Release Notes for BackupAssist v10


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Release Description

BackupAssist 10.4.3

November 1, 2018

CryptoSafeGuard

  • BackupAssist's backup home page will display clearer, colored icon to indicate if CryptoSafeGuard is on or off.
  • The CryptoSafeGuard settings UI will now have 3 tabs to separate the different sections.

User Interface

  • Corrected repeated text in the BackupAssist Desktop Experience build's 'About' dialog.

Cloud Backup

  • AWS cloud backup jobs will provide a serious warning if the AWS lifecycle feature is enabled as it can delete unchanged files (image chunks), rendering a backup unusable.
  • Azure Cloud backups will now use the new Azure 'connection string' instead of the 'Account name' and Access key' on the Setup destination screen. Existing backups can still use the 'Account name' and Access key' and their backups will automatically be given a 'connection string' by Azure.

Selections screen

  • The Estimate Size button on the Selection screen will now also calculate the size of selected VSS applications.

Backup User Identity

  • BackupAssist will only require a Backup User Identity for jobs that need to access NAS destinations or use the SQL add-on. For these jobs, the BUI will open during the job's creation and list the accounts that could be used. NOte: This is on NEW INSTALLS ONLY

Application start up

  • Sped up the application launch time

BackupAssist 10.4.1

July 11, 2018

  • Diagnostics
    · Updated the Contact Support option in BackupAssist so that support requests can only be sent if diagnostics are enclosed.
  • Exchange Granular Restore
    · Exchange Granular Restore has been updated to support Exchange 2016 Cumulative Update 9.
  • Reports / Notifications
    · SMTP usernames and passwords are no longer saved in the system logs. (support ref 1484)
  • System Protection
    · System Protection backup reports will now show backup history removed due to slow or busy storage devices. (support ref 1483)
  • RecoverAssist
    · When a disk greater than 2 TB is used to create a bootable media, RecoverAssist will no longer limit usage of the disk to 2 TB. (support ref 1473)

BackupAssist 10.4

May 23, 2018

Cloud Backup

  • The number of concurrent TCP connections used when performing a backup to a WebDAV destination has been reduced to 2. This reduces the likelihood of getting skipped files when performing a backup.
  • Fixed an error that could occur in WebDAV Cloud Backup and result in a backup failure.

CryptoSafeGuard

  • Improve backup speed to protected NAS destination (GMC_BA-1404)
  • Improved the performance of CryptoSafeGuard when a customer has to review thousands of suspicious files. (GMC_BA-1407)
  • Fixed issue which caused multiple CryptoSafeGuard dialogs (suggesting that CryptoSafeGuard should be enabled) to be displayed after running multiple jobs with CryptoSafeGuard disabled.
  • SQL backups made to a destination protected by CryptoSafeGuard shield will no longer fail with a BA1505 error.

User Interface

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when editing the backup schedule of certain jobs migrated from v9.
  • Added a fix to ensure that the CryptoSafeGuard options dialog displays properly on a 1024 x 768 resolution screen.
  • Added an option to "keep track of prepared media" in the Prepare Media Wizard.
  • Removed a non-functioning help link from the BitLocker options screen.

NEW General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance

Cortex IT has completed a review of our data security and updated our company processes to align with GDPR.

BackupAssist 10.4 includes software updates to comply with GDPR, as follows:

  • Added an explicit opt-in for diagnostic submissions when contacting support. This means the Submit Diagnostics option in a support request is not ticked by default, but it is still recommended.
  • Restores from a password protected backup will prompt for a password before displaying the backup’s contents.
  • Improved the general security around password storage.
  • BackupAssist will no longer require a recovery USB key to be attached when using a BitLocker backup destination. Jobs made with earlier versions will need to be edited and the BitLocker password re-entered with the USB key attached.
  • Back end changes have been made to data collection to ensure anonymity unless it's related to licensing.

