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Softthinks Backup and Recovery

  • Performances optimizations (UI load time, transitions and reactivity)

  • Enhanced Factory Recovery Media target media detection

  • Simplified the selection of the target drive when creating a Factory Recovery Media (you now select the USB Key or USB Hard Drive device and no more partitions, allowing you to use a blank not partitioned disk)

  • Various enhancements in the error reporter tool and in the logs to help diagnosing field issues

  • Added the possibility to reactivate Softthinks Backup and Recovery from Windows and WinPE (in case of motherboard replacement typically)

  • Added the possibility to reactivate Softthinks Backup and Recovery from Windows and WinPE (in case of motherboard replacement typically)

  • Minor cosmetic changes.

  • General texts and translations enhancements.

  • Help contents enhancements.

  • For enterprises, added the possibility to link a Recovery Media to several PCs of the same model.

  • Better management of exFAT partition on USB Hard Drives used as Recovery Media.

  • Harmonization of the user interface when creating a Recovery Media on either USB Flash Drive or USB Hard Disk.

  • Added the possibility to store System Backups on regular USB Flash Drive Factory Recovery Media (it was only possible on USB Hard Disks previously or Windows certified USB Flash Drives).

  • Better selection of the target disk when restoring the system on a device containing several Hard Disks / SSD after one of those disks have been replaced.

  • Added the possibility to check for an update from SBAR User Interface.

  • Enhanced “Get more help” behavior.

  • Removed incorrect message indicating that you don’t use the latest version when consulting the help.

  • Performances optimizations.

  • Minor cosmetic changes.

  • General texts and translations enhancements.

  • Help contents enhancements.

  • Better support of USB Hard Drives to create Factory Recovery Media (4TB and more USB Hard Disks, Hard Disk with FAT32 and NTFS partitions already existing…).

  • Better management of compatibility issues between USB Hard Drives and PCs regarding the Factory Recovery Media creation and the ability to start the System Recovery process from the Factory Recovery Media.

  • Various enhancements in the error reporter tool and in the logs to help diagnosing field issues.

  • Improved AC power detection method for specific PCs (on those devices we were preventing the use of the system recovery process when the battery was fully charged).

  • Fixed configuration files issue corruption resetting the system backups target location and generating “Not enough space allocated” error.

  • Fixed recovery media creation prompt which could be displayed even after having selected “Do not remind me”.

  • Fixed some System Backups and Data Backups creation issues linked to specific hardware or software environment, or to specific contents.

  • Managed system recovery scenario where MS Bitlocker feature activation was moving the boot files.

  • Better support of non-standard disk layouts when recovering the system.

  • Performances optimizations.

  • Minor cosmetic changes.

  • General texts and translations enhancements.

  • Help contents enhancements.

  • This version has been released specifically to Dell and Alienware PC owners who were using Dell Backup and Recovery and Alienresawn products respectivally. This version is not compatible with other PC brands.

  • A new release is planned for early 2020 with all the enhancements, optimizations and fixes implemented up to the release 3.0.


Softthinks Deployment Suite

In order to update your SDS version to the latest one, please contact your account manager.

  • Full support for Windows 10 (including IoT) up to the May 2019 Update (Build 1903 / 19H1) with new deployment images based on Windows 19H1 including latest drivers

  • Hardware Diagnostics enhancements:

    • Integrated new Hardware Diagnostics (up to 56 tests with new UI, step by step instructions and animations)

    • Added real time monitoring of CPU/GPU/Mainboard/HDD/Power supply temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, clocks, utilization

    • Updated BurnInTest engine from version 8.0 to version 9.0

  • Wipe enhancements:

    • Enhanced compatibility with NVMe drives

    • Added support of EMC/NetApp 520b block size SAS drives

    • Implemented preliminary support of Adaptec HBA controllers

    • Added notification on network disconnection allowing the user to reconnect and then to resume the process

    • Implemented wipe through USB (when chipset is supported)

    • Added ability to choose reallocated sector threshold for failure

    • Improved management of disks in security mode which require to be unlocked before being wiped

  • SDS Console enhancements:

    • Added the ability to search for components in SDS Console (through their description)

    • Added the ability to generate from a device (Ctrl+F9) a PNP definition list which will contain the device’s PNP IDs and that you can import in profiles and bundles

    • Added the possibility to filter the clients to display in remote desktop view through an IP range

  • Nomad disk database is now loaded / unloaded automatically on Nomad Disk insertion /removal

  • macOS devices support: added automatic detection of macOS Mojave & Catalina (10.14 & 10.15)

  • Auditing module improvements:

    • Added the ability to use script variables as answer

    • Added the possibility to put several values separated by ‘|’ character in edit field

    • Edit field can now be multiline

    • Dropdown list can now be replaced by radio buttons

  • Reports enhancements

  • Improved stability

  • Various fixes, enhancements and optimizations

  • Full support for Windows 10 (including IoT) up to the April 2018 Update (Redstone 4) with new deployment images based on Windows Redstone 4 including latest drivers

