Release Notes: IBM Aspera On Demand 3.6.1

Release Notes: IBM Aspera On Demand 3.6.1

  • Product Release: May 24, 2016
  • Release Notes Updated: May 24, 2016

WHAT'S NEW

This release of IBM Aspera On Demand provides the following new features:

  • Support for IBM Aspera Enterprise Server 3.6.1

IBM Aspera Enterprise Server 3.6.1

New Features

  • A new procedure removes the --master option from asperawatchd and introduces a procedure to elect a leader among the running daemons; this helps to overcome the situation where the master instance crashes or loses the connection to the other instances.
  • Instead of specifying the tool used by watchadmin using the --tool option, this release offers a new set of tools. For example, the first command is replaced by the second:
    Old
    aswatchadmin --db-spec redis:localhost:31415 --tool=daemon --create /mnt
    New
    aswatchadmin create-watch /mnt --db-spec redis:locahost:31415
  • Reverse proxy support for async.
  • Support for an inclusion filter with Console smart transfers.
    Note: This feature is not available in Console 3.0.5 (the current release).
  • ascp transfer resume for -k2 (sparse checksum) or -k3 (full checksum) works with a FIPS-140-compatible cipher.
  • The option ascp --remove-empty-source-directory for the --remove-after-transfer feature can now be enabled in Aspera Central in the SOAP API; it removes the source directory itself.
  • Transfers to Amazon S3 storage now have the capacity to set cache-control request headers. For more information, see the API Reference in the AWS documentation at the following URL (subject to change):
    http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/API/RESTObjectPUT.html
  • Azure support now includes storage to blob pages.
  • When watchfolder transfers are initiated from Console or the watchfolder API, the Name field is not populating with data.
  • ascp now reads session_timeout_sec from aspera.conf.
  • Support for Amazon KMS when uploading to S3 (pushes data directly to S3 and supports KMS encryption).
  • Support for the multi-session threshold feature in node (file.json) transfers.
  • Node API /transfers and /opt/transfers take a multipart field to split a given transfer job between multiple ascp sessions, possibly over multiple nodes when using a cluster as an initiator. Functionality: this adds a default multipart aspera.conf configuration directive to use when one is not specified by the API call.
  • Amazon's new Infrequent Access storage option is now available as a storage class, through docroot configuration.
  • Support for full URIs in file lists and file-pair lists.
  • Added a client-side configuration option to define a per-user or global default of the SSH key (to help clients used to running ssh without specifying a key if $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa exists).
  • A new option in aspera.conf for client-side encryption setting frees users from having to specify a matching value at the command line (-T).
  • watchfolderd support for aspera proxy (dnat/dnats).
  • The default read/write block size is now set to 256 K (262144 KB) in ascp.
  • Support for cache-control metadata for S3.
  • Improved performance (by increasing the speed) when the system is deleting a large number of files in Azure.
  • watchadmin now allows specification of the escape character when using --format.
  • Console now reports the activity of the server node on the Activity Overview Page, in the Sync Jobs list, when async_activity_logging is set in aspera.conf.
  • Support for OpenSSL 1.0.1t

Fixed Issues

WAT-190 - Watchfolder does not retransfer changed files because it does not detect a change that happens after the cool-off of the file but before the completion of the drop.

WAT-170 - async stops mid-transfer when using watchd.

WAT-158 - The watchd existing watch report is impaired.

WAT-168 - Local post-processing "transfer_delete" is executed for failed files.

WAT-136 - On a watchfolder, timestamps are not preserved, even when they are specified in the configuration.

WAT-51 - Watchfolder status is stuck in Processing when files are skipped by ascp.

WAT-64 - watchd now supports namespaces in redis to distinguish the different watchd instances running on the same redis instance; this enables starting multiple watchd instances using different users.

WAT-86 - watchadmin now has a feature to test and set system values.

WAT-92 - In watchfolderd, there is now an ability to reenable remove post-processing.

WAT-119 - async noncontinuous mode does not sync files after a cancelled session.

#35378 - asperahttpd crashes when resuming an existing ascp transfer.

#35253 Alee logs show that alee reports 400 bad request when the redis database is empty or all the keys have 0.

