Friday, December 29, 2006

ApexSQL Log 2005.03 released

Today we have released ApexSQL Log 2005.03. It's been six months since the last release and there are several major features that we packed in 2005.03, of which the most important, and definitely the most anticipated by our users, is full x64 support. This includes support for SQL Server 2005 x64 and for 32-bit SQL Server 7/2000/2005 running on Windows x64 operating systems (including online transaction log reading). Beside this we have added BLOB support to our Recovery Wizard (only when recovering from MDF files though, not from transaction log files) and we have greatly improved performance of MDF recovery. There is a host of other smaller features accompanied with another host of really important bug fixes.

I almost forgot that we have also created a separate installer for server-side components. This is now our recommended way to install server-side components since it allows uninstallation directly from Add/Remove Programs. Of course, remote installation/uninstallation from the client is still supported in GUI and CLI.

So, if you are interested in top-of-the-line transaction log reader (reading online and detached transaction logs and transaction log backups) and recovery tool (allowing recovery of deleted, dropped, truncated and even corrupted data and database objects from transaction log files or database files) for SQL Server 7, 2000 and 2005 (as of 12/29/2006 the only such tool on the market to support SQL Server 2005) that works equally well on your 32-bit and 64-bit SQL Servers, you may want to download here a 30 day evaluation version of ApexSQL Log 2005.03 and give it a go. While you are at it, maybe you will also want to check out our Universal Studio, packing all 9 of our tools with 1 year of full support and 1 year of major upgrades for just USD 1,999.

The full list of features and fixes of ApexSQL Log 2005.03 follows.

RELEASE 2005.03.0417
DATE: 29 December 2006
DESCRIPTION: Major Enhancement/Fix release

- Added support for Windows 64-bit and SQL Server 2005 64-bit for x64 CPUs (MAJOR ENHANCEMENT)
- Added BLOB support in recovery of deleted rows and rows in truncated and dropped tables when using database sources for recovery (online database files and MDF files) (MAJOR ENHANCEMENT)
- Significantly improved performance of data recovery from MDF files, online or detached (MAJOR ENHANCEMENT)
- Added support for online transaction log and database files on drives mounted as NTFS folders.
- Added support for in-row values for BLOB types.
- Added SERVER_NAME column to Connection Monitor table allowing for filtering by the name of the server where transaction log was created.
- Added xp_ApexSqlLogMonitor_Enable and xp_ApexSqlLogMonitor_Disable extended procedures.
- In generation of UNDO/REDO statements:
- Added transaction wrapping for DELETE operations.
- Changed preference for construction of WHERE statments to primary key over clustered index.
- For heap tables, added generation of WHERE clause from values of all non-BLOB fields.
- Added skipping of BLOB and TIMESTAMP fields.
- In recovery from detached MDF files, added loading of meta-data from a live database when such is unaivalable in MDF files.
- For recovery on SQL Server 2005, modified algorhitms to improve chances of success in suboptimal recovery scenarios.
- Added SET NOCOUNT ON to recovery scripts.

- Last used filter now is stored per server and database.
- Added server name to login information captured by Connection Monitor.

- A problem with conversion of _variant_t to __int64 (MAJOR FIX)
- A problem with memory over-consumption (MAJOR FIX)
- A problem with activation not taking immediate effect on the server side (MAJOR FIX)
- A problem with old ID mapping feature (MAJOR FIX)
- A problem with multiple value switches in CLI (MAJOR FIX)
- Parsing of table names in command line interface (table names can now be specified with within angular brackets)
- A problem with NULL values in WHERE statements.
- A problem with UNICODE table names and table names with quotes in CLI and Recovery Wizard.
- A problem with Connection Monitor with automatic restart.
- A problem with Connection Monitor sometimes failing to flush rows from temporary login table.
- A rare problem with table names on case-sensitive databases.
- A problem with user ID showing as N/A even when it's known.
- A problem with refreshing of transaction log operations grid.
- A problem with NULL/NOT NULL flag in table DDL scripts.
- A rare problem with transaction log reading.
- A rare unhandled NULL exception.
- A rare problem of mistaken table ID for dropped tables on SQL Server 2005.
- An exception in About box when not connected to any server.
- Several errors in captions and messages.
- Several icons in the Log Filter dialog.

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