New Macrium Reflect Updates

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  1. Cliff S's Avatar
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    New Macrium Reflect Updates






    Macrium Reflect v7.2.4473
    23 September 2019

    Changelog:
    Bug fixes and Improvements v7.2.4473 - 23rd September 2019


    • Server Core
      Reflect was unable to launch on Windows Server Core due to missing 'oledlg.dll' module. This has been resolved.
    • Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Restore
    • When exporting emails to EML file, the resulting EML file will now also include any email attachments.
    • Macrium Image Guardian
      Emptying the Recycle Bin when it contains Macrium Reflect image files will no longer result in a "blocked file operation".
    • Change Block Tracker
      • CBT will now be suspended if a reboot is pending following an upgrade install.
      • On some systems, MRCBT could receive an malformed device remove notification for USB devices that would lead to a BSoD. This has been resolved.
      • When tracking an encrypted VeraCrypt volume, CBT would receive a lock notification for the wrong device which would eventually lead to a BSoD. This has been resolved.

    • Rescue Media
      • We've added a task bar button to take screenshots in PE.
      • When making a backup through the rescue media, selecting "Shut down on completion" would sometimes reboot instead of shutting down. This has been resolved.
      • By default, on systems without WiFi adapters, the "Add WiFi Support" advanced option checkbox will now be unchecked. Systems which have previously built rescue media will be unaffected.
      • On systems with multiple network adapters, the rescue media would not always correctly load DHCP settings or other network settings for all adapters. This has been resolved.
      • Manually added wifi drivers were not copied into non-WinRE rescue media builds. This has been resolved.

    • Clone and Restore
      • The target list view for both clone and restore could fail to scroll to the last physical disk. This has been resolved.
      • The "Restore Master Boot Record" settings in the Advanced dialog could fail to be applied. This has been resolved.
      • Using Macrium Reflect English language on German systems could cause backups not to be shown in the restore view. This has been resolved.

    • Email
      • Notification email addresses with labels are now allowed. E.g, (FirstName LastName <[email protected]>).
      • Notification emails with long subject lines are now permitted.
      • The notification email send date could be omitted from the SMTP header. This has been resolved






    New Rescue Media builder includes Windows RE with WiFi Support


    We've added a Rescue Media Builder (RMBuilder) application with support for Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) as well as the existing PE environments supported by Reflect 7.1 and earlier. WinRE supports WiFi and is available on most |Windows installs without any further downloads.


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    New Changed Block Tracker driver with support for Windows Restart Persistence

    We've created a new Changed Block Tracker (CBT) driver that automatically upgrades the previous version when you install v7.2 with the CBT feature enabled....


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    Our original implementation of real-time block changes erred on the side of caution by resetting the tracking index whenever a volume was mounted. This meant that after Windows reboot an image was required to be created on a volume without using CBT before the benefit of CBT was available.
    We've improved on this by reliably detecting whether NTFS volumes have been mounted without the CBT driver in the kernel stack. This applies to all Operating Systems that can mount NTFS volumes, including Linux. The operation of CBT has also been vastly improved by tracking changes in RAM rather than by flushing to disk. This also has a fail safe method to reset the CBT index should a power failure or other problem occur. We're confident that this implementation is class leading and robust.
    With that said, we understand that some customers prefer not to monitor changes over a mount/reboot so we've added a check-box to make CBT behave in a similar way to the current (v7.1) implementation....








    New Macrium Image Guardian driver with additional features and streamlined operation

    MIG is now Windows kernel only!. Our Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) feature has been improved to remove the dependency on a Windows service and we've added popup notifications when a blocking event occurs. The popup shows blocking activity as it happens.


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    The Free Edition can now automatically 'convert' to a Trial by taking any of the features not available in the Free Edition

    We realized that many of our Free Edition users are unaware that there are additional features available in the trial and paid for versions of Macrium Reflect. All 'premium' features, such as Image Guardian, Changed Bock Tracker, Incremental Images, Encryption.. etc..can now be activated and trialed for 30 days. After 30 days a further 7 day extension is offered. On expiration of the trial the functionality Macrium Reflect reverts to the Free Edition and Premium features will no-longer be available. We've tried to make this process as seamless and unobtrusive as possible without losing any of the functionality of Macrium Reflect Free.

    See: Free To Trial upgrade dialogs


    Macrium Reflect update notifications and downloads can now happen in the background
    Recent history has shown that the current method of requiring Macrium Reflect to be running to alert of updates has proved ineffective. We've now added a systray icon in Window notification area to alert when an update is available to Macrium Reflect.
    See: Reflect Updater Settings


    New Warning and Cancelled backup completion results

    We've also added the option for email notifications on Warnings as well as the existing Success and Failure results

    See: Backup completion status
    Minor Enhancements


    New - Mounting incomplete backup sets



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    We've noticed that some customers have frustratingly been unable to extract files from backup sets where at least one backup file in the image chain is broken or missing. We've now added the ability to attempt to browse a backup set that contains missing files.
    When browsing an incomplete set you will be prompted to continue with the mount:

    If the image set has missing backup files then it is possible that the data you are trying to recover is lost. It depends whether the missing file(s) contain critical data for mounting the file system and also whether the data you are attempting to recover was in the missing files. In most cases you may find that you files and data are completely recoverable.





