/ VisualSVN Server 3.6 Released

We are happy to announce VisualSVN Server 3.6 release that brings the following main new features and enhancements:

  • Backup and Restore for Subversion repositories.
  • Background Job Service.
  • Configurable TLS/SSL encryption levels.

There are many other significant improvements related to various VisualSVN Server features, some of which are listed below. For the complete list of changes see the VisualSVN Server 3.6.0 changelog.

Upgrade to VisualSVN Server 3.6 is recommended for all users. Upgrade is easy and straightforward, but we strongly advise that you read the KB103: Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 3.6 article beforehand (especially if you are upgrading from versions older than VisualSVN Server 3.0).

Backup and Restore for Subversion repositories

VisualSVN Server 3.6 introduces the Backup and Restore feature that supports scheduled full and incremental backups and provides an easy, fast and straightforward way to restore them when needed. The feature helps you make daily backups of the repositories of any size. What is more, the Backup and Restore feature in VisualSVN Server is very easy to setup and maintain.

The Backup and Restore feature was specifically designed for Subversion repositories and enables highly effective hot backup capabilities. In conjunction with scheduled repository verification, the Backup and Restore feature provides a reliable data protection from human errors and software or hardware failures.

Setting up the backup for your Subversion repositories from scratch is only a matter of minutes. For step-by-step instructions, please see the article KB106: Getting Started with Backup and Restore.

Background Job Service

VisualSVN Server 3.6 introduces built-in support for background jobs. This feature allows you to easily schedule background jobs for routine maintenance operations such as repository backup and verification. VisualSVN Server Manager provides a simple but powerful interface that allows you to configure and maintain multiple background jobs with different schedules.

More background job types are expected to be available in the future releases of VisualSVN Server.

Configurable TLS/SSL encryption levels

VisualSVN Server 3.6 allows you to harden TLS/SSL security settings as much as possible with respect to compatibility requirements in your environment. The TLS/SSL compatibility option is available on a Network tab on VisualSVN Server Properties dialog and allows you to choose from three compatibility levels that enable certain protocol versions and cipher suites: Modern, Intermediate and Legacy. These compatibility levels correspond to the recommendations provided by Mozilla's Operations Security group

For further information please read the article KB105: Understanding TLS/SSL compatibility levels in VisualSVN Server.

Other VisualSVN Server 3.6 changes

VisualSVN Server 3.6 introduces a number of other significant improvements, such as the following:

  • Option to enable automatic client redirection from HTTP to HTTPS.
  • Revamped VisualSVN Server Properties dialog.

For the complete list of changes see the VisualSVN Server 3.6.0 changelog.

Upgrade and compatibility concerns

Upgrade to VisualSVN Server 3.6 is recommended for all users. Read the KB103: Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 3.6 article before upgrading. Upgrade is free for Standard Edition users and all customers who have an active maintenance subscription for VisualSVN Server Enterprise Edition licenses.