AlwaysUp Command Line Tools (CLT) Version History / Release Notes

Version 12 (July 2 2021) New!

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed the "a required privilege is not held by the client" error when running OneDrive as a Windows Service. (June 11 2021)

New Features
  • Enhanced support/controls for running OneDrive as a Windows Service.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Minor adjustments for Windows 10 May 2021 Update (21H1). (January 16 2021)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a misleading warning when setting Dropbox environment variables.
  • Eliminated a misleading warning about interactive services from the Windows Event Logs.
  • Improved performance when loading 50+ services.
  • Improved performance when loading 1000+ records from the Windows event logs.
  • Bug fixes for internal TCP/IP networking components. (November 27 2020)

New Features
  • Alert emails now include the most recent activity from the Windows Event Logs.
  • Support for running Dropbox version 105+ as a service.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Minor adjustments for Windows 10 October 2020 (20H2).
  • Fixed a bug when representing dates in the "friendly" format. (March 13 2020)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Smoother exiting for Dropbox running as a service.
  • Report the session number in the Event Log when the application is started.
  • Better handling of licensing component problems.
  • Minor tweaks for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19577.
  • Check for missing passwords when installing the service via XML.
  • Warn if a username/password combination could not be verified when installing the service via XML.

Version 11 (May 3 2019)

New Features
  • Added hourly options for restarting the application.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Send an email when the application and service are being stopped.
  • Wait a bit longer for emails to be sent.
  • Better processing of SCM messages recorded in the System Event Log.
  • Give long-running services a bit more time to stop when the system is shutting down.
  • Treat "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library" errors as fatal. (November 17 2018)

New Features
  • Disable switching to Session 0 on versions of Windows where Session 0 is no longer accessible (currently Windows 10 Version 1803 and later).
  • Added support for viewing and setting the "Read" permission for services.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Improved support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
  • Small technical enhancements for Windows Server 2019. (June 23 2018)

New Features
  • Each application can now have one or more tags associated.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Removed a warning when checking if windows networking is available.
  • Corrected a misleading message when the service account doesn't have full administrative rights.
  • Improved performance when reading from the Windows Event log.
  • Improved efficiency when capturing output to a text file.

Version 10 (November 19 2017)

New Features
  • Added support for starting the application without admin rights.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Don't attempt to restart the application when a system shutdown is in progress.
  • Added a workaround for a problem when licensing on Windows 10 SHB.
  • The output from failed sanity checks is now captured and emailed or logged as necessary. (April 2 2017)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Improved logging for troubleshooting startup.
  • Warn if data execution prevention (DEP) is always on.
  • Fixed an error when granting desktop rights.
  • Ensure that the service user has access to the current desktop when tarting in session.
  • Fix for an inaccurate CPU percent computation when tracking a CPU hog.

Version 9 (September 2 2016)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Enhancements for scripts that launch applications (like Solr).
  • Fixed a bug when dismissing Windows popups.
  • Fix for a launcher identifying the wrong launched process.
  • Applications can now be stopped even after the trial has expired. (March 11 2016)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Executable components are now signed with a SHA-256 certificate.
  • Avoid locking the file for long periods when capturing output.
  • Several enhancements for "launcher" programs.
  • Give applications more time to close gracefully when the system is being shut down.
  • Executable components are now signed with a SHA-256 certificate. (June 6 2015)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Automatically retry when the ISD service fails to start.
  • Resolved a registry permission issue that occasionally occurred when registering the software.
  • Eliminated a few scenarios where starting in the user's session would fail.
  • Removed HTML centering from email messages, to avoid poor formatting when viewed in gmail. (December 4 2014)

New Features
  • Added the ability to stop all running copies of the application before starting it up.
  • Added the option to prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep while the service/application is running.
  • Introduced the option to minimize event logging for applications that run periodically (and must be restarted frequently).
Fixes & Improvements
  • Show sanity check error codes in the range of -10 to -1 as negative.
  • Removed the "try to prevent closing on logoff" option, which only worked on Windows XP and Server 2003.
  • Tweaks for supporting Windows 10 Technical Preview (October 2014).
  • The option to hide the application's windows did not always work when run in the current session.
  • Dates and times were inconsitently formatted on non-English localizations. These have all been normalized to the English locale, to be consistent with the rest of the program.
  • Fixed a problem sending reports at midnight when a scheduled restart was configured at the same time.
  • Fixed a problem launching .CMD files on Windows Server 2008 and 2012.

