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End of support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and quirks mode applications in Pega 7.1.9

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.9

In accordance with Microsoft’s announcement to discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 in January 2016, Pega 7.1.9 does not support Internet Explorer 8, nor does it support non-HTML5 standard user interfaces.

You must upgrade to Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later or use Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using Internet Explorer 9 or later, you must turn off compatibility mode by accessing the Compatibility View settings.

Note the following:

  • Pega 7.1.9 does not support user interface rules that are not based on HTML5 standards (rules in quirks mode).
  • If you use applications that are rendered in quirks mode, which enables Pega 7 to correctly display and render non-HTML5 standard user interfaces, you must update them to standards-based HTML5 user interfaces when you upgrade to Pega 7.1.9 or later. Pega 7 provides automated tools to help you migrate your applications.
  • Pegasystems Global Customer Support will not investigate or fix any Pega 7.1.9 bugs or support requests that are exclusive to Internet Explorer 8 or quirks mode user interfaces.

You can quickly identify which components of your application user interface are not HTML5 standards-based by clicking Designer Studio > User Interface > HTML5 Application Readiness.

Upgrading to Pega 7.1.9 and a newer browser offers the following benefits:

  • These browsers are HTML5 and CSS3 compliant.
  • New features are supported and existing features work as intended.
  • The Pega 7 Platform user interface is displayed and rendered as intended.
  • Browser security is enhanced.

If you have additional questions about browser support, see the Platform Support Guide or contact Pegasystems Global Customer Support.

Updated default system pulse processing settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.9

The default settings for system pulse processing have been updated in this release.

Upgrades to Pega 7.1.9 from a previous version of the Pega 7 Platform use database pulse by default. Database pulse synchronizes rule changes at a periodic interval across all nodes in a system.

New installations of Pega 7.1.9 use cluster-based pulse by default. Cluster-based pulse immediately updates rule changes across all nodes in a system after the changes are saved.

You can change the database pulse setting to the cluster-based pulse setting by updating the value attribute for initialization/pulse/transport to "cluster" in the prconfig.xml file or in the Dynamic System Settings. Changing from database pulse to cluster-based pulse requires a full cluster restart after the changes are made.

For more information, see Pega-RULES agents.

Search field type is deprecated

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.9

The search field type in Form Builder is deprecated. Use a data reference or user reference instead, both of which prompt users with an autocomplete field at run time.

For the full list of supported field types in Form Builder, see Supported display modes by field type.

PegaDISTRIBUTION Manager (PDM) is no longer available

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.9

The PegaDISTRIBUTION Manager (PDM) is no longer available in the Pega 7 Platform. The related PDN articles and help topics have been archived.

New process for Pega Cloud customers to obtain BIX extract files

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The process for obtaining Business Intelligence Exchange (BIX) extract and manifest files for Pega® Cloud customers has changed as a result of data security enhancements for HIPAA compliance. By default, after upgrading to Pega 7.3, you must obtain the BIX extract and manifest files from the Pega SFTP server. From within Designer Studio, you can configure the BIX extract and manifest files to be sent to a remote SFTP server by a file listener. For Pega Cloud customers who have purchased a Pega Cloud SFTP Server subscription, you can configure BIX to send the BIX extract and manifest files to the SFTP server's folders for remote SFTP client download.

For more information about obtaining files from the Pega SFTP server, see Obtaining BIX extract files from the Pega SFTP server.

For more information about having files sent to your SFTP server, see Defining SFTP-related data instances.

Node types renamed after upgrade from Pega 7.2.2 to Pega Platform 7.3

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

If you used node classification in Pega® 7.2.2, when you upgrade to Pega 7.3, node type names are automatically changed to a new name when you start a node with a node type.

