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AISBackup: Version History 2.9 to Date.

Changes in version 5.0

AISBackup Version 5.0 Build 477 (23 August 2017)

Updates:

  • Enable backup to and restore from hidden and AISBackup partitions.
  • Improved network share handling during restore of network shares.
  • Backup, restore and copy support for Windows Server 2016.
  • Made it easier to identify Windows Recovery partitions on GPT disks.
  • Made it easier to identify the physical location (disk and partition) of boot menus in the Edit Boot Menu option.
  • Number of files and total size of files backed up displayed on each folder in the Reports / Sessions option.

Fixes:

  • The Windows boot menu entry was made incorrectly when copying or restoring Windows to a new partition. The boot menu entry is created correctly when using the Tools / Edit Windows Boot Menu option (using this option repaired the incorrect boot menu entry, i.e. remove the incorrect entry, then select and add the correct entry).
  • E-mail subject line repeated from previous backup where no files needed to be backed up when multiple backup jobs are scheduled.
  • Correct backup job status where some failures were still reporting the previous status, the status was not updated in some cases.
  • If the'delete files' option is selected on copy jobs and there were no files to be copied, but there are candidated for deletion and the 'Delete Before Copy' option is selected the deletions are now actioned.

Changes in version 4.2

AISBackup Version 4.2 Build 459 (13 June 2016)

Updates:

  • An updated restore image file has been created. This version is based on Windows 10 and supports more network interfaces and many USB3 interfaces. This version continues to require 'legacy' booting on UEFI PCs, for which a temporary change may be needed in CMOS settings.

Changes:

  • Change interval that the backup database is saved during a backup; the backup interval enables AISBackup to restart a backup following a catastrophic failure. The default is now 4GB from the previous 500MB but the value may be set using Manage Backup / Change Backup Job Settings / Save Database During Backup After Each - select the backup interval. This update was made because the periodic save interval of the database could add a considerable amount of time to a backup containing a large number of files.
  • Manage Backup / Backup Maintenance: 'Please Wait' message on some processes that may take a long time.
  • Enabled backup file extension to be renamed on backups to FTP.
  • Enable IP and ports to be set on encrypted FTP backups that are behind a NAS when using passive mode. (experimental)
  • Display the actual detected error when a sent e-mail fails. For example, an incorrect port number causes a time-out.

Fixes:

  • Windows 10: Changes in Windows 10 prevented the detection of some external drives.
  • In very rare circumstances AISBackup may have failed during the initialisation process.
  • E-mail did not send failure message if a network drive was unavailable for backup.
  • Restore of large files (split files) failed if the backup job was a 'read only' of a 'live' ftp backup from another computer, i.e. the backup was run since the backup was set-up as read only on another PC. Some of the backup contents database files were not updated from the 'live' backup.
  • When using the recovery media to restore a Windows backup to a new partition on UEFI systems the boot menu entry was made incorrectly. The actual Tools / Edit Boot Menu option did work correctly and could have been used to recreate the menu for the restored copy of Windows.
  • If a folder that had previously been backed up was converted to a junction files from this folder may have been selected for deletion during a restore.
  • Additional files required for driver installation for the recovery media are now copied to the restore CD / USB flash drive. Please note that 32-bit drivers are required for the recovery media.
  • Improved backup database recovery when an error is detected.
  • Windows 10: Changes in Windows 10 prevented the detection of some external drives.

Changes in version 4.1

AISBackup Version 4.1 Build 452 (24 August 2015)

Updates:

  • Support for Windows 10.

Fixes:

  • Windows 10 disk copy (clone) option did not make a bootable copy of Windows 10, however a restore from a regular backup did work.
  • Fix error in backing up files where the file size is exactly a multiple of 4GB.

