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ApexSQL Backup release notes

Release:

2017.04.0116

Date:

August 01, 2017

Fixes:

  • Minimize the ribbon button in the ribbon menu is disabled
  • The "Provided SQL Server credentials are incorrect…" message is encountered when SQL Server instance with expired trial period is added to the server pane
  • Schedule wizard window changes size after the second line of text is added to the text box of the Summary section
  • Customer service and License agreement links can be activated by clicking on the blank space positioned right of the link labels
  • Email header in Backup wizard can be removed by user
  • Email notifications can be set for all application jobs when SMTP server settings are not provided
  • Grouped schedules list collapses after the status of any job is changed to enabled or disabled
  • File path without file extension can be used in the text box for custom script file in the Execute T-SQL wizard
  • The Auto-hide Ribbon button in the in the title bar maximizes the program window
  • The Backup templates dialog can be user customized
  • The Cancel button in the email configuration forms for backup and restore jobs adds the last provided email address to the Send email notifications list
  • The File explorer dialog can be user customized
  • The first letter in each title on all message box buttons is underlined when the Alt keyboard key is pressed
  • The General tab of the Options dialog can be user customized
  • The first letter in the tab label is underlined when the Alt keyboard key is pressed
  • The Restore tab of the Restore wizard dialog can be user customized
  • The Select templates form does not close when Esc keyboard key is pressed
  • The Statistics grid can be user customized
  • The View tab of the Options dialog can be user customized
  • Tooltip for the “Show system databases” option in the View tab of the Options dialog does not appear on mouse hover

Changes:

  • The bottom panel with buttons is removed
  • All buttons that were located on the bottom panel are now available as tabs
  • The interchangeable tab is removed

Release:

2017.03.0103

Date:

March 14, 2017

Fixes:

  • “Object reference not set to an instance of an object." error is encountered when opening the Backup wizard while an offline database is selected in the tree view

Release:

2017.02.0101

Date:

December 29, 2016

Enhancements:

  • SQL Server vNext compatibility

Fixes:

  • Occasional remote server connectivity issues
  • Selecting network server from the list sometimes does not work properly, in some cases
  • Application unexpectedly closes on Backup Wizard when server is offline
  • Clicking on Send logs button does not initiate Email client but opens directory with zipped log files
  • Couldn't restore single database – says more than one database selected
  • Possibility to run more than one setup instance at the same time
  • Cannot add remote instance to the server list if Backup Agent runs under Local System account
  • No auto-check for updates upon startup
  • Folder scan option as default in Restore Wizard is not user friendly
  • The "The username format is incorrect" error when entering only username without machine name in Backup Agent installation
  • No tooltips in the Advanced tab of Backup Wizard
  • Resources tab displayed when Central Repository Database is not connected
  • Resources tab displayed when user cancels connecting to Central Repository Database
  • ‘An encryptor must be provided’ message when trying to use encryption, without informing user what and where in application this can be done
  • The Backup encryption is enabled even when there isn’t an option to backup to a new media set
  • Adding email address in Backup Wizard possible without configured email account
  • The Frequency "Once" of the Schedule Wizard allows setting the Daily frequency and Duration
  • The „Last run“ schedule column shows 01/01/0001 if scheduled backup hasn’t been run yet
  • It is not possible to filter the ‘Enabled’ column
  • Unhandled error exception for weekly Sunday schedule
  • When editing destination path in all dialogs that contain this functionality, tag is always entered at the end of destination path, even cursor was set before extension
  • Redundant row for Files or filegroups in Backup wizard when Full files or filegroup isn’t selected from drop-down
  • ‘Access denied’ dialog when restoring database when selecting backup folder
  • Databases should be ordered by system databases, then by name
  • The execute T-SQL wizards do not have any option to define the database against it will be executed
  • Connecting to Central Repository progress indicator is showing activity and working even when Central repository is not yet installed
  • Application does not initiate help on pressing F1 button
  • Servers are not sorted alphabetically in Server Explorer
  • Backup Agent installation does not offer local user as first choice
  • No description in Local Services window
  • No refresh of folders when creating new folder in Browse dialog

Release:

2017.01.0091

Date:

November 07, 2016

Enhancements:

  • New statistics charts and tables
  • Charts for backup file disk usage
  • Charts for backup duration
  • Database compression charts
  • Charts for succeeded/failed jobs
  • Backup history charts
  • Specify the time range for each chart

Fixes:

