A2/Alike Release Notes #7803

Alike v6.0.0

Released: 10/17/2018

This is the initial release of Alike v6 and the Alike Appliance (A2).


  • Completely rewritten from the ground up as a purpose build (linux based) appliance
  • New RestoreFS! Offers persistent network share containing instant access to all backups, files/folders, VHDs, etc
  • Significant backup performance improvements thanks to the single-stage backups
  • Improved scalability and drastic reduction in I/O demand on local storage
  • Expanded storage type support (CIFS, Local, NFS, GlusterFS, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, SSH/SCP)
  • Complete military grade data encryption by default, Additional data encryption available for Offsite data
  • Simplification of UI, and installation experience
  • Re-introduction of Alike Free Edition for XenServer and Hyper-V
  • Much, much more!

Bug Fixes

  • None, technically since this is the initial release

Known Issues

  • Some automated maintenance processes can run out of disk space ( > 5TB actual stored data)
  • Importing of Alike v4 Offsite Vaults is not supported yet
  • RestoreFS delays when browsing via Windows Explorer (can require a "refresh" to see partition lists)
  • ADS/ODS can report the available space incorrectly for local/unencapsulated stores
  • Intermittent "Unable to read data from the transport connection" from XenAPI on older XenServer versions
  • Vaulting bandwidth controls not yet available
  • LVM file-level restore not supported for RestoreFS (full restores are supported)
  • Error reporting during "full restore" jobs is limited/unhelpful
  • Sometimes backup versions don't show up in the UI (but are available from restoreFS) until a restart
  • Deleting an entire VM from the UI will remove it to be lost from any configured jobs
  • Changing agent password in console menu changes "alike" user instead