tool to Rescue Media page - this allows a USB boot device to be created from an ISO image without third-party software
  • Added option to Remote Sync repositories to S3 compatible stores, including Amazon, Wasabi, Backblaze and any other manually configured S3 compatible server
  • Added daily data export option to export CSV data from computers, licenses, backups, repositories (content and space usage) for audit and third-party integration purposes
  • Dashboard updated to make status tiles clickable
  • Added option to not show backup start/end notifications on Agents for scheduled backups
  • Added option to use Wake-on-LAN in Run Now backups
  • Added discovery and configuration of Domains in the same forest as the server's domain as login providers

Changed

  • Added code to detect SHA2 driver hash capability
    • Computers which cannot support SHA2 driver hashing will not have the CBT driver installed. If installed from an older Agent install, it will be removed on upgrade
    • The Site Manager server now required SHA2 driver hashing. Installing or upgrading a Site Manager server install will fail on these platforms
    • Microsoft hotfixes are available for platforms with these issues (Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2)
  • More compact forecast display
  • Computers page shows more detail on backups in progress
  • Support upload (ctrl-shift-s) now allows download of support information in the browser
  • Support upload (ctrl-shift-s) can now collect data from Agents directly
  • Passphrase protected private keys can now be used for HTTPS certificates in the Site Manager server
  • Changed Site Manager XML file names to look better in Backup Logs
  • Updated repository connection code to show repository connection errors directly in Backup Logs
  • Site Manager now sends IP addresses of Repositories on backup so that Agents which can't DNS resolve Repository names can use the IPs
  • Added MAC and IP address columns to Computers page (hidden by default)
  • Added Backup Comment column to Repository browsing, verification and remote restore pages
  • Update columns in computers CSV export

Fixed

  • Fixed case where an IP address change was not synced to the Site Manager server from an Agent with multiple NICs
  • Improve handling if a repository goes offline during a remote sync
  • Repository browser now lists all computers with backup image files, even if they have since been removed from Site Manager
  • Remote Syncs that end with a warning now show correct yellow status and icons in notifications
  • Remote Sync in the dashboard progress widget will now say which Repository is syncing
  • Site Manager UI can show timestamps in a mix of Site Manager server time zone and Web Browser time zone - all times are now in the server's time zone

Older Releases

For release notes for version 7.3 and earlier, see the Archived Release Notes

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