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History of changes to the program for making backup copies

Below, we present a current list of improvements and modifications made to the program and of tasks we are currently working on. At the same time, you are encouraged to report your comments and suggestions for changes.

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Version 5.3 (build: w1588 s2166) / 2017.05.11
  • Symmetric multiprocessing architecture considerably accelerates backup procedure (n-times faster on n-core CPU)
  • Virtual machine backup from Microsoft Hyper-V host
  • Backup and recovery features without sending data to backup server
  • Possible network bandwidth control or excluding connections from specified networks (e.g. slow VPN)
  • Easy application installation on Linux and Mac OS X, and NAS drives (Synology, QNAP) using Docker containers
  • Archive protection against ransomware encrypting files (e.g. CryptoLocker)
  • Added support of proxy router and server which redirect the network traffic
  • 30% faster backup through optimisation of network packets sent to backup server
  • Accelerated backup task preparation operations and backup copy revision thanks to reduced number of read ZIP files
  • Enhanced archive verification: after detecting a bug in the ZIP file, application automatically restarts backup process of corrupted files
  • Accelerated searching operation for files intended for backup and lower RAM consumption through...
  • Accelerated reaction for cancelled tasks at system shutdown
  • Fixed backup at Windows 8 and 10 system shutdown
  • Improved "connected standby" mode in Windows 10, which caused interrupting backup during system shutdown
  • Added blocked sparse files backup support in Windows 8, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016

Version 4.8.2 (build: w1338 s1856) / 2015.10.14
  • Added support for mail servers requiring SSL/TLS encryption (e.g. gmail)
  • Added backup, recovery, replication and verification progress bar
  • Accelerated replication, especially replication for NAS hard drives via SMB/CIFS protocol
  • Programme made resistant to writing errors caused by a temporary lack of access to NAS hard drive
  • Programme made resistant to transmission errors and interruption of connections in Wi-Fi networks
  • Extension of Storage inventory report by replication status and the possibility of sending a report as an administrative alert
  • Data reproduction from delta copies, even if some fragments of a file have been lost or are damaged
  • Adapting the software to cooperate with OneDrive cloud "Smart Files"
  • Access to virtual command line (BASH) in Linux and Mac OS systems
  • More efficient monitoring and connecting of network resources
  • Optimised access to database
  • Improved disk space use counter in Network monitor tab
  • Improved reproduction of time of modification of files extracted from delta backup copy
  • Improved Event log displaying in Internet Explorer 8 browser and older ones
  • Restoring the possibility of copying content of virtual command line to clipboard
  • Improved backup error of 0 byte-sized files from Novell NetWare servers
  • Improved service of Local commands BeforeBackup event

Version 4.7 (build: w1296 s1722) / 2015.03.26
  • New recovery mode – the operating system can be recovered directly onto the target machine
  • Recovery disk creator (CD/DVD, USB flash drive) – you can use the recovery disk to boot a machine in the case of a failure and recover the data
  • Improved delta backup – previously the first two backups had to be full; now only the first backup needs to be full
  • Improved virtual command prompt – now fully interactive
  • Event log filtering using SQL queries
  • Creating own administrative alerts such as "Event log entries" using SQL queries
  • Faster backup of locked files using locked region detection
  • FBS worker can use more RAM now – from up to 2 GB to up to 4 GB
  • Improved agent updates from the backup server
  • New option: "Warn of delays longer than" – you can decide when the software should start warning you of overdue tasks
  • Automatic recovery cancellation in the case of a critical error (e.g. no space on drive)
  • Automatic setting of the following options if a system drive is detected in the backup scope: Process security descriptors, process encrypted files, process reparse points, backup open/locked files
  • Automatic setting of the following options for operating system recoveries: Process security descriptors, process reparse points
  • Added Multiedit button
  • Improved differential and delta backups – files which could not be backed up were later backed up fully at once
  • Improved rotation backups/freeing drive space – files which could not be backed up could be deleted from the last full backup
  • Improved refresh of the "From the last scheduled time" column in the Backup|Tasks tab
  • Improved deleting of snapshots from the ESX/ESXi host once the backup is complete (Backup Connector for VMWare 1.1 required)
  • Improved WWW server security
  • Fixed: decompressing dynamic blocks
  • Fixed: overlapping of operations: release disk space, replication, verification and recovery
  • Minor fixes

