Performance and Troubleshooting - BI Versioning System and Rolling back BI Version

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Performance and Troubleshooting - BI Versioning System and Rolling back BI Version

Post by varghesesa » Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:11 am

Introduction

This article explains the different update tracks provided within Blue Iris. For one reason or another, users occasionally wish they could roll back a software update. Blue Iris makes this easy. This article also explains how to do so.

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Software support and maintenance (updates)

Blue Iris provides multiple tracks for updating software. Global settings -> About tab -> Software Support and Maintenance.
  • No update prompts. No pop-up dialog when a new update is available.
  • No automatic updates. Pop-up dialog notifies user when an update is available. User chooses next steps. I choose this option because I like to know when updates are available, but decide whether to do the update. I like being in front of the machine when updates occur so I can confirm functionality after the update.
  • Critical and highly stable updates only. BI automatically downloads / installs critical and highly stable updates. If you are the type of user that wants a stable platform that has a high degree of running, choose this option.
  • All available major and minor updates. BI automatically downloads / installs all updates. If you are the type of user that wants the latest / greatest and doesn't mind instability and likes working with support to resolve issues, choose this option.
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Going back to a previous version

To go back to a previous version of the software, select No automatic updates as seen below. If not selected first, after rolling back the software version, Blue Iris would again auto-update the software for example if the original selection were All available major and minor updates.
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Select Check for News and Updates button.
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Select software version of interest
  • Remain with current version
  • Install latest critical or highly-stable update
  • Install latest update available
  • Another available previous update: Go back to an earlier version. Can only select the last stable version, e.g. 5.3.6.7. Cannot choose 5.3.6.2.
Choose action to be taken
  • Download only: Update will be located in Updates sub-directory in Blue Iris 5 Program directory.
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  • Retain a copy of the update package: Similar to download only. However, this choice also installs the selected update.
  • Make a backup of the current executable: Saves current executable with version number in filename allowing the ability to quickly go back to original version if desired. (see image below)
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Final thoughts
  • If you want to roll back to a previous version with certainty, choose the appropriate version. Hit OK and BI will install that version.
  • If you are in a more exploratory mindset, choose the appropriate version you wish to explore. Select Make a backup of the current executable. If selected version does not work out, can easily switch back to your current version.
  • I now select Make a backup of the current executable. If an update is not working for me, I want to easily go back to the last working version, which may be different from the last critical or highly-stable update.
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