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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – February 2008

One of the main reasons we're here is to make admins' lives easier. That comes through loud and clear in a recent SearchNetworking.com article on users' views of the SecureCRT® and SecureFX® 6.0 releases. On the same subject, this month's tip shows how to get multiple sessions started more easily. If logging is your thing, look at the call for pre-beta testers of new VShell® server syslog capabilities. We see also that the forum natives have been restless, discussing the new client upgrades and looking for ways to tunnel through multiple hosts. Finally, please take our brief web-based survey so we can learn what you value most in current and future versions of SecureCRT and SecureFX.

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Contents
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1. Tip: Streamline Connecting To Multiple Secure Shell Sessions
2. Call For Pre-Beta VShell Testers For New Syslog Capabilities
3. SecureCRT 6.0, SecureFX 6.0 Headlined On SearchNetworking.com!
4. Heard On The Forum: Tunneling Through Multiple Hosts
5. Take Our Quick Survey On SecureCRT And SecureFX
6. New and Current Releases

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1. Tip: Streamline Connecting To Multiple Secure Shell Sessions
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Many of you may have received an invitation to take a satisfaction survey following your purchase of a VanDyke application. What you may not know is that we really do read all the responses and we answer questions that customers ask in the surveys.

In a recent customer survey a SecureCRT user requested the ability to activate an "agent SSH2/Public Key" at the start of the day, put in their password, and then connect to multiple servers at the same time.

Actually, SecureCRT and SecureFX can already do this for both password and public key authentication, with the right session and options configuration.

Read the complete tip on how to streamline entering your authentication credentials for multiple sessions.

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2. Call For Pre-Beta VShell Testers For New Syslog Capabilities
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VanDyke Software development is seeking testers for new syslog capabilities in an upcoming version of the VShell server. To improve activity monitoring and problem-solving, log data will have more storage options, with support for logging to a remote syslog server.

If you would like to test this new capability in pre-beta software, send e-mail to .

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3. SecureCRT 6.0, SecureFX 6.0 Headlined On SearchNetworking.com!
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As often as we hear from customers how you use SecureCRT and SecureFX to save critical time in maintaining and securing your networks, it was bound to hit the news. The lead article for February 14th on the SearchNetworking Web site discusses the 6.0 releases, relating it to the increase in business use of remote access and the demand for better tools to manage complex networks.

In "Remote access security management software is a time saver for network administrators," by Tessa Parmenter, our customers speak loudly and clearly about the advantages of VanDyke Software products. You'll want to read the entire piece, but here are some of the statements that we think say volumes about the value of SecureCRT:

"SecureCRT is an integral part of my day-to-day work. Without it, I couldn't do what I do...."
– Aaron Howell, Unix system administrator

"I had to rely on a few different products to achieve the same result that I get from SecureCRT. Using VBScript, I can reduce the time required for many tasks by a rough factor of 10. Sure, there are other tools out there, but they are much more expensive and don't offer the configuration detail."
– Christopher Starcher, Network engineer

"SecureCRT is like PuTTY on steroids. The addition of the button bar is fabulous and allows for quick config snippets."
– Ken Rearick, Network services manager

These users also cited responsive support and quick response to bug reports as factors in their selection of SecureCRT.

Read the complete article at the SearchNetworking site.

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4. Heard On The Forum: Tunneling Through Multiple Hosts
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Forum user Gibbo recently asked how to create a tunnel from local through Host1, and then from Host2 to Host3 so that he could use SFTP and SCP from end to end. As Kevin from VanDyke Software Support explained, doing this requires multiple sessions with distinct port forwarding and firewall configuration.

As a brief overview, the approach is to configure a session that defines the ports that need to be tunneled. Then, use that session as a firewall/proxy in a second session and use dynamic port forwarding with a different port number. This configuration is also used as a firewall/proxy for the third hop, which sets up the SFTP session.

For the complete forum post including step-by-step instructions on setting up each session, visit the VanDyke Software forum.

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5. Take Our Quick Survey On SecureCRT And SecureFX
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Continuous improvement is, well, continuous. So even though the 6.0 versions are just out, we want your feedback on which elements of SecureCRT and SecureFX you like best, as well as where you believe the software still needs improvement. Your responses will be used to guide ongoing product development and delivery.

Please take a few minutes to visit the survey web page today to share your thoughts with us. We will report back to you on the results.

Click here to take the survey.

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6. New And Current Releases
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SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0 official releases are now available, delivering increased productivity with enhanced user tools and a high level of integration between SecureCRT and SecureFX. SecureCRT adds the ability to move tabs in and out of SecureCRT windows, as well as a new button bar to automate tasks. SecureFX offers mirroring with delete, an editable address bar, and the ability to resolve symbolic links. A combined installer for both clients is available, as well as an installer for U3 smart drives.

Maintenance releases were made January 24th of SecureCRT 5.5.4 and SecureFX 4.5.4 as well as CRT™ 5.5.4. On February 21st, maintenance releases were made for SecureCRT 6.0.1, SecureFX 6.0.1, and CRT 6.0.1.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.0.1
  SecureFX 6.0.1
  CRT 6.0.1
  VShell 3.0.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.3 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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