Version 4.6 (build: w1200 s1678) / 2015.01.12
  • Added support for Windows 10 operating system
  • Quick preview files in archives
  • Optimized ZIP archive loading
  • Minor stability improvements and bug fixes

Version 4.5 (build: w1192 s1660) / 2015.01.12
  • Virtual machine backup from host (VMware ESX/ESXi/vSphere 4.x, 5.x)
  • Queuing of replication tasks
  • Reducing the amount of memory used when recovering files and verifying backups
  • Fixed decompression error which may have made archives to be considered as damaged
  • Fixed export of tables to CSV file
  • At verification, skipping of deleted files and files in use

Version 4.4 (build: w1124 s1595) / 2014.10.28

Version 4.3.6 (build: w1090 s1462) / 2014.2.26
  • Added fields Friendly computer name and Group name facilitate computer identification and allow for better organization
  • Added fast record search in tables
  • Added Storage Inventory report that shows the use of space on backup server disks
  • Ability to pair a workstation with the backup server to secure network connection
  • Ability to filter Event log according to multiple stations at the same time
  • Change of report orientation from vertical to horizontal
  • Optimization of the control panel efficiency by removal of hidden columns in tables
  • Skipping login of less important events concerning the course of backup (backup progress)
  • Change of detection of modified files at delta backup: if the date of file modification and its size have not been changed but the file is in use, then (from now on) checksums of all the fragments will be additionally verified in order to detect changes.
  • In the Backup tab -> Last event column included events for all tasks instead of an event only for a specific task
  • Fixed bug which made it impossible to select directories containing a dot in the name at recovery
  • Fixed installer bug which caused, in Windows XP, displaying of a replacement window when shutting down after backup
  • Fixed replication bug - the replication was completely interrupted upon detection of a damaged archive
  • Fixed report Delayed tasks

Version 4.3.4 (build: w1070 s1442) / 2014.1.15

Version 4.3.2 (build: w1062 s1434) / 2013.11.25
  • Performance optimization for the built-in control console (GUI)
  • Performance optimization for the web control console (WEB)
  • Minor fixes

Version 4.3.1 (build: w1054 s1418) / 2013.11.14
  • Built-in control console (GUI)
  • Performance optimization for the control console
  • Improvement of data caching in the web browser cache in order to reduce the number of HTTP requests
  • Automatic download of new scripts of the control console after updating
  • Possibility to change passwords for access to the control console by users (without the administrator’s help)
  • Possibility to restrict access to the control console for selected IP addresses
  • Improved adding of accounts for users of computers containing the "-"" (minus) sign in their name

Version 4.3 (build: w1048 s1350) / 2013.10.17

Version 3.5.4 (build: w900 s894) / 2011.08.16
  • New backup solution for open files based on copy-on-write (COW) technology replaces the mechanism of suspending processes
  • New command line parameter /REPAIRDB intended for emergency repair of corrupted program database
  • Automatic backup server updates added
  • Command Show Plan added, helping set periodic full copy parameters
  • Reattempting to open the file if “Write operations are too frequent” error occurs
  • Error repeating backup of file fragments after full backup for delta copy has been deleted or corrupted - fixed
  • Error computing the virtual cluster number while conducting backup of files larger than 32 GB - fixed
  • Standard waiting time for backup completion when shutting down system extended from 1 to 2 hours
  • Error planning backup tasks fixed. It can occur only at a given time with over 100 work stations connected
  • Error processing large file names fixed
  • Error automatically launching FBS Server service fixed
  • Error adding a new work station without defined schedule fixed
  • Error recovering 0 byte-sized files directly to work station fixed
  • Error recovering data from work station which is not in database fixed (option: Choose FBF folder)

