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Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread
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This thread is not for discussion, so please don't post here. It is for official 5.5 beta release information. There is a separate sticky thread for discussion.

To get across the 5.3.903 boundary (which introduced some significant internal plumbing changes) you have to first be on 5.3.2 or beyond, so upgrade to one of those first, then you can take the next step to the latest beta.

As of 5.4.917 (915 1nd 916 were misfires), we are moving towards the open source release. This one removes the licensing stuff. Anyone on 5.4.914 and before will have to move to this version first. It moves a lot of things around to move from the licensed version to the open source version, and also greatly increases internal security to make up for that.

This is early days, so definitely allow it to make a backup for you. Maybe try it out first on a test system even. Also be aware that the new security stuff has some ramifications which I'll discuss briefly below. But it also means you have to be formal about how you upgrade, since the secondary machines get info from the master. So the master has to be upgraded first. Otherwise, the secondaries will get the old info, then you'll update the master and it might change the info, then the background services on the secondary systems may not be able to access the master server.

The secondary (non-master) machines will require you to log in as an admin during the installation. This is the first new security measure, so no one can just install a client on your system. And, it also means that the installer can safely get needed info from the master. It will store this extra info in the registry along with the other CQC info (not very much.) This is in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd. This info is used by the background services on secondary machines to get access to CQC system functionality that they provide for you.

It's important that you set the access rights on this whole registry section (right click on it in the list on the left of RegEdit and select permissions) such that it is not generally accessible. For most folks this means removing Users, which is anyone who can log into that machine. Add the Windows admin account that you use to do installations on that system, and add the account that the two CQC services run on (and they both need to be running on an account that has rights to this section.) The account you run the installer on needs read/write. The account the services runs on can have read/write but only needs read access. If other people log into that machine, give them their own, non-admin account, which then won't have access to this information. At some point down the road we may be able to get this more integrated into the installer.

A good bit of stuff is moved from the general repository file on the master into service specific repos. The general repository is only used now for fairly basic stuff since it is potentially accessible to someone who can write a program to access the CIDLib config server. These other repos are only accessed by their respective services (logic server, data server, installations server, security server.) All those services require a CQC login to access. The config server doesn't since it exists below the level of CQC. Many more CQC master server remote APIs now require user credentials to access as well, any that can change system configuration or query anything that could contain sensitive info.

At some point I'd like to update the Name Server (the most fundamental one), to support a credentials service and have CQC use that. Then everything from the ground up could require credentials. But, even if that was done, I'd probably still keep the dedicated repos that I've created.

If you use the XML GW server, it now uses certificates for secure access, so you will need to set up a certificate on the MS if you do secure connections to it. It still supports non-secure connections as well. Both the XML GW server and Web server both now share the same certificate info and both of them allow for separately enabled secure and non-secure connections. On the MS the web server is always installed and at least one of the connections must be enabled since it serves up the help content.

Beyond the above, the only change you should see is no more licensing, and license info. The docs have not been updated yet. That'll be a bit of work.


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Latest Version: 5.4.920
Confidence Level: 95

Download Link: https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Downlo..._4_920.exe

The subsequent posts list changes in each beta version...
Dean Roddey
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Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by Dean Roddey - 06-23-2019, 12:20 PM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by bryanb - 12-28-2020, 06:38 PM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by tom - 12-31-2020, 10:24 AM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by bryanb - 12-31-2020, 11:50 AM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by kfly - 02-25-2021, 10:02 AM
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RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by kfly - 02-25-2021, 10:59 AM
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RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by kfly - 02-26-2021, 04:41 PM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by kfly - 02-26-2021, 04:51 PM
RE: Official 5.5 Beta Release Thread - by sic0048 - 09-23-2021, 08:06 AM

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