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Altova FlowForce Server 2020 Advanced Edition

FlowForce Server 2020 R2

It is possible to retry the execution of one or more steps multiple times in case of error, see Retry on Error.

A job can execute steps in a postponed way, after returning the result, which is particularly suitable in case of jobs invoked through Web service calls, see Postponed Steps.

A new optional Host name field is available in the setup page, see Defining the Network Settings. This makes SSL configuration more flexible, and also enables you to test run Web services directly from the job configuration page.

It is possible to configure file system triggers to fire when new files or directories are added to a specified directory. This trigger is different from the existing "Modified date" in that it does not fire if files within the polled directory are subsequently modified.

The AS2 partner configuration page provides a new option which makes it possible to reformat an AS2 message to its canonical form, see Interoperability settings.

When defining a credential of type OAuth 2.0, you can configure the authorization details to be in the POST request body. This is an optional method in addition to the already supported standard method of supplying authorization details in the POST request header, see OAuth 2.0 Credentials.

The procedure for accessing the Setup Page has been simplified.


FlowForce Server 2020

FlowForce Server jobs that call Web services can now authorize with the service provider using the OAuth 2.0 protocol. To this end, the "credential" entity in FlowForce has been extended to support OAuth 2.0 fields as well, see OAuth 2.0 Credentials.

You can define credentials both in MapForce and FlowForce Server, and either embed them into the mapping at design time, or supply them as parameters to the execution step in FlowForce Server, see Credentials in Mapping Functions.

When defining a credential object, you can restrict it to a specific domain of usage. "Usage" can be one or more of the following: job execution, FTP, HTTP.

Portable file, folder, and database references defined in MapForce (also known as "Global Resources") can be deployed to FlowForce Server and be consumed by a mapping function. If necessary, you can change directly in FlowForce the resources (file, folder, or database references) used by a mapping function—this will affect all FlowForce jobs using that function. You can also create or edit resources directly in FlowForce Server, with some limitations, see Resources.

When exporting job configuration data to another FlowForce Server instance or to a .zip archive, you can optionally choose to export sensitive data as well, see Importing and Exporting Configuration Data.


FlowForce Server 2019 R3

Web services created with FlowForce Server can now accept the body of the HTTP POST request as a job parameter, see Web Service Parameters. For an example, see Post JSON to FlowForce Web Service.

The logging capabilities of FlowForce Server have been enhanced, with the help of the new log expression function and new logging settings, see Changing the Logging Settings.


FlowForce Server 2019

FlowForce Server can now be integrated not only with Windows Active Directory, but also with other Directory Service providers that support LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), see Changing the Directory Service Settings.

FlowForce Server Advanced Edition benefits from distributed execution of jobs. It is now possible to set up multiple FlowForce Server instances as a cluster and redistribute job processing workload across multiple machines. See Distributed Execution and Load Balancing.

A new FlowForce Server built-in function is available, send-mime, that enables you to customize e-mail messages sent by FlowForce Server (for example, prepare the HTML body or attachments by running a StyleVision Server transformation). The new function also makes it possible to customize the SMTP headers using MIME Expression Functions available in FlowForce.


FlowForce Server 2018 R2

(Windows specific) Enhancement to Windows Active Directory integration. If the Windows machine where FlowForce Server runs is part of any domains, these domains now become automatically available for selection in the Settings page (see Changing the Directory Service Settings).

In addition to jobs that send AS2 data, you can also create jobs that run AS2 services and receive AS2 data from partners. FlowForce Server will listen to AS2 requests from partners at a configured address and port, similar to how it accepts HTTP(S) Web service calls. This effectively turns FlowForce Server into an AS2 server capable to process and store AS2 data, see AS2 Integration.


FlowForce Server 2018

FlowForce Server Advanced Edition is now available, in addition to existing FlowForce Server. The installation package of FlowForce Server Advanced Edition is bundled with the following additional products (licensed separately): MapForce Server Advanced Edition, RaptorXML Server, and StyleVision Server. The installation package of FlowForce Server is bundled with the following additional products (licensed separately): MapForce Server, RaptorXML Server, StyleVision Server.

FlowForce Server Advanced Edition provides support for sending AS2 (Applicability Statement) messages to AS2 trading partners, see AS2 Integration.

Internal updates and optimizations


FlowForce Server 2017r3

Both FlowForce Server and FlowForce Web Server can accept not only plain (unencrypted) HTTP but also HTTPS (SSL-encrypted) connections. The HTTPS connectivity settings can be defined either from the Setup page (see Defining the Network Settings) or by means of configuration files (see Configuration File Reference). On Windows, the connectivity settings can also be defined during installation, see Network Configuration (Windows Only).

During FlowForce Server installation on Windows, the Windows services corresponding to FlowForce Server and to FlowForce Web Server can be configured to run as a specific operating system user. The start-up manner of the service (automatic, manual) can also be set up, see Windows Service Configuration .

A new system maintenance command is available at the command line: compactdb.


FlowForce Server 2017

Improved behaviour at system shutdown

Internal updates and optimizations


FlowForce Server 2016 R3

Steps, triggers, and parameters of a job can be duplicated using the new Duplicate ( icon_duplicate ) button. Also, after you delete a step, trigger, or parameter, an Undo ( icon_undo ) button is available (see Managing Input Parameters, Managing Steps, and Managing Triggers).

Jobs called by other jobs display parameter descriptions as tooltips, if a description is available. For information about adding parameter descriptions, see Adding Input Parameters.


FlowForce Server 2016

Existing jobs can be saved with a new name, acting as templates for new jobs (see Duplicating jobs ).

Enhancements to job management: you can select for deletion or export not only specific jobs within a container, but also whole containers, including sub-containers (see Importing and Exporting Jobs ).

It is now possible to perform a root password reset from the command line interface (see Resetting the Root Password ).

Performance improvements: timeouts of the Web interface due to intensive job runs are now significantly reduced.

The built-in builtin_function/system/mail/send function supports SSL/TLS connections to the SMTP server (see Setting Mail Parameters ).


FlowForce Server 2015 R4

The FlowForce Server installer for Mac is now available as a disk image (.dmg) file (see Installing FlowForce Server ).

Greater flexibility to handle the outcome of failed jobs. When the job execution fails, a new "Abort on error" parameter determines whether the job should be aborted, or the function should return false. This parameter applies to functions from the /system/filesystem, /system/ftp, /system/mail, and /system/shell containers.

Performance improvements: large jobs are loaded significantly faster in the job configuration page.


FlowForce Server 2015 R3

You can now view from the Web administration interface the date and time when an object (such as a job or function) was created or modified, and the user name who modified it (see Understanding Containers).


FlowForce Server 2015

Windows Active Directory integration

Configure the complexity of users passwords

Reports on system privileges

Job import and export

Stop running jobs


FlowForce Server 2014 R2

Enhancements to FlowForce caching

Ability to rename users and roles

Ability to rename containers/objects

New Step expression functions

List parameters for RaptorXML (key/value parameter pairs)


FlowForce Server 2014

New server maintenance functions

Ability to cache job results and use them in other jobs

Extended RaptorXML support


FlowForce Server 2013 R2

Integration with RaptorXML Server

Job flow control allowing the execution of job steps based on conditions

Ability to repeat execution steps any number of times

Definition of step variables allowing the results of one step to be used in following job steps

An expanded set of built-in steps allowing mail notifications, FTP server interaction, and the ability to compute expressions

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