Feature-History – Lights-Out
- April 2022
Add support to allow “Force secure connection (HTTPS) only” on QNAP
Add support for special password characters on QNAP
Add support to detect failed integrity check on Synology Hyper Backup
Add support to detect rotation on Synology Hyper Backup
Fix crash on Windows if WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) is damaged or not working
Fix standby blocker on Server 2011
Fix power request handling on Windows
- January 2022
New: Computer and Device list control in Console software
New: Support for 2-factor authentication on QNAP and Synology NAS devices
New: support for Synology DSM 7 (please read the installation section!)
New: support for Windows 11 (if used as server)
New: support for Windows Server 2022
New: Support for Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux 5.0
New: Support for Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office
New: Support for Windows on ARM processors
New: Support for Windows 11
New: Support for macOS Monterey
- December 2020
Fix #847797: Improved detection of backup start/end in Active-Backup-for Business and better handling if client goes offline during backup
Fix #216969: Removed wake-up for Essentials Backup task, does now respect connector setting
Fix #802710: Workaround for server based VEEAM backup
Fix: Detection of Windows 10H2 and later
Fix: Missing certificate on QNAP, openssl issue with .rnd file
Fix: High CPU load in network scanner if virtual networks are present
Fix: Synology scheduled power off because of remnants from power schedule
- March 2020
Offer server user action on context menu if client is installed on a server
Added action to remove all outdated network devices (these are devices with an invalid ip-address 0.0.0.0)
Added support for Essentials 2016 WSSE package on a Windows Server 2019 (Mick Craven)
Added official support for macOS Big Sur
Fix #968736: Show user power action on status command “save energy now”
Show only available sleep states in device context menu Use global desktop in installer and not user desktop
Network load detection was no longer working after a sleep/resume cycle on Linux based systems (including QNAP and Synology)
Loading an outdated license during evaluation period does not offer upgrade discount
Synology Active Backup for Business client side activity is now reported on server activity chart
Windows 10 Workstation edition is now detected correctly
Client command line uses wrong log directory on Linux
Disabled calendar is no longer re-enable after some time
Renaming a Synology NAS now recreates correct certificates with the new host name
Renaming a QNAP NAS now recreates correct certificates with the new host name
- March 2020
Blog entries have a date head line. Older entries are dimmed (Console/Dashboard).
Computer/Network/Mobile tabs have a search box (Console only)
Remove action after backup for community edition
Missing client wake-up by timer if server/NAs is offline
Client backup via calendar may fail to start
Long delay if console is switched to another server
Crash in QNAP service on start-up
Detection of power saving modes on QNAP QTS
Synology Active Backup for Business detection
- February 2020
New: Wake secondary server or computer after the primary server resumes from standby/hibernation
New. If a reboot is pending on a Windows Server, Lights-Out can execute a reboot instead standby/hibernation.
New: Support for QNAP NAS devices
New: Certificates do now comply with Apples requirements for macOS Catalina / iOS 13
New: One click install for Synology NAS (remote proxy and certificates are now automatically created and configured)
New: Veeam Agent for Linux 3.0.2 and 4.0
New: Support for Veeam Agent for Windows 4.0
New: Client software does now allow to disable Lights-Out on the server for 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16h.
New: macOS Client software does now include Mono 6.8 and is notarized by Apple
New: macOS Client does now handle .local domains itself
New: Linux Client software does now run on Mono 5.x up to Mono 6.10.
