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Add the security checklist to applications created before 7.3.1

Valid from Pega Version 7.3.1

The security checklist is now automatically added to applications. You can manually add the security checklist to applications that were created in earlier versions.

You can improve the security of your application by completing the tasks on the checklist.

The following task reflects the procedure on how to manually add the security checklists to Designer Studio prior to 7.3.1:

  1. In the header of Designer Studio, click the name of the application, and then click Definition.
  2. Click the Documentation tab.
  3. In the Application guides section, click Add guide.
  4. In the Application guide& field, enter pxApplicationSecurityChecklist.
  5. Click the Configure icon in the Available in column and select the portals (App Studio and Dev Studio) that you want to add the security checklist to.
  6. Click Save.

Derby databases are no longer supported

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

Previously, an embedded Derby database could be used as a file system. This setup was configured by setting storage/class/<<filesystem>>/type to "embedded" in the prconfig file.

After upgrading, storage types that are specified as "embedded" now default to the local file system.

Simplified process for JMS MDB listener deployment

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

The process for deploying a JMS message-driven bean (MDB) that represents a JMS MDB listener has been streamlined for new enterprise applications. It is now less complicated and can be performed in fewer steps.

For more information on deploying to WebSphere, WebLogic, and JBoss, refer to the PDN article Deploying a JMS message-driven bean (MDB) that represents a JMS MDB listener in Pega 7.

New property pxCommitDateTime

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

A new property, pxCommitDateTime, records the time when a record or updated rule was committed to the database. This property also allows for incremental extracts when running BIX.

Using SAML 2.0 for web single sign-on

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

Provide a seamless user-authentication experience across your SAML 2.0-enabled service provider applications by using SAML 2.0 for web single sign-on.

Pega uses this industry-standard protocol to ensure simple and proven connectivity with your Identity Provider (IdP). The Pega 7 platform is fully conformant with the SAML 2.0 web single sign-on and single logout profiles.

For additional information about SAML 2.0 conformance, including configuring Pega 7 as a service provider, see SAML 2.0 conformance for web single sign-on and single logout profiles.

FTPS added to FTP server

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

When using FTP Secure (FTPS) in an FTP Server record, you can securely transfer files by using TLS/SSL. A new Security section has been added to the Edit FTP Server configuration page for enabling and configuring FTPS.

For more information, see FTP Secure for FTP server records.

JavaMail API upgrade has potential SMTP configuration error

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

The JavaMail API has been upgraded from 1.4.1 to 1.5.2 in this release. This improvement provides greater compatibility and secure connectivity with leading industry email servers.

During the upgrade process, there is a known issue for some configurations of email servers, including Microsoft Exchange Server, that requires the use of an additional setting. After upgrading to this release, if you experience authentication failures when attempting to send email or test SMTP connectivity, do one of the following:

  • Recommended: Review the Microsoft Exchange email server settings to ensure proper configuration for SMTP authentication. In some cases, the use of port 587 instead of the traditional default SMTP port 25 has been shown to address this issue.
  • Create the following Dynamic System Setting with the value "true," and then restart email listeners:

Owning Ruleset: Pega-IntegrationEngine

Setting Purpose: javamail/NoAuthMechanismsRetry

After any email server configuration or upgrade, it is recommended that email listeners are re-tested without using this Dynamic System Setting.

See About Email Account data instances for information on configuring email account records.

Enhanced error handling in data pages

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

All error details in data pages are captured in one easy-to-remember location on the data page. New functions for handling errors from the data layer without using a post-load activity allow you to handle errors without guardrail violations. A new template error handling transform helps to simplify error handling from your response data transforms.

For more information, see Data page error handling.

Pega Connect-CMIS support for NTLM authentication

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

Support is now available for using Connect-CMIS rules and NTLMv1 authentication with enterprise content management (ECM) systems such as Microsoft Sharepoint. This capability is provided by the underlying Apache Chemistry OpenCMIS libraries that impose the following restrictions:

  • Only a single NTLM-enabled CMIS connector can be used per node (JVM).
  • Only Basic Authentication and NTLMv1 are supported as authentication methods with Connect-CMIS.

Enhanced interoperability with enterprise content management products

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

The Content Management Interoperability service (CMIS) capabilities of the Pega 7 platform now provide enhanced interoperability with enterprise content management products. This improvement uses modern web services components that require a Pega platform running Java 7 or higher when CMIS connectivity through SOAP web services are utilized.

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