    New - Backup monitoring restriction



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    Customers with PCs and Servers that have multiple users, especial Windows Terminal Server customers, have complained that non-Administrators can interact with and cancel scheduled backups. We've now add an option to restrict ReflctUI.exe and REflectMonistor.exe to only run for users in the Administrators group.
    To activate take Other Tasks' > 'Edit Defaults' > 'Advanced' > 'Advanced Backup Options' and select 'Only allow Administrators to monitor running backups'







    The default for password protection is now AES 128 Bit.



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    Previously the default password option was to exclude ecryption from backup files and images. To improve security we've now made the default AES 128 bit. As before, you can increase this to 256 bit or disable AES if you wish.





    The 'Delete' functionality in Reflect is now available when 'Browse for an image file' is selected.



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    Previously the 'Other Actions' > 'Delete File' menu was unavailable when 'Browse for an image file..' was selected in the 'Restore Tab'...


    This functionality is now available.


    Backup Running Mutex

    To prevent multiple backups running at the same time and conflicting with VSS and I/O operations on the source or target it's only possible to run one backup at a time. Simultaneous backups backups are 'queued' and run asynchronously. With v7.1 and earlier the Backup Running Mutex, that prevents other backups from running. was held open while the backup dialog was open, even if the backup had finished. This could lead to a 'stall' in sheduled tasks if and interactive backup wasn't closed at the end. This has now been corrected and the next backup will start as soon as the current backup has completed.


    ReflectMonitor improvements

    ReflectMonitor is a standalone exe that communicates via IPC to the running Reflect application to duplicate the backup dialog when backups, clones or restores are running. We have made the integration tighter to prevent some of the progress bars and other glitches that previuosly existed.


    Server Plus - Large Exchange Backups

    Server Plus copies backup data to a 3TB virtual NTFS file system. Some customers have experienced backup failure if the size of the backup data exceeds 3TB. We've now made the virtual file system size dynamically based of the amount of data and size of the source volume to overcome this problem. We've also improved the error messaging on backup failure to make it easier to troubleshoot problems.


    BitLocker drive without a drive letter

    On systems with unlocked BitLocker drives that aren't assigned a drive letter, a 'BitLocker Live Restore' would always perform a 'Full Copy' restore rather than a 'Rapid Delta Restore (RDR)'. This has been resolved.



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    Last edited by Cliff S; 23 Sep 2019 at 10:03.
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  2.    #2

    I got that one today. I was shocked to see it since V6 out now. I'm waiting a while to see if there are any major problems before deciding if I want to shell out the shekels to upgrade my four license pack to v6.
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  3. Phone Man's Avatar
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    On Macrium site they stated that v6 Free will be released soon.

    Jim
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    Lady Fitzgerald said:
    I got that one today. I was shocked to see it since V6 out now. I'm waiting a while to see if there are any major problems before deciding if I want to shell out the shekels to upgrade my four license pack to v6.
    I was going to update until I found out the update is $41.00. It's a little more than I want to spend at the moment.
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    Winuser said:
    I was going to update until I found out the update is $41.00. It's a little more than I want to spend at the moment.
    Methinks you may be confusing updates and upgrades. The recent one I received today was an update for v5. The one you have to pay for is an upgrade from v5 to v6.
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    Lady Fitzgerald said:
    Methinks you may be confusing updates and upgrades. The recent one I received today was an update for v5. The one you have to pay for is an upgrade from v5 to v6.
    No, I'm not confused. to go from v5.3 to 6 they wanted $41.95 and it's more than I want to pay at this time.
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    Winuser said:
    No, I'm not confused. to go from v5.3 to 6 they wanted $41.95 and it's more than I want to pay at this time.
    You aren't paying attention. An UPDATE is not the same as an UPGRADE. MR recently issued an UPDATE for v5, which will NOT cost you. That was NOT an UPGRADE from v5 to v6, which will cost you. I just downloaded and installed the UPDATE earlier today just prior to making an image. My last image before today's was on 3/6 so the UPDATE came out sometime in the last four days.
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    I will not call a call a upgrade a update. I will not call a upgrade a update. Is that better?
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    Lady Fitzgerald said:
    I got that one today. I was shocked to see it since V6 out now. I'm waiting a while to see if there are any major problems before deciding if I want to shell out the shekels to upgrade my four license pack to v6.
    I upgraded my 4-pack V5 Standard to a 4-pack V6 Home three weeks ago and haven't had any problems. They've already done some updates, so they're actively supporting and improving the product. Apart from the changed GUI, there are features that I haven't tried yet (including a rapid restore option), they now include Redeploy to different hardware in the Home edition (they no longer have a Pro edition), and they decided to drop the option to create a Linux Boot CD. They offer WinPE Boot creation by default now.

    They don't seem to be in any hurry to release the Free edition.
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  10. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Mark Phelps said:
    They don't seem to be in any hurry to release the Free edition.
    For me personally 5Free works good enough, on my system it takes a little over 4 minutes(SSD->7400rpm HDD) for a complete image, and that's faster than the System imager in Windows 7 doing incremental. I'm definitely not complaining:)
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