Version 3.4.5 (build: w812 s826) / 2010.10.29
  • Collective editing of work stations' settings
  • Long file names (>260 characters) supported
  • Multiple backup tasks can be run during power off
  • Bandwidth limit can be imposed on workstations
  • Data read speed at work stations displayed in the Network Monitor tab
  • Automatic database compacting if last program shutdown was unexpected
  • Event Log filtering by time, operation type, task name and message
  • Operation Type (Op.) column addend to the Event Log
  • Additional filters in the Backup tab (Stations and Tasks)
  • Specific recovery information stored in the Log Event
  • Access to the program's control panel password-protected
  • Number of exceptions (errors/warnings) displayed in the back-up summary
  • User can choose a time interval after which backup resumes
  • New IBM and DELL tape drives supported
  • Possible to use system variables (%ProgramFiles%, %SystemRoot%, etc.) for back-up
  • Accurate information on back-up progress displayed when processing large files
  • Task Summary report now shows tasks completed successfully, tasks with warnings and tasks not completed
  • Linux and Mac OS support
  • Optimized ZIP archive loading
  • Local Commands scripts returning runtime error messages for console programs directly to the FBS Server
  • FBS Worker, FBS Server and installation suite digitally signed with the Microsoft Authenticode certificate
  • Access paths to back-up and replication folders can be changed manually by clicking on the edit field while holding the [Shift] button
  • Back-up and recovery of Windows 64-bit editions (x64) supported
  • Search for files to back-up optimized
  • Permanent exclusion of <drive_letter:>\System Volume Information catalogues from back-up
  • Direct data recovery to work station
  • New Local Commands - to extend FBS Server functionality using scripts (Java Script, Visual Basic Script, PHP Script, etc.)
  • A radical improvement in FBS Server load speed
  • Search engine to look for files in archives
  • New network resources management panel
  • New report which sums up the last back up task completed for each station
  • New window to browse and read files from tapes
  • Possibility to hide detailed entries in the Event Log
  • Possibility to group entries in the Event Log
  • Entries can be exported from the Event Log in various formats (text, HTML, Excel spreadsheet, XML or SQL)
  • Optimized performance of Log Events with more than 20 thousand records
  • Added warning about ongoing replication to an optical medium or tape on FBS Server shutdown
  • Replication cancelling possible
  • Tables can be sorted in reports
  • Reports can be saved to a file and printed
  • For differential backups, users can specify when periodical full backups should be performed
  • Damaged and empty archives automatically deleted upon task completion
  • New format of the task completion summary message
  • UNC paths can be used without mapping network disks
  • The default value of "split file segment size" changed from 10 MB to 1 MB to ensure more efficient backup of Microsoft Office Outlook mail files

Version 3.1.3 (build: w590 s578) / 2009.04.10
  • Increased transfer speed from backup server to workstation
  • Backup of empty folders
  • Saving and reading folder attributes
  • Additional checks of accessibility of path files for backup before task execution with recording of possible warnings
  • Generation of warnings in the event of a significant drop in the number of backed-up files in relation to the number of files included in the previous backup
  • An additonal horizontal scroll bar displaying in the Event Log
  • Corrected error in unpacking data from differential copies containing more than 65,000 files
  • Improvements to the FBS Server console interface
  • Corrected error in differential backup of NTSF partitions which appeared when changing the system clock from standard time to summer time

Version 3.1.0 (build: w567 s559) / 2009.02.10
  • Replication to tape drives
  • Added Type column in the Restore tab. This column specifies backup type (full/differential).
  • Database compacting on launch can now be skipped (-NOCOMPACT switch).
  • Types of replicated backups can now be selected (all/full only).
  • Accelerated restore and backup list building, faster preparation of tasks on the server by eliminating unrelated differential backups.
  • Improved freeing up of disk space.
  • Improved searching for IDs of processes writing to locked files.
  • Corrected bug which caused lack of support for non-standard system date format, which could lead to wrong backup scheduling.
  • Corrected bug in marking replicated backups.
  • Corrected bug in rewritable optical media support (CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW).

