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New release: FSLogix Apps 2.8.9 (2.8.6521.28316)

This is a general release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)

Download link:

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

* Partition and format Profile VHDs when they are created when using difference disks
* Remove spurious error logging (Font, Printer Hiding, etc.)
* Allow logging of robocopy results
* Disable shell refresh while enabling outlook cached mode
* Handle missing attributes from AD in Rule Editor
* Add display name for Everyone group in default rule assignment
* Persist OneNote roaming information to survive Service restarts
* Properly remove redirections for Credentials folders so that Credentials are roamed properly
* Merge ODFC disks on logon when found
* Various Service stability fixes

Altaro signed a partnership agreement with ARJ Distribution, a IT company in Stockholm that provides virtualisation and server-based solutions to businesses in the Nordic market.

9th November 2017: Altaro is pleased to announce that it has recently entered into a partnership agreement with ARJ Distribution, a Swedish company that distributes a range of value-added IT solutions to companies in the Nordics, including server-based and virtualisation software.

This partnership adds further momentum to Altaro’s sustained efforts in recent months towards significantly increase its distribution channels across Europe. Through ARJ Distribution, the company has gained an important foothold in the Nordic market, which enables it to distribute its solutions to small- and medium-businesses based in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, as well as neighbouring countries.

Altaro CEO and co-founder, David Vella said, "This new partnership with ARJ Distribution will expand Altaro’s reach throughout the Nordics, and improve the company’s ability to offer a fast and responsive service to organisations in this important region."

About ARJ Distribution

ARJ Distribution AB is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and provides value-added IT solutions to organisations operating in Nordic countries. The company was established in 2006 and works with hundreds of resellers of all sizes and in different business sectors. ARJ Distribution aims to “make IT easy”, which is why it offers best-of-breed solutions such as Altaro Virtual Backup that are both easy to install and configure, allowing IT departments to spend more time developing new products instead of troubleshooting their systems.

For more information, visit www.arjdistribution.se.

About Altaro

Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy to use and affordable backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments.

Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy to use and affordable backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses, featuring enterprise-class features and functionality, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. The company has grown rapidly over the years with the flagship solution Altaro VM Backup, which gained traction as the natural choice for Hyper-V and VMware data recovery.

For more information on Altaro VM Backup, please visit https://www.altaro.com/vm-backup/ or contact  Den här e-postadressen skyddas mot spambots. Du måste tillåta JavaScript för att se den. .

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FSLogix has release  FSLogix Apps 2.8.8 (2.8.6505.37336) 

Important Summary:

1. If using the newest version of Windows 10 ( Fall Creators Update / version 1709) you need this version or Windows will Blue Screen.


2. If your customer is trying out Search index roaming or has issues with it, this release is a must.

Full Release Notes:


* Fix a new interop blue screen in Windows 10 fall creators release
* Fix a deadlock when unloading VHDs when vhd is unreachable
* Fixed a system crash due when Carbon Black is also installed
* Fix Service crash when Advanced Printer Hiding is enabled
* Ensure root VHD is partitioned and formatted before creating the diff disk (Profiles)
* Handle . and .. directories when a volume root is redirected to the root of another volume
* Fix incorrectly logged error message in search logging
* Show error for bad parameters passed to Frx Validate-key
* Change expiration date output to include locale month and std format
* Add license information to logging headers
* Change Default Minimum number of Days for Device based whitelisting from 0 to 90
* Warn license expiration (days remaining) to event-viewer/frx.exe/log-headers
* Fix issue with Adobe Acrobat Reader - DC Unable to search with protected mode enabled
* Fix Search catalog error corruption
* Fix crash in IE with Java 7
* Detect and cleanup corrupted search databases
* Resolve issue that caused a failure while downloading offline address book in Office 365
* Fix Service crash (OneNote support)


Since July 2017 Altaro VM Backup has been supporting Backup to Azure which includes the following benefits: 


  • Offsite backups directly to Azure’s cloud hosted object storage, without the need for a Windows VM in Azure
  • Uses Azure Block Blob storage which is the most cost-effective Azure storage option
  • Supports Altaro's compression, encryption and deduplication features for lowest storage requirements on Azure
  • Restore from Azure back to any Altaro VM Backup installation

Altaro VM Backup is a fast, affordable, high performance backup solution. Altaro has cut the waste and hassle to provide an agile, streamlined solution that is easy to implement, feature-rich, and provides outstanding support as part of the package.

How is Altaro different from other solutions

• Unbeatable value – priced per host, not per socket, CPU or VM. Competing solutions are 2 to 3 times the cost.

• In house, non-tiered technical support – calls answered by certified tech in under 30 seconds.

• Ease of use and administration – intuitive UI for a non-complex user experience.

• Augmented Inline Deduplication – superior efficiency, drastically reducing backup storage requirements & providing fast backup


Target Customers

• Virtualized server environment – Hyper-V or VMware.

• 1-50 hosts.

• Size: SMB to Midmarket.

• Vertical: EDU, state/local gov., non-profit, commercial.

deviceTRUST 17.1 major release now available


We are very proud to announce that deviceTRUST version 17.1 is now available. With this major release, the range of functions and the available context information has been significantly increased. In this way, deviceTRUST makes it possible to use the context of the device as well as the user cross-platform and thus to fulfill the security, compliance and regulatory requirements placed on a modern and flexible digital workspace!

The following functionality has been added in this release:

Microsoft AppLocker Integration
- Dynamic configuration of the Microsoft AppLocker based on the context of the device, e. g. to comply with licensing requirements.
Application Termination - Close or terminate running applications when context changes occur.
Double-hop Support - All contextual information is available in all user sessions. New Triggers - Two new triggers to perform defined actions: Desktop Starting and Desktop Ready.
Multilingual - All user messages available in the deviceTRUST configuration can be displayed in multiple languages.