Changes in version 4.0

AISBackup Version 4.0 Build 450 (7 April 2015)

Updates:

  • Support for Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • Removed question about making external drives bootable from the ‘New Backup Job’ option; use the Tools / Create AISBackup Restore CD or USB External/Flash Drive instead.
  • Manage Backup / Modify Files and Folders List: Auto Select button replaced with Common File Selection tab. Common e-mail application folders have been added to the common file selection options. This option also enables the file selection from another backup job to be merged or replace the current file and folder selections.
  • Owing to a number of support questions about e-mailing backup reports this option has now been made available from the Manage Backup / Email Backup Result Log menu option. Pre-defined SMTP parameters for Microsoft Outlook.com and Google G-mail have been added. Please note that for Outlook.com and Google G-mail you must also install SSL / TLS support from here.

Fixes:

  • Enables backups to be opened from an external drive or removable USB flash drives that has had its volume name changed. AISBackup updates the backup job with the new volumes name.
  • Enable backup of EFI boot files if running from 32-bit systems where EFI booting is enabled. This should fix the problem where EFI BCD files were not backed up from 32-bit tablet PCs.
  • Updates to the Validate (Test) Backup option and the Backup Maintenance option.
  • Some messages and questions displayed on the bottom right of the screen while auto-running were displayed off screen.

AISBackup Version 4.0 Build 447 (Built 01 January 2015)

Updates:

  • Support for Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • Removed question about making external drives bootable from the ‘New Backup Job’ option; use the Tools / Create AISBackup Restore CD or USB External/Flash Drive instead.
  • Manage Backup / Modify Files and Folders List: Auto Select button replaced with Common File Selection tab. Common e-mail application folders have been added to the common file selection options. This option also enables the file selection from another backup job to be selected and merged or replace the current file and folder selections.

Fixes:

  • Enables backups to be opened from an external drive that has had its volume name changed. AISBackup updates the backup job with the new volumes name.
  • Enable backup of EFI boot files if running from 32-bit systems where EFI booting is enabled. This should fix the problem where EFI BCD files were not backed up from 32-bit tablet PCs.
  • Updates to the Validate (Test) Backup option and the Backup Maintenance option.
  • Some messages and questions displayed on the bottom right of the screen while auto-running were displayed off screen.
  • Improvements / fixes to Manage Backup / Backup Maintenance.

Changes in version 3.3

AISBackup Version 3.3 Build 446 (Built 23 May 2014)

Fixes:

  • The Tools / Program Settings and Options for was not displayed correctly, some items could not be seen.
  • Open file backup options for Windows Server 2003 were not displayed correctly, some check boxes were shown in error.

AISBackup Version 3.3 Build 445 (Built 17 April 2014)

Updates:

  • Change backup file extension because some malicious software target files with the zip extension. We suggest a default but you may choose your own up to 12 characters. There is a new menu option (Manage Backup / Rename Backup File Extension to xxx where xxx is the backup file extension) to change the file extension of existing backup jobs provided that the backup files are disk based or on a network share.

    It has always been possible to change the backup file extension in AISBackup by using the Tools / Program Options / Advanced / Default Backup File Extension option.
  • Updates to boot menu handling.

Fixes:

  • Optical drives (CD / DVD / Blu-ray) were not detected correctly and not included in backup destination devices. AISBackup now checks the optical drive backup capability if the destination is chosen as CD, DVD or Blu-ray.
  • The menu and button captions were not displayed correctly if the PC has been set to display large font sizes.

AISBackup Version 3.3 Build 441 (Built 20 January 2014)

Updates:

  • Support for GPT Disks. The GPT disk format will enable disks over 2TB to be used in compatible versions of Windows, if the MBR disk format is used instead of GPT then only 2048GB of the disk will be available.