To learn about GDPR, see https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

BackupAssist 10.3.1

April 23, 2018

Cloud Backup

  • Added the ability to configure the following replication options for Cloud backups: copying NTFS Security Attributes, Display of Reparse Point warnings, and enforcing Maximum Allowed Skipped Files (GMC_BA-1408)
  • Improved the error logging for Cloud Backup jobs.
  • Improved the error reporting when the wrong encryption password is used during a Cloud Backup restore.
  • Implemented a change to prevent the error BA7002 from occurring if there is a timeout while validating the upload of the catalogue at the end of a Cloud Backup. (GMC_BA-1463)

CryptoSafeGuard

  • Implemented a change to prevent error BA8006 (An unexpected error occurred during the CryptoSafeGuard detection step) when scanning certain file types that are locked by another process.(GMC_BA-1450)
  • Addressed an issue where CSG was not detecting some versions of Dharma ransomware. (GMC_BA-1454)

Destinations

  • Fixed an iSCSI client error that could result in a backup job being deleted. (GMC_BA-1356)

Exchange Granular Restore Add-on

  • Exchange Granular Restore now supports the Exchange Server 2016 cumulative update 7.

File Protection

  • Enhanced the Replication option when editing a File Protection job to allow more control over the NTFS Stream Copy behavior.

System Protection

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when processing logs for Windows Server 2008 backups. (GMC_BA-1444)

File Archiving

  • Improved the maximum skipped files limit logic for File Archiving backups. (GMC_BA-1462)

BackupAssist 10.3.0

March 7, 2018

Cloud Backup

  • NEW Private Cloud backups
    Cloud Backup has a new destination called WebDAV, an extension of the HTTP protocol that allows clients to perform remote Web content authoring operations. WebDAV can be set up on a remote server or device, allowing you to back up to your own private cloud destination.
  • NEW WebDAV support for cloud vendors
    Cloud Backup’s new WebDAV destination means you can now use any cloud provider that supports WebDAV. This greatly increases the cloud services supported by BackupAssist Cloud Backup.
  • NEW WebDAV cloud seeding
    WebDAV is joined by a new feature – the cloud Seeding Tool. The Seeding Tool copies data to a removable drive in the format required for Cloud Backup. You can then use this drive to seed the destination.
  • Fixes to improve the reliability and performance of cloud backups.
  • Made an update so that un-referenced data will now be removed from cloud containers. This will save storage costs. (GMC_BA-1317)

CryptoSafeGuard

  • Confirming a ransomware infection when there is a yellow banner (i.e. during a job's grace period, or if there is a low-risk of infection) will now block all jobs to ensure that the backups are kept safe.
  • Fixed an issue where jobs would become automatically unblocked (without a meaningful message) after clicking on the yellow or red CryptoSafeGuard banner in a small number of scenarios.
  • The CryptoSafeGuard algorithm has been modified to reduce the likelihood of false positives when scanning source files for signs of ransomware infection.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Whitelist selected file(s)" button would sometimes be incorrectly greyed-out in the CryptoSafeGuard potential infection dialog.

File Protection (Rsync)

  • Made a fix for rsync daemon server running on Windows Server 2016, so that when SSH instances are ended, they completely terminate and subsequent backups are not blocked from communicating with the rsync server. (GMC_BA-1384)

Restore Console

  • Fixed a bug which caused an exception to occur while performing a restore.

System Protection

  • If the destination media does not have enough space when running a System Protection backup job, a more specific error code (BA 2551) will now be logged into the report instead of the more generic error code (BA 2511).

