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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – June 2004

You may have noticed that this month's news comes from a different e-mail address – readers requested this to help filter their e-mail better. Now might be the time to add '@vandyke.com' as a "safe sender" to your spam or e-mail filtering tool. In other reader preferences we're watching, our recent reader survey told us that the how-to tips are the most popular section of the newsletter. That and other survey results are summarized briefly this month. We've included not one, but two tips in this issue, one basic and one more advanced, to help configure SecureCRT® and SecureFX® correctly. Finally we give you some data on SSH usage, from a recent survey we commissioned by Amplitude Research.

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Contents
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1. Reader Survey Contest Winners
2. Tip – How To Set The Initial Directory In SecureFX
3. Tip – Setting Up Remote Server Connections Using Local IP Addresses
4. Newsletter Survey 2004: More How-To Info – Now!
5. News – VanDyke-Sponsored IT Survey Picked Up By SearchSecurity.com
6. New Releases
7. Current Releases

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1. Survey Contest Winners
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This year's winners in the reader survey drawing are a great cross-section of the IT and professional people who use VanDyke Software applications and read "News You Can Use". Congratulations to all.

Christopher Ward won the drawing for a Palm Tungsten T3. He is IT director of a Colorado gas analysis and detection company, and switched from CRT™ to SecureCRT to access his Linux servers securely, with SecureFX for file transfer. A privacy-conscious "anonymous" won the Thinkgeek gift certificate. To (ahem) cap it off, here are some of the readers who won VanDyke Software baseball hats:

    Martyn Drake - film post-production/visual effects
    Dan Eichholz - programmer, systems manager
    Thomas Kristiansen - e-commerce consultant
    Scott Margason - automotive product planner
    Jeff R. - sysadmin
    John S. - freelance Web designer/programmer


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2. Tip – How To Set The Initial Directory In SecureFX
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Have you ever connected to a site for the first time, surfed around a little, and then found the directory you really want to go to the next time you connect to that site? SecureFX can navigate directly to that directory when it starts the session. To set the initial directory when you are connected to a session, right-click on the folder you want, then click on the menu item "Set Initial Directory", which sets the initial directory to the selected folder. The setting takes effect the next time you connect. The same command is also available on the "Edit" pull-down menu. If you don't want to make the initial directory setting permanent, you can use a global option called "Restore last session directory", which takes you to the directory that you were in when you exited the last session.

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3. Tip – Setting Up Remote Server Connections With Local IP Addresses
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Do you use SecureCRT or Entunnel™ port forwarding to connect to multiple web servers on different networks? This tip for more advanced users shows you a way to manage connections by using multiple localhost addresses and aliasing them in the Windows HOSTS file. It assumes a
basic knowledge of TCP/IP and Secure Shell port forwarding.

For the complete tip see VanDyke Software web page:

  http://www.vandyke.com/support/tips/namelocalip.html

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4. Newsletter Survey 2004: More How-To Info – Now!
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Results from a survey of readers conducted during April 2004 show that the title of our newsletter is no accident. "News You Can Use" readers are pragmatic people who want to know the facts and hard news about the software.

New release listings were the most valued section, followed closely by software tips. Over half of readers said they upgraded to a new VanDyke Software product version in the last year. And more than 35% have tried a new technique or product after reading about it in the newsletter, like scripting, public-private key authentication, Activator, or installing SecureCRT onto USB drives. But even simple tips got used – several of you mentioned the ALT+ENTER full-screen hotkey as something you started using after seeing the tip. Asked what would make the newsletter more useful, many of you made clear your interest in "tips and tricks" on how to use the software to its fullest potential.

Over 1/3 of survey takers have visited the online forums to discuss the products and ask questions. That's a good number for the short time the forums have been up and running. Of course, that leaves a large number who still need to log on, chip in their two cents worth and add to their knowledge base. Check out the new look and improved interface of the VanDyke Software discussion forums. You can find the VanDyke Software online forums at:

  http://forums.vandyke.com

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5. News – VanDyke-Sponsored IT Survey Picked Up By SearchSecurity.com
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The SearchSecurity.com web site reported on an Amplitude Research survey about IT security priorities in a piece published May 27, 2004. The survey, commissioned by VanDyke Software, also asked about the usage of the Secure Shell protocol.

Forty-three percent of IT professionals said that Secure Shell is deployed on their systems, a much higher figure than many would guess. If one of your managers or executives still thinks that SSH has not arrived as a standard corporate technology, that number may convince them otherwise.

An even more significant revelation is that 45% of SSH users still use the aging SSH1 protocol. Readers of this newsletter probably know that VanDyke Software believes strongly that SSH1
should be replaced by the newer, more robust, and fully supported SSH2 version of the protocol. Please consider joining the 55% who live without SSH1.

To read the SearchSecurity article, visit:

  http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid14_gci967353,00.html

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6. New Releases
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VShell 2.3.1 was released this month. This is a maintenance release that addresses issues found in VShell 2.3.

You can download new and previous releases at:

  http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

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7. Current Releases
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The following lists the latest official product releases:

SecureCRT 4.1.6
SecureFX 2.2.5
Entunnel 1.1.2
CRT 4.1.6
AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.5
VShell™ 2.3.1 Server for Windows
VShell 2.3.1 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3
    Solaris 8
    FreeBSD 4.8
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2

To download any of our current releases, go to:

  http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated free for 30 days. Licenses include one year of free upgrades and unlimited access to our expert technical support.


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