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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – January 2005

It's midwinter, the snowdrifts are mounting, and you find your mind drifting to summer thoughts: Maui, Daytona Beach, spring break, muscle cars. Feel better already? As a VanDyke Software user, chances are you want great performance, along the lines of a Mustang Cobra or an Acura RSX perhaps. So this month we give you another sneak peek at the latest VanDyke Software applications– behind the wheel and under the hood so to speak. The issue is rounded out with a SecureCRT® productivity tip and some useful information on port forwarding, scripting, and WiFi security.

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Contents
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1. Sneak Peek: SecureFX, SecureCRT Rev It Up
2. Tip – "Copy On Select" In SecureCRT
3. Web Cruising – Port Forwarding Article
4. Scanning The Web – On The Road Wireless With Secure Shell
5. Heard on the Forums – Get With Scripting!
6. New Releases
7. Current Releases

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1. Sneak Peek: SecureFX, SecureCRT Rev It Up
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SecureFX® 3.0 has some new slicks on it. You've read in previous issues about multiple instances, which give you more flexibility. Building right on top of that is full drag-and-drop capability. The new SecureFX can drag or copy and paste to and from any application that supports file drag-and-drop. With the upcoming major release of SecureFX, you will have more reason than ever to make it your primary file transfer tool.

With SecureFX 3.0, you will be able to drag files from the SecureFX window, drop them into Windows Explorer, and the file transfer will execute transparently. Cooler yet, drag selected files from SecureFX to WinZip, and WinZip will "automagically" start to create a compressed archive. And naturally, you could attach a remote file to an e-mail message via SecureFX. "Use SecureFX, skip a step" – that's our new motto.

Along with many other integration features and enhancements (if you haven't read about them in the News, visit our upgrade preview), SecureCRT and SecureFX will use named firewalls to broaden your ability to deal with multiple network connections. This should help anyone who works from home or moves work locations regularly (and who doesn't anymore?). Multiple named firewalls can be set up in global options, and each can be associated with any session from a drop-down menu. Your home office, main network, and any alternate connections can be set up to run at the click of the mouse.

To check on the upcoming releases, visit the VanDyke Software web site:

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

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2. Tip – "Copy On Select" In SecureCRT
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If you use a terminal window or Linux console, you have probably developed some timesaving "X" habits. Well, you don't have to give up X-Windows applications behavior when using CRT™ and SecureCRT. There are two options for mimicking X-Windows mouse behavior.

The "Copy on select" option automatically copies text selected with the mouse in the SecureCRT or CRT emulation window to the Windows clipboard. "Copy on select" can be combined with the "Paste on middle button" option to easily copy and paste selected text with minimal mousing and no additional keystrokes. (For these options, you need to use a mouse with three buttons, or two buttons and a clickable scroll-wheel.)

To turn on the "Copy on select" and "Paste on middle button" options in SecureCRT and CRT, go to the Global Options / Options / Mouse group. (In SecureCRT and CRT 5.0 the location will be the Global Options / Terminal / Mouse group.)

Read this and other tips on our website at:

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

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3. Web Cruising – Port Forwarding Article
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Brian Hatch, who as we mentioned last month has written a series of articles on the fundamentals of Secure Shell, has a new piece on port forwarding published on the SecurityFocus site. It is worth reading if you have not used port forwarding before, or if you would like to understand it better. Previous articles by Hatch are also linked from this page, including one on how to deal with host keys that should be required reading for anyone new to secure connections.

 http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1816

If you have questions or would like assistance getting started with port forwarding, please contact VanDyke Software Support.

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4. Scanning The Web – On The Road Wireless With Secure Shell
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When on the road, you may have access to your company's VPN, or you may have decided that the IEEE 802.1x security standard with WiFi Protected Access (WPA) meets your current security needs.

But if there is no WPA or VPN available at a location, or if you need to protect your laptop with an additional layer of security, what do you do?

Marcus H. Sachs shares his answer and a quick set of instructions for securing wireless connections with Secure Shell in the January 16th, 2005, SANS Handler's Diary.

To read more, just visit the Handler's Dairy and click on "Previous" until you get to his January 16th entry. Sachs' "Thoughts on Hotel Wireless" is the last entry for the page. And don't miss the additional tips posted in the January 17th "Wireless Thoughts - Part II" entry.

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5. Heard on the Forum – Get With Scripting!
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Our users know there's no better way to add to the performance of SecureCRT than scripting. You'll want to head over to forums.vandyke.com and check out these recent threads.

Forum member "mdurt" wanted to know "how to get started on writing scripts allowing me to control my switches and routers through SecureCRT." The thread covers resources like the SecureCRT help file as well as web pages on vandyke.com and msdn.microsoft.com.

  http://forums.vandyke.com/showthread.php?threadid=379

In a similar vein, forumite "wasodg2" posted a sample script to get IOS versions off Cisco 2900, 2950, and 2948 switches. The script outputs the IOS information into an Excel spread sheet.

  http://forums.vandyke.com/showthread.php?threadid=380

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6. New Releases
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No new releases have been made in the last month.

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 4.1.9
  SecureFX 2.2.8
  Entunnel™1.1.2
  CRT 4.1.9
  AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.8
  VShell™ 2.3.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.3.3 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 the 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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