Auto Update for Windows Roaming Client Scheduled for 8/30/22
Windows Roaming Client
On Tuesday 8/30/22 we will start the auto-update for the Windows Roaming Client v1.7.17.
Roaming Client Auto Update is configured in the Dashboard by going to
Deployments -> Roaming Clients -> Settings -> Enable Roaming Clients Auto Update
If you need assistance with configuring auto update, please reach out to our support team using the Help widget in the Dashboard.
August 18th, 2022 Windows RC Release [v1.7.17]
Windows Roaming Client
A new version of the Windows Roaming client is being made available in the dashboard for download and installation. *
This DOES NOT trigger the auto-upgrade at this time. We will post the schedule for auto-upgrade one week prior to triggering.
Improved the Local Resolver so all IPs are tried despite any individual IP timeout that may occur.
Improved how Windows Roaming Client refreshes Local Domains to reduce the delay in the DNSFilter Dashboard when entering local domains and local IPs.
Bug Fixes
System tray goes offline - Fixed an issue where some clients are seeing the system tray go offline and the roaming client service stops working.
Sleep mode stops service - Fixed an issue where some clients were seeing sleep mode causing the service to stop from waking the computer.
June 18, 2022 Windows RC Release [v1.7.16]
Windows Roaming Client
Windows RC v 1.7.15 had several issues with the auto update mechanism. This update sets out to correct those, introduces improved testing plus a slow roll out schedule to catch bugs before they affect DNS resolution for you and your clients.
  • improved test environments for quality assurance
  • canary release schedule
  • output logging for auto update
  • low level library updates for .NET tools
July 5, 2022 APP Release
Windows Roaming Client
Web App
  • Introducing bulk site delete for large deployments for admin and owner permissions, an asynchronous background job with active user check prior to delete
bulk site edit
  • Introduced local domain checkin for the Windows Roaming Client every 30 minutes
  • Implemented responsive design on the billing page to help with readability of long Organization and Sub Organization names on smaller screens
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Query Log and Top Domains export csv file fails to deliver via email with certain filters applied
  • Fixed issue where site selection in Query Log persists to other site selection drop-downs
  • Corrected a GDPR violation on Insights reporting that displayed user names and device names on supplemental pie charts
June 15, 2022 Windows RC Release [v1.7.15]
Windows Roaming Client
Here's what's new in Windows version 1.7.15
Staggered Release
This initial release is only available to new installs. The release to support organizations enrolled in auto upgrade is anticipated to launch June 28th.
Fixes from the March 23rd, v1.7.13 Release
This release corrects bugs which were associated with the 1.7.13 release:
1. Fix for Local Domains not working
  • This release ensures if a customer has configured Local Domains, they will work as intended.
2. Fix for Local Domains not loading on initial install
  • This release ensures that if Local Domains are configured, they will appear the first time the Windows RC is run, post install.
3. Fix for DNS severs not reverting to default after service stop
  • This release ensures that if the Windows RC services stops, it will revert back to the original settings, ensuring no interruption in DNS resolution.
February 2022
Windows Roaming Client
2FA Enforcement and User 2FA Reset
Owners and Administrators can now enforce Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) across their entire organization.
Additionally, owners and admins can reset 2FA for their dashboard users directly in the app.
Zapier Improvements for MSPs
New improvements have been made to the DNSFilter+Zapier integration to enable MSPs to create Zaps that can be customized for each sub-organization. An
External ID
field has now been added to the
profile settings to enable integration with external services.
Using this identifier, MSPs can now associate a DNSFilter sub-org/site to its existing location within a selected integration through Zapier.
Windows Roaming Client Logs
Users of the Windows roaming client can now collect logs locally. These logs can be found in a new folder we have introduced in the default installation location of the DNSFilter agent. Windows RC logs have a 7-day lifecycle thus, logs older than 7 days are automatically deleted. Because our roaming clients auto-update, customers who currently have the Windows RC installed should see logs within 2 days of the release.
Bug Fixes
  • Prior to this release, when the Windows RC encountered a specific error, the Windows RC restarted, giving the end-user the impression the application had crashed. This release corrects this issue.
  • Prior to this release, when an
    navigated to the
    MSP org
    (not the dashboard), selected
    , and edited the Block Page for multiple sites, the Policy would default to
    No Policy
    . This has been corrected.
  • Prior to this release when an
    navigated to a sub-organization's
    Global Policies
    had the
    globe icon
    , and
    Global Pages
    did not. This has been corrected.
