Minor Release: IBM Aspera Enterprise Server/Connect Server/Point-to-Point/Desktop Client 3.7.2 for Linux and Windows

Product Release: January 12, 2017
Release Notes Updated: March 30, 2017

We are very excited to announce the general release of version 3.7.2 of IBM Aspera Enterprise Server (ES), Connect Server (CS), Point-to-Point Client (P2P), and Desktop Client (DC) for both Linux and Windows. This latest version extends the capabilities of Aspera's popular transfer server software to include a broad range of enhancements in response to Aspera’s user community feedback. This includes a number of new features along with some fixes and other changes, as you will see below.

New enhancements are primarily focused around ascp, ascp4, Node API and the Aspera Watchfolder and Aspera Watch Service. Key features are categorized and detailed below. Please note we have highlighted some important modification information in the Breaking Changes section that may require you to adjust your workflow, configuration, or usage.

General What’s New Features

Several new features have been added in version 3.7.2 such as:

  • Connections can now be created with an ATS subscription in the GUI
  • FASP transfers are more secure with upgraded OpenSSL to 1.0.2j
  • Special file permissions are now supported in ascp and the Node API when the permissions are configured in aspera.conf
  • A new option for Hot Folders in pull mode to download only the contents of a directory and not the directory itself
  • A man page is now available for asconfigurator in the admin guides
  • Support for Azure storage Block Blobs with maximum file sizes up to 4.77 TB and maximum block sizes of 100 MB
  • Support for Windows Server 2016

Ascp Updates

  • Users can test a transfer without reading from disk and/or writing to disk by using a new transfer scheme, eliminating the need to generate large test sets
  • Users can now specify multiple SSH private keys in the same ascp command
  • SSH private key strings can now be used to authenticate ascp transfers
  • Two new ascp options extend support for base64 encoding to indicate that the destination path and the specified source prefix is base64 encoded

Ascp4 (A4) Updates

  • Log size can now be configured so that big transfers of many files (millions) are not overwritten before the session completes.
  • ascp4 can now transfer to destinations with a UNC path set for the docroot
  • The path of a docroot in cloud storage is not required for ascp4 transfers
  • Exclude patterns are now supported, including those with cloud storage
  • A4 documentation is now included in the ES, CS, P2P, and DC guides
  • New options --delete-before and --delete-after are available in beta version

Node API Updates

  • A new Node API call returns usage data (bytes in, out, & total) by usage id
  • Node API now returns events for the creation, rename, and deletion of files using the Node API, in addition to file transfer events
  • A new Node API call returns verbatim the content of a file within the file size restriction set in aspera.conf
  • The access key and token secret of a Node API user are now passed on to Aspera Central, such that ascp is run with the environment variables associated with that user
  • SSH private key strings are now are now supported in the Node API

Watchfolder & Watch Service Updates

  • Users can now authorize the use of raw format ascp options by Watchfolder transfers
  • Watchfolders can now use token authentication for transfers
  • The Aspera Watch Service is now automatically enabled

Breaking Changes

If you are upgrading from a previous release, the following changes for this release may require you to adjust your workflow, configuration, or usage.

  • With the implementation of new inline validation options, existing users with inline validation enabled must set the validation provider to uri or lua_script. The external option has been replaced by uri and the lua option has been replaced by lua_script

How to Upgrade

This 3.7.2 release is available for download for each individual product listed below.  Aspera’s support team stands by ready to help you as needed with upgrades. If you have any questions or would like upgrade assistance, please contact support@asperasoft.com.  You can also read the full release notes which includes links the admin guides for each product and operating system.

  • Aspera Enterprise Server 3.7.2 is available for download here
  • Aspera Connect Server 3.7.2 is available for download here
  • Aspera Point-to-Point Client 3.7.2 is available for download here
  • Aspera Desktop Client 3.7.2 is available for download here

The full release notes are available here

These releases are also available at the IBM Passport Advantage site.

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