April 18, 2019
New CloudRanger onboarding process
CloudRanger now has a simpler, more intuitive onboarding process to get you set up in minutes by simply connecting to your AWS account via an IAM role. This update makes a new user's experience more seamless and structured.
For more details, refer to Create a CloudRanger account.
March 14, 2019
Onboarding policy template
When a user clicks to create a new backup policy, they are now presented with a pop-up window containing four templates, which can be used to create the new policy.
Templates available to the user are as follows:
Twice Daily: Create backups twice per day and retain for seven days.
Daily: Create daily backups and retain for one week.
Weekly: Create weekly backups and retain for one month.
Monthly: Create monthly backups and retain for three months.
This feature enables the user to create a backup policy with minimal effort; hence, saving them time and effort. A random CRON value is generated for each template to ensure that policies are fired at different times and not all at once, which is important for the performance and execution of CloudRanger users' policies.
The templates are also automatically tagged indicating the type of template used when creating the policy, for example, TwiceDailyTemplate. This helps the users to distinguish between policies created using templates and policies created manually.
The user can also continue without using a template for more complex policies by clicking Continue without using template.
Cross-account billing AMI copy
This enhancement allows users to copy AMIs with marketplace product codes across AWS accounts using a method recommended by AWS. By default, this is disabled to stop users from circumventing increased pricing for launching instances from these AMIs. With this enhancement, CloudRanger users gain the ability to copy these kinds of AMIs across AWS accounts while the product codes do not get lost.
This has been achieved by privately sharing the AMI with the target AWS account, launching an instance from that AMI and then creating a new AMI from the newly launched instance.
To copy a shared AMI with a billing product code, launch an EC2 instance in your account using the shared AMI and then create an AMI from the instance.
For more details, refer to the AWS Documentation.
Users who have seen the following error message before: “Images from AWS Marketplace cannot be copied to another AWS account” will now see this copy attempt complete successfully rather than result in a failure.
Cross-account encrypted snapshots and AMIs
This enhancement to the CloudRanger policy allows users to specify a KMS key to encrypt with when backing up data to another AWS account. Keeping data encrypted in the cloud is of the utmost importance for many cloud users. Users can now modify their backup policies and in the copy section, they can choose target encryption keys. They also need to grant the CloudRanger role for the target AWS account access to the KMS in the source AWS account.
- As a prerequisite, users must share the encrypted key of source account with cross accounts to copy encrypted snapshots. For more information on how to share keys across accounts, see the AWS documentation.
- If the KMS permissions have not been granted by default to CloudRanger as part of account configuration, perform the steps listed in AWS configuration to enable cross-region copy of encrypted snapshots to do so.
Backup policy - scheduling multiple days in a week
CloudRanger now supports setting a backup schedule for multiple days in a week.
February 27, 2019
Enhanced file-level restore
Indexed snapshots contents can now be browsed from file-level restore of a snapshot. Additional options to search for the index and download files within a snapshot are also now supported.
Advanced snapshot restore options
Restore of a snapshot as an instance now supports options to specify the instance architecture.
Network settings in File Search settings
A new section Network Settings has been added within Account Settings > File Search Settings to specify the subnets for file indexer to run.
New region support
CloudRanger now supports AWS region ‘Stockholm’ (eu-north-1).