December 2021
Windows Roaming Client
Domain Report Tool Improvements for MSPs
MSPs can now view the domains in a global policy applied to a site in the
Allow List
Block List
of the Domain Report tool.
New label for queries allowed by SafeSearch
Queries on search engines and Youtube that are allowed by the
option when applied to a policy are now marked with the
Allowed - SafeSearch
label in the query log. This distinguishes them from other queries allowed by other policy settings. It also helps users identify why some queries are allowed even when they have not been explicitly configured to be allowed on the network.
Other News
  • MSP admins that have access to multiple organizations can now see the name or email address of a user that makes a policy change displayed in the
    Performed By
    column of the Policy Audit Log.
  • Connectivity issues experienced on Windows roaming clients when switching from home/personal to business/office networks have been fixed
  • Errors experienced by read-only users when logging into the dashboard have been fixed
Windows Roaming Client
Web App
Introducing Insights Reporting
We understand your desire for a way to dive deeper into the data your networks are generating and have thus released
Insights Reporting
. Insights Reporting combines the best features of our existing reports into a single reporting dashboard.
Insights Reporting, available on the
Reporting -> Insights
page, gives you visibility into network data that is being generated on your networks 24/7. Some of the benefits you will get from Insights include:
  • Ability to drill down network data to explore DNS traffic from specific users and computers
  • Ability to compare historical activity across all roaming computers and network sites
  • Clear visibility into your entire DNS footprint
All these and many more come in a simplified user interface that consolidates multiple reports in a single view.
To learn more about what we released on Insights, you can check out the following articles on our blog:
Redesigned Overview page provides immediate, intelligent data as soon as you login!
We want to make sure you’re greeted with the most important information immediately after you login, so we swung into action and gave the Overview page a design overhaul to provide you with quick and useful data on how your sites are performing. Some of the new reporting features added to the Overview page include:
  • A list of top domains
  • Summary metrics for Allowed Requests, Block Requests, and Identified threats
  • Summary metrics for Sites, Users, Roaming Clients, and Sync tools.
  • Graphical views for Allowed Requests, Blocked Requests, and Identified threats data
  • A Geographic map for viewing location-based data
  • ...and many more.
Other news
  • A new and improved product onboarding tour is now available to new users
  • On the Insights page, you can now hover on the “Top 3 active organizations” summary insights and click on any of the metrics to view the breakdown of each of the top 3 organizations.
  • On Windows Roaming Clients, you can now toggle the
    VPN Improvements
    feature on/off.
  • The user counts field on the trial signup page has been switched to a select dropdown with different user count options.
Bug Fixes
The following identified bugs have been fixed:
  • Broken
    link on the Sync tools page
  • Threat data lines not showing and deselected on the time-series graph on the Insights report page
  • The site covers “close” icon on the “Geo Activity” map of the overview page covers the name of the site
  • Clicking on the charts on the Overview page does not navigate to the Insights reporting
  • Threats category selection using the Threats link does not persist to the next clicked graph
  • Organizations dropdown for selecting a particular organization does not disappear when you click anywhere on the current page
Windows Roaming Client v1.7
Windows Roaming Client
Added FIPS compliance to the Windows Roaming Client.
The FIPS standard is published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. This setting in Windows complies with the US government FIPS 140 standard. When it’s enabled, it forces Windows to only use FIPS-validated encryption schemes and advises applications to do so, as well.
Windows Roaming Client v1.6
Windows Roaming Client
Action Required: Update Windows Roaming Client
What is changing?
As part of good security practice, DNSFilter rotates our “certificate of authenticity” for our Windows applications every three years. This certificate gives you validation that no tampering has taken place in the code, and you can safely install them on your systems.
Because the old certificate expires on March 15th, 2021 at 2pm EDT, it is important that you are running the newest version of these tools to maintain continuity.
It is imperative that you utilize the latest version of the Roaming Client so that Windows continues to recognize them as trusted applications.
What do I need to do?
The Windows Roaming Client is set to update automatically by default.
If auto-update is enabled for your account, you do not need to take any action
. You can click here to verify your auto-update setting (Or navigate in the dashboard to Deployments > Roaming Clients > Settings).
if you have disabled auto-update
, you must either turn auto-update ON by March 11th for your organization(s), or download Windows Roaming Client v1.6 and install it.
Thank you for keeping your organization secure, and partnering with us to make the internet a safer place for your users.
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