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Release 23.7

Breaking Changes - Updating v23.4 and below

Please be advised, when upgrading from v23.4 or below there is a one-time permissions requirement to successfully install/upgrade the MCE database using the new Management Center UI.

The Management Center service account should be a member of db_owner, with ALTER_DATABASE permission, when the UI installation or generated database upgrade script is run. This will allow the MCE database to be altered to prepare it for future updates through the Management Center UI.

New Features:

MCE Dissemination Controls

"The purpose of Dissemination Controls is to allow an MCE administrator to specify certain Attributes as being both publicly known (Well Known) and used to control access to Groups.
A key property of Dissemination Controls is that when there are multiple Attributes selected within a particular Control, a user is allowed access if they have ANY of those attributes."
Contrast this with the Security Context behaviour, where users must have ALL Security Contexts if multiple are applied to a group.

See MCE Dissemination Controls Configuration for detials.

Prevent duplicate MCE Users

Attempting to create MCE Users with the same Linked Identity as an existing user will no longer create a duplicate MCE user.

The change helps reduce the burden on administrators when managing and adding users in their system, ensuring accounts will not be duplicated unintentionally.
As an administrator, workflows remain functionally the same (with the exception of the Remove MCE Users change detialed below) but a new message is returned instead of creating the duplicate user.

Remove MCE Users

Administrators should now configure MCE users with -Status which succeeds the old -IsEnabled $bool values of Enabled and Disabled.
Users may be moved between each -Status by Administrators to dynamically control their environment, through removed users must be re-provisioned before they can return to another state.

With MCE Admin PowerShell Module, administrators can set users' -Status to one of four states:

  • Enabled: User is fully enabled for the MCE system, can log in and their attribute will syncronize periodically
  • Suspended: User exists; user cannot login, attribute sync and denorm still continue; appear in memberships
  • Disabled: User exists; user cannot login, attribute sync and denorm DO NOT continue; DO NOT appear in memberships
  • Removed: User effectively does not exist (but there is still an entry in the Database, until these are purged); user can be re-provisioned

See New-MceUser and Set-MceUser for details.

OIDC - OpenID Authentication Mechanism

23.7 introduces support for authentication with OIDC. This is an optional mechanism adminstrators may enable if their organisation supports it, adding to the suite of available authentication choices.

See the MindLink Anywhere Authentication page for details.


This version includes the following improvements:

FCF-9932Improve workaround for masked icons for IE11MindLink Anywhere
FCF-9871Check for users with the same linked object GUIDs in New-MceUserMindLink Admin
FCF-9621Add Remove-MceUser commandletMCE Admin

Bug Fixes

This version includes the following bug fixes:

FCF-9990Adding group user member when member no longer in scope via AD Group/OU fails to add remaining valid membersGroup Management
FCF-9984Setting group with out-of-scope principals ignores principals but errors at userGroup Management
FCF-9966Disabling an MCE group when membership contains a user without access throws an error in the group management windowMCE, Group Management
FCF-9965Group access-control breaks when upgrading historic uploader added/removed eventsMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9963Conversation highest classification gets truncated unnecessarilyMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9955Uncaught exception in SearchGroupsAsyncOperationMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9942User display name can be incorrectly overridden in MCE StandaloneMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9941Receiving user metadata update from MCE replaces display name in clientMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9882Search in all joined rooms fails to search historyMindLink Anywhere
FCF-9863Re-evaluate MLA re-install optionsInstallers
FCF-9853Converting an AllGroupMembers mention message part throws an unhandled exceptionMindLink API
FCF-9847API claim types validation always fails if run alongside the web moduleMindLink API

Known limitations

Internet Explorer 11 does not support Conversation Export
Audio calling between the MindLink client and the Skype Mobile app is currently not supported