BackupAssist 10.2.2


December 7, 2017

CryptoSafeGuard

  • 29340 Reduced CPU and memory usage when running a CryptoSafeGuard manual scan.
  • 29353 Fixed a bug that can prevent granular restores from Data Container backups when CryptoSafeGuard is enabled.
  • 29375 CryptoSafeGuard will no longer abort a scan if it encounters certain illegal characters in the scan's path.
  • 29252 CryptoSafeGuard has been given further optimizations so that scans will run faster.
  • 29352 If the "Make network connections" step fails when performing a CryptoSafeGuard manual scan, we will now log a BA13 error and abort the scan.
  • 28951 Added an option to disable the CryptoSafeGuard shield, while leaving the CryptoSafeGuard Detector enabled.
  • 29411 Canceling a CryptoSafeGuard manual scan will no longer log a BA8006 error in the report.
  • 29342 CryptoSafeGuard will no longer be inadvertently disabled after an upgrade if it was previously enabled.
  • 28811 CryptoSafeGuard's results file is now compressed to reduce the amount of disk space that is used.
  • 28954 CryptoSafeGuard now protects the location of a Data Container, as well as the contents.
  • 29258 Applied fixes to prevent QuickBooks auto data recovery (*.adr) files from generating false positives during a CryptoSafeGuard scan.
  • 28894 When performing a scan, CryptoSafeGuard will no longer scan the Recycle Bin on any volume or Hyper-V guest. (GMC_BA-1328)

RecoverAssist

  • 29022 Fix recoveries from Data Container backups on Server 2016 and Windows 10.
  • 29098 Support building recovery media from Windows install media and installation that use ESD files instead of WIM.

iSCSI

  • 29316 Fixed a bug that causes jobs to be lost if the iSCSI portal is not available when the BackupAssist service starts.

Reports / Notifications

  • 29266 Fixed an issue for environments where reminder notifications are enabled and backups run on Sundays, which caused repeated notifications to be sent during the repeated hour 2am-3am on the day that daylight savings ends. (GMC_BA-1375)

Restore Console

  • 27915 Added an 'insufficient disk space' pop-up notification to Hyper-V Granular Restore.

User Interface

  • 29242 & 29013 Fix to prevent errors when doing the following on Windows Server Core installations:
    • Clicking on the CryptoSafeGuard help link.
    • Clicking "Open selected folder" inside potential infection dialog (this option has been removed on Server Core).
    • Adding an "ignored file path" to the CryptoSafeGuard whitelist

System Protection

  • 28590 If some VSS components fail but the imaging backup completed, errors will be reported as warnings instead of failing the whole backup.

VSS

  • 28591 Improved the handling of certain VSS issues to avoid BA917 errors from stopping backup jobs.

BackupAssist 10.2.1


November 8, 2017

CryptoSafeGuard

  • 29114 Fixed a problem that causes System Protection backups to freeze at the catalog stage when the backup destination is a Data Container and CryptoSafeGuard is enabled.

  • 29114 Fixed a problem that stopped the BackupAssist Console from opening after a System Protection job has run, when the backup destination is a Data Container and CryptoSafeGuard is enabled.

BackupAssist 10.2.0


October 31, 2017

The following are the fixes and updates included with the BackupAssist 10.2 feature release.

CryptoSafeGuard

  • 29126 When opening CryptoSafeGuard's potential infection dialog after a scan, suspicious files from jobs which have been deleted will be filtered out.
  • 29105 Flattened right-click context menus inside CryptoSafeGuard whitelist dialog. This makes it faster and easier to whitelist files and directories.
  • 29070 Fixed a bug where opening the whitelist dialog after a failed CryptoSafeGuard scan would immediately unblock jobs without giving the user the option to whitelist files.

SQL Add-on

  • 28949 Fix removal of SQL databases from backup job selections after running a backup when SQL server is not available. (GMC_BA-1297)

User Interface

  • 29140 Fixed an exception that could occur when opening the BackupAssist console on a Windows Server 2012R2 (non-Core) machine that has the Windows "Server Graphical Shell" feature uninstalled.