    Possible to restore 64-bit Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 (inc R2) previously installed on MBR volumes to GPT booting PC's. If your PC is running 64-bit Windows Vista or 64-bit Windows 2008 the restore to a GPT / EFI enabled boot disk must be made using the AISBackup restore CD or USB drive. If your PC is running 64-bit Windows 7 and above or Server 2008R2 and above the restore may be made using either the current running version of Windows or the AISBackup Restore CD/USB drive.
  • AISBackup will format a blank (clean) GPT disk to a suitable format for EFI booting and optionally set-up a Recovery Partition. Restore to partitions on GPT disks and automatically set-up EFI boot files if required. Please note that Microsoft only enable EFI booting on 64-bit editions of Windows. On 32-bit systems and other versions of Windows that support GPT disks you may only use GPT disks for storing data.
  • The disk to disk copy option of AISBackup may also be used to copy Windows to a GPT formatted disk excepting the above restrictions.
  • AISBackup is able to backup and restore from the normally hidden EFI partition and Recovery partition.
  • Tools / Edit Boot Menu updated to support EFI booting.
  • Just in case it is not clear what the New Job button is for it has been renamed New Backup Job. To make room for this update the Custom Job button has been renamed Custom. The intention is to remove Custom (Backup Job) in future releases of AISBackup.
  • Some menu options have been hidden, but may be reinstated using Tools / Menu Administration. (see the release notes).
  • Added a Hide option to Menu Administration.
  • Cue card updates.

Fixes:

  • Disk options and select file/folder options now recognise special partitions on GPT disks.
  • The correct run as administrator UAC notification did not display correctly if AISBackup was run from a different user account.
  • Windows 8.1: AISBackup crashes out (disappears) when backing up the file C:\users\username\appdata\local\microsoft\internet explorer\indexeddb\appquota.db (Other files in Wimndows 8.1 may have also caused this problem).
  • 64-bit VSS error messages were not displayed correctly.
  • Possible infinite loop when deleting large file segments during pruning if the volume name was over 12 characters.
  • Repair a problem with 64-bit VSS support. Problems backing up open exclusive files from TrueCrypt encrypted volumes were not reported correctly. TrueCrypt does not support VSS.
  • If a folder junction is selected for backup, e.g. Windows 7 c:\Documents and Settings, and the destination folder does not exist AISBackup now logs the problem but does not stop executing.
  • AISBackup did not start on Windows 95 and Windows NT4. This version of AISBackup has been tested on the very old versions of Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4 and Windows 2000. Some of you still using these versions of Windows in 2014.

Changes in version 3.2

AISBackup Version 3.2 Build 428 (29 May 2013)
Build 3.94 MB (4,141,832 bytes)

Updates:

  • New Manage Backup / Network Passwords option to simplify the changing of network drive username and passwords.

Fixes:

  • The previous pre-release upload was not digitally signed.
  • Repaired testing large file segments always failed if the backup was not compressed.
  • Repaired problem backing up to some NAS.

AISBackup Version 3.2 Build 423 (19 April 2013)
Build 423 3.94 MB (4,140,080 bytes)

Updates:

  • Improved backup contents file integrity checking.

Fixes:

  • Repaired a second problem testing split file segments (Manage Backup / Validate (Test) Backup).

AISBackup Version 3.2 Build 422 (2 April 2013)
Build 422 3.94 MB (4,139,408 bytes)

Updates:

  • Support for Wake on LAN to enable AISBackup to 'wake' network PC's that are required for the running backup task.
  • Prevent the PC sleeping or hibernating during backup and restore processes.

Fixes:

  • Repaired a problem testing split file segments.

Changes in version 3.1

AISBackup Version 3.1 Build 420 (10 January 2013)
Build 420: 3.93 MB (4,125,568 bytes)

Updates:

  • Support for backup to and restore from Microsoft SkyDrive.
  • Now possible to make a Restore USB Flash Drive under Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

    A pre-requisite is that the flash drive is formatted as NTFS, see help for details on how to do this as by default it is not possible to format a USB flash drive as NTFS under Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
  • Includes Module to support Volume Copy Shadow Service on 64-bit versions of Windows.

