What's New in Current Server Version

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Last modified: November 18, 2020

2020.4

Version: 2020.4

Release Date: November 18, 2020

See the complete Server 2020.4 release notes.

Share Credentials with User Groups

You can now share credentials with a custom user group. The addition of this functionality further enhances the use of user groups and collections as an alternative to subscriptions. Visit Share Credentials with Users and Groups to learn more.

Add User Groups to Collections

You can now add user groups to collections. The addition of this functionality further enhances the use of user groups and collections as an alternative to subscriptions. Visit Manage a Collection's Users and Groups to learn more.

Credentials User Experience

We continued to make improvements to the user interface. In this release, the credentials interface got a user-experience upgrade. The upgrade includes standardized add, search, sort, filter, edit, and remove features. 

New API Schedule Forecaster Endpoint

We added a new admin API endpoint to allow the retrieval of the schedule owner and the estimated run time. This supports decisions about when and where (on which worker) to schedule a workflow. Visit the Gallery API Overview to learn how to access the Gallery API reference documentation.

Improvement to Oauth in Interactive Gallery API Documentation

We updated the interactive Gallery API reference documentation to send Oauth parameters as headers instead of query parameters. Visit the Gallery API Overview to learn how to access the Gallery API reference documentation.

2020.3

Version: 2020.3.4.30228

Release Date: September 1, 2020

See the complete 2020.3 release notes

Full Support for AMP Engine

Server now has full support for the new Alteryx Multithreaded Processing (AMP) Engine. The AMP engine supports multithreading and multicore processing. This results in increased speed of workflow execution. Learn more about AMP in the AMP Engine documentation. For more info on enabling the AMP engine see the Controller and Engine articles.

Custom User Groups

Curators can now create custom groups of users. This supports the long-term plan to remove subscriptions in favor of collections, for more information on this plan visit Migrate Subscriptions to Collections. In coming releases, collections users will be able to share collections with custom groups. Visit the Manage Groups documentation to learn how to create custom groups. 

Ability to Run Workflows with File Browse Tool via the API

API users can now upload an input file via the API to get a reference ID that they can then call as part of the question/answer parameter in the POST call to the /jobs endpoint. See the Inputfiles Endpoint documentation to learn more.

Disable Direct Downloads

Server admins can disable downloads from the Gallery by setting a flag on the Configuration page. Pair this asset governance measure with Lock Workflow in Designer to exercise control over your workflow assets. See the Configuration documentation to learn more. 

Collections User Experience

We continued to make improvements to the user interface. In this release, the collections interface got a user-experience upgrade which includes standardized add, search, sort, filter, edit, and remove features. See Collections: Admin Interface and Collection: Gallery Interface to learn more.

2020.2

Version: 2020.2.2.27029

Release Date: June 3, 2020

See the complete 2020.2 release notes

New Functionality to Share Schedules and Results in Collections

Users can now share their schedules and job results with other users in the same Collection. This allows users to ensure schedules continue to be managed when schedule owners are unavailable. It also provides the necessary visibility to reduce resource consumption for a given workflow by allowing users to share results. Learn how to share schedules with other Collection users in the Collections article.

New Gallery Configuration Page in Admin

The new Gallery Configuration page in Admin consolidates Gallery-level settings in one place. Access the Gallery Configuration page via the Configuration link in the Admin interface. Learn more in the Gallery Configuration article.

New Alteryx Multithreaded Processing (AMP) Engine Support

The new Alteryx Multithreaded Processing (AMP) Engine (also known in Server as e2) is available for experimental use on Server. The AMP engine supports multithreading and multicore processing resulting in increased speed of workflow execution. Server is allowing experimental (not for production) access to allow users to explore the execution and results of AMP-enabled workflows. For more info on enabling the AMP engine see the Controller article.

Ability to Pass Credentials with Workflow via the Gallery API

The new Gallery User V2 API exposes a way to pass workflow credentials. This allows users to start a workflow using a specific credential to which they have access. Learn more about including credentials as part of a workflow job in Credentials and the Gallery User API docs.

