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New in Connect 2020.4

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The 2020.4 release brings several features such as Notification Queue, new Custom Field type, the Alteryx Designer Tool Details section for analytic workflows, many improvements for metadata loaders, and more.

New Features

Advanced Search: Save Query as Virtual Folder
Connect now allows you to create a virtual folder directly from Advanced Search. Specify the filter by selecting the appropriate fields and select the Save Query as Virtual Folder button. For more information, see the
Virtual Folders article.


Notification Queue
Notification Queue allows you to decide what operations you can perform with the items in your queue. For example, you can clear, stop, or restart the queue. To access and set the Notification Queue, navigate to Admin Menu > Maintenance > Notification Queue. To check the Notification Queue status, go to Admin Menu > Settings > SMTP Settings. See
Maintenance for more information.


New Custom Field Type: Link Field
From the version 20.4, you can use a new custom field type - Link field. By using it, you will be able to add a custom link that behaves as an active HTML link. See
Asset Configuration to get more insight about the custom field types. 
See the following
short video demonstration about the new custom field type.

Alteryx Designer Tool Details Available for Analytic Workflows 
You can check four Designer tools mostly used in analytic workflows (Join, Formula, Filter, and Summarize tool) and their configuration in Connect, and utilize the power of Connect search across multiple workflows. To see the details, navigate to the Alteryx Designer Tool Details section. For more information, check the
Analytic Workflows article.


Metadata Loaders

Alteryx Gallery Loader: Creating Database Objects 
To quickly get an overview about used database data sources, especially in case of a new Connect deployment, use the Load Database Objects option when loading the objects from the AYX Gallery. 
When you use the Alteryx Gallery loader, the workflow objects are created in Connect. If you enable the Load Database Objects option, the loader will try to also create the database objects. The input tool has to provide full information about the object (servername, catalog name, schema, and table; columns are not supported). These objects will be visible after loading in Data Sources > Databases
More information about this new feature can be found in the
Load Metadata from an Alteryx Server Gallery article. 

Alias Manager
Use Alias Manager in case you don't have an associated lineage in Connect due to a different server name or IP some users might have entered. To help complete the lineage information, enter the (server)alternate name on the server level. For more information about Alias Manager, see the
Maintain Data Lineage article. 


Amazon Athena Loader 
You can now upload metadata to Connect from Amazon Athena. Check the
Load Metadata from Amazon Athena article for more information.

Azure Data Lake Store Gen2 Loader: Authentication via Certificate
For ADLS Gen2, you can newly authenticate via Client certificate. It means that from now on you can decide between the Client secret and the Client certificate. For more information how to setup the Client certificate see the
Load Metadata from a Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store Gen2 page.


Python Upgrade for Metadata Loaders 
Make sure you have Designer version 20.4 as the Python engine was upgraded.


Additional Enhancements 

Active Directory Option Enhancements
You can now define how Full Name and XID of a user is constructed. You can use any LDAP attribute. Additionally, in the Other section of the AD loader you can enter XID Definition. See
Settings for more details. 
Examples: 
  • ${mail} = john.doe@mail.com
  • ${displayName} (${sAMAccountName}) = John Doe (jdoe)
  • His name: ${displayName} - ${sAMAccountName} and Email: ${email}. = His name: John Doe - jdoe and Email: jdoe@email.com.

Boolean Fields Representation 
Boolean fields are now represented as checkboxes. For example, in user profiles in People (Notify changes). 



Known and Fixed Issues 

Here is a list of some issues fixed in the latest release. To check a complete list of fixed and known issues please see the
Connect 2020.4 Release Notes.

Fixed Issues

Missing Creation Date and Time in Notification Emails Header
Emails sent from Connect didn’t contain a timestamp in the header when they were dispatched. This issue has been fixed.
Alteryx Gallery Loader: Not Able to See Lineage to DB Inputs After Upgrade to 2020.1
After the upgrade to 2020.1, it wasn’t possible to see the lineage from workflow to DB inputs and outputs any longer. The lineage wasn’t displayed due to a process change in 2020.1 where a new database table ENTRY_ALT_XID for lineage calculation was utilized. 

DB Loaders: Error Because of Non-Existent Schema
There were missing fields because of non-existent schema for DB loaders: Impala, Hive, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Vertica. Missing metadata has been fixed.  

Known Issues

Failure When Adding DB Technology Icon
It seems that with a recent change of creating DB objects, Connect fails to add a DB technology icon in certain cases (for example, when user provides a server name to the loader in CamelCase). 

Notification Emails Are Not Created for Entries With Long Name
Notification emails are not sent if length of entry name is more than 178 symbols.
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