  • Wipe enhancements:

    • 3 new wiping protocols (specifically for SSDs): Normal Secure Erase (NIST 800-88), Enhanced Secure Erase (NIST 800-88) and Sanitize (NIST 800-88)

    • Support of disks with 520 bytes per sector

    • Hexa-decimal viewer (to check disk contents after wipe for example)

    • Wipe Report enhancements (added more information to both SQL DataBase and report file, XML report format)

    • Added ability to force the creation of partition after wiping the drive when using the Hot swapping

    • New vertical rack view mode

    • Wipe of of volumes encrypted with Bitlocker (whole disks encrypted were already supported)

    • Various fixes (Western Digital disks serial numbers now correctly recorded in the Database, better management of devices without hard drive to wipe and of disks not initialized, deduplication of wipe records in case of restart for example)

  • Linux support (BETA) depending on distribution and disk layout (deployment through raw static images without partition resizing)

  • New auditing module (BETA) to capture and store in the Database audit question answers about the hardware

  • Smart Repair improvements (scan of lost partition, Windows files check)

  • Extended support of Intel® Smart Response Technology

  • Recovery Partition creation and completion on deployment

  • Better integration of SoftThinks Backup and Recovery solution

  • BIOS components management enhancements:

    • Added to SDS Console BIOS components a new PATCH category, as well as priority, RIS Image language and OS settings

    • New PATCH components can be linked to RIS Image language and OS at the end of a deployment

    • Added BIOS / PATCH selected (name and option) in summary

    • Updated SMBIOS engine (compatible with DMTF DSP0134 3.1.1 specification) to identify latest components

  • Deployment script enhancements:

    • Added image compression format management in the script in order to deploy all of the images formats in the same deployment flow

    • Added keyword parameter to initialize internal engine OS with OS found

    • Added keyword to display or use battery information as conditions

    • Added to send a message to SQL database and/or SDSReport or/and SDSEnd

    • keyword new support tags

    • Script variables are now fully using 'unsigned long' range from 0 to 0xFFFFFFFF

    • script keyword now allows you to specify the file to use as pattern for the thumbprint

  • Profiles & presets enhancements:

    • Added profiles & presets management in SDS Console

      • View / Create / Edit / Delete profiles & presets

      • DMI/PNP edition/adding/removal

      • Add / Delete applications / bundles / drivers / BIOS with drag’n drop support

      • Profiles & Presets can be sorted by creation date and can be highlighted when old

    • Added profiles filtering by Serial, Model, SKU, Product, Version with AND (/) and OR (|) operators

    • Added the possibility to force PnP bundle detection for profiles with bundle

  • Other SDS Console enhancements:

    • Simplified old images management (Possibility to sort the RIS Images on creation date and to highlight old images)

    • Added an “Export” in SDS Console Image view to save displayed images list into a CSV/TXT file

    • Added the possibility to sort applications by date added

    • Added “Build” column in Image view to show Windows build version

  • Various fixes, enhancements and optimizations:

    • Prevent ENTER key to stop application installation

    • Exclude some devices from HDD testing based on their PNP ID

    • Better management of big driver database (driver.dat)

    • Better management of internet disconnections for external SQL transactions and support of encrypted connections (SSL)

    • Added more hardware information in SQL database (UUID, Asset Tag, Chassis type…)

    • Added password type input field in welcome screen

    • Welcome screen enhancements (TAB key to switch between text boxes and support of special characters)

    • Cosmetics fixes and enhancements

  • Enhanced support for Windows 10 up to the Creator Update (Redstone 2).

  • Added macOS support (BETA): capture & deployment, secure wipe, diagnostics.

  • Added Drivers analyzation tool to identify and remove duplicate drivers.

  • Enhanced HDD & SSD diagnostics.

  • Added Windows 10 Recovery through the installation of SoftThinks Backup And Recovery (SBAR) solution during deployment.

  • Simplified the license management.

  • Added the possibility to generate wipe reports.

  • Implemented various fixes, enhancements and optimizations:

    • Better support of compact images.

    • Network check before image copy to the server.

    • Integration of the « asset tag » for traceability purposes (serial number or service tag inconsistent).

    • Better management of logical partitions.

    • Optimization of the Nomad Disks boot time.

In order to update your SDS Kiosk version to the latest one, please contact softthinks sales team :

  • New use case oriented flows.

  • PC Setup: Configures a new PC.

  • PC Tune Up: Optimizes the PC.

  • PC Open Box: Diagnostic, Wipe and recover the System.

  • PC Trade-in.

  • PC Repair: Automatic wizard repairing the PC (System Disk diagnostics, Smart Repair, Instant Restore, System Recovery with Data Backup).

  • Advanced and customized hardware tests.

  • Summary Report (for the customer).

  • Full report (archived on the Kiosk).

  • Windows 10 Recovery.