    Benefits:

    • Works with TrueCrypt where a disk is mounted as an external drive, previous versions of AISBackup required the TrueCrypt drive to be mounted as a removable drive.
    • There is no longer a requirement to activate system file protection on drives containing Open Exclusive files.
  • It is now possible to add device drivers to the AISBackup Bootable Restore CD without using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).

    Device drivers may be required to activate some hardware on your PC, for example the motherboard Ethernet network interface.
  • Additional drivers added to the AISBackup restore media are now stored on the PC to enable them to be added to further copies of the restore media without the need to reinstall them from, for example, the motherboard drivers CD. Additional drivers may be added to the restore media without the need to download the rather large Microsoft WAIK package.
  • Some files have been removed from the Microsoft exclusions in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and will now be backed up.

Fixes:

  • Problem backing up to external drives that had been set-up as bootable.

Changes in version 3.0

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 410 (30 August 2012)
Build 410: 3.34 MB (3,510,744 bytes)

Updated for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (Release Candidate).

Fixes:

  • Test for Blu-ray capability did not work if a Blu-ray disc was loaded; the test only worked if a CD or DVD was loaded.
  • More improvements to the Validate (Test) backup option: The file count did not work on multiple volume CD and DVD backups.
  • Abort button was not shown when restoring a backup from the recovery / restore CD or recovery / restore Flash drive. The recovery CD and flash drive should be recreated after installing this version of AISBackup.

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 409 (9 August 2012)
Build 409: 3.34 MB (3,508,360 bytes)

Updated for Windows 8 Release preview Edition and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

Updates:

  • Validate backup: A message about UNC filenames has been removed as this was only intended to be displayed during testing.
  • FTP folder selection has been updated to display an Access denied message if the backup folder cannot be created in the selected folder owing to permission failure. Some FTP servers do not allow the creation of folders under the root folder and some NAS create folders intended for FTP, e.g. /FTP, /PUB.

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 408 (29 June 2012)
Build 408: 3.34 MB (3,508,360 bytes)

Updated for Windows 8 Release preview Edition and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

Updates:

  • Help file updated.
  • After creating a backup job with New Job the option to make another job straight away has been removed as this option was very unlikely to be used. If you do wish to create another backup job straight away simply click New Job again.

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 407 (6 June 2012)
Build 407: 3.34 MB (3,508,824 bytes)

Updated for Windows 8 Release preview Edition and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

Updates:

  • Improved disaster recovery; some FTP job selection did not work correctly from the restore media job menu (Bootable CD, USB Drive or External hard drive). However the 'open backup from FTP server' option did work.

    It is now possible to display available remote shares to assist with opening network based backups.
  • Improved Validate (Test) Backup option.

Fixes:

  • Backup to optical media the disc number would not exceed 100, this has been repaired.
  • Build 405 may hang when opening network connections.
  • On Windows 8 some of the dialogue forms did not display correctly.
  • On Windows 8 Backup of open exclusive files did not work if a restore point has been made within the last 24 hours. However if AISBackup was re-run immediately after this problem the open exclusive files were backed up successfully.

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 405 (9 March 2012)
Build 405: 3.34 MB (3,504,344 bytes)

This build introduces the ability to backup and restore the Windows 8 Customer preview edition. There may be issues with Windows 8 support and we welcome feedback.

Updates:

  • Support for Windows 8 (Customer preview version).
  • Change to network drive password handling.
  • A Warning is shown if encrypted e-mail is selected and the AISBackup SSL support has not been installed.
  • When running from the bootable AISBackup Restore CD the network IP address is displayed in the caption of AISBackup; this should help with ascertaining if a network connection has been established.

Fixes:

  • A problem preventing the previous version running on Windows NT4 has been repaired.
  • Possible (and rare) database corruption causing a successful backup to terminate prematurely fixed.
  • Lightscribe CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc writers: If AISBackup is started when the disc drive is empty a disc would not be recognised until AISBackup was terminated.

