Release Notes 2018-07

Last Updated 31/07/2018

Overview

New features and fixes for the Auto Packager, Editor and the Containers they create. All changes detailed have been released during the month of July. Components that change this month will have 4.5.1807.nnnn.

New Features In Containers

  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - <Feature>COMVirtualization</Feature> supports out of process COM for Microsoft Office applications.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - <Feature>ForceWindowsVersion</Feature> enables the Container to report back a different operating system than the one that it is actually running on, for example the application can be fooled to believe it is running on Windows XP when it is infact running on Windows 10 - refer to How to report back application is running on a different OS.
  • Cloudhouse.Container.Usage.exe (4.5.1807.555) - /update can reconfigure a deployed Container to switch from fileshare reporting (/usagelocation) to HTTPS Reporting and visa versa, refer to Update Deployed Containers for details. 

Fixes in Containers

  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - The <Feature>NotWow64Process</Feature> feature flag works reliably on all Windows 10 builds.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - Fixed QueryDirectory API which failed to resolve %DefaultDir% to exact match redirection.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - Network Port and IP redirections feature reliability issues has been resolved and the feature has been re-enabled.
  • AppAccelerator (4.5.1807.22781) - AppAcceleratorV process fails to start on Windows Server 2003 x64 because it attempts to import a Vista+ function.

New Features In Auto Packager

  • Container.Editor (4.5.1807.829) - When editing a Container, the Editor notifies you if there are new Cloudhouse components available. 
  • Container.Editor (4.5.1807.829) - Containers can be updated to use the latest Cloudhouse components, simply select the 'Details' tab and select the new version to perform the update and apply the latest components to the Container - AppAcceleratorV components can be rolled back; refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers for details.‍ Note: Containers created with versions of the Auto Packager before Dec 2017 will need a copy of EULA.html to be manually copied from the Auto Packager's root directory into the root director of the Container. Cloudhouse.Container.Deploy.exe command will need to be updated with /AcceptEULA.

Fixes in Auto Packager

  • Auto Packager (4.5.1807.23259) and Container.Editor (4.5.1807.829) - Adding HTTPS Reporting Tokens on Windows XP and Server 2003 fails with the following exception in the reporting event: "The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send. at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse()"

Deprecated or Removed Commands

  • Cloudhouse.Container.Deployment.exe (4.5.1807.555) no longer supports the /noprotect this command line option has been removed and /tokenlocation takes a path to the reporting token. The token can be stored on an admin secured file share for shared deployments.

Advisory

Cloudhouse recommend using the Auto Packager on x86 operating systems only, re-directions will not be created correctly for applications that contain a mix of x64 and x86 components. Containers will be created successfully for applications that contain only x64 components, but successful packaging on this platform requires detailed knowledge of the application prior to packaging.

Features in upcoming release(s)

Please  note details of these features is provided for information purposes  only, it does not represent a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality nor should it be relied upon when making purchasing decisions, nor should it be incorporated into any contract.  The order, and priority of these features is at the sole discretion of Cloudhouse.

  • Without requiring configuration changes, enable Containers to be created in the following situations 
    • an x86 application packaged on an x86 machine and the Container run on x64 machines and x86 machines
    • an x86 application packaged on an x64 machine and the Container run on x64 machines
    • an application with a mix of x86 and x64 components packaged on an x64 machine and the Container run on x64 machines
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