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A Monthly Newsletter – September 2008

Now that SecureCRT® 6.1 and SecureFX® 6.1 are in official release, it's time to catch you up on some related news and information. We highlight the official release of the VanDyke ClientPack 6.1, which includes new vsftp commands to assist in automation and administration. Then we return to the synchronize database capabilities new in SecureFX 6.1. You'll see a major new and exciting turn as our Mac client survey gathers your input on upcoming development for the Mac OS X platform. We also show you how to disconnect a user to free up connections using the VShell® server's Who.exe command-line utility. Last, a bit of security news to help keep you up to date on emerging best practices.


1. ClientPack 6.1 Adds vsftp Commands: "detail", "view", And "su"
2. Storing Synchronize Settings In SecureFX 6.1
3. Chime In – Take This Survey On SecureCRT For The Mac OS X
4. Using The VShell for Windows Who.exe "--kill" Command
5. Internet News: CIS Service Builds On IT Security Metrics
6. New and Current Releases

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ClientPack 6.1 Adds vsftp Commands: "detail", "view", and "su"

The VanDyke ClientPack is a set of command-line utilities that you can use to automate file transfer, shell, and public-key administration tasks on Windows, Linux, and UNIX platforms. Version 6.1 adds new functionality to vsftp, an interactive SFTP command-line utility providing quick, easy, and secure file transfer operations. The new commands allow you to accomplish the following activities:

  • Get information about a file in vsftp with a "detail" command that displays detailed file attributes and properties.
  • Read files easily on a remote machine with a "view" command that downloads a file and opens it in the default editor or application of your choice (Windows version only).
  • Perform file transfer operations as a different user with the "su" command (where the remote server is VShell 3.5 or later).

An additional command new to version 6.1 is a -b batch option that lets you run vsftp commands from a file. Find out how to use the -b option by reading this tip on the VanDyke website.

Learn more about the VanDyke ClientPack on the VanDyke Software website.

2. Storing Synchronize Settings In SecureFX 6.1

In all the thunder and excitement of new releases, certain features are easy to overlook. We want to make sure that doesn't happen with the SecureFX 6.1 release's ability to store and retrieve synchronization settings.

The mechanism for storing synchronization settings is like the Session Connect capability in SecureCRT and SecureFX. You define basic settings and synchronize options, give them a name, and they are stored in a database for retrieval whenever you need them.

The synchronize options for the SecureFX 6.1 client include:

  • Local path
  • Remote path
  • Direction: Upload only, Download only, Mirror local, Mirror remote, Mirror both (union)
  • Include subdirectories (check box)

There are two ways to quickly define a session: use the local and remote settings from the current remote session, or load the settings from the last time synchronization was performed.

The synchronize database makes for quick, easy data synchronization on multiple sites. To make the process even more painless, the SFXCL utility can now automate synchronize session operations using the command-line switch "/Synchronize sessionpath".

Download SecureFX 6.1 today to try the new synchronize database.

3. Chime In – Take This Survey On SecureCRT For The Mac OS X

As the Mac platform gains market share, an increasing number of customers send us requests for a Mac version of SecureCRT. This highly vocal group will be happy to hear that preliminary development of SecureCRT for Mac OS X is underway.

Now we want your input: tell us what you want and need to see in the initial releases. To get your voice heard, point your browser to our Mac OS X web survey.

4. Using The VShell for Windows Who.exe "--kill" Command

The Who.exe command-line utility included with VShell server for Windows provides information about the current active connections to the server. As of VShell 3.5, Who.exe also offers the ability to disconnect active sessions. This month's tip explains how to use the --kill function.

Visit the VanDyke Software tips pages to read the complete tip.

5. Internet News: CIS Service Builds On IT Security Metrics

According to a report this month in ComputerWorld, CIS, the nonprofit Center for Internet Security, will soon deliver new guidelines and services to assist companies in assessing their security performance.

Since 2000, CIS has created more than forty security benchmarks, which form the core of their current offering. The metrics range from the mean time to recover from a security incidents to the percentage of business applications where risk has been evaluated. The new service will allow companies to anonymously compare their performance to that of similar organizations.

Read the complete ComputerWorld article by Jeremy Kirk.

Or, you can go directly to the CIS website to learn more about CIS and their consensus-based metrics.

6. New And Current Releases

VShell 3.5 official delivers three new editions that protect your FTP transfers with FTP over SSL. Also new are a Control Panel makeover, additional logging enhancements including W3C extended log file format, an internal user database, and a new remote exec RunAs capability.

SecureCRT 6.1, now in official release, extends your ability to customize your workflow and automate routine tasks with new search, session management, and scripting capabilities. You can search from the Connect dialog, disconnect and reconnect all tabbed sessions, and launch a remote command or application when you connect to a session. Scripting enhancements include support for accessing session options, accessing the clipboard, and sending special keys. Additional logon options allow you to save usernames and passwords with keyboard-interactive authentication and to enter Secure Shell logon credentials in the terminal window, making it easier to script logon operations.

The SecureFX 6.1 official version provides faster, simpler ways to keep your sites synchronized, with a synchronize database and the ability to use active sessions for synchronize operations. SecureFX also has session search and saving keyboard-interactive authentication data. New context menu items let you quickly navigate back, forward, to the parent, home, and root folders, as well as the current local Explorer folder.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.1
  SecureFX 6.1
  CRT™ 