d7x v188.8.131.52 Released (New Features, Changes, and Fixes)
For the most part, look for Self-Hosted FTP and Email/SMTP functionality changes, fixes, and improvements as they are switched to the new d7x code platform, with the exception of reports storage for FTP. There was a bit more but it didn’t make the list because I didn’t write it down, and it was kinda minor because I can’t recall at the moment…
What comes next is finishing the move to d7x code for FTP reports storage, which will allow us to enable the new SSL/AuthTLS functionality for FTP, which is already a functional piece of the d7x code platform. Look for that soon!
d7x will update itself on next launch, and as always you can download manually from the d7x Manual.
- Password protected startup (if configured) should no longer prompt for password after updating config from Config Mgmt Portal. (this previously occurred only if d7x was started via double-click or without command line arguments.)
- FTP/Email settings are no longer saved in d7II format due to new features, but d7x will still import d7II legacy configurations.
- FTP server settings are combined (meaning if you use the same server for both Config/Defs/Apps as well as Reports, they are now configured in one server slot and not two.)
- For d7II usage, which again should only be necessary for “Offline” tab needs, please use in the .\d7IIv3 subdir only (do not use d7II.exe in the same dir as d7x.exe any longer, but you may use d7II in the d7IIv3 subdir of d7x; NOTE this will maintain a separate .\Config directory and contents.)
- The Technician Password prompt (used with various functionality) now accepts your d7x Subscriber Account password. NOTE this cannot be used for extracting configs from the Config Mgmt Portal (or d7xRDT) when encrypted with the technician password.
- When you specify an incorrect Technician Password for configs downloaded from Config Mgmt Portal (or d7xRDT) you are prompted as such and given the opportunity to try extraction with a new password.
- The above feature of prompting for password extraction now applies to all compressed archives provided that Auto Mode is not in process. NOTE that actual support for password protected archives will be added to the custom apps system at a later time; at this time your tech and account passwords will be tried should any existing archive fail to extract with a password error.
- New subscribers should no longer need to wait for manual setup/activation of their account, and will only need the d7x Account Credentials emailed automatically after purchase; d7x will automatically download the user license (this does not apply to existing subscriber accounts.)
- The Dirty Volume check has been bypassed when forcing a reboot from within d7x.
- The test email button in d7x Config is working again! 🙂
- Some email settings failed to send under some cirumstances (fixed.)
- Some self-hosted FTP operations may fail with the previous release (fixed.)
- Right-Click menu options installed in Windows Explorer (e.g. Work with File, Run with Parameters, etc.) were not pointing at the correct file when started (fixed.)
- Splash screen remained behind a few times when it shouldn’t have (fixed.)
Fixes in v184.108.40.206
- Fixed system restore reporting disabled when it wasn’t.
- Fixed prompt that (when enabled) showed that new definitions were found on the server when no defs were ever uploaded.
New Features and Improvements:
- New in v220.127.116.11: DataGrab now automatically backs up the \System32\DriverStore\FileRepository
- New SMTP server settings: “AutoFix” can connect some server misconfigurations, and “Authentication Method” now allows new methods NTLM, Plain, CRAM-MD5, and an Auto selection feature (previously it only supported Login/Basic.)
- New Email and FTP connection error messages are detailed, no more guessing when testing a config… Additionally the Email failures offer a full log option. See pics below!
- New FTP configuration interface (not all will be adapted, but more areas in d7x config will be adapted to this interface soon to save screen real estate and lessen confusion for certain groups of settings.)
- Due to combined FTP server settings (see changes) you can now configure up to 3 additional FTP server addresses; regardless d7x will only use ONE server for each operation type (either Config/Defs/Apps or Reports.) This builds on the existing feature to configure alternate server addresses when your local DNS isn’t setup to use your external server’s hostname, or you use IP addresses (e.g. WAN can connect to ftp.somewhere.com whereas LAN can connect to 192.168.1.3 or similar.)
- Also building on the previous feature, ALL operations now adhere to the standard that should one FTP server address fail to connect, d7x will attempt to connect to the next one in the list (which is configured for that operation type.)
- FTP servers no longer need to be ping-able when alternate servers are configured; a full connection/login attempt is now performed to determine which server address is used for connection, but is significantly faster than previously (provided that a server is on the other end to accept or reject the request, or if the DNS hostname cannot be found.)