#35002 - When the user attempts to transfer a file containing the character '&' in the name while using the AWS signature V4 (AWS4-HMAC-SHA256), the transfer fails. Users who use aws:kms server-side encryption will experience the issue since using KMS implies the use of signature V4. To get trapd to self -configure to use the signature V4, do one of the following:
  • Use the KMS server side encryption (sse:kms).
  • Use a server in a region where this is mandatory - like Frankfurt (eu-central-1).

#34419 - The user is unable to download encrypted files with an incorrect decryption passphrase. (This is stilll an issue when using HTTP fallback; see ticket #34811 in the Known Issues section).

#34166 - Memory leaks in asperanoded result in system crashes.

#34139 - Delete-before-transfer is not working for a SMB\CIFS path.

#34124 - When transfers are initiated from Watchfolder Transfers, the Name field does not populate with data.

#34045 - Connect Server for Linux cannot be browsed from the browser when the doc root is set using file:///.

#33978 - Ability to check for sshkey path in $HOME/.ssh not functioning properly.

#33975 - (Point-to-Point) A Console transfer with SSH keys is not working after an upgrade to Point-to-Point 3.6.0. The issue occurs when Console is set up to have smart transfers where the following is true:
  • The non-root user has a docroot set on aspera.conf.
  • The remote endpoint is associated with an SSH private key.
  • The remote host is a unmanaged node.

#33567 - When server-side encryption-at-rest (EAR) is configured for local storage using file:///<path> docroot, the aspera.conf chunk_size parameter must be set.

#33536 - When the database is configured on a remote machine, and db_host is set, ascp attempts to connect to the local database.

#33535 - asperawatchfolderd is not uninstalled on Linux.

#33233 - Basic tokens are stored and can be reused to make arbitrary transfers.

#33204 - A file name "\" causes a crash.

#33011 - asdelete fails to connect to the server.

IBM Aspera Shares On Demand (SHOD)

New Shares Features

  • Security: Upgrades to Ruby 2.0.0, Java 8, and OpenSSL 1.0.1r.

Fixed Issues

#33734 - Accessing https://shares_hostname/node_api/ping should not require authentication.

Known Issues

#29891 - Sometimes restoring Console's configuration file deletes the home folder of users in aspusers group, except aspadmin. Workaround: Before restoring your configuration file, follow the steps in this article: https://support.asperasoft.com/entries/90334347.

#29858 - Sometimes Console's database is left empty after restoring a configuration file and users not allowed to log back into Console. Workaround: Before restoring your configuration file, follow the steps in this article: https://support.asperasoft.com/entries/90334347.

#29651 - On AWS Console, simple/smart transfers with a SOFTLAYER node as the source will fail. The reverse also fails: on SOFTLAYER Console, simple/smart transfers with an AWS node as the source will fail.

#29649 - Restoring one SHOD Shares instance's database onto another SHOD Shares instance causes instance to not be browsable, with perpetual license error. Workaround: Use Rake task to disable and re-enable entitlement mode for the Shares application: https://support.asperasoft.com/entries/76203557-Web-application-entitlement-feature.

AMAZON MACHINE IMAGE (AMI) INFORMATION

Shares On Demand (SHOD)
RegionRegistered AMI
us-west-2 ami-8f9b65ef
ap-northeast-1 ami-ea21c28b
ap-northeast-2 ami-46a46f28
ap-southeast-1 ami-26ab7a45
ap-southeast-2 ami-73ae8110
eu-central-1 ami-c541adaa
eu-west-1 ami-baa83ec9
sa-east-1 ami-ef26ae83
us-east-1 ami-537b8f3e
us-west-1 ami-79304b19

SOFTWARE COMPONENTS

Shares On Demand (SHOD)

  • IBM Aspera Shares 1.9.3
  • IBM Aspera Enterprise Server 3.6.1
  • IBM Aspera Console 3.0.5

AWS SHOD PACKAGE INFORMATION

aspera-common-1.2.15.115916-0.x86_64.rpm

aspera-console-3.0.5.119278-0.x86_64.rpm

aspera-entsrv-3.6.1.125250-linux-64.rpm

aspera-ondemand-init-base-3.6.1-125255.x86_64.rpm

aspera-ondemand-init-shod-3.6.1-125255.x86_64.rpm

aspera-ondemand-tools-3.6.1-125255.x86_64.rpm

aspera-shares-1.9.3.118993-1.x86_64.rpm

PRODUCT SUPPORT

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