Version 8 (June 21 2014)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Messages written to the event log were occasionally garbled. (May 24 2014)

New Features
  • Added support for stopping the application when the computer resumes from a sleep/hibernate/low-power consumption state.
  • Added support for screening out certain types of events from the Windows event log.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a race condition when the service was stopped while waiting for auto-logon to complete.
  • Increased the time to wait for automatic logon from 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Improved the log messages for CPU hogs.
  • Restricting an application to processor #32 was not possible.
  • Increased the sanity check timeout from 2 to 5 minutes. (April 20 2013)

New Features
  • Added the option to limit the pause at startup to only when rebooting.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Improved switching to Session 0 on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Improved licensing on virtual machines (Azure, EC2).
  • Fixed a problem where mail authentication errors were incorrectly reported.
  • Improved the performance of the components capturing output.
  • Fixed a bug starting in sessions with very large identifiers.
  • Mail servers actually called "mail" weren't being recorded properly.
  • Introduced a method to throttle CPU usage/monitoring - useful when running many applications as services.
  • Fixed a bug when restoring network shares containing spaces.
  • Registration would sometimes fail on PCs where there is no "C:" drive.
  • Introduced several new command line replacements used when launching helper applications. (August 4 2012)

New Features
  • Added support for certain "launcher" applications.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Reduced the number of emails sent when a service/application is repeatedly failing.
  • Fixed a DST problem when restarting weekly.
  • Minor tweaks for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Restricted the size of the output file to 1 GB when trimming (for performance reasons).
  • Fixed a problem where emails were sent on failure when not configured to do so.

Version 7 (January 7 2012)

New Features
  • Added support for sending email with TLS or STARTTLS encryption (for Office 365).
  • Added the ability to run a command when the application stops.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Applications that need additional time to stop are handled more gracefully when shutting down.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the max CPU to show up as 0% in the reports.
  • Fix for some Java applications not receiving shutdown events.
  • Improved licensing on virtual machines. (August 15 2011)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fix for not recording the correct peak memory in activity statistics.
  • Improved the licensing models. (August 3 2011)

New Features
  • Added the option to send an email when the service starts/machine reboots.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fix for not deteting a hang in MetaTrader 4 / audio applications.
  • Improved licensing on virtual machines. (February 19 2011)

New Features
  • The first sanity check can now be delayed to avoid startup conflicts.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a problem running .CMD files with arguments.
  • Fix for not deteting a hang in Windows Forms applications.
  • Fixed a daylight savings time bug with emailed reports.
  • Fixed a bug where time zones in email dates could be negative.
  • Improved the performance of reading from the Event Logs. (August 14 2010)

New Features
  • Added support for disabling services/applications.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed the message logged when a scheduled stop is not executed.
  • Fixed the formatting of numeric memory values in the event log, to avoid values being missed in the generated reports.
  • Fixed a rare condition where a program could not be terminated and a second copy would be launched. (February 21 2010)

New Features
  • Apply conditions when restarting (when idle, memory threshold exceeded, no one logged on).
  • Keep retrying to restart if conditions are not initially met.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Support for the "Automatic (Delayed Start)" option on 7/2008/Vista.
  • Option to not panic on "short" runs.
  • Support for restarting the application at a specific time.
  • Added support for suspending the computer while waiting to restart the application.
  • Introduced the option to immediately close the application when certain critical/serious crash dialogs are encountered.
  • Added support for waiting a while for the application to close properly.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Too many emails may be sent when an application is constantly failing.
  • Automation set to run when the program starts only runs when AlwaysUp starts.
  • Delay when starting an application (1 second).
  • AlwaysUp now formats time-strings with regional settings applied.
  • Flap detection would occasionally fail when starting the application in the current session.
  • Improved the monitoring of native 64-bit applications.
  • Password was not always requested when importing an application from XML.
  • A shortcut to a path with a space was not handled properly.

