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We're constantly working to improve your Connect experience. Find out what new features, improvements, and bug fixes we released with this version of Connect! Here is a summary of what has changed in 2019.4.
Notify on Mention / Dislike / Decertify
A notification will go to the user that was mentioned on an asset. Thanks to this feature the users can see where they were mentioned and respond easily. Also, the actions Dislike and Decertify will now trigger a notification.
Connect has been upgraded to OpenJDK11 for security and performance improvements.
Tableau Loader with New GraphQL API
We’ve added support for new Tableau GraphQL API, so you can load column-level lineage into Connect (from Tableau worksheets columns into data source columns).
Using the Tableau GraphQL API in Connect allows us to display the data source fields of a worksheet and their details that built every single field on the list (such as servers, databases, schemas, tables, and columns). All the information can be tracked by clicking a link associated with each of the data source fields.
To view this information in Connect, go to your Tableau reports, click the desired report, and the Datasource fields section.
Uploaded File Types Restricted by Default
Uploaded file types are restricted by default. These restrictions can be changed anytime by an administrator. To view and change the file types list, go to Administration > Connect Configuration > Instance Settings.
QlikView Metadata Loader Faster Parsing
We’ve improved the speed of parsing of QlikView files by smarter way of detection of metadata headers in QlikView files, so just metadata are read over the network resulting in faster harvesting especially for larger datasets.
Connect Performance Improvements
We’ve made many performance improvements regarding the speed of metadata loading, system startup, asset detail rendering, and removing inactive versions in bulk.
Asset Identity Switch
In addition to other improvements, we have added Asset Identity switch for columns. Administrators can now decide if columns will be separate assets or parts of the table asset (default). This feature improves not only performance but will bring significant load and rendering improvements as well.
To access the Asset Identity switch, go to Administration > Asset Configuration > Asset Identity.
We have added brand new API Catalog which allows you to automatically catalog APIs and their endpoints from your workflows. This feature is by default available for administrators only but it's up to them to share the API Sites folder with other users or groups.
Go to main menu > Data Sources > API Sites.
API Catalog has 2 layers. It’s listing all API sites (e.g. Tableau, Salesforce) and their endpoints (e.g. getAllDatasources).
Support for Multiple Tableau and Alteryx Servers
We’ve been following up on our customers’ feedback and added support to load multiple different servers for Tableau and Alteryx into Connect.
We've made a number of enhancements to our Loaders with 2019.4:
You can now upload metadata to Connect from Alteryx Promote.
DB2 Loader was redesigned to support different DB2 platforms at once.
S3 Loader was redesigned to speed up the loading and handle large volumes of files.
For all database loaders we have added Column references which display all column level mappings.
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 2019.4 Release Notes. Resolved: Custom Fields Lost after Reloading Asset
Custom fields of an asset were lost once that asset was reloaded. Now after re-running the metadata loader, the custom fields stay as they are without being removed. Resolved: Admin API Not Enabled for the Fast Deployment in Gallery
Admin API was not enabled for the fast deployment in Gallery. There was no error message when the Test connection or Harvest button was pressed. Now the error message appears on all appropriate screens when Admin API is not enabled. Resolved: Only Superadmin Is Able to See the "Download Service Provider Metadata" Button
Only the superadmin was able to see the "Download Service Provider Metadata" button on the SSO configuration page. This issue was resolved by allowing this function for the members of admin role. Resolved: Only Superadmin Is Able to Perform the H2 Backup
Only superadmin was able to see and do the H2 backup in Administration Console. This issue was resolved by allowing H2 backup for the members of admin role.
How To: Recover the Home Page after Restoring Connect
Did you know that restoring Connect can finish with a broken home page? In this article you will find an easy way to recover the broken home page after the restoration is complete.
Let’s assume you performed a restore of the H2 database. But when you open Connect after completing it, the home page you normally see is gone.
Instead of your home page, you're seeing something like this:
To fix the broken home page, you need to perform a full reindex of Connect after Connect starts. This is also mentioned on the screen you’ll get after completing the restore.
How To: Perform a Full Reindex
To perform a full reindex of the database to complete the restoration:
Log in to Alteryx Connect.
Click your icon in the top-right of the screen and select Administration.
From the Admin Menu, click Reindex.
Click Full Reindex.
After the full reindex is completed, you should be able to see the home page.
Alteryx Connect is great at finding data assets that exists within enterprises which helps data workers to shorten their journey to data-driven insight. One of the steps to refresh the metadata is to schedule the Metadata loaders. In this process, the data assets can be created, changed or removed. To take a look at this change log, we can take a look the backend of Connect - the H2 database.
Backing up Connect can easily be done from the Administrator Console via the Connect web page. Please see the following Help article for details steps: Back Up and Restore Connect. However, for various reasons it may be advantageous to do the backup via the command line or a script. This article walks you through how to do this.