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This month we poke around in the world of VanDyke Software
applications, exploring topics like why it matters that the new versions
of SecureCRT® and SecureFX® share host key data, and how to set
up SecureCRT to support entering characters for languages like Greek and
Chinese. Then just when you need to make time in your schedule to do your
laundry, your taxes, or read a good book, our recommended reading looks
at how to get more done and keep your workday from becoming another worknight.
1. Feature Meaningful Sharing: Host Keys, Agent Cache
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The SecureCRT 4.1 and SecureFX 2.2 applications have a new level of integration that can simplify the lives of users who connect to the same server regularly with one or both applications. SecureCRT and SecureFX now use a single location for host keys, and also share the private-key agent cache.
With these shared resources, host keys only need to be verified once for both applications. And when using public-key authentication, there is no need to reauthenticate to the same server with SecureFX when SecureCRT has already established a connection, and vice versa.
SecureCRT 4.1 and SecureFX 2.2 automatically share a host key database
if SecureCRT or SecureFX were not previously installed on the machine.
If you are upgrading from a previous version,
Shared host key resources ease the path to improving an organization's
security practices. Eliminating redundant host key verification enables
user training to focus on following a secure procedure the first time.
New hosts can be validated using the host key fingerprint, which ideally
If you are new to host keys and fingerprints, the following are brief descriptions.
Host key an encrypted key provided for validation purposes by a server. It is an important factor in establishing the identity of a Secure Shell server each time you log on.
Host key fingerprint A host key fingerprint is a short group of characters that represent an entire complex key sequence, in the same way a human fingerprint identifies a person with a small but unique pattern. If the key changes in any way the fingerprints do not match.
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If the ability of SecureCRT or CRT to handle international character
sets is important to your organization, we have put together some pointers
on how to set up your systems to do this.
For the complete tip, including examples using the Greek and Chinese
languages, visit the VanDyke Software web site:
Most authors dont tell you on page one to throw away the book you just opened: Bill Jensen does. He advises ripping the 15 page "Do-Less Toolkit" out of "The Simplicity Survival Handbook" (Basic Books 2003, ISBN: 0738209120) and tossing the rest. Why?
"The Toolkit reduces everything in this book to summary check-lists. Of course, youll miss out on BlahBlahBlah but youll still get a huge return on whatever you paid for this book.
Indeed you would. But the book is well worth hanging on to. There are a wealth of strategies and tactics for reducing the amount of meaningless, ineffectual stuff youre doing every day so you can focus on whats really important. Jensen offers 32 ways to do less and accomplish more: how to write e-mail that will get read almost every time, and how to delete 75% of your e-mail messages without even opening them.
The most important technique from this book can be summed up in a single number: 1440. Fourteen forty is the number of minutes in a day. After you subtract the non-negotiable time commitments in your lifelike sleepinghow many minutes do you have left? Jensen encourages you to review your 1440 balance many times each day. Whenever you're asked to do anything, estimate how many of your 1440 minutes are left. This approach can make saying no and not right now easier.
Jensen challenges you to reevaluate the "hows" and "whys"
of the way you work. But theres a lot of humor in this book that
makes addressing hard questions easier. That is not always a comfortable
thing to do, but you will come out of the process with a clearer focus
on what is most important to you and your work.
A new beta release for VShell 2.3 is now available introducing download triggers and a new vsftp client, an interactive SFTP command-line utility for secure file transfers.
Maintenance updates of official releases were made in February of 2004 to SecureCRT 4.1.2, SecureFX 2.2.2, VShell 2.2.5, CRT 4.1.2, and AbsoluteFTP 2.2.2.
The official release of Entunnel 1.1 was made available January 22nd. This new version adds Kerberos support and a host key database shared with SecureCRT 4.1.2 and SecureFX 2.2.2.
When used with VShell version 2.2 or later, SecureCRT, SecureFX, and Entunnel provide support for Kerberos v5 authentication.
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