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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – May 2007

New client applications recently delivered, the VShell® server upgrade in beta release, SecureCRT® and SecureFX® headed for pre-beta testing: there's plenty of action and a full edition of this month's newsletter to tell you about it. Also, two tasty forum "snacks" for you network admins. But first, check out the lead article to see how your situation compares to our recent survey on the state of information security.

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Contents
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1. 2007 Survey Shows Increased Commitment to Data Security
2. Ease Your Life With VShell 3.0 Config Import/Export
3. A Button Bar For SecureCRT – Call For Pre-Beta Testers
4. More Pre-Beta – SecureFX Mirroring, Now With Delete!
5. Heard on the Forum: How To Create 1000 SecureCRT Sessions
6. Scripting Corner – Microsoft Agent For Status Messages
7. New And Current Releases

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1. 2007 Survey Shows Increased Commitment to Data Security
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Results of the fourth annual "What Keeps You Up At Night?" survey, sponsored by VanDyke Software and conducted by Amplitude Research, have just been released. Securing remote access was the most important issue identified by the 300 respondents to the web-based survey. Other findings highlighted increasing awareness of secure file transfer and a higher reliance on single-source security vendors. Good news is that companies are giving their staff more adequate budgets to deal with security demands.

Of those taking the survey, 24% chose securing remote access as their number one security issue for 2007 among 11 security issues, up from 15% the year before. Secure Shell usage also jumped ahead of Telnet in this year's findings. When the survey began in 2004, 43% used Secure Shell for remote access. By 2007 this percentage increased to 66%, up 10% from 2006.

Perhaps the most surprising result was that over two-thirds of the respondents reported using secure file transfer internally when exchanging sensitive data between remote offices, up from 52% in 2006. Three of four surveyed report using secure file transfer when exchanging sensitive data with customers, suppliers, and other third parties.

As before, the survey respondents included professionals from major organizations. Twenty-six percent responding were from companies of over 5000 employees, while 29% worked in publicly traded companies. Respondents are experienced professionals: 80% have worked in IT for over 5 years, many for much longer. The budget support appears to be exceptional this year: 63% felt their organization has budgeted sufficiently to support current information security needs in 2007, versus only 49% in 2006.

You can read more about the survey results in a May 22 InfoWorld.com article by Matt Hines, "Companies Open Wallets For Secure Data".

Or, read the complete survey press release on the VanDyke web site.

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2. Ease Your Life With VShell 3.0 Config Import/Export
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You read in News You Can Use last month that the VShell 3.0 server for Windows upgrade currently in beta release adds import and export of configuration data using the VShellConfig program. Let's dive in and see how this capability saves you time.

VShellConfig helps admins strategically deploy and maintain their remote access solution. No one just installs one server software package and never touches it thereafter, so the import/export facility supports ongoing configuration and maintenance. Applications include backing up server data, provisioning backup servers, and supporting deployment of multiple servers.

Import or export can include part or all VShell settings, based on need: license, host keys, or registry. The XML output format is a key piece of the import/export feature, as it allows data to be easily edited by hand or script. A log file is produced to record warnings and errors.

Let's say an administrator wanted to provision many servers, but needed to change a couple of the settings for each server. The admin could manually or programmatically create a copy of the exported XML output, change the desired settings for each server, then import those settings through ShellConfig to get the exact configuration needed.

In addition, the import/export feature also addresses a particular issue when moving settings to a new machine. Import/export employs user names rather than machine-specific identifiers. When the access control settings are imported to a different machine, it properly resolves users by name. To see for yourself how import/export can save you time and effort, download your free trial copy of the VShell 3.0 beta release today.

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3. A Button Bar For SecureCRT – Call For Pre-Beta Testers
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VanDyke Software is developing an easily-configurable button bar for SecureCRT which can make common, repetitive tasks as quick and easy as pressing a button. We are looking for pre-beta testers interested in evaluating the interface and giving feedback. If you would like to participate in development and have an early look at this new capability, please send e-mail to Maureen Jett at .

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4. More Pre-Beta – SecureFX Mirroring, Now With Delete!
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Pre-beta testers are also needed to evaluate an enhancement to the SecureFX Quick Synchronize capability. The ability to delete while mirroring will be added to an upcoming release. A local or remote machine can be specified as the source so that the synchronization copies and deletes files to make the destination look exactly like the source. Please send e-mail to Maureen Jett at if you are interested in trying out this new feature.

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5. Heard on the Forum: How To Create 1000 SecureCRT Sessions
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Forum user Ted asks how he can import hundreds of sessions into SecureCRT using data output from a proprietary database of network devices. The first step is creating a comma-separated or CSV file. Then it takes a script to bring in the CSV session data, for which Jake Devenport from Customer Support provides a sample.

To read the entire post with a more detailed explanation, including the VBScript for importing session data, please visit the VanDyke Software forums.

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6. Scripting Corner – Microsoft Agent For Status Messages
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Think that scripting can't be fun? Scripting forum user baraccabacca wanted to display a message to the user without stopping his script. While the standard behavior of a Message Box gives focus to the box, thereby halting the script, miked from VanDyke Customer Support suggested the idea of using Microsoft Agent to display the message. baraccabacca liked the suggestion, commenting, "My customized agent also gives the script a little flavor...!"

To join the scripting forum, please visit the VanDyke Software forum site today.

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7. New And Current Releases
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The VShell 3.0 beta 2 dated May 9 is the latest release of our major server upgrade, with six new triggers, support for SCP as a secure RCP client replacement over SSH2, importing and exporting configuration data with VShellConfig, and a native Windows 64-bit version.

SecureCRT 5.5.1, CRT™ 5.5.1, and SecureFX 4.5.1 maintenance releases were made on May 16, 2007.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.5
  SecureFX 4.5
  CRT 5.5
  VShell 2.6.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.6.4 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 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

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


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