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Jan
28
Important notification: Java 8 update 31 disables SSLv3- support
Posted by Harri Hirvonen on 28.01.2015 15:30

The latest Java 8 Update 31 will disable SSLv3 support as default. Due to the disabled SSLv3,  Blancco Erasure clients are not able to communicate with MC anymore.

 

If the latest Java 8 update 31 has been installed, the SSLv3 has to be enabled manually:

 

1)      Go to Java installation folder

2)      Open {JRE_HOME}\lib\security\java.security –file in text editor

3)      Go to the last line

4)      Delete or comment out the following line “jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms=SSLv3 “

5)      Restart the MC service or reboot the server


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Jan
21
Blancco Mobile 2.6.5 has been released!
Posted by Antti Päivinen on 21.01.2015 14:43

Release notes for Blancco Mobile version 2.6.5

Fixes

Fixed: a bug for Android clear commands.
Fixed: a bug for the LG Android tablet in which the occasional extra sd card was detected.
Fixed: a bug for Android Fujitsu devices. Eraser client shut down when Fujitsu SW update dialog appeared at the beginning of the erasure. Improved the handling situation of when the Eraser Client is in background.
Fixed: a factory reset detection issue for Windows Phone 8.1 devices.


Updates

Updated: Blacklisted Android applications list from 30.12.2014. Added package: com.fujitsu.dmc.
Updated: swlib version to 6.1.2015 11:55.
Updated: essadi.apk version to 27.11.2014 11:56.
Updated: Windows Phone Connectivity wpchecker.exe.
Updated: adb.exe version to 1.0.32.

Other

Improved: Android wakelock. Eraser client activates the screen when possible while the erasure is ongoing.


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Dec
5
Blancco Management Console 3.3.2 is released!
Posted by Antti Päivinen on 05.12.2014 15:49

Release notes for Blancco Management Console 3.3.2

Updates:

  • Fixed: An issue that caused report importing to add reports on under wrong users
  • Fixed: External authentication related issues: MC report view creation failures, lost widgets
  • Fixed: Report exporting issues: Exporting to PDF, export all reports

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Nov
3
Blancco 5.6.0 has been released!
Posted by Antti Päivinen on 03.11.2014 10:16

Release notes for Blancco 5.6.0

Features

  • Hardware tests: Provides automatic tests (memory, CPU, motherboard, battery) as well as manual tests (screen, keyboard, pointing device, PC speaker, optical drive) of the hardware of the erased machine.
  • Bootable asset report: Saves an asset report of the erased machine on each drive, such report is bootable and can be visualized after the erasure.
  • Custom fields with dropdown lists: Allows selecting preconfigured values from dropdown lists that will update the final report.
  • CD tray eject: any detected CD tray can be automatically ejected at several phases of the erasure process, to minimize the risk of leaving optical discs inside an erased machine.
  • Erasure exceptions in the screensaver: Any exception occurring during the erasure process can trigger the blinking of the screensaver, for easy notification from afar.
  • Highlight the drive's firmware commands: Drives that do not support the selected erasure options will be visible in the GUI and the erasure will not proceed.
  • Live Management improvements - screensaver on remotelly erased machines: A screensaver displaying the erasure progress and status is now visible on any machine that is remotely erased from the MC3.
  • Support for newer Smart Array RAID controllers: After adding the support for the old generation, now comes the support for the newer Smart Array RAID controllers.
  • Automatic switch to Blancco SSD Erasure: Erase any detected ATA SSD with the "Blancco SSD Erasure" standard while having the other drives erased with your favorite method.
  • Adding the amount of erasure rounds in the report: Any successful erasure reports the amount of overwriting rounds as well as the amount of firmware based erasure rounds.
  • Whenever available, the date of the MC server is used in priority in the final report.
  • Implementing the detection of SAS SSDs.
  • Improving the detection and report of SMART info for SAS drives.

Fixes

  • Two critical issues related to the consumption of licenses from Management Console 3.
  • Issues (black screens) occurring when erasing: Lenovo Thinkpad R500, Lenovo C30 Workstation, Lenovo M83 Desktop, HP ENVY Spectre XT Ultrabook, Toshiba KIRAbook THNSNF256GMCS, ASUS Zenbook UX51VZA, Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H920, HP ProBook 650, HP ProBook 820, HP ProBook 800 G1 UltraSlim, HP EliteBook 820 G1.
  • Several erasure issues, in particular when handling drives protected with passwords or when wiping Seagate drives (ST3750640NS, ST91000640NS).
  • Processor detections on some machines (HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8, IBM x3850 X5).
  • VMWare detection issues (memory slots) as well as occasional hangings.

Other

  • The user manual contains a troubleshooting chapter that provides workarounds for erasing newer laptops (e.g. Lenovo T440s, Lenovo T440p, Lenovo Thinkpad X240).
  • The user manual contains a troubleshooting chapter for booting Blancco 5 on Apple machines and erasing them.

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Nov
3
Blancco 5 Configuration Tool version 1.4.0 update is available.
Posted by Antti Päivinen on 03.11.2014 09:49

Blancco 5 Configuration Tool software update version 1.4.0 is now available. The software can be downloaded from the link below (under the Blancco 5 Image Configuration Tool category):

http://support.blancco.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/220/61/download---blancco-5-image-configuration-tool

Release notes for Blancco 5 Configuration Tool version 1.4.0

Features

  • A field for describing the Blancco 5 image usage.
  • Enable/disable the Hardware Tests in Blancco 5.
  • Enable/disable the Notification of Exceptions in the Blancco 5 screensaver.
  • Enable/disable the automatic switch to Blancco SSD Erasure for ATA SSDs.
  • Enable/disable the writing of the Bootable Asset Report in the erased drives.
  • Configuration of custom fields with dropdown lists.
  • Configuration of the CD tray ejection at four different phases of the erasure process.
  • A notification on configuration fields where user input is necessary.
  • A notification if the Fingerprint sector is under 200.

Fixes

  • WLAN fields validation rules.
  • A bug where the installation directory is not removed after uninstalling B5CT.
  • Some bugs appearing in the Network tab ("Leave/Stay on page").
  • A bug when saving an image more than once.
  • Some localization bugs.

Other

  • When changed, the booting mode is now visible in the Blancco 5 splash screen.
  • Installation and uninstallation are localized.
  • Installation directory depends on the installed Java version (32 or 64 bit).

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