Version 6 (February 15 2009)

New Features
  • Added the ability to start/restart the application in a spcified session.
  • Added the option to stop restarting the application if it fails to start properly after a few attempts.
  • Allow the sanity check program to signal to reboot the computer or to stop the application and not restart it.
  • Can now pass the sanity-check, stop and automation programs special variables.
  • Allow the specification of additional text included with each email.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a crash during the installation of some complex applications.
  • Fixed a problem where an application would always be restarted even if configured to run only once.
  • Don't send email notifying scheduled restarts/reboots.
  • Fix for encrypting the mail server password. (August 7 2008)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a problem with weekly reports not being sent out when daily reports were not selected.
  • Fixed an error with HTML mail not being properly formatted in some mail systems (Outlook, yahoo mail). (July 13 2008)

New Features
  • Added support for sending email in plain text instead of HTML.
  • Added support for Windows Server 2008 (all editions).
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a problem where AlwaysUp would sometimes stop when it was run in a remote session and that session would close.
  • Fix for not writing out statistics in advance of a reboot.
  • Fixed a situation where hang detection did not work for hidden applications.
  • Improved the "ConnectToSocketSanityCheck" program to retry several times before declaring failure.
  • Fix for not running the automation script or the stop-program on the same desktop as the application when hidden.
  • Fixed a bug where an activity report could fail bacause of "insufficient space".
  • Improved the always-on-top placement for applications with multiple top-level windows.
  • Fixed a situation where hang detection would occasionally fail on Vista. (December 15 2007)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Don't redirect the standard input stream when capturing output.
  • Fix for problems parsing the command line to InstallService/UninstallService. (November 29 2007)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fix for licensing the CLT without installing the GUI package. (November 26 2007)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Fixed a problem where the path to an executable with spaces was handled incorrectly when installing. (November 25 2007)

New Features
  • Added support for starting an application in the current session. This enables visual elements to be displayed on systems supporting multiple sessions, such as those with remote desktop connections and terminal services capabilities.
  • Added support for running the startup program whenever the application is restarted.
  • Added the ability to make the application's main window "always on top" of other windows.
  • Added the ability to show the application's main window minimized, maximized or normally when it starts.
  • Running a batch file as the sanity check utility is now supported.
  • Added supprt for using a special command to stop the application.
  • The output from console-based applications can now be captured to a file.
  • Added the ability to "detach" from the application. This stops the service (and the monitoring) and leaves the application running on its own.
  • "Zombie" processes are now detected and restarted.
  • Added the ability to pause for a number of seconds before starting the application.
Fixes & Improvements
  • The sanity check program is now run in the application's session.
  • Fixed a misleading error message when AlwaysUp does not have access to its key in the registry. (September 12 2007)

New Features
  • (None)
Fixes & Improvements
  • Gracefully close the application on scheduled stops.
  • Improved performance on Vista.
  • Improved the gracefull closure of the application on system shutdown.
  • Removed an errant message logged when rebooting the PC. (March 25 2007)

New Features
  • Allow OEM and Site licensees to brand the application.
  • Allow for specifying the minute and second when restarting the application regularly.
  • On multi-processor systems, applications can now be restricted to run on selected CPUs.
Fixes & Improvements
  • Made various enhancements to fully support Windows Vista.
  • Dialogs from sub-processes are now dismissed.
  • Fixed a bug where an activity report could fail bacause of "insufficient space".

Version 5 (November 5 2006)

  • Introduced the option not to show the application's windows when a user logs on.
  • Standard VB crash dialogs are now handled.
  • Added support for applications that must be run periodically instead of all the time. For example, an application can now be run every 15 minutes, or every hour on the hour.
  • Improved the format/precision of numbers in reports. (August 27 2006)

  • Services can now be installed via XML (instead of using the command line).
  • Introduced the ability to generate reports detailing application activities.
  • Allow the reports on application activities to be emailed daily or weekly.
  • Basic performance statistics, including CPU percentage and memory usage, are now captured and recorded in the Event Log. These are also displayed on the new activity reports (see above).
  • Introduced the option to prevent applications from closing when a user logs off the computer.
  • Improved the quality of the messages reported to the Windows Event Log.
  • Added the ability to automatically restore all network connections at startup, on behalf of the user running the application.
  • Reduced the size of the executable and DLL files.
  • Fixed a problem with the "uninstallservice.exe" command line. (April 1 2006)

  • Added support for SMTP servers supporting authentication and SSL.
  • Added the option to restart the application if it hangs.
  • Added the option of rebooting the machine regularly.
  • Added the ability to set the priority of the application. If boosting priority, there is also the ability to reduce priority when a user logs in.
  • Fixed a problem with scheduling to restart the application on a given day of the week.
  • Added the option to restart the application if it "hogs" the CPU for some time.
  • Fixed a bug where AlwaysUp would fail to run MS-DOS PIF files.
  • Fixed a problem where AlwaysUp would temporarily hang when starting a service run under a domain user account.

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