  • It is not possible to shrink a database that is named with numbers
  • The „OK“ button doesn’t close panel
  • Add destination button is missing in backup and restore wizards
  • Bad resizing options for the filter forms
  • Excessive context menu command is available inside the application main form
  • The Filter activities form remains openned after clicking the OK button
  • The requested operation requires elevation error is encountered when trying to install the agent without the administrator privileges
  • Needless empty column in the database selection step of the wizard
  • Browse button is not visible in Select databases form for files and filegroups
  • Full and differential filegroup backups can be scheduled for the databases in simple recovery model
  • Wrong button position for deploy databases form in Templates
  • Email recipients in Notification tabs for the jobs are organized in a single line
  • Vertical slide bar has no minimal size set
  • Application error - The requested operation requires elevation is encountered when installing agent through application
  • Primary file group restore and having database online after is not allowed
  • Insufficient return codes
  • Restore from the split backup files does not work
  • Bad resizing options for Select templates dialogue
  • Bad resizing options for Deploy databases window
  • Bad resizing options for Restore to point-in-time window
  • Cannot run the application when installed by non-Administartor account
  • Application can be run only by the Windows User Account that was used to install it
  • Bad resizing options for Select templates form
  • Bad resizing options for Deploy databases form
  • Browse button is not visible for Destination in Deploy templates window
  • Trial version is limited on one server only
  • Name and Description in Backup wizard are unclear
  • Uninformative tooltips for the main ribbon
  • Some files remain in ProgramData folder after uninstallation
  • There is no option to remove the destination settings when configuring Log shipping jobs
  • There is no option to edit the destination settings when configuring Log shipping jobs
  • Unclear Local folder label in Log shipping destination form
  • Unhandled exception when selecting offline database for the job
  • Order by in Date tables arranges the result by text, not by date
  • Job status is presented as Failed when tags are used in filepath and option Delete backup files older then N days
  • Message size quota sent by the agent is limited
  • Transaction log backup can be scheduled for the databases in simple recovery model
  • Execute script allows the folder to be chosen instead of script file, which leads to an error in execution
  • Run ApexSQL Backup checkbox in Installation wizard is activated when clicking on the whitespace far right
  • Start date and End date collumns in History grid are ignoring AM/PM parameters
  • Duplicate entries are allowed as destinations for the Log shipping jobs
  • Bad resizing for Backup destination in Deploy templates form
  • The central repository database remains on the server after uninstallation
  • Application can be uninstalled only by the Windows account that installed the application
  • Help button in most wizards is barely visible for the colorful theme
  • Horizontal scrollbar does not work properly for Run a script after restore option
  • Incorrect message when server is not selected for editing (or removing)
  • To select files/filegroups in the backup wizard you need to click twice on the same thing
  • In Schedule details if you make window smaller, you cannot see Browse button
  • Empty space in Job history grid
  • Add mirror button in backup wizard adds default mirror destination to the list
  • Add destination button in backup wizard adds default destination to the list
  • Textbox contents in the Schedule wizard are cut off
  • Horizontal slide bar has no minimal size set
  • Inconsistent name of week-days in the History panel (timeline view)
  • Inconsistent Time-format in the History panel (timeline view)
  • Delete activities doesn’t allow you to delete only specific ones
  • The Backup form closes without the info message in case the backup folder is not specified
  • The Filter activities dialog does not diferentiate plural strings
  • Missing example text when installing agent localy from the application
  • Bad checkbox activation in History view
  • Highlighting will be automatically moved to the first row, after disabling the task in the Schedules section
  • Obsolete Cancel button in the messages for Simple recovery model
  • Improper hour labels in history view
  • There are no icons in status bar
  • Entries are not sorted alphabeticaly in Select views and Select tables grids
  • The application asks to delete selected activities, even there are no activities listed in the grid
  • Double name of the same server
  • The folder path can be selected when the “Specific backup files” option is chosen
  • Clicking on the Browse button does not expand the browser dialog to the selected folder in Restore wizard
  • Horizontal scrollbar does not work properly for Script option for Restore database from point in time operation
  • The Last run schedule column shows 01/01/0001 as date if scheduled backup hasn’t been run yet
  • Databases should be ordered by system databases, then by names

Changes:

  • New application icon is implemented
  • New application logo is implemented

Release:

2016.02.0080

Date:

July 05, 2016

Enhancements:

  • SQL Server 2016 support
  • Wizards are changed and optimized
  • Multiple backup templates can be deployed at once
  • Point in time restore is improved and simplified
  • More complex filters and grouping are now supported by Activities, Schedules and History grids
  • Multiple schedules can be run at once
  • Multiple schedules can be deleted at once
  • Supported jobs enable\disable
  • Added 2 additional themes
  • Added network resilience
  • Backup to Azure is now supported
  • Run a script after a restore
  • Implemented ApexSQL Backup Agent Updater