New context properties of the device:

Windows Update Status - Detailed information about the status of Windows updates, including which security updates are missing on the endpoint.
Windows Defender Status - All status information of Windows Defender including real-time detected threads.
Additional Windows Firewall Information - Significant enhancement of the information about the firewall state.
More Windows Action Center information - Name and timestamp of the security components.
Logical and mapped drives - Number and type of connected logical and mapped drives.
Carrier Information - Network operator with which the mobile phone SIM is registered (for iOS devices).
Additional region information - language of the keyboard and keyboard layouts.
Outgoing Connection - The DNS and IP address of the outgoing connection established by the remoting client. 

In addition, the onboarding of iOS devices has been improved considerably in the new version.

For further information on our new release, please download our current data sheet and the detailed overview of the context provided by deviceTRUST.


New release: FSLogix Apps 2.8.6 (2.8.6436.28200)


Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

• Updated ODFC ADMX template with settings for recent configuration enhancements
• Remove persistent session information from the registry on service (frxsvc.exe) start up
• Add synchronization between logon/logout and VHD reattach
• Create missing folders for Profile/Office365 VHDLocations
• Added vhd(x) locking retries to Office365 containers
• Expand variables in RedirXMLSourceFolder setting
• Support expanding %userdomain% variable in configuration settings
• Enhance profile cleanup so that the Start Menu works correctly when switching between profile types
• Roam Office shared computer activation in the ODFC container

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New release: FSLogix Apps 2.8.5 (2.8.6415.35370)
This is a general release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

- When using O365 Containers with VHDAccessMode = 3 (per-session VHDs), on logoff remove all per-session VHDs that are not within the number to persist.
- Enhance the logging to include the reason why a per-session VHD (VHDAccessMode = 3) cannot be used. (Sharing violation, etc.)
- Add logging when exceptions occur for better troubleshooting of issues.
- Fix a deadlock that would occur under rare and specific circumstances.
- Fix a buffer overrun issue that would result in a WSearch crash and a FSLogix Search error.
- Serialize the formatting of VHD/Xs. Format errors could occur when VHD/Xs were being formatted in parallel.
- Enhance logging of error conditions when a VHD/X format failed.
- Fix file byte range locking errors. A common manifestation of this issue surfaced as issues with the Chrome browser.
- Fixed a small driver memory leak.
- Fixed a rare deadlock with directory change notifications. Typically seen when LogMeIn and/or WebRoot were also installed.
- Fixed a bug where upgrading to FSLogix 2.7 (and later) would add an invalid product key expiration date.
- Fixed frxtray to respect the "LogDir" setting.
- Implemented Java 9 support.
- Add support for use of %clientname% variable in SID directories and/or VHD/X file names

This is a general release

Applies to:
All supported Windows OS versions (Windows 7 and later, Server and Client, 32 and 64 bit)

Download link:
Please contact us for your copy

Installation notes:
Will upgrade over any previous release.

- Resolve AppV interop issues.
- Fix stack overflow (recursion) in driver.
- Ensure event handles used for synchronization are always closed. Resolves a deadlock.
- Do not allow the Credential Manager to access the VHD when it is rebuilding credentials. Resolves a deadlock.

- Add the ability to include the Skype For Business Global Address List in the O365 Container.
- Introduce FrxContext feature. This adds an “Edit Profile” option to the right-click menu for VHD/VHDX files.
- Add ability to put Outlook into cached mode when O365 Container is successfully attached. This can be used to have Outlook work in online mode if the Container fails to attach for any reason.
- All logging is now enabled by default. This results in easier troubleshooting.
- Add ability to specify what should be included in the O365 Container. For example, the admin can specify that the Outlook data not be included, etc.
- Add the ability to use %clientname% in VHD/X paths and names. This can be used to attach different Containers based on the device being used to access the server.
- Enhancements to Device Based Licensing feature:
- Track assigned/unassigned dates.
- Add minimum assigned time for a device and warn on re-assignment when time is not yet reached.
- Add licensing report.
- Mirror Profile/ODFC status information into HKCU. For example, information previously only available under HKLM\Software\FSLogix\Profiles\Sessions\<user_sid>, is now also under HKCU\Software\FSLogix\Profiles\Session.
- Log an error when service modules are not started correctly.
- Add a timeout when waiting for synchronization event to become available.
- Always start the frxdrvvt.sys communication system. This resolves a problem that can happen with mismatched “RedirectType” settings.
- FrxTray.exe is now installed. Previously, it was just included in the zip file.
- Ensure that session information in the registry is VOLATILE. Resolves a problem when session information is mistakenly imported directly into the registry.
- Change some errors being logged to warnings.
- Handle situations where the deletion of the “local_<username>” folders was not done properly.
- Always redirect credentials folders to the local drive, even when accessing the VHD/VHDX as the computer object.

FSLogix Enables Holstebro Kommune to Save 1,000s of Hours in Profile Remediation and Log-in Time

The Danish kommune of Holstebro implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) strategy using Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop over a decade ago. One of biggest challenges Holstebro Kommune experienced with the VDI environment was user-profle corruption, at least two daily. To address the problem, Holstebro Kommune deployed FSLogix Profle Containers. In addition to eliminating profile corruptions, adding up to as much as 1,000 staff hours annually, FSLogix reduced log-in times for end users from an average of two minutes to 45 seconds—an
equivalent of 17,000 hours annually.

> Recouped as much as 1,000 workhours annually spent remediating profile corruptions
> Eliminated user profile corruptions—average of two per day
> Saves end users circa 17,000 hours annually spent logging into their profles
> Reduced IOPS from 30 to 2--a 15-fold reduction

Read the full Case Study here (PDF)


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