 

BackupAssist10.1.3


12 October 2017
  • CryptoSafeGuard
    • 29034 Due to limitations in Windows Server 2008 / 2008R2, this update will prevent CryptoSafeGuard from scanning inside of guests on Server 2008 / 2008R2 hosts, because when CryptoSafeGuard deletes a checkpoint, the .avhd checkpoint files are not removed until the guest is restarted. This could cause the host machine to eventually run out of disk space.
    • 28870 Fixed an issue that caused CryptoSafeGuard's potential infection dialog to display an error when it's first opened on Windows Server Core.
    • 28959 The CryptoSafeGuard detection SMS message has changed to "Ransomware detected on machine %COMPUTER_NAME%". An additional message (maximum of 30 characters) can be configured, which will be appended to the end of the standard SMS message to help identify the machine.
    • 29060 Updated CryptoSafeGuard to ensure that it is fully supported by MSP subscriptions.
    • 28863 If CryptoSafeGuard is disabled, all jobs will be automatically unblocked, if they are currently blocked due to a potential ransomware infection.
    • 28915 Increase the range of digits that can be used in the SMS number validation.
    • 28722 CryptoSafeGuard will now rename the temporary Hyper-V guest (VM) checkpoints so that they are easily identifiable.
    • 28916 CryptoSafeGuard will now delete any left-over Hyper-V guest (VM) checkpoints from previous scans.
    • 28873 Added ability for users to increase the timeout on creating temporary Hyper-V guest (VM) checkpoints during a CryptoSafeGuard scan.
    • 28797 Fixed backup error reporting for rare CryptoSafeGuard failures in some System Protection jobs.
    • 28784 If any unexpected errors occur during the CryptoSafeGuard backup protection step, they will now be reported as BA8007: "An unexpected error occurred during the CryptoSafeGuard protection step". Previously, these would be logged as unhandled exceptions in the backup report.
  • User Interface
    • 28802 Fixed an issue with the detection of some Window Server Core 2016 installs that caused issues with some UI features.
  • Reports/Notifications
    • 27950 BackupAssist will now report VSS applications that were not fully backed up to a cloud destination due to skipped files.
  • Settings/Logging
    • 28936 Update made to prevent the creation of corrupt backup catalogs that could occur in very exceptional circumstances.
10.1.2
21 September 2017
  • Updates to Exchange Granular Restore to support Exchange Server version 2016 CU5:
    • Resolved problems with a selected item's content and properties only being partially displayed while browsing the mail store tree
    • Resolved problems with displaying deleted items.
  • Exchange Granular Restore fixes:
    • Resolved problems with exporting into the original Exchange mailbox
    • Resolved problems with exporting into a 2007 and 2010 live Exchange Server
    • Resolved problems with converting special symbols to UTF-8 encoding.
10.1.0R2
1 September 2017
  • NEW: CryptoSafeGuard
    • BackupAssist 10.1.0 introduces CryptoSafeGuard, a new tool designed to protect your backups from ransomware.
      To respond to a ransomware attack, it’s critical that you have reliable backups so you can restore data or recover your entire system. However, ransomware can also infect your backups, leaving them unusable.
      CryptoSafeGuard protects your backups from ransomware using two features:
      • CryptoSafeGuard Detector - When a backup job starts, CryptoSafeGuard scans the data being backed up. If there is any sign of a possible ransomware infection, all backup jobs will be blocked from running, and email and SMS alerts will be sent if configured.
      • CryptoSafeGuard Protector - CryptoSafeGuard protects your backups from ransomware by allowing only BackupAssist to create, delete or update data in your backups. This feature runs automatically in the background when CryptoSafeGuard is enabled.
  • CryptoSafeGuard
    • 28770 Fixed BA101/BA102/BA103 errors when initializing CryptoSafeGuard scanning on jobs backing up VSS applications where Hyper-V is not installed
  • Help / Documentation
    • 27407 Updated the documentation links in the Welcome Screen to redirect to the new web-based context sensitive help system.
