18.11.0 ‘Ceres’ Now Available

Already this year, Comet has flown past Mars and its two moons. The next large object in the solar system is Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, discovered in 1801. Ceres’ radius is only about 2/5ths that of Pluto; but because it’s so much closer, it appears 10x to 200x larger in the night sky.

The latest long term Comet release, Ceres, is now available. Bringing 17 new features and 42 enhancements this release is packed full great improvements for your Comet environment.

18.11.0 (2018-11-19)

Changes compared to 18.9.9 Voyager

– Feature: Optional columns for current Protected Item and Storage Vault size on the Users page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Always exclude /dev/ directory on Linux and macOS

– Fix an issue with not retrying on some network errors to S3 and S3-compatible storage

– Fix an issue with “null” when adding or editing email addresses for a user in the Comet Server web interface

– Fix a cosmetic issue with extra outlines when switching tabs on the user page in the Comet Server web interface in Firefox

– Fix a cosmetic issue with overflowing field lines when editing Schedule settings in the Comet Server web interface in Firefox

 

Changes compared to 18.8.7 ‘Deimos’

– Feature: Support FIDO U2F keys for two-factor login to the Comet Server web interface as administrator

– Feature: New custom email report system

– Feature: Support scheduled email reports for customers

– Feature: Support configuring default email reports via Policy

– Feature: Custom job search queries in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Policy option to prevent users enabling/disabling the “Allow administrator to reset password” option

– Feature: Option to disable sending scheduled email reports

– Feature: Optional columns for current Protected Item and Storage Vault size on the Users page in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Allow uploading branding files directly in the Setup Wizard in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Allow browsing snapshots for restore in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Allow defining a job filter for email reports

– Feature: Allow defining multiple email reports per recipient email address in a single user account

– Feature: Allow editing existing Mandatory Exclusions in policies in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Allow administrators to change their own security settings, passwords, and U2F registrations on the My Account page in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Diagnostic option to separate devices that were incorrectly identified as the same on Windows

– Feature: Display email queue length and success/failure statistics on the About this Server page in the Comet Server web interface

– Feature: Add optional “simple” mode to Comet Server stats API endpoint, to coalesce some redundant data points

– Enhancement: Support importing schedule names from Ahsay v6

– Enhancement: Support SQLNCLI11 provider to connect to Microsoft SQL Server instances

– Enhancement: Support MSOLEDBSQL provider to connect to Microsoft SQL Server instances mandating TLS 1.2

– Enhancement: Allow selecting multiple files in the “Add single file” dialog for “Files and Folders” Protected Items in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Allow searching jobs by duration, time since started

– Enhancement: Allow editing existing email addresses in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Allow maximising the restore dialog window in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Minor performance improvement for loading the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance for locating data within Spanned backends

– Enhancement: Improve performance of loading the dashboard homepage in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance and reduce memory usage for saving index files into Storage Vaults, particularly during retention passes

– Enhancement: Improve performance of loading the Protected Item editor, Storage Vault editor, and Setup Wizard in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Improve performance of starting Storage Vault operations in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Improve performance of reusing existing tree objects in repository and of managing temporary pack files

– Enhancement: Improve performance of loading the “Select files” screen in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage required for compressing large index files

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage needed for email reports

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage needed to construct backup job report emails

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage needed to load index files, construct file and directory trees during backup

– Enhancement: Reduce memory usage needed to browse files for restore in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Change the default Requestable Destination name to “Storage provided by (your company name)”

– Enhancement: Cosmetic unify the Setup Wizard, Protected Item editor design in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the My Account page in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign the web-based restore dialog to more closely match the Comet Backup app

– Enhancement: Cosmetic add text label to column-selection button in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic redesign email security options in the Comet Server Setup Wizard to match more common Outlook/Thunderbird option values

– Enhancement: Cosmetic display measurement timestamps, refresh progress for bucket sizes in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Cosmetic remove TOTP box on login form (TOTP will be prompted if required)

– Enhancement: Cosmetic simplify the job query filter interface

– Enhancement: Support additional fallback methods for finding Exchange Server install directory

– Enhancement: Improve SFTP server compatibility

– Enhancement: Default to showing the most recent page of server logs in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Show fractional quota bars in the Storage Vault table in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Use newer Qt library on Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 and later. The Comet installer includes both versions and will choose automatically.

– Enhancement: Show tray icon at all times, even when Comet Backup is not logged in or only running in the background (app locked)

– Enhancement: Unify Comet Backup login credentials across all OS user accounts

– Enhancement: Add plain-text URL as extra information to AdminAccountRegenerateTotp API

– Enhancement: Record the name of your token hardware when registering U2F tokens in the Comet Server web interface

– Enhancement: Display icons for Protected Items and Storage Vaults in the job filter bar in Comet Backup

– Enhancement: Reduce CPU usage when calculating data chunk positions

– Enhancement: Hide Comet Server web interface from search engines

– Enhancement: Always exclude /dev/ directory on Linux and macOS