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Info: Functionality Scheduled for Deprecation

Summary

Occasionally, we remove functionality from Trust Protection Platform in order to stay current with emerging technologies and to serve the changing needs of our customers. Some of the more common reasons for deprecating features include the following:

  • Minimal use of a feature by the majority of our customers
  • Technologies that have become obsolete
  • Features that have become too expensive to maintain
  • Changes in our technology road map 
  • Important security enhancements to Trust Protection Platform

See Also:

For a list of features that have been deprecated prior to the current release, visit:

https://support.venafi.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001578651


Scheduled Feature Deprecations

Although planned feature deprecations are subject to change, the following list indicates which features are planned for removal from upcoming releases of Trust Protection Platform:

Trust Protection Platform 17.4

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Support for MS SQL Server 2008 R2 will be discontinued.

This change is necessary to take advantage of newer technologies available in recent versions of SQL Server.  In addition, this change allows us to fully support versions 2012 and 2014, and to add 2016 as a compatible version.

For more information, see: https://support.venafi.com/hc/en-us/articles/227561987

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 as a supported platform for Trust Protection Platform will be discontinued for the following reasons:

  • Microsoft ended mainstream support of Windows Server 2008 R2 on January 13, 2015
  • To add support for Windows Server 2016

For more information, see: https://support.venafi.com/hc/en-us/articles/227629368

Network Discovery Jobs in Web Admin
Network Discovery job configuration will be removed from the Web Administration console. Use Aperture instead. Enhanced configuration options for Network Discovery have been available in Aperture since version 14.3.

Tectia 4.x Authorization File Support
SSH discovery and remediation of Tectia 4.x authorization files will be removed. You will still be able to detect and rotate actual key files used in conjunction with authorization files, but not the options.

Venafi Server Agent Will No Longer Support Windows Server 2003
In order to maintain the technology stack that the Venafi Server Agent for Windows is built on, support for Windows Server 2003 will not be provided on the 17.4 version of the Venafi Server Agent.

SSH Agentless support for z/OS
Support for z/OS will be downgraded from Supported to Compatible. This means that we will no longer actively test on z/OS.

Venafi Platform 18.1

POST Config/Read for reading Validation results on Certificate and Application Objects
A new storage system will be introduced with the 18.1 release. Validation results will be moved from Config to a new data storage modal where validation result data is represented more appropriately. Because of this, using standard Config calls to read the data will no longer work. To support this update, new API methods will be introduced for getting data.

POST SecretStore/LookupAssociationByVaultId for reading TrustNet data
A new storage system will be introduced with the 18.1 release. TrustNet data is stored in Secret Store associations and will be moved to the new data model.  Standard SecretStore calls to read the data will no longer work because of a refactoring of the data. To support this update, new API methods will be introduced for getting data.

Onboard Discovery will be moved from Web Admin to Aperture
Onboard discovery for F5, NetScaler, and DataPower will only be available in Aperture.  It will no longer be available in the Web Administration Console.

Certificate Authority Report
The canned Certificate Authority report will be removed. The distribution of certificate authorities by number of issued certificates is available in the Certificate Inventory Report and the Certificate Dashboard in Aperture.

Symmetric Key Manager Product
The Symmetric Key Manager component will be removed from the available components list of the installer. Symmetric key management has not been a focus of our short- or long-term roadmap for several years.

Network Discovery Placement Preview
The Network Discovery Placement Preview feature will be removed from Aperture.  After its removal, Network discovery will work more like agent and TrustNet discovery: items are automatically placed after they are found.

Comodo Certificate Authority Driver - Web Host Reseller (legacy)
According to Comodo, all customers have been (or are) in the process of being migrated to the newer Comodo Certificate Manager (CCM) platform. Therefore, the legacy CA driver will be removed.

Entrust Security Manager Certificate Authority Driver
This native driver will be replaced by an Adaptable script developed by a third-party Venafi Technology Partner.

Symantec Local Hosting Kit (LHK) Certificate Authority Driver
This native driver will be replaced by an Adaptable script developed by a third-party Venafi Technology Partner.

Keynectis Sequoia Certificate Authority Driver
This native driver will be replaced by an Adaptable script developed by a third-party Venafi Technology Partner.

SSH TrustMap will be removed
SSH TrustMap is planned for removal. You can get the textual information provided by TrustMap in other areas of the product user interface. We are evaluating requirements and exploring other models that will provide a graphical view of SSH trust relationships in a future version of the product.  

Venafi Platform 18.2

User Portal support for remote installations
Previous to version 18.2, the User Portal (used for requesting user certificates) could be installed on Windows Servers that were not running Trust Protection Platform.  Beginning with 18.2, the User Portal will no longer support remote installations and will be part of Trust Protection Platform's standard installation package.

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