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A Monthly Newsletter – June/July 2007

A new official release always gets top billing, and the VShell® 3.0 server is no exception – read our follow-up to the April beta announcement. Then, we toss out some ideas for using the new triggers, as well as the latest on the ever-popular practice of running applications from flash drives. To ease into the summer break, we pass along some recent coverage of our products and survey results. Back at you in August, then.


1. VShell 3.0 Server Official: Time-saving Triggers And More
2. Down The Road: New Default Transfer Behavior In SecureFX®
3. Heard On The Forum: Run SecureCRT® From A U3 Flash Drive
4. InfoWorld Reports on Amplitude/VanDyke Software Survey
5. Dept. of Validation: PC Magazine Recommends SecureCRT
6. New and Current Releases

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1. VShell 3.0 Server Official: Time-saving Triggers And More

The official release of the VShell 3.0 server in June delivers time-savings with administrator tools including seven new automation "triggers", configuration enhancements, and built-in SCP support.

The VShell 3.0 release more than doubles the number of VShell "trigger" conditions available. The seven new triggers are Login, Logout, File Rename, File Delete, Folder Create, Folder Rename,
and Folder Delete. The file and folder triggers are for SFTP and SCP operations, while the login and logout triggers also apply to VShell shell access.

SCP support lets admins allow users limited file transfer without granting shell access permission. Built-in SCP support handles processing of remote execution requests over SSH2 from secure RCP replacement clients. Control SCP use by applying access control lists (ACLs), virtual root or "jail" directories, and logging SCP activity.

Configuring VShell 3.0 is made easier in several ways. The Windows VShellConfig utility adds import and export of configuration data so that you can make backups of existing configurations and move them to different machines. A new "Listen Addresses" page on the VShell Control Panel manages a
list of IP addresses and ports that VShell will listen on, and a maximum connections setting in the General category limits the number of concurrent times a user can log on to VShell.

Version 3.0 now offers a native 64-bit Windows version that allows public-key-only authentication. And a custom modular edition of VShell is available to streamline configuration and distribution for large customers. Contact VanDyke Software Sales for more information on the VShell Custom Edition.

To upgrade, download your official release copy of the VShell 3.0 server today.

2. Down The Road: New Default Transfer Behavior In SecureFX

Product Director Maureen posted the following not long ago on the File Transfer forum:

"SecureFX 6.0 has been changed so that the default transfer type overrides the "Unknown" transfer type. 6.0 is in pre-beta testing. If you'd like to try it, please send e-mail to me at ."

3. Heard On The Forum: Run SecureCRTFrom A U3 Flash Drive

Forum user gilzow2 posted handy instructions for setting up SecureCRT to run from a U3 USB drive, taking advantage of U3's ability to connect and disconnect flash drives smoothly.

On top of this, a pre-beta release of a new U3-ready installer is now available for testing from VanDyke Software development. Please send e-mail to Maureen Jett at if you are
interested in trying a U3 installation.

Of course if you have to do it now with the current SecureCRT client, follow the steps on gilzow2's blog.

4. InfoWorld Reports on Amplitude/VanDyke Software Survey

A May 22 posting on by Matt Hines covered the results of the annual security survey sponsored by VanDyke Software. The article led with the Amplitude Research survey's findings of increased IT staff satisfaction with budgets for network security, and continued to detail significant advances in corporate policy for securing file transfer, as well as chronicling a major shift in replacement of Telnet with Secure Shell.

Hines' article, titled "Companies open wallets for secure data," reported survey findings that the number of respondents happy with budgets for IT security increased from 47 to 63 percent
since last year. And 47 percent said securing remote access was one of their top three priorities this year. Sixty-eight percent of administrators responding reported using secure file transfer methods between remote offices, and 75 percent secure data transfer with outside sources. All indicators for file transfer are up 10 to 15 percent since 2006. Use of Telnet has continued to decline, down to 38 percent from 54 percent last year.

InfoWorld quoted Steve Birnkrant, CEO of Amplitude, as saying, "People are finally waking up to all the vulnerabilities that affect Telnet, and this will greatly improve security for exchanging sensitive data over remote connections."

Rread the InfoWorld story here.

5. Dept. of Validation: PC Magazine Recommends SecureCRT

In the June 5th issue, PC Magazine had this to say about SecureCRT: "With this über-terminal emulator, you can access distant machines straight from your desktop without exposing user accounts, passwords, or important data to the outside world – whether you're using LAN or the Web. You're free to service remote applications, provide end-user support, or even transfer files."

Read the review.

6. New And Current Releases

The VShell 3.0 server official release was made on June 26. Please see above for more information on new time-saving administrator tools, new automation "triggers", built-in SCP support, and configuration enhancements.

SecureCRT 5.5.1, SecureFX 4.5.1 and CRT 5.5.1 were released in May to address issues identified in previous versions.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.5.1
  SecureFX 4.5.1
  CRT 5.5.1
  VShell 3.0 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3/Linux 4.0
    Solaris 8/10
    FreeBSD 4.8/5.3/5.4/6.1
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 5.2/5.3

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