faspex™ 3.5.0 Release Notes


Product Release: July 9, 2013

Release Notes Updated: July 9, 2013


This release of Aspera Faspex 3.5 offers the following new features:

         The File Sources tab is now File Storage, and offers a choice of not only different sources, but also different destination (storage) locations.

         Access permissions for each source (Private, Public, Limited)

         A symlink feature, which allows links to files on the same server instead of hard copies

         A customizable storage location for each workgroup or dropbox.

         More readable Faspex package directory names (on the machine itself)

         Multiple directory services

         SAML authentication

         Personal distribution lists

         The multi-server feature has been removed.


         #20936 - Connect installer fails when run as root on Mac with no default language set.

         #18335 - transfer license expiry/problems prevent access to faspex; reset requires ssh

         #19133 - case is not preserved for metadata labels

         #19565 - support for nested AD groups for Faspex

         #19883 - dropbox URLs incorrect with URI namespace non-standard

         #20014 - Internal server error: Sort on size large volume of packages

         #20167 - Prevent users from creating workgroup that begins with *

         #21483 - expose robots.txt at application root level

         #21723 - DropBox external submitter active also with Expires in the past


         #13835 - faspex cannot connect to an AWS mail server using TLS; however, SSL connects successfully. Relevant to the settings under Server > Notifications > E-mail Configuration.

         #14550 - After installation on a Windows machine, the Event Viewer indicates an application error for the Apache Service. This message can be ignored.

         #15183 - In Firefox v12 and older, drag-and-drop stops working when switching from a remote source to the local source on the “New Package” screen.

         #16519 - Some faspex configuration settings (e.g. those that require system changes or asctl modifications) will not be restored when using the faspex “Save/Restore” UI feature. For example, if the "Systemuser" flag is changed in faspex.yml, and the configs are backed up and restored to a new instance, the application will not start because the user must be created on the new instance with appropriate permissions. Another example is the "uri_namespace," which--if changed before a backup--must be updated in Apache using the “uri_namespace” command upon restoring. Other settings in faspex.yml include "HTTPPort", "HTTPSPort", etc, which will be overwritten to the previous values and may require manual steps to ensure the ports can be used.

         #16520 - If you download the faspex db+config folder (from Server > Configuration > Save/Restore), the file will be saved to the browser's default location.

         #16715 - If you set an alternate address (Server > Configuration > Web Server) on your source server and save your faspex db+config folder (Server > Configuration > Save/Restore), then upon restore to a new server/instance, the alternate address will still be set on the new server. Subsequently, your email notifications will include an alternate address link to an instance which may not be up and running.

         #16846 - If you are upgrading from Faspex 2.X and the transfer server is already set up on a different server, asctl will not handle this case. Please contact Aspera Support for assistance.

         #16905 - The Faspex Windows installer will crash if you attempt to install with the “faspex” user credentials.

         #17011 - Safari on Mac downloads the faspex backup file to a .tar file. Users can change their Safari preferences so that archive files aren't automatically unzipped.

         #17063 - During an upgrade on Windows 2008 32-bit, Apache may report an error when attempting to restart (“Apache HTTPD Server (Aspera): The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.”). WORKAROUND: Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) package. The download link is http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5582

         #17089 - After restoring Faspex 3.X from a source server, the destination server may or may not be able to verify the SSL certificates presented by a node (depends on whether the source server had a valid cert file or if it was missing altogether). Administrators should check to see if the cert.pem file exists and back it up prior to restoring.

         #17652 - For an existing Faspex DS group: If this group is moved to another Organizational Unit (OU) on the DS server, and then the group is synced on Faspex, the group will become invalid on Faspex.


         Windows XP, 2003, 2008

         Linux RedHat, CentOS, or SUSE

         Firefox 4+, Safari 5.1+, or IE 7+

         (Linux only) Aspera Common Components 1.1.15


         Faspex 3.1.1 Release Notes



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         Aspera Faspex 3.5 Admin Guide (Linux)

         Aspera Faspex 3.5 Admin Guide (Windows)


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