What are the new benefits and features of VPC 5.6? (NETIQKB72275)

  • 7772275
  • 04-May-2010
  • 18-May-2010

Environment

VigilEnt Policy Center 5.6

Situation

What are the new benefits and features of VPC 5.6?

Resolution

Why Install This Version?

VigilEnt Policy Center provides a solution for policy compliance and management throughout your organization. It is a tool for information security officers and administrators to develop, implement, and manage policy compliance while also providing tracking and reporting capabilities for support.

This version provides enhanced features and addresses issues in the following areas:

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center supports installation of the VigilEnt Policy Center server and database components on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 computers.

Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center supports the VigilEnt Policy Center database running on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, with or without Service Pack 1.

Support for Microsoft Word 2007
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center supports policy documents written in, edited in, or imported from Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx format).

Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0 for the Administration Site and User Site.

Support for Firefox 3.5
This version resolves various Firefox browser issues, ensuring VigilEnt Policy Center functions and displays correctly when using Firefox. VigilEnt Policy Center supports Firefox versions 1.0 through 3.5. (ENG260378, ENG260343, ENG264570, ENG263899)

Note: To view and use most VigilEnt Policy Center features, you can use a supported version of Netscape or Firefox. However, to edit Microsoft Word documents using ActiveX controls, you must access VigilEnt Policy Center through Internet Explorer. Although Firefox and other browsers that work on multiple operating systems use the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) system, which performs functions similar to those of ActiveX, Firefox does not officially support ActiveX. For more information, see the VigilEnt Policy Center User Guide. 

Support for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center supports Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0. For more information about configuring the IIS 7.0 Web server for VigilEnt Policy Center, see the User Guide.

Ability to Re-run Reports
VigilEnt Policy Center now offers the capability to re-run compliance reports created in VigilEnt Policy Center 5.6 without having to reconfigure them each time. This feature does not apply to reports created in VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5. To be able to re-run reports you created in VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5, you must recreate those reports in VigilEnt Policy Center 5.6. For more information, see the User Guide.

Expanded Document Reporting Capability
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center offers enhanced document reporting, allowing you to select the columns you want to include in the report. If you have created custom properties, you can also use any of those custom properties to filter the data in the report. For more information, see the User Guide.

New Custom Properties List Type
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center provides a new List custom property type that you can use to create standard entries for items such as departments in your organization. You can specify whether you want this field to be required for document authors to select from when creating policy documents. You can also specify whether the custom property is available for searching. For more information, see the User Guide.

Policy Owner/Contributor Updates
In this version of VigilEnt Policy Center, the Policy Owner field is now required. VigilEnt Policy Center references the user ID you used to log in to the Administration Site, and then automatically enters your user name in this field. If necessary, you can reassign the policy at any time to another person. VigilEnt Policy Center also includes a link to the owner's email address, so you can email a policy owner from any page of the Administration Site where the owner is listed. This version of the product also offers the ability to specify individuals (other than the document author or owner) who contributed to the content of the policy. For more information, see the User Guide.

Enhanced Administration Site Search Capability
This version of VigilEnt Policy Center offers enhanced search capabilities on the Administration Site. You can now search on the custom properties of a policy document. For more information, see the User Guide.

Resolves Issues with HTML Policy Display Post-Hotfix 71569
This version resolves various display issues, such as incorrect spacing and font, for HTML policies reported in customer environments after installing Hotfix 71569. (ENG273820)

Resolves an Issue with Receiving a Timeout When Attempting to Reset Passwords for Users in Internal Repository
This version resolves an issue where a timeout occurred when trying to reset a user's password in an internal repository containing more than 40,000 accounts. (ENG273328)

Resolves an Issue Where PDF Printing No Longer Worked After Applying Hotfix 71569
This version restores the ability to use the Print to PDF feature after applying Hotfix 71569. (ENG273204)

Resolves an Issue with ACL Privilege Information Missing From the ACL Window
This version resolves an issue where the privileges per object did not display correctly in the ACL window. (ENG272151)

Resolves an Issue Where Administrative Reports Did Not Display the Correct Privileges for the ACLs
This version resolves an issue where incorrect privileges displayed for ACLs in administrative reports. (ENG274184)

Resolves an Issue with Some Spanish Translations
This version resolves an issue where some Spanish translations were incorrect. (ENG273338)

Resolves an Issue with Special Character Conversion
This version resolves an issue where special characters included in quizzes or policies converted to other special characters in the text upon submission. (ENG263896)

Resolves an Issue with Incorrect Report and Policy Assignment for Users
This version resolves an issue where users were included in reports and assigned to policies incorrectly. (ENG262339)

Resolves an Issue with Inconsistencies in Compliance Reports and User Reports
This version resolves an issue where user reports and compliance reports list quiz scores and date/time stamps that differ from each other for the same quiz. (ENG267455)

Resolves an Audit Log Indexing Issue
This version resolves an issue where the audit log (vpc-audit.log) was not indexing daily. The audit log data now correctly sequences every day.

Resolves a Double-Byte Language Display Issue in the Audit Log
The audit log in VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5 did not always correctly display special characters and double-byte languages. This issue did not appear in English-only installations. This version includes a converter utility for customer environments using double-byte languages. After you upgrade to VigilEnt Policy Center 5.6, you must run the converter utility immediately on the same day. For more information about using the conversion utility, see Audit Log Not Displaying Double-Byte Languages Properly. (ENG284358, ENG283215)

Upgrading from Previous Versions

You can upgrade to this version of VigilEnt Policy Center from any of the following versions:

VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5 Service Pack 2
VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5 Service Pack 2 with Hotfix 71553
VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5 Service Pack 2 with Hotfix 71569
If you have not yet upgraded to VigilEnt Policy Center 5.5 Service Pack 2, you must install Service Pack 2 before you upgrade to VigilEnt Policy Center 5.6.

This version of VigilEnt Policy Center provides several important enhancements that may affect your current installation. You should always back up your database before updating your VigilEnt Policy Center version. For installations that currently use the Microsoft SQL Server database, the update function makes many changes to the database. In the event of an installation error or if you need to roll back VigilEnt Policy Center to a previous version, you cannot undo the changes. The VigilEnt Policy Center directory contains configuration files and data files that are not stored in the database. Keep these backups available in case you need to perform an emergency restoration.

Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB72275

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