- Built-in ad-hoc dropboxes for private, project-based submission of content from third parties, along with configurable metadata input, encryption-at-rest, and reporting through Aspera Console.
- Support for multiple, customizable metadata profiles that can be assigned to individual dropboxes or normal package submissions.
- Ability to configure instructions for the “New Package” send page
- Email notification to sender for confirmation of upload result
- Email notifications can now be configured to include link expiration information
- Option on a per-dropbox basis to automatically save metadata to a text file within the package
- Supports allowing users to choose encryption-at-rest on a package-by-package basis
- Directory service integration; Faspex now supports Apple Open Directory and 389/Red Hat/Fedora Directory Server out-of-the-box and extensibility for additional directory services.
- Management of workgroup and dropbox memberships from a Faspex slave server.
- Transfer server cluster support, which includes load balancing to support more concurrent transfers and greater total bandwidth.
- As of 2.5.0, databases merged so Faspex uses a single database (‘faspex’) instead of three (i.e., “central,” “faspex” and “user_service”)
- Native 64-bit browser support on all platforms with Connect 2.7.3, added support for Chrome on Mac
- “Forgot Password” feature now accepts email addresses in addition to username.
- Support for Microsoft Outlook plugin, allowing Outlook users to email giant files transparently through Faspex
- Default multi-server sync interval changed from 1 hour to 10 minutes
- Workgroup admins can now always see and send to members, even when “Workgroup members sending to each other” option is set to the “restricted” level
- Updated command line client to automate Faspex package uploads and downloads
- Automation API now supports retrieving metadata when downloading packages
- Includes third-party security audited enhancements
- More robust communication between Faspex web app and transfer servers, including ability to catch up on transfer events that happened during network interruptions and maintenance windows.
- Post-processing scripts now run on all package forwarding events, and scripts now have a ‘faspex_pkg_is_forward’ environment variable available (#11883)
- Active Directory users with explicitly overridden home servers no longer lose home server settings during sync with directory service controller (#12095)
- Active Directory (and LDAP) groups now remember and apply their initial settings to new users added to the group (#11227)
- Checking all files in a package and downloading them now counted as a full package download (link expiration and package deletion policies get applied) (#8671)
- Old Apache log files now automatically deleted by log rotation mechanism (#5355)
- Corrected several edge cases that caused multi-server sync errors (#9726, #9884)
- ‘Last login time’ field no longer overridden with older values during multi-server sync (#10317)
- User auto-complete dropdown lists now show additional fields for each match, if available (first and last name, login, and email address) (#10416, #11761)
- Directory service users must have non-null first name, last name and email addresses. (#12131)
- Users upgrading from an older version of Faspex to Faspex 2.5.1 should install Faspex 2.5.1 without uninstalling the older version of Faspex; if the older version has been uninstalled, then the user should run “asctl mysql:set_root_password” before running “asctl faspex:upgrade” after installing the Faspex 2.5.1 package. (#11900)
- During an upgrade on Windows XP 64-bit, if you encounter the following error during the “Installing Connect key...” step then follow the workaround.
Error: Error setting permissions on faspex user directory (1280) (RuntimeError)
Workaround: Run the upgrade using the built-in Administrator account. (#10026)
During an upgrade on Windows 2008 32-bit when Apache attempts to restart, if you encounter the following error then follow the workaround.
Error: Apache HTTPD Server (Aspera): The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.
Workaround: Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) package. The download link is at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=A5C84275-3B97-4AB7-A40D-3802B2AF5FC2 (#11027)
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