 

AISBackup Version 3.0 Build 402 (13 January 2012)
Build 402: 3.34 MB (3,504,360 bytes)

This build introduces the ability to backup and restore the Windows 8 Developer Preview edition. There may be issues with Windows 8 support and we welcome feedback.

Updates:

  • Support for Windows 8 (developers preview version).
  • Change to network drive password handling.
  • A Warning is shown if encrypted e-mail is selected and the AISBackup SSL support has not been installed.
  • When running from the bootable AISBackup Restore CD the network IP address is displayed in the caption of AISBackup; this should help with ascertaining if a network connection has been established.

Fixes:

  • A problem preventing the previous version running on Windows NT4 has been repaired.

Changes in version 2.9

AISBackup Version 2.9 Build 400 (12 September 2011)
Build 400: 3.43 MB (3,605,728 bytes)

Updates:

  • AISBackup is now aware of Blu-ray and HDDVD and these drives may be chosen as the backup destination. Please note that backing up to Blu-ray using the integrated disc writer requires a 25GB disk stage (15GB for HDDVD).
  • AISBackup Restore Media: AISBackup may now set-up the AISBackup restore boot image on USB NTFS External drives that have been formatted as a primary partition. A question is asked when setting up backup jobs to the correct type of external drive. This option may be used on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (where the AISBackup Restore USB flash drive option does not work).
  • AISBackup Restore Media: now supports a list of backup jobs that is created when the AISBackup Restore media is created. The list is automatically maintained in backup jobs that backup to the correct type of USB external drive. (NTFS, Primary partition).
  • AISBackup detects Server 2011 as Server 2011 instead of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Fixes:

  • Disk to disk copy did not delete removed folders if the delete files before copy option is chosen.
  • AISBackup used to recreate large file segment control files (aii) in FTP backup jobs.
  • Entering leading or trailing spaces in the job name when setting up a backup job would create a destination with leading or trailing spaces; this would cause the backup job to fail. Any leading or trailing spaces are now removed.
  • Repaired problem with testing optical media (CD, DVD and Blu-ray).
  • Exception errors when displaying empty log files.

 

AISBackup Version 2.9 Build 398 (23 March 2011)
Build 398: 3.29 MB (3,450,040 bytes)

Fixes:

  • Server 2008 64 bit editions: Backup of open exclusive files would fail for the second drive if open exclusive files were on more than one disk drive.
  • The New Job option used the job name as the internal file names used within AISBackup, previous versions would allow invalid filename characters to be used; AISBackup now changes invalid filename characters to the underscore character.
  • Possible problem restoring hard links in backup jobs that contain over 65,535 file hard links. The problem is in the restore and the backup itself is okay. This problem was only likely to affect restores from backups that contain multiple Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems in a dual or multi-boot environment.
  • Test backup repaired where the backup is to multiple destinations and more than 1 destination is online.

Changes:

  • Improved performance calculating synchronise of files of type. Example: A synchronise job of 21 file types in 1,172 folders over a 100MBit network takes 1 hour 9 minutes and 20 seconds in the previous version of AISBackup and 3 minutes 19 seconds with this version of AISBackup.
  • Improved support for backup, restore and copy of NTFS sparse files.
  • The New Job form has been updated to only scroll 1 item at a time when using the mouse wheel. The mouse wheel resolution has also been updated on the Undo Backup and Select backup session for restore forms.
  • The New Job option now uses the job name as the sub folder name in the backup destination field if the generated job name is manually changed. This update should make it easier to locate a backup when using the Tools / Open Job From Backup Media option. You can of course still change the backup destination to your own preferred destination.
  • Added a reminder to make the AISBackup Bootable Restore media.
  • Auto-run log message change for copy style jobs.

AISBackup Version 2.9 Build 395 (18 January 2011)
Build 395: 3.28 MB (3,448,944 bytes)

Changes:

  • The method of making backup jobs has been made easier by making the New Job option use the click to select options; it is possible to make a full backup with just 6 mouse clicks. The previous New Job options are available under Custom Job.