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Jul
26
Blancco 5 version 5.10.3 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 26.07.2016 15:59

Release notes - Blancco 5 version 5.10.3

Bug fixes:

  • Fix for a bug where a drive locked with a user password (but unlocked at boot time) could not be erased.
    • Such drives can now be overwritten (clear-level erasure achieved) if the booting option is not "FLR at startup" and if the drive is unlocked at boot time. In order to execute firmware-based erasure commands on such drives (to achieve purge-level erasure), it is necessary to remove the user password from the BIOS/UEFI settings.

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Jul
8
Blancco Management Console version 3.7.0 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 08.07.2016 13:21

Release notes - Blancco Management Console 3.7.0

Features:

  • Custom Logo on erasure report.
    • It is now possible to upload a custom logo to be displayed on the PDF erasure reports.
  • Extended API documentation.
    • The APIs of Blancco Management Console are documented for the end user. Documentation is clear and shows clear overview of all functionalities in BMC, but also technical details for programmer.
    • API Documentation can now be found at http://support.blancco.com/mcapi/
  • Custom roles to restrict user authorities.
    • Roles can be created and assigned to specific users to restrict access to UI features and license usage. Viewing, exporting, creating, editing, deleting and emailing reports can be controlled, along with license consuming and process management.
  • Summary report export option.
    • Summary report containing small statistics and listing of devices erasure result from given view. Summary Report is exported to PDF format on A4 paper size on the horizontal orientation.
    • The summary report can be modified with a template to allow for custom text and logos.
  • Uploading reports prior to accepting Terms of Service.
    • Management console will accept API requests from users that have not accepted the ToS, allowing report uploads from previously configured erasure clients. Users will still accept the ToS prior to completing a login and using the web UI.
    • Previously users were often confused after the terms of service was updated, as erasure clients were unable to save reports to the management console.
  • Username security.
    • User's full name will appear in the header when logged in, replacing the username.
    • The username being visible is considered a security risk by some customers.
  • User manual split.
    • The user manual has been split into two manuals, an Administrator Manual and a User Manual.
    • To simplify the manuals for the end user, they have been split according to the use case for the manual - either operator or administrator.
  • Remotely monitor locally controlled B5 erasure.
    • A tab has been added to the process management page to monitor B5 erasures from the Management Console (even when the B5 session is controlled locally but B5 is connected to the network and can communicate with the Management Console).
    • The ability to use this feature will be available when Blancco 5 version 5.11.0 is released.
  • Identify client machine.
    • MC has the ability to send an identify command to the connected Blancco 5 client. This will cause the remote machine to identify itself visually or audibly.
    • The ability to use the identification of a remote machine will be available when Blancco 5 version 5.12.0 is released.
  • Automatic shutdown of client machine after erasure.
    • The process management page now allows a user to select to shut down a remotely connected client automatically after successfully receiving a report.

Improvements:

  • Improvement in the upgrade tool that provides better detection of corrupted user and group structures when migrating from Management Console 3.3.x.
  • Improvement in the API: It is now possible for managers of groups, and subgroups to retrieve license statistics for users they manage.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix for an issue where report uploads were failing from Blancco File, Flash, and LUN in Management Console 3.6.0.
  • Fix for an issue were Export All is used on a small number (>5) of reports, Management Console would crash if audit logging was enabled.
  • Fix for an issue in 3.6.0 where quicksearch would fail to filter reports in custom views where every column was an integer.
  • Fix to prevent Google Chrome auto filling user login details for email details in administration.
  • Fix for an issue in the upgrade tool, where the Email Subject Prefix in Email Setting was not migrated successfully.

Known issues:

  • Report uploads from Real Standalone erasure clients were known to take an extra licenses, in the case where multiple reports were created after erasing each disk in turn. A fix is in place to prevent extra licenses.
    being used.
    • When importing Real Standalone reports, reports from the same session must be imported in separate batches. If imported in the same batch all reports will be flagged as duplicate but the first. These can then be imported in a second batch. No extra licenses are consumed.

 


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Jul
8
Blancco File version 7.7.3.2 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 08.07.2016 09:03

Release notes - Blancco File 7.7.3.2

Features:

  • Force command support for Windows 10.
    • Erasure of files that are open and locked by an application. Support have now been added for Windows 10.

Bug fixes:

  • Operations that took longer than 1 day got incorrect time format in report.
  • Minor GUI fixes:
    • Title bar showed extra characters.
    • Extra line in the command prompt output removed.

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Jun
29
Blancco Preinstall version 2.2.0 has been released!
Posted by Antti Päivinen on 29.06.2016 12:25

Blancco Preinstall - 2.2.0 release notes

Features

  • UEFI Booting
    • New computers are no longer shipped with BIOS but with a system called UEFI. Preinstall now supports this as well as the older BIOS system.
  • Encrypted drives
    • We see more and more drives being encrypted. Preinstall can now be installed on encrypted drives.
      • Bitlocker supported
      • PGP encryption supported
      • McAfee encryption supported

Bug fixes

  • 64-bit Preinstall could crash with error 40005
  • Incorrect BIOS serial number detection

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Jun
22
Blancco 5 version 5.10.1 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 22.06.2016 15:16

Blancco 5.10.1 - Release Notes

Bug fixes:

  • Fix for a bug where the erasure of remapped sectors failed systematically (and it should have succeeded).
    • This bug occurred with standards doing mere overwriting and under certain conditions only.
  • Fix for a bug where canceling the erasure of a Blancco 5 client being remotely controlled from the Management Console did break the remote control.
    • A side effect of this bug is that on some occasions, the erasure would not start on some locally controlled systems.

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