Server 2021.2 Release Notes

Version:
2021.2
Last modified: July 22, 2021
Release Note Product Versions
Version Date Release End of Support
2021.2.1.35394 May 17, 2021 Major November 17, 2022
2021.2.2.45235 July 22, 2021 Minor November 17, 2022

New Features

Share Data Connections with Custom Groups

The admin Data Connections functionality in Server has been updated with a new UI: Connections can now be shared with custom groups. Users will be able to execute workflows using these connections only if these connections have been shared with those users either directly or via a group; this improves security around data connections. Go to the Data Connections help page for more info.

Specify a List of Allowed Hosts

We've added the ability to specify a list of allowed hosts you want to allow Server to serve. Use this as a security measure to prevent HTTP host header attacks. Go to the Gallery Configuration help page for more info. 

Add the API Access User Permission in Bulk

We've added support to set the API Access user permission as a bulk action. Go to the User Roles and Permissions help page for more info.

Filter User List by Role

We've added the ability for Gallery admins to filter the user and group lists by user role. Go to the User Roles and Permissions help page for more info.

Active User Setting for All Authentication Types

The Active user setting is now available for all integrated Windows authentication environments to allow administrators to deactivate users regardless of which authentication method their Server environment uses. Go to the User Roles and Permissions help page for more info. 

Options to Share Workflows Removed from the Workflow Page

As requested by customers, the dropdown on the workflow page providing sharing options has been removed. This removes the options to share workflows via social media and email from this page. Now to make a workflow public, use a toggle that has been added to the page that also represents the current state of the workflow.

The option to add workflows to collections from this menu was also removed as it was no longer functioning appropriately. The option was only available to users with the Curator role and wasn't properly disabled if users didn't have the permission to create collections. This could result in errors if the collection didn't exist. To add workflows to collections, use the functionality 'Add Workflow' provided in collections. Go to the Add Workflows and Insights to a Collection help page for more info.

API Improvements

We've made these improvements to the API:

  • The ability to version workflows via the API and the ability to publish and fetch version comments. This supports customer efforts to establish a version control system for Alteryx. See the Gallery API Overview for steps to access documentation with more info.
  • The ability to fetch user groups associated with a given data connection. See the Gallery API Overview for steps to access documentation with more info.

SharePoint and Power BI Server Synchronization for the Browser OAuth Implementation  

Server is now whitelisting the connectors' encrypted and decrypted fields to publish the workflow on it. The whitelisted fields are: PowerBI Output (AccessToken and RefreshToken),  SharePoint Input (AccessToken and RefreshToken), and SharePoint Output (AccessToken and RefreshToken). 

Maintenance Mode Forced for Server UI due to MongoDB Issues 

Server should enter a maintenance mode any time a schema migration is required and will not allow Server to enter a functional state until the schema migration completes. If the migration continues to fail due to any unforeseen circumstances, Server will stay in a maintenance mode or shut down after a number of retries.  

For example, the migration could be prevented from taking place due to duplicate records in the MongoDB. To solve this particular issue, go to the Community article Gallery Not Starting after Upgrading to 2021.2 - Error: Duplicate Key.  

 

Fixed and Known Issues

Major Release Version 2021.2.1.35394

Fixed

ID Description Version Issue Status
DE18063 Duplicate users are no longer created in Windows Authentication environments if the users first login was via the admin page. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE22831 In order to address a security concern, admins are now able to define a list of approved hostnames Server is allowed to serve content for. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE26610 Corrected some inconsistent error messaging related to user login failures. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE26613 API error responses no longer disclose the full file path when reporting errors related to a file on Server. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE26615 Updated our implementation of DPAPI to mitigate a security risk. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE27352 Updated API documentation for the GET /admin/v1/workflows/migratable endpoint to reflect that the value of the 'IsReadyForMigration' parameter is always false when called via API docs. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE27546 Some fields were not updated appropriately when editing schedules. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE27602 Schedule 'Occcurence' now lists the timezone associated with the next run time in order to prevent confusion. Note: The Server's timezone will be displayed, not the users' selected timezone. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE27636 The 'Try it Out!' button in the API documentation should no longer appear grayed out for users. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE28239 The 'Cancel' button on the status tab for the Admin > Jobs page no longer renders outside of the table. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed
DE29389 Corrected a configuration validation error in System Settings when using advanced connections strings for Gallery persistence in some environments. 2021.2.1.35394 Fixed

Minor Release Version 2021.2.2.45235

DE29320 Workflow credential may not allow a password to be updated after a password is changed in AD. 2021.2.2.45235 Fixed
DE29826 The My Profile page exposes "canCreateCollections" permission to modification without backend validation of user's permission. 2021.2.2.45235 Fixed

 

Known

ID Description Version Issue Status
DE28436 Page title doesn't update appropriately when navigating from Private Studio to Home. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE28485 Users are not able to authenticate using SAML authentication when the setting "Unregistered Users Can Run Public Workflows" is enabled. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE28632 Safe mode may not be enforced for schedules created in the first 10 minutes after enabling it. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE28757 Workflows with an equal sign (=) in the name return an unexpected error when run from Server. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29302 When editing a schedule from a collection that requires credentials the appropriate fields to enter credentials may not display. This will cause the schedule to fail if changes are saved. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29321 Update API documentation to clarify the components used to build the full URI. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29538 Long connection string names not containing spaces or hyphens do not wrap appropriately. This can cause the text to overlap and partially obscure other fields. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29539 New Data Connections UI doesn't dynamically resize columns based on browser size or screen resolution. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29540 If the Data Connections table is empty, the pagination will show 1 of 0 instead of 1 of 1. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE29685 A user's API access key may not generate appropriately on a new database. If this issue occurs, toggle the user's API access permission off and back on a second time. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
DE33472  Session handling changes for Windows Authentication environments may result in session conflicts, pages failing to load, or users being redirected to the home page when accessing Server from multiple clients at the same time. Effected can be clients including all supported browsers (also when using multiple tabs), and Designer. 2021.2.1.35394 Known
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