Version 3.0.8 (build: w544 s535) / 2008.11.26
  • Added "Backup only at selected times" option - to switch off the default backup of delayed tasks when the computer reconnects to the network.
  • Corrected error in the updater which could prevent automatic software updates on workstations (works only after updating from to a newer version).
  • Corrected bug in workstation settings which could prevent automatic changing of backup names and locations after a task name or backup folder name was changed.
  • Improved Event Log performance.
Version 3.0.7 (build: w544 s526) / 2008.11.13
  • Network transfer speed reduction
  • Periodical complete backups in differential tasks
  • Minor fixes

Version 3.0.5 (build: w530 s514) / 2008.10.08
  • FBS Server console fixes
  • Administrative alert name quoted in email subject line
  • Improved code page in email subject line

Version 3.0 (build: w530 s504) / 2008.08.29
  • Refreshed FBS Server console interface
    • Sorting and filtering of lists and tables
    • Statuses displaying active warnings for workstation
    • New table displaying all defined backup tasks
    • Copying displayed information to clipboard
  • Reports
    • Task summary - information on backup tasks
    • Outstanding tasks - information on unfinished tasks
    • Task statistics - information on times, sizes and completion speeds of different tasks
  • Backup of information from FTP servers (ftpuse)
  • Replication of backups to FTP server (/ftpuse)
  • Replication to optical drives(CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD)
  • New Administrative Alerts - sending reports and event log to web server or by email
  • Minor fixes
Version 2.9 (build: w530 s504) / 2008.05.14
  • %TASKNAME% parameter in remote commands added to differentiate tasks
  • Bug causing errors during restore of data from tasks including corrupt ZIP files fixed
  • Bug causing errors during backup of folders including symbolic links, which led to scanning errors fixed
  • Optimized task preparation on server, backup browsing and unpacking
Version 2.8.5 (build: w507 s408) / 2008.02.08
  • Cancel button can be locked during backup process on system shutdown
  • Improvements in Open File Manager - now files stored directly in MFT can be backed up (files with sizes of ~1kB)
  • Added warning of insufficient privileges to open folder
  • Outgoing SMTP mail server port for administrative alerts can now be changed
Version 2.8.2 (build: w507 s408) / 2008.01.19
  • Option to put processes on hold added, improving functionality of Open File Manager
  • Fixes improving stability of network connections
Version 2.8.0 (build: w507 s408) / 2008.11.22
  • Backup task preparation, restore file list building, restore process now three times faster
  • Local commands - commands (scripts, programs) can now be run on backup server
  • Network drive can now be mapped on backup server
  • Bug preventing shutdown of operating system after backup completion if errors occurred during backup process fixed
  • Improved handling of file names containing national characters in languages other than default operating system language
  • Handling of exceptions in FBS Worker changed
  • New Installer
Version 2.7.5 (build: w507 s408) / 2007.08.24
  • Fixes in restore module
  • Improved handling of skipped folder masks
  • Improved handling of file names containing special characters
  • File name code page changed from OEM to ANSI
  • No files, folders or drives selected for backup warning added
Version 2.7 (build: w530 s504) / 2007.07.16
  • File fragment differential backup
  • Fixed breaking connection bug
  • Minor fixes in FBS Worker and FBS Server
Version 2.6.1 (build: w507 s408) / 2007.06.06
  • Remote commands - commands (scripts, programs) can now be run on workstations before and after backup
  • Replication - backup copies can be duplicated from backup server to another network location or another hard disk
  • Optimized task preparation on server
  • Improved user interface for more convenient backup task editing
  • FBS Server control module compatible with 64-bit Windows versions
  • Fixes in FBS Worker task execution module ("fpiBackup error" fixed)
