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Jan
16

Blancco 5 Image Configuration Tool version 1.9.1 - Release Notes

Bug fixes:

  • Blancco 5 image configurations are not saved to the ISO image when Internet Explorer is used.

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Dec
21
Blancco Management Console version 3.8.1 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 21.12.2016 15:13

Blancco Management Console version 3.8.1 - Release notes

Features:

  • Extended Language support for API PDF Report Export.
    • New languages are available for report export, outside of those that are available for the MC UI.
    • Languages added:
      • Italian (it_IT)
      • Korean (ko_KR)
      • Russian (ru_RU)
      • Chinese - Taiwan (zh_TW)
    • The new languages can be requested by setting them in the request xml file. For example: <pdf-options pdfLanguage="it_IT"/>

Improvements:

  • Updated report translations, included details for recovery partition preservation in Blancco 5.

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Dec
2
Blancco 5 version 5.11.0 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 02.12.2016 12:49

Blancco 5 version 5.11.0 - Release notes

Features

  • New architecture that eliminates the “black screen” issues Blancco 5.11 is built on top of a brand new architecture.
    • This architecture provides several enhancements such as an improved booting, a better hardware support, a better overall stability and a better logging system. The most visible advantage is a smoother boot allowing a more reliable freeze lock removal process, that eliminates the unfortunate “black screen” issues that have  hindered the Blancco 5 usage in the past. For all machines, especially for laptops/desktops where "black screens" occur. Other than a better user experience, the immediate benefits are an increased erasure success rate and a higher security as more laptops and desktops are now successfully erased up to the “Purge” sanitization level.
  • Extended Asset Management Integration (2-way Communication).
    • A range of new API interfaces are available to control Blancco 5 erasure clients via an integration between the Management Console and a third party asset  management system. Blancco 5 behavior is controlled by the asset management system that can specify configuration options at boot time. This feature can be activated from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0. Requires the Management Console 3.8.0, information about how to integrate with the Asset Management System is available in the MC user manual. To increase throughput, enable flexible granular control, and minimize user  interaction / human error with the Blancco 5 client software.
  • Ability to erase drive partitions.
    • Drive partitions are detected and can be displayed in the user interface and be erased individually. Erased partitions will also be reported individually. Setting available from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0 and from the Blancco 5 user interface. A necessary feature for customers whose erasure process requires preserving specific partitions such as the Windows recovery partition, that is  used for a later asset reimaging.
  • Erasure remote monitoring.
    • Assets being erased with Blancco 5 can now be monitored remotely from the Blancco Management Console, when a successful connection is established. Setting available from the Blancco 5  Configuration Tool 1.9.0. Requires the Management Console 3.8.0. Allows a Manager to have full visibility on how many machines are being erased and what is their status, at any time, from anywhere. Important to detect possible erasure problems and take actions without delay.
  • Enhanced configurability for the hardware tests.
    • Each hardware test can now be configured individually for a fully customized diagnostic of the machine. Includes configuring the pass threshold for the battery test as well as preselecting the optical drive tests. Configuration available from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0. To achieved a tailored diagnostic of any machine and get a more accurate value of it, to fit any erasure process, to increase the usage of the Blancco 5 diagnostics.
  • Threshold on reallocated sectors count.
    • Configure a threshold on reallocated sectors count, drives which amount of reallocated sectors reach of exceed the threshold will immediately fail the erasure with a clear error message. Setting available from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0. Useful for quickly separating the drives that can be reused/resold from the drives that are in a bad condition and that should be destroyed.
  • Restart the user interface.
    • In case the GUI is scrambled/frozen or lags or is not restored after plugging an external monitor, restarting the GUI can fix the problem. Restart the GUI via the Ctrl+F4 keyboard shortcut. To use only in case of display problems e.g. when booting a machine with a video card that is not well supported (such as NVIDIA graphic cards) or when connecting an external monitor or when working with a KVM switch.
  • Screensaver lock.
    • Upon boot, the screensaver is displayed and locked, the user cannot access the software options or interrupt the erasure, the erasure process can nevertheless be followed. Can be enabled from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0 with the Automatic process only. Ideal to prevent an operator from accessing/changing the erasure options and software settings. The lock is automatically removed in case a user interaction is required.
  • Lock custom fields.
    • The custom fields have a new "Locked" attribute that prevents them from being modified during the erasure. Can be enabled from the Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0. Ideal to prevent an operator from changing the value of a prefilled custom field.
  • Support for Italian, Russian and Traditional Chinese languages.
    • User interface and user manuals localized in Italian, Russian and Traditional Chinese. To best support our customers globally.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix for a problem where the erasure got stuck during an aperiodic random overwrite step on some SAS drive models (e.g. Seagate Savvio SAS). Occurred with normal images and on Blancco hardware appliances.
  • Fix for a regression bug where SATA hard disks could not be erased if connected to PERC 6/E MegaRAID SAS controllers.
  • Fix for a problem where drives connected to the HP Smart Array P800 RAID controller where only partially detected.
  • Fix for a booting problem on Dell PowerEdge R630/R730 where the software got stuck in the "spinning wheel" screen.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP Z440 and HP EliteBook 8440p (with/without NVIDIA Quadro video cards). Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP ZBook 15 G2. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP Compaq 6710b. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP 8000 Elite CMT (with NVIDIA Quadro video cards). Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP EliteDesk 800 G2 TWR. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP Compaq DC 5750 and HP 8200 SFF. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on Dell Latitude E6440. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP ZBook 17. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on Lenovo ThinkPad Helix (20CG001FGE). Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP EliteBook 840/850 G3. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP ProBook 640 G2. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HPC 6005 Pro (std. PC). Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for the "black screen" issues on HP Compaq DC7800 SFF and Dell Precision M4800. Fixed as part of the new Blancco 5 architecture.
  • Fix for a problem where the GUI was not displayed after plugging an external monitor during/after the booting. Fixed via the GUI restarting capability (Ctrl+F4).
  • Fix for a problem where the report auto-backup did not work if the erasure was remotely controlled.
  • Fix for a problem where the issue report creation process hanged. Occurred on specific Blancco hardware appliances only.
  • Fix for a problem where the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 wireless network card was not detected.
  • Fix for a localization problem on the popup warning about the presence of hybrid drives.

