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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – March 2004

Server admins, this is your month! The feature focuses on SFTP virtual root directories, now available for UNIX in the VShell™ 2.3 server. Our tip reveals how to gratify that desire to log SFTP activity by combining VShell triggers with MySQL. In between we give you a peek at the kind of issues being discussed on the new VanDyke Software forums. So strap on that propeller beanie and let's fly!


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Contents
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1. Feature – SFTP Virtual Root Directories in VShell for UNIX
2. News – Buzz From The VanDyke Forums
3. Tip – Whoa Trigger — After That Masked File!
4. New Releases
5. Current Releases

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1. Feature – SFTP Virtual Root Directories in VShell for UNIX
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Last month "News You Can Use" mentioned the VShell 2.3 server, now in beta release. In this issue we want to delve into the VShell for UNIX SFTP virtual root directory capability.

Users of VShell for Windows may already know the value of SFTP virtual root directories. SFTP root directories allow the administrator to control user SFTP access to the file system by setting different entry points to the file system. Access can be allowed or denied to individuals and groups using standard UNIX-defined user and group definitions.

Common uses of virtual root directories include:

  • providing access only to user home directories
  • allowing external access to a public area
  • establishing a common file area for a group or team
  • granting root access for appropriate technical staff

Organizations as varied as accounting firms, open-source developers, and insurance claims processors have used virtual root directories to facilitate file access while maintaining a high level of security. Consider the claims processing example. A company may handle its own claims, but also provide the same services to outsourcing customers. Both require regular updates on claim status, though for security and confidentiality reasons, complete separation must be enforced. And the customer's non-technical staff have to be trained and supported with a reasonable cost. Using claims files in combination with SFTP virtual root and controlled user privileges, simple access to regularly updated claims data can be arranged for both outside parties and internal employees.

SFTP with virtual root directories is a great way to create flexible, inexpensive data access solutions— without an army of programmers! Maybe it's time you thought of some new uses for SFTP file transfer with VShell in your organization.

For more information on VShell 2.3, please visit the VanDyke Software web site:

http://www.vandyke.com/products/beta/vshell/index.html

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2. News – Buzz From The VanDyke Forums
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Have you ever thought that "It would be really cool if SecureCRT® could...."?

Then take a look at the new Roadmap forum. There have been some good ideas and helpful tips shared in the threads over the past couple of weeks. You might be interested in weighing in on a recent discussion: should SecureCRT and SecureFX® be merged into one product?

Ken started the discussion March 2nd by proposing that SecureCRT and SecureFX share configurations using the format for storing SecureCRT's session host database. Maureen, the SecureCRT product director, let the forum know that a shared session database is on the roadmap and development is underway. But the debate didn't stop there. Jason jumped in, suggesting a unified approach to operations for the entire client suite – SecureCRT, SecureFX, and Entunnel™ – where the clients might become modules to a single product. This might take the form of a single user interface, host key database, and session database. Jason wants more discussion of this between SecureCRT and SecureFX users to see what others think. He asks, "Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?"

Why not add your two cents? How do you feel about unified interfaces? What other features and capabilities are important to you? Forum members and VanDyke developers want to hear what
you have to say. Read or jump in on this and other threads at:

http://forums.vandyke.com/index.php

Registration is not required to read messages, but you will need to register in order to post in the forums or vote in polls.

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3. Tip – Whoa Trigger — After That Masked File!
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You might have heard of VShell triggers before. No, they don't really have anything to do with Roy Roger's horse. Seriously, maybe you weren't sure how you could put triggers to work for you. This week's tip shows how to automate the logging of file transfers by combining VShell upload and download triggers with the ubiquitous MySQL database. You may be surprised how straightforward it is.

For the complete tip, visit the VanDyke Software web site:

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

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4. New Releases
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Maintenance updates of official releases were made in March 2004 to SecureCRT 4.1.3, SecureFX 2.2.3, Entunnel 1.1.1, CRT™ 4.1.3, AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.3, and VShell 2.2.5.

The beta 2 release for VShell 2.3 is now available introducing SFTP virtual directories, download triggers, and a vsftp client, an interactive SFTP command-line utility for secure file transfers.

You can download new and previous releases at:

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

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

SecureCRT 4.1.3
SecureFX 2.2.3
Entunnel 1.1.1
CRT 4.1.3
AbsoluteFTP 2.2.3
VShell 2.2.5 Server for Windows
VShell 2.2.5 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 at no cost for 30 days. Licenses include one year of free upgrades and unlimited access to our expert technical support.


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