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Alike v4.2 Release Notes

Date Added April 6, 2016

Target Platforms:   XenServer, Physical Systems, Hyper-V

The algorithmic optimizations in Alike v4.2 provide the most powerful version of Alike yet released. This update offers faster subsequent backups and optimal efficiency through multiple processing enhancements. Not only are backups now up to 50% faster, Alike v4.2 also includes multiple bug fixes and new troubleshooting features.

All users are encouraged to install (upgrade) to this release. Please contact us if you have any questions about updates or downloading the current version/build. Below you will find the complete Alike v4.2 release notes.

Current Build 6507
Updated: 6/14/2016

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issues with offsite console and initial setup wizard
  • Fixed issue with block validation
  • Vault maintenance jobs no longer hidden
  • Fixed issue with triggering FLR of offsite versions

 

Previous Builds 

v4.2.1 Build 6483
Updated: 6/14/2016

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issues with recovery installs being unable to read older databases
  • Ensured ABDs are always correctly deployed during first time wizard and upgrades
  • Ensured meta information is enumerated before first time wizard concludes
  • Prevented situation where unknown ABD templates can be stored locally

 

v4.2.1 Build 6431
Updated: 6/1/2016

Bug Fixes

  • Backups that are interrupted due to networking/external errors will no longer attempt to validate (causing unnecessary errors)
  • Offsite Vaulting errors occuring during maintenance jobs have been corrected
  • Fresh installs of Alike now properly store the username/password for the Admin UI, during the First Time Wizard

 

v4.2.1 Build 6419
Updated: 5/26/2016

Bug Fixes

  • SMTP Date now consistently displays correctly
  • Legacy file-level restore now can list and display files/directories containing non-ASCII characters

Known Issues

  • The Admin UI username/password always saves as default in the installation wizard for fresh installs (it can be properly changed from the Admin UIonce the installation is complete)

 

v4.2 Build 6414
Updated: 5/24/2016

Bug Fixes

  • Addressed various weekly summary text and job scheduler issues
  • Disk count verification now works correctly against local ADS shares
  • Fixed spurious "divide by zero" error in replication jobs
  • Unusual characters in Auth Profile passwords no longer affect the UI
  • Spurius Backup Scheduler service shutdown error resolved
  • Scheduled Restores now function properly
  • Vault-enabled jobs will no longer attempt to vault a failed backup

Performance Improvements

  • Amazon S3 vaulting stabilizations
  • Code cleanup/refactor converting many older interop calls to pure managed code

Other Improvements

  • Alike UI licensing page now shows maintenance key information
  • Suppressed display of the "block not found" log message
  • Added option to snapshot the target of a replication prior to each job
  • Grandfather, Father, Son hierarchy now displays as flyover in Alike Web UI
  • Eliminated 2TB volume restriction for Q-Hybrid based jobs

 

v4.2 Build 6377
Released 4/7/2016

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed vaulting job statistics
  • Enabled email reports for Vaulting jobs
  • Fixed possible 'error 87' when handling iSCSI based data stores
  • Installer licensing errors resolved

v4.2 Build 6371
Updated: 4/3/2016

Performance Improvements

  • Significant performance improvements in ABD's cryptographic algorithms
  • Optimized libraries and compilation application-wide to support advanced CPU features
  • Multiple tasks now perform in parallel during backup/replication jobs, reducing overall job times
  • Newly updated ABD now supports SMB3+ ADS shares
  • Introduced newer, faster default compression algorithm (LZ4)

Other Improvements

  • Added performance bottleneck detection and suggestion feature to display tips when congestion is detected
  • Reintroduction of support for XenServer's Quiesced snapshots in Enhanced jobs
  • Added centralized logging for Enhanced/Q-Hybrid job logs under ADS (logs folder)
  • Added new integrity checking to more rapidly detect network introduced corruption
  • Introduced troubleshooting option to re-validate data as its acquired (paranoid mode)
  • Workaround for the duplicate UUIDs caused by using Hyper-V's built in Replication
  • Added new diagnostic login on the ABD to allow for troubleshooting/diagnostics
  • Added feature to updated ABD template to all XenServer pools simultaneously
  • Added "Alike" text to all/any snapshots created by Alike
  • Disk and Memory backups now revert to standard snapshots if VM is powered off

Bug Fixes

  • Multiple Offsite Vaulting bug fixes, stabilization, and improvements
  • Addressed possible service crashes related to Offsite Vaulting reconcile processing
  • Performance improved for full VM restore from Offsite Vault located on Amazon S3
  • Offsite Vaulting now cryptographically double-checks metadata prior to transmission to the Vault
  • Vaulted backups now correctly show metadata (size, etc.) in Backup Explorer
  • Various Offsite Console bugs/issues addressed

Offsite Vaulting Performance Improvements & Bug Fixes

  • Multiple Offsite Vaulting bug fixes, stabilization, and improvements
  • Addressed possible service crashes related to Offsite Vaulting reconcile processing
  • Performance improved for full VM restore from Offsite Vault located on Amazon S3
  • Offsite Vaulting now cryptographically double-checks metadata prior to transmission to the Vault
  • Vaulted backups now correctly show metadata (size, etc.) in Backup Explorer
  • Various Offsite Console bugs/issues addressed

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