  • File Archiving
    • 28491 Files with path names that do not conform to Windows file naming conventions will be skipped.
  • User Interface
    • 28409 Fixed an exception in Windows Server Core, when trying to access in-product help.
    • 28559 Fixed a WMI related issue that could cause BackupAssist to crash.
  • Hyper-V
    • 28196 Fixed an issue that caused Exchange Hyper-V guests to show a size of '0' in backup reports.
10.0.2
12 July 2017
  • Reports/Notifications
    • 28248 Updated the backup reports and Monitor screen so they do not report Backup Verification activities which were deprecated in v10.0.0.
  • BitLocker
    • 28198 You will no longer experience the “unhandled exception” error when an attempt to unlock a BitLocker drive is unsuccessful.
  • Cloud Backup
    • 28261 Fixed a Hyper-V guest cataloguing error that would occur when a file name had an invalid Unicode character.
  • Exchange Granular Restore Add-on
    • 28222 A new revision of Exchange Granular Restore is included in this release. It addresses known crashes related to Exchange 2016 with Cumulative Update 5.
10.0.1
21 June 2017
  • Backup Verification
    • 28084 Stopped backup verification from running in jobs migrated from V9 or earlier, to v10.
  • Cloud Backup
    • 27882 For Amazon Cloud Backups, when the region is changed after the bucket's been created, performing a Check destination or running the backup will result in an error message with advice on how to proceed.
    • 27995 Improved the performance and stability of Cloud Backup restores for large files.
    • 28106 Upgraded the Azure .NET client library to 8.1.3.
    • 26258 Fixed the data size values reported in CMC for Cloud Backup jobs, and also the CMC Data Usage report.
    • 27974 Increased the accuracy of the Cloud Backup report's backup size and number of files.
    • 27920 Fixed an error that caused an incorrect timestamp to show when 'Overwrite other files' was selected for a Cloud Backup restore.
    • 28132 Fixed a minor metadata issue that prevented the restoring of attributes and timestamps for a folder representing a backed up volume.
  • RecoverAssist
    • 28090 Extended the time out period for Bootable Backups to allow more time for them to be successfully created.
  • Reports/Notifications
    • 26644 Fixed an issue that resulted in the Hyper-V section being left out of the Cloud Backup report for some scenarios.
  • Restore Console
    • 27678 Fixed an issue that resulted in Hyper-V Granular Restore not giving a prompt to save files extracted from a Windows 2016 Data Centre (Windows Core) backup.
    • 28093 Made a change to the restore progress bar so that it updates correctly when restoring files from a Hyper-V guest.
  • Server 2016
    • 27993 Improved support for backups of Hyper-V guests with checkpoints in Server 2016.
  • User Interface
    • 27154 Enhanced the BackupAssist migration UI so that BackupAssist will still open if the user closes the dialog instead of selecting Finish.
  • Bitlocker
    • 28092 Fixed the backup report's Media Usage section for some BitLocker job types.
10.0.0
16 May 2017
  • NEW: Cloud Backup
    • BackupAssist has a new backup option called Cloud Backup that's available with the new Cloud Backup add-on and stand-alone license. Cloud Backup allows you to back up data to remote data centers across the internet and supports the Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure cloud services as destinations.
  • NEW: New Online Help Portal
    • BackupAssist 10 introduces a new single-sourced Help Portal with modern HTML 5 design and features. All BackupAssist 10 help topics, context-sensitive topics linked to the BackupAssist UI and knowledgebase articles are contained within this Help Portal. This means documentation is more consistent, accessible and easier to search and navigate. It also supports responsive layout so you can view the documentation on your phone or mobile device. The Help portal will be accessible from the new website but selecting Support > Online Help from the top menu, or from the help icon and help menu in BackupAssist.
  • NEW: Improved support for Window Server 2016
    • BackupAssist 10 supports two important new Hyper-V features: Nested Virtualization and Shielded VMs.