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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – February 2006

The theme song for the latest client and server beta releases could easily be "Get Your FIPS on Route 66". If you don't work in the government, defense, or utilities, and "FIPS" sounds like a problem for your podiatrist, you will be happy to know that there are cool new tab and session launching features, too. Of course, the online beta forum is open and full of chatter about the new releases, and we hope you will join in. This month's Heard On The Forums highlights a discussion on server hopping. And we report on an exciting new source of technology information.

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Contents
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1. Three Fresh Beta Releases: Fun With Tabs and FIPS 140-2
2. YAP – Yet Another Plug for Beta Product Forums
3. VShell® 2.6 Beta: FIPS Again, RADIUS, and VShellConfig
4. Note From The CEO: Advances In Technology Education
5. Heard On The Forums: Server Hopping
6. Did You Know? Sounds and SecureFX®
7. New and Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. Three Fresh Beta Releases: Fun With Tabs and FIPS 140-2
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The new beta releases of SecureCRT®) and SecureFX at the end of January deliver in two distinct areas: security enhancements and session launching. Of interest to network managers and administrators, SecureCRT and SecureFX can now use a FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic library and have improved authentication with X.509 digital certificates. The user focused on productivity will be glad to see that SecureCRT and SecureFX add improved SSH agent functionality and gain the ability to select and launch multiple sessions from the Connect dialog. SecureCRT's ability to launch multiple sessions in tabs from the Connect dialog is also available in CRT™ 5.1.

Tabs have been a SecureCRT user favorite since they appeared in version 5.0. One SecureCRT 5.1 alpha tester put it this way: "Ever since the addition of tabs, SecureCRT has become an even more productive tool. I have hooked countless business associates on the tabs feature." With the 5.1 release, folders and multiple selected sessions can be connected in tabs from the Connect dialog. You can also choose to show tabs only when there are multiple sessions open. For SecureFX 3.1, the multi-session launch allows folders and multiple selected sessions to be connected from the Connect dialog, each in its own window.

SecureCRT and SecureFX now offer an administrator option to run in "FIPS Mode". This allows government and other organizations to comply with the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard for encryption software set out in section 140-2. When run in FIPS mode, SecureCRT allows only FIPS-approved encryption algorithms such as DSA, Triple DES, and AES. Copies of the FIPS 140-2 validation certificates are available from the FIPS information page on the VanDyke Software web site mentioned below.

To read more about the SecureCRT 5.1, SecureFX 3.1, and CRT 5.1 beta releases, please visit the Beta Products section of the VanDyke Software web site

For more on FIPS 140-2 support, go to our FIPS information page.

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2. YAP – Yet Another Plug for Beta Product Forums
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Can't decide whether to try the latest SecureCRT beta release? Tried a VShell 2.6 beta and found a problem? Convinced a new feature needs a tweak to work just right? Let the VanDyke Software online beta forum be your window into the latest software. After just a couple of weeks, activity on the new product beta forums covers the range of features from ASCII transfers to Zmodem. VanDyke Software staff monitors the forum closely, so the beta forum is the best way to stay in touch.

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

Go ahead, try it – it's free!

  http://forums.vandyke.com/forumdisplay.php?f=19

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3. VShell 2.6 Beta: FIPS Again, RADIUS, and VShellConfig
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If it's February, it must be FIPS time. The VShell 2.6 server beta release tracks along with the clients by providing the same FIPS mode capability outlined above, as well as RADIUS server authentication to support the use of SecurID and other advanced authentication methods, a configuration utility, VShellConfig, for SFTP roots and access control lists (ACLs), and a new Deny Host file. Stay in control of your network security with these and other VShell server configuration options and trusted authentication methods.

Try the latest VShell 2.6 server beta release today.

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4. Note From The CEO: Advances In Technology Education
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Our intrepid CEO Jeff P. Van Dyke, constantly traversing the internet, clued us in on a web-based educational (ahem) tool he ran across not long ago. "Most of our readers are pretty comfortable with technology, but we often work with folks that are not. I recently found an online resource for helping them understand technology better." Jeff is one serious guy, so you know this will be good stuff (cough).

  http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html

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5. Heard On The Forums: Server Hopping
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Forum user balki asks whether he can use SecureCRT to "server hop", or gain access to a server through another server. Jake Devenport of the Customer Support group explains how to use port forwarding to accomplish the "server hop" (with an ASCII-artful chart), to general acclaim from balki and lphillips.

Read the complete thread on server hopping.

To join the VanDyke Software Forum, please visit the Forum home.

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6. Did You Know? Sounds and SecureFX
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Want something to wake you up at the end of that long binary download? SecureFX has an option to play a sound of your choice when a transfer is completed. It can be found in the Global Options dialog, on the File Transfer / Sound page.

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7. New and Current Releases
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First, beta releases of SecureCRT 5.1, SecureFX 3.1, and CRT 5.1 were made January 31st and February 21st, with new tab launching capability and use of a FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic library. A beta release of the VShell server was made February 7th, with parallel FIPS functionality and other changes to enhance authentication and configuration. Please see above for more information.

Maintenance releases were made February 14th for SecureCRT 5.0.5, SecureFX 3.0.5, and CRT 5.0.5.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.0.5
  SecureFX 3.0.5
  CRT 5.0.5
  AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.10
  VShell 2.5 Server for Windows
  VShell 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 (SPARC)
    FreeBSD 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

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