  • UniversalNode becomes Universal
  • WebUserNode becomes WebUser
  • BackgroundProcessingNode becomes BackgroundProcessing
  • BIXNode becomes BIX
  • SearchNode becomes Search

If you created agents in Pega 7.2.2, agent schedules are also automatically updated with a new name during the upgrade. For more information, see Customized agent schedules for standard Pega Platform agents must be updated after Pega 7.2.2 to Pega Platform 7.3 upgrade and the appropriate Deployment Guide.

Rollover policy for log files

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

The rollover policy for log files is now based on time (daily) and file size (maximum file size is 250 MB). Log files are rolled over daily or when the maximum file size is reached. Current (not rolled over) log files do not have a time stamp. The time stamp is added when the log file is rolled over. In addition, the log file name for the current log file does not include the date. You can add the date to the current log file; however, the log file will not be rolled over. In addition, the web.temdir variable for setting the log file location is no longer supported; use the pega.logdir variable instead.

For more information, see Pega Platform logging with the Log4j 2 logging service.

Customized agent schedules for standard Pega Platform agents must be updated after Pega 7.2.2 to Pega Platform 7.3 upgrade

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

If you used node classification in Pega® 7.2.2, when you upgrade to Pega 7.3, node type names are automatically changed to a new name when you start a node with a node type. Agent schedules for standard Pega Platform agents are deleted and re-created with the new node type name, but any customization that you made in Pega 7.2.2 is not saved. You must manually update the agent schedules for standard Pega Platform agents in Pega 7.3.

For more information, see Node types renamed after upgrade from Pega 7.2.2 to Pega Platform 7.3 and the appropriate Deployment Guide.

Pulse Extension points are deprecated

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

Beginning with Pega® Platform 7.3, Pulse uses the notifications feature to send notifications. As a result, Pulse extension points for email body, subject, and recipient list have been deprecated. Preferences set for Pulse notifications in earlier versions are no longer valid.

Use the alternatives listed in the following table to configure your Pulse message and notification preferences.

Deprecated extension pointAlternative extension pointCorresponding notification rule
pyInstantPulseNotification (Correspondence)pyAddPulsePost (Correspondence)pyAddPulsePost
pyReplyPulseNotification (Correspondence)pyAddPulsePost (Correspondence)pyAddPulsePost
pyMentionsPulseNotification (Correspondence)pyAddUserMentionedPost (Correspondence)pyAddUserMentionedPost
pyMentionsInNonCaseContext (Correspondence)pyAddUserMentionedPost (Correspondence)pyAddUserMentionedPost
pyNewPulsePostSubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePost
pyNewPulseFilePostSubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePost
pyNewPulseReplySubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddPulsePost
pyMentionedUserSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPost
pyMentionedFollowerSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPost
pyMentionedFollowerWithFilePostSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPostEmailSubject (Field Value)pyAddUserMentionedPost
pyGetListOfEmailReceivers (Activity)D_pxGetCaseFollowers (Data page)pyAddPulsePost

To continue using the deprecated extension points, override the pyInvokepxNotify when rule and set it to return false.

For more information, see Management of user notification preferences.

Deprecated survey APIs

Valid from Pega Version 7.3

APIs that were available in the PegaSurvey ruleset have been superseded by Pega® Platform APIs. Although older APIs continue to function in this release, it is recommended that you update your flows and flow actions to use the new APIs because they provide the latest survey capabilities, and deprecated features are not supported.

The following table maps deprecated APIs to their replacement APIs.

Deprecated APINew APIDescription
Work-.QuestionShapeWork-.pzQuestionShapeA flow that displays one simple question.
Work-.QuestionShapeScrWork-.pzQuestionShapeScrA screen flow that displays one simple question.
Work-.SurveyDriverWork-.pxSurveyDriver

A flow that displays questions in a survey, which can be simple or complex.

You can control whether the questions are displayed on one or multiple screens.
Work-.SurveySectionWork-.pxSurveySection

A section that displays questions in a survey.

You can reference this section from a user action, such as a flow action or connector flow action, in a flow.

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