Fixes:

  • Servers in the Network servers dialog are not listed in alphabetical order
  • Mirroring does not work for SQL Server standard edition
  • It is not possible to disable and/or resume schedule
  • Export to CSV doesn't allow choice of specific activities
  • Old database backups do not delete automatically after few days when using schedules or policies
  • Cannot deploy the policy due to an error when Create subfolder for each database is checked
  • Backup history is default set to year 2015
  • If TSQL command has error, you cannot fix it since execute SQL dialog closes
  • Filegroups dialog is missing 'check all' button/checkbox
  • Testing remote credentials process stuck in a loop
  • Improper username format produces no error while installing backup agent
  • Wrong Credentials are accepted when adding new server
  • Unhandled exception in weekly scheduler settings
  • The 'cannot save central repository database configuration' message is shown when application is started by user with insufficient privileges
  • Connection to the central repository database is lost after application restart and cannot be fixed
  • "View release notes" link opens the outdated page

Changes:

  • New user interface
  • Policies are renamed to templates
  • Remote agent installation is no longer supported
  • New application icon is implemented
  • New application logo is implemented

Release:

2016.01.0028

Date:

December 30, 2015

Enhancements:

  • Schedule and execute index rebuild jobs
  • Schedule and execute index reorganize jobs
  • Schedule and execute database shrink jobs
  • Schedule and execute custom T-SQL syntax scripts
  • Restore files and filegroups per user selected filegroups against specific database instances and recovery state model
  • Automatic cleanup of the database backup files after the backup job is executed
  • SQL Server 2016 CTP3 support
  • System database backup support

Fixes:

  • Backup job indicator stays in the "in progress" state indefinitely in specific cases
  • "No new transaction log backups found." error is encountered when performing the "Restore a transaction log" step of the log shipping when new database is created
  • Scheduling a restore job before a backup job is possible in the "Log shipping" feature
  • The "Log shipping" feature does not work with filegroup backups
  • The "Log shipping" feature does not work for databases with more than two files
  • Restore functionality does not work for the filegroup backups
  • The "Create subfolder for each database" checkbox is not available for the immediate backup job execution
  • The application does not recognize a filegroup backup
  • "Index (zero based) must be greater than or equal to zero and less than the size of the argument list." error is encountered when using the "Drop database after restore" option
  • The "Reorganize indexes" feature does not qualify the selected table/view
  • The "Rebuild indexes" feature does not qualify the selected table/view
  • Missing collapse/expand all options in the server explorer
  • Scrollbars are always scrolled into the middle of any list that doesn’t fit in the window
  • Missing grouping options in the server explorer
  • File group backups are not recognized by history timeline
  • File groups backup should not be shown in the "Restore database to a point in time" section
  • Different type of scheduled jobs should be shown in separate grids
  • Some DBCC CheckDB options are not available
  • Instant restore does not work for striped files
  • Filegroups backup is not shown in the activity monitor
  • Remainder the user to configure SMTP server when choosing alerting options
  • Missing DBCC CheckDB options for instant restore
  • Database "model" is missing from the Databases grid in the backup wizard when system databases are checked
  • Bad column sizes in the database backup history. Remove "..." from the history backup grid. Autosize all columns
  • "Cannot connect to server" message shown in case .Net 4.5 missing on the remote machine while installing Server Side Components and backup agent
  • The "Reorganize indexes" task does not update status after it is executed
  • The application does not inform the user that a database is in a SIMPLE recovery mode when specific backups are not suitable
  • Connection to a SQL Server instance cannot be established, while some database is in the middle of restoring state
  • The "DBCC CHECKDB" option should be disabled when restoring the master database
  • The tempdb database is available for backup/restore operations
  • The application stopped working when trying to use a period to indicate localhost
  • The application can be uninstalled while the GUI is open
  • The "Send error report" functionality in the error report dialog does not work
  • "System. OverflowException" error is encountered when sending logs if an email is not configured
  • "System. OverflowException" error is encountered when sending logs if an email is sent or closed
  • The application continues to install after the "Cancel" button is pressed
  • The folder explorer dialog has "Rename" and "Delete" options
  • The "Folder explorer" dialog is missing the "Refresh" button
  • Selected backup is not removed from the list when delete option is used
  • The NO_INFOMSGS option is not automatically checked when the PHYSICAL_ONLY option is selected
  • The Export to CSV option will not export selected activities in the default order by time or in the way they are displayed in the grid
  • The activities pane filter doesn't provide an option to display all activity types
  • The history grid time range is not limited to the available data related to it but covers the unnecesary time range in the past and in the future
  • Backup process fails when executing job immedeately if the time out takes more then a couple of minutes
  • Databases are not properly sorted by name in the backup and restore wizards
  • The "Browse network" option doesn't show network shares, but local shares only
  • Database backup created for the Log shipping process is missing extension
  • The "Actions" view is missing information on a user that has executed action
  • The system databases in the server view are not grouped at the beginning of the tree
  • The 'Browse network' checkbox is disabled in the browse folder dialog by default
  • Application is automatically closed if central repository database installation is canceled
  • Several pop-up dialog are not closed via 'Esc' key
  • Server name cannot be seen in the network server dialog since the column is too small and cannot be enlarged
  • Scheduled task is not completed, and there is no information on the job fail if there is no access to the backup agent
  • Backup agent installer does not report incorrect password, but schedules job with wrong credentials
  • First policy in the list is selected even though it is not marked as being selected
  • It is not possible to back-track through deploy policy wizard unless appropriate path is provided first
  • The 'Object reference not set to an instance of an object.' error is encountered if 'remove schedule' button is pressed when no schedule is selected
  • Notification emails are not send/received for immediately executed jobs
  • It is not possible to type-in SQL Server name manually
  • GUI freezes for long time if added server is stopped while GUI is active
  • Schedules are not sorted by 'last run' when sorting is initiated
  • It is not possible to use same folder for local and shared folder in the log shipping wizard
  • The 'Finish' button is not disabled while schedule is being processed
  • GUI freezes for long time if added server is stopped while GUI is active
  • Central repository connection details cannot be changed
  • The .\ annotation for computer name doesn't work
  • The timeline focus doesn't show latest entries by default
  • It is not possible to 'run now' multiple schedules at once
  • Multiple schedules cannot be selected or manipulated all at once
  • Schedule details are not shown when schedule is double-clicked
  • When there are no new t-logs to ship, false-positive error is reported

Changes:

  • Application has been renamed from ApexSQL Manage to ApexSQL Backup
  • The main ribbon bar is optimized and improved
  • Additional filters were added in order to improve monitoring usability against scheduled jobs
    • Backup job filter
    • Restore job filter
    • Log shipping filter
    • Cleanup job filter
    • Reorganize job filter
    • Rebuild index
    • Shrink database
    • Execute T-SQL
  • Additional indicators were added to the history grid according to different backup types
  • Backup wizard is optimized with additional information about regarding database recovery model
  • Restore from point in time wizard is optimized in order to improve usability issues
  • Send email notifications for job failures and success were optimized in order to improve usability issues
  • Default connection (NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) is removed

Release:

2015.02.0013

Date:

May 29, 2015

Enhancements:

  • Run DBCC CHECKDB after restore has been added
  • CLI support has been added
  • Backup and restore history cleanup has been added
  • Log shipping via network share copying has been added
  • The application is now FIPS compliant

Fixes:

  • Expanding folders lasts too long
  • "System.OverflowException" error is thrown when a Send logs process is canceled
  • "The log or differential backup cannot be restored because no files are ready to rollforward. RESTORE LOG is terminating abnormally" error is encountered when performing restore log shipping
  • Log shipping job fails if new full backup of primary database has been created

Known issues:

  • "No new transaction log backups found." error is encountered when performing a restore transaction log step of log shipping when a database is created via the application

Release:

2015.01.0011

Date:

March 25, 2015

Features:

  • Cross server backup management
  • Create full, differential, transaction log, filegroups or files and copy-only backups
  • Create multiple backup mirrors and split backup files
  • Schedule database restore from folder scan with latest full, differential and transaction log backups or directly from selected backup file
  • Full support for Log Shipping with copying backup to network share and restoring on multiple destination servers
  • Create and deploy custom backup policies
  • Utilize variables to create naming schemes
  • Automatically perform validation of created backups
  • Fully customizable schedule for all operations
  • Receive email notifications when an alert condition has been triggered
  • Native Backup Compression and Encryption
  • View historical activities on a timeline
  • Create a backup to network destination
  • Historical and in progress operations tracking
  • Create reports and export them to CSV format
  • Impersonation support
  • Access databases using windows authentication by providing appropriate credentials

Known issues:

  • "The log or differential backup cannot be restored because no files are ready to rollforward. RESTORE LOG is terminating abnormally" error is encountered when performing restore log shipping
  • Log shipping job fails if new full backup of primary database has been created