API Access Updates

Previously, you could grant API access at a subscription level or for Curators only. The new user-level API access permission gives users a general API access key that they can use to access all APIs. (Gallery Subscription API access still needs to be granted on the subscription.) Learn more in the API access section of the Administer Users article.

2020.1

Version: 2020.1.1.23790 

Release Date: March 5, 2020 

See complete 2020.1 release notes

Improved User Role Management

  • All user roles are now set on the User page rather than within subscriptions. Roles can now be managed in bulk. See Administer Users for more info.
    • Subscription functionality has been simplified as we move towards Collections as the primary tool for asset management. See Subscriptions for more info.
  • Curator and Member are now roles that can be selected in the Role dropdown on the user grid within the Admin interface. See Administer Users for more info.
  • A default user role can now be specified for galleries using any authentication method. See Administer Users for more info.
  • The role value No Access can now be selected in Galleries using any authentication method. Use the No Access role to control initial access to the gallery when new users sign up using Integrated Windows or SAML Authentication. See Administer Users for more info.
  • User management for Integrated Windows Authentication has been improved. 
    • We have removed the Permissions tab from the Admin interface for Galleries using Integrated Windows Authentication. 
    • Group management is now a tab on the User page. See Administer Users for more info.

MongoDB Connection Strings

There is a new option in System Settings > Controller > Persistence that allows for the specification of a MongoDB connection string for your persistence database. Use connection strings if you require support for TLS/SSL, replica sets, sharding, or MongoDB Atlas. if you were previously using replica sets or sharding you have to change to a connection string. See Controller and Gallery to learn more. 

Create Collections Permission on New User Setup

The Create Collections permission can be set when creating a new user. See Administer Users to learn more.

Install Configuration File Path Changes

Two install configuration file paths have moved to improve organization and system consistency.

  • Configuration files have a new location.
    • Original: C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\config
    • 2020.1: C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\server\config
  • The webroot has also changed.
    • Original: C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\RuntimeData\gallery
    • 2020.1: C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\RuntimeData\server

OAuth Security Enhancement

We added a security enhancement for customers who want to enforce that OAuth parameters are sent as headers rather than query parameters. To do so, set disableOAuthQueryParams=true in your alteryx.config file found here: Program Files\Alteryx\bin\server\config\alteryx.config. After restarting the service, the API  rejects any client calls where OAuth parameters are sent as query parameters and instead expects them as headers.

Screenshot of alteryx.config with disableOAuthQueryParams set to true.

Additional Enhancements

  • We continued to make improvements to the user interface, including the gallery log in and sign-up pages.
  • Updated JQuery to 1.9.1.

2019.4

Version: 2019.4.4.20206 

Release Date: December 9, 2019

See complete 2019.4 release notes

Create Collections User Permission

Create Collections permission gives Server admins the permissions granularity they need to scale the power of analytics across their organization. With the addition of this permission release, newly added users will not have permission to create Collections by default. Curators (Gallery Admins) must give users permission to create Collections. See Collections: Admin Interface to learn more. 

Additional enhancements

  • Workflows can be viewed as a grid or a list on the Workflows page of the Admin interface. 
  • We continued to make improvements to the user interface, including Gallery log in and sign-up pages.

2019.3

Version: 2019.3.2.15763

Release Date: September 3, 2019

See complete 2019.3 release notes

Timezone and schedule enhancements

Schedules display in your user-preferred time zone, regardless of the time zone for which they are scheduled. By default, Server uses the controller time to run schedules. You don’t have to account for a difference between your local time zone and the time zone where the server is located. If you're using a multi-node setup, set all client machines running gallery nodes and the controller to the same user-preferred time zone or frequency calculations could be wrong.

Set your preferred time zone in User Settings > Profile > About me.

Server has a new look

Gallery now matches the new platform user interface appearance.

Additional enhancements

  • Embedded Mongo was migrated to 4.0. If you are upgrading from a version prior to 2018.1, you will need to upgrade to a version between 2018.1-2019.2 before upgrading to 2019.3.
  • You are now able to view all created data connections, which was raised from the limit of 100.
  • The Collection Owner can be now be changed.
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