Version 2.5.0 (build: w507 s408) / 2007.02.01
  • FBSServer can run as system service - backup server can now run whether or not administrator is logged in to system
  • FBSWorker can be run as system service - backup tasks can now run whether or not user is logged in to workstation
  • Masks of files and folders to be backed up can now be defined, including all local hard disks
  • Repack functionality added for optimized management of available disk space by quicker removal of differential backups (issue concerning automatic freeing of space on disk for differential backups fixed)
  • Several backup tasks can now be defined for one workstation
  • Powerful task scheduler now added for improved scheduling according to day, day of week, or time
  • Multiple destination paths can now be selected (Backup file location)
  • Maximum event log size can be defined (issue of long FBSServer startup fixed)
  • Bug concerning time sync between workstations and backup server with Time synchronization Off fixed
  • Bug affecting creation of ZIP indexes for backups smaller than 4GB and containing more than 65 thousand files fixed
Version 2.4.7 (build: w507 s408) / 2007.03.06
  • Automatic backup on system shutdown added
  • Advanced data transmission, compression, buffering and CPU usage settings added
  • Server console start minimized, start minimized to tray and accidental program shutdown prevention added
  • Empty remote drives listing bug fixed
  • Bug where backup storage folder was read, which could prevent program from creating incremental backup fixed
  • Bug where partially-locked files were skipped and task was interrupted after error when backup ranges were overlapping fixed
  • Bug causing problems with backup when masks with square brackets were used for files to be backed up and skipped fixed
Version 2.4.0 (build: w507 s408) / 2005.09.07
  • Backup of open/locked files (open file manager)added
  • Backup encryption engines - Rijndael (AES), Serpent and Twofish added
  • A number of minor fixes
Version 2.2.0 (build: w507 s408) / 2005.07.15
  • Program can now work on computers with active Terminal Services
  • Increased stability by changing database access methods
  • Task in progress on server can now be cancelled
  • Instant backup of all workstations added
  • Task scheduler optimized
  • Preview of workstation status in Network monitor tab added
  • File and folder directories on remote computers now read faster
  • Field to enter remote path manually added
  • Multiple connection detection and prevention added
  • Broken connection detection (transfer rate decrease detection) added
Version 2.1.5 (build: w507 s408) / 2005.03.14
  • Number of backups to be kept can be set (rotating backups)
  • Administrative alert module sending error notifications to designated email address added
  • Current backup task can be cancelled
  • FBS Worker optimized - executable file size reduced from 231 KB to 115 KB
  • Faster backup preparation (file searching)
  • File and folder directories on remote computers now read faster
  • Faster backup through addition of file buffering (CONNECTION - CACHE SIZE option)
  • COMPRESSION-PRIORITY option added to set maximum CPU usage in order to ensure work can be performed comfortably during backup process.
Version 2.0.1 (build: w507 s408) / 2004.08.01
  • Backup format changed from Microsoft&reg CAB (Cabinet) to PKWARE&reg ZIP (64-bit extensions)
  • Files larger than 4 GB can now be backed up
  • Files up to 9 EB (theoretically) now supported
  • On-the-fly compression added - no temp files created during backup
  • Differential/incremental backups added
  • Data restore module added
  • Data transmission protocol bugs fixed and transfer rate increased
  • Lower hardware and system requirements for FBS Worker:
Version 1.0.0 (build: w507 s408) / 2002.05.22
  • File backup from computers connected to local area network (TCP/IP)
  • Centralized control
  • Backup task planning
  • Event logging

We would like to remind you that updates relating to the same version are free of charge and, in the case of an upgrade from a previous version, a discount of 50% applies.
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