Improvements

  • Keyboard shortcuts now work even with Caps Lock on.
  • Adding support for the Chinese keyboard layout (cn).

Recommendations

  • Use the latest Blancco 5 Configuration Tool v.1.9.0 (or higher) to configure the Blancco 5.11.0 images and enable the latest capabilities.
  • Use the latest Blancco Management Console v.3.8.0 (or higher) to benefit from the Blancco 5.11.0 full capabilities. Especially the remote monitoring and "2-way communication" features.
  • Only use the latest Blancco USB Creator v.2.2.2 (or higher) to create bootable USB sticks with Blancco 5.11.0 images (also compatible with lower Blancco 5 versions). It is advised to reformat the stick by enabling the  "Format" option. Older Blancco USB Creator versions are not compatible with Blancco 5.11.0.

Known issues

  • On some machines (e.g. HP EliteBook 8440p), the GUI is scrambled upon booting and must be manually restarted (Ctrl+F4).
  • On some machines, the operator may need to press the power button or press the Enter key to resume the booting process and access the GUI.

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Dec
2
Blancco USB Creator version 2.2.2 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 02.12.2016 12:26

Release Notes - USB Creator - Version 2.2.2

Features:

  • Support for Blancco 5.11.0 images.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed error: jpeg: invalid 0xFF in data stream.
  • Booting doesn't work in 32bit UEFI machines.
  • Remove white spaces from image name before creating USB.

 


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Dec
2

Blancco 5 Configuration Tool 1.9.0 - Release notes

Features

  • Configure monitoring Blancco 5 erasures from Management Console.
  • Configure displaying drive partitions for erasure.
  • Configurable failure threshold on remapped sectors erasure.
  • Configurable hardware tests.
  • Configure locked custom fields. It is possible to prevent the user from modifying a custom field which has a preconfigured value.
  • Screensaver lock configurability.
  • Job Specification (2-way communication), new erasure control option. See Blancco 5.11 release notes for more information.

Improvements

  • Updated installation process.
  • Update the EULA embedded in Blancco 5 Configuration Tool to the latest version (2016 v2.2).
  • Support for Italian, Russian and Traditional Chinese languages.
  • Rename the field "Report auto send/save" to "Automatic report backup".

Bug Fixes

  • Boot options of images older than 5.10.x cannot be changed in B5CT 1.8.0.
    Multiple localization issues fixed.
    Maximum custom field name is longer than Management Console database allows.
    Blancco 5 Configuration Tool crashes in Debian 8.4.

Note! New features require Blancco 5 version 5.11.0 or newer.


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