- May 2019
New: Support for Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 Essentials
New: Support for Synology NAS devices
New: Monitor web page access to detect device activity
New: Resolve mac address to vendor
New: Acronis True Image 2019 (both Windows and macOS)
New: Time Machine (macOS)
New: Carbon Copy Cloner (macOS)
New: UrBackup (all, Windows, macOS, Linux)
New: Hyper Backup (Synology)
New: Active Backup For Business (Synology for Windows)
New: Automatic server dection and certificate installation
New: Column for mac vendor in network tab
New: Support for client access via TeamViewer, Remote Desktop or Browser
New: Download log files
New: Disable client power management actions based on hardware or manually
Improved: Double click on column border creates best fit
New: macOS Client software
New: Linux Client software
New: It’s now possible to change the active backup provider in the context menu
New: You can now wake-up other client computers
New: You can manage your server via Lights-Out Console, RDP, TeamViewer and Web browser
- March 2019
#100950 Client command line does report wrong server state
Fixed extend maintenance dialog
Fixed first seen time stamp
Fixed wake-up reason
Improved security for unauthenticated access
- December 2018
#764356, Timer removed after Standby
#466884 Fixed Console does no longer show recorded events
#638492 Fixed unreliable wake-ups (tasks missed)
#550438 Improved backup history (missing backups results)
Fixed parameter “-update” for LightsOut2.Server.SSL application
Fixed bug with downloading updates
Improved handling of forced action after backup
Added workaround for duplicate SID on client machines
Added support for Acronis TrueImage 2019
- July 2018
#354962 Fixed failing login after server rename or domain join
#200111 Fixed scaling issues in Remote Desktop from High DPI system to server
#491426 Fixed client installer warning “RemoteRegistry Service not running”
#252270 Fixed inner forced calendar task with same action (was ignored)
Fixed Direct Deploy error “can’t create config file”
Fixed some dialogs with truncated translations
Fixed Console crash if settings file is damaged
- December 2017
Added official support for Acronis TrueImage 2018.
Added confirmation dialog for delete operations.
Added RSS feed display to status pane.
Added console auto login checkbox.
Added console update.
Added local and remote server update.
Added automatic updates.
Added different update channels.
Added console device details pane.
Added AD client deployment.
Added setup package creation for easier deployment.
Added better handling of damaged user settings.
Sleep now is using standard action first.
Updated forum link and name.
#280112 Non-monitored network device is not displayed in dashed style.
#239807 First damaged json file stops reading of all devices.
#885307 Exit code detection wrong for Acronis TrueImage 2017 after upgrade from previous version.
#259153 Client ui scaling on high dpi display.
#695297 Remote web access rights are not applied.
#499002 Scheduled backup missing after slow cold boot.
#645733 AWAYMODE not detected and prevents Standby.
#625173 Client action timer not detecting starting backup during count down.
#447667 Wrong server runtime chart if suspend initiated outside of Lights-Out.
#117917 Disabled setting no longer working after reboot.
#922018 Inner forced calendar action uses outer forced action.
#845569 Save energy is using the configured standard action if set to standby or hibernation.
#288154 Added new option “execute end action only if local server is online”.
#645589 Added workaround for loading license file on a server core installation without UI.
#593855 Fixed missing link for business maintenance.
- May 2017
Bug fix release
Fix #400421 Failed check for domain controller blocks users account detection
Fix #352695 After failed standby incomplete resume of monitoring and operation
Fix #464730 CPU load monitor not working if previously disabled
Fix: action after backup missing if calendar end is exceeded
Fix: Apple Mac computers missing after settings change
Fix: state check of controlled services missing on service startup
#470330 Added support for Veeam Agent for Windows
Added: verification for TLS 1.2 and a workaround if automatic fallback to TLS 1.1 is not working
Added: name of monitored known task to runtime chart.
Improved handling of backup results in console/dashboard
- March 2017
Bug fix release
Fix #227932 Wake domain is not saved on client side.
Fix #625005 Backup wake task is not working for setting “Always on during configured backup time”.
Fix #997366 Disabled time span does not count down in console.
Fix #498650 Detection of server 2016 evaluation improved.
Fix #104472 Shutdown fails on WHS 2011 if forced.
Fix #415692 Deadlock in Dashboard.
Fix #746979 Console does not store individual mac addresses for each server in MRU list.
Fix #512539 Devices are not sorted by name in uptime chart.
Fix #512539 Calendar entry changes the end date if end is on next day.
Fixed disabling monitors (ShadowCopies, TaskScheduler).
Fixed shutdown blocker in Client Software if a backup is running.
Fixed detection of storage server and server 2012 with essentials role.
Fixed action after backup in calendar if not forced.
Fixed missing backup veto.
Added a status panel in console to allow sign off to connect to another server without leaving console.
Added support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2.
Added Windows Update monitoring (experimental).
Added sorting of next calendar events in status tab.
Added HD/SSD detection to installer. If a HD is detected, service start type is set to “automatic (delayed)”.
Replaced wake tasks with waiteable timer.
Improved backup history handling.
Improved time to wake server after client resume/reboot.
- December 2016
Bug fix release
Fix #386490 Crash in Acronis detection
Fix #734008 Dashboard Crash on Essentials 2016
Fix #193857 Better handling of existing Macintosh Computers
Fix #452385 Double OK in properties dialog no longer required
Fix #854478 Japanese text does now fit on license page
Fix #971402 Improved support for Azure Cloudbackup
Fix #940804 Fixed Cloudberry localisation issue and detection
Fix #840216 Recurring event not visible for New Zealand time zone
Fixed missing confirmation dialog in status – save energy
Fixed high CPU load in service created by calendar schedules
Fixed problem with user account detection if DC is not available at boot time
Fixed problem with server ID detection if DC is not available at boot time
Fixed detection of backup window change on Essentials
Fixed Dashboard crash in Essentials 2016
Fixed xcopy not working in batch files (backup scripts or user/system scripts)
Fixed Dashboard/Console reconnect failure
Added wake task for backup window on WHS/Essentials
Added support for additional mac addresses on client (for wake-up)
Added a workaround if Essential 2012/2016 modules are not installed (missing) on 2012/2016 Essentials
Added wake-up via internet for console login window
- November 2016
Unified license, no longer bound to a specific platform
Unified installer, one binary for all supported platforms
Official support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server Essentials 2016
Completely redesigned calendar module with support for complex recurring rules
Supports client computer schedules
Supports calendar groups applied to multiple computers
A separate Management Console can be installed on any client computer to manage Lights-Out
Management Console can manage multiple Lights-Out servers
Management Console can manage Lights-Out servers over the Internet (remote)
Client computers can connect via Internet (remote)
Client computers can be controlled by Lights-Out calendar
Lights-Out 2 supports backup monitoring on client and server to give you a centralized view and management
Lights-Out 2 can schedule backups for client and server
Lights-Out 2 supports many backup providers out of the box
New sources: power requests from other software, user activity on server etc.
Backup on client computers and server
Automatic detection of all network devices in your LAN
- October 2015
Windows 10 improvements
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 support
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) support
- July 2015
Windows 10 support
Windows Server Technical Preview 2 support
Hyper-V host support
- December 2014
Bug fix release
- October 2014
Support for High-DPI display and MAC OS X Yosemite
Column sorting in computer tab
More command line options for client
- December 2013
Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Action timer on status tab
- June 2013
New standalone version of Lights-Out for desktop systems
RDP and console monitoring
- October 2012
Support for Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Support for mobile devices
Client on-click backup command
- April 2012
Client command line
- June 2011
Bug fix release
- February 2011
Support for Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
Mac OS X
Client management actions
Display of active monitors
Uptime chart shows scheduled backup times
Adding IP based devices
- November 2010
Second, scheduled backup by Lights-Out
Better integration with Drive Extender on WHS v1
Enable monitoring via tray app on client
- June 2010
- February 2010
Bug fix release
- December 2009
First commercial release with 30 day trial
More monitoring options (network devices, CPU and network load, process, file, console)
Run a program after resume
Client tray app
- June 2009
Licensed to Acer and pre-installed on Acer Aspire easyStore
Uptime chart with tooltips
Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese translations
Version check for sbcore service
- October 2008
Remote access monitoring
- March 2008
English user manual
Improved client installer
- March 2008
First public release!
German user manual
- March 2008
First internal release for moderators on home-server-blog.de
- January 2008
Lights-Out starts as a private project for my Windows Home Server