MAGNUS BOX VERSION 20.11.0 FEATURE RELEASE

Magnus Box version 20.11.0 is now available. We will begin pushing the update to the servers and endpoints on 12/5/2020. We do not expect any downtime with this quarterly feature release.

Changelog

20.11.0 (2020-11-29)
Changes compared to 20.8.4

Feature:

  • Prompt for Full Disk Access permission on macOS
  • New boot experience for the USB Recovery Media, with cosmetic redesign and easy access Tools menu
  • Support opening multiple tabs in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Option to add additional custom drivers to the USB Recovery Media
  • Support adding custom files, directories, and startup commands when creating USB Recovery Media
  • Support running custom commands immediately after disk snapshot (“Thaw”)
  • Support command-line parameter and registry key, to prevent creating desktop and Start Menu shortcuts when installing Magnus Box on Windows
  • Support a token system to silently install the Magnus Box desktop app without specifying the username/password in plaintext

Enhancements:

  • Update translations
  • Automatically cancel running jobs when PC is going to sleep, reducing issues with long-held lock files
  • Allow using “open in new tab” on most buttons and links in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Support extra table features such as pagination, text filter, export as CSV, and export as Excel for job reports in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Improve performance of initial page load of static assets in the Magnus Box web interface by increasing gzip compression levels and supporting Brotli
  • Improve performance of the Magnus Box web interface when loading very large job reports, large Buckets page, or large Connected Devices pages
  • Improve performance of restore jobs by reducing overhead around processing directory trees
  • Improve the performance of backup jobs by optimizing the chunk split detection process
  • Improve performance when starting a restore job via the Magnus Box web interface
  • Improve performance of connecting to Backblaze B2 buckets if there are a very large number of buckets (BYOS Partners only)
  • Minor performance improvement for restoring only selected items from a backup job snapshot containing large directories
  • Minor performance improvement for generating backup job email reports
  • Reduce Magnus Box’s peak memory requirements for producing large user/device lists, large job search results, and large job reports
  • Cosmetic update final button text on the Restore wizard in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Support accessing some kinds of damaged Storage Vaults in read-only mode
  • Display a banner message when impersonating an end-user as an admin account in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Support persistent web sessions, to stay logged in to the Magnus Box web interface through a Magnus Box service restart
  • Improve the user experience of Full Disk Access Permission check on macOS versions after 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Support using an installed WebView2 Runtime for embedded web views in Magnus Box for Windows
  • Support showing all drives when creating USB Recovery Media
  • Minor improvements to boot time for generated USB Recovery Media
  • Perform network time sync when booting the USB Recovery Media
  • Automatically select the USB device if only one is available when generating USB Recovery Media
  • Add Properties tab on the Live Connected device dialog in the Magnus Box web interface
  • Store Magnus Box’s generated device ID in the Windows registry, for correlation with other software such as an RMM agent
  • Ensure more fidelity for restoring non-ASCII filenames, atime/ctime, and timestamps with sub-second precision inside TAR archives by switching to PAX format
  • Change some Windows Event Log event IDs used by the background service manager (56, 57)

Fixes:

  • Fix an issue with bad error messages when failing to restore files in some cases
  • Fix an issue with inconsistent error reporting when a lock file goes unexpectedly missing during a running operation
  • Fix a cosmetic issue with error messages when failing to replicate user profiles or policies
  • Fix a cosmetic issue with mistakenly treating a matching device ID in a different account as a duplicate device in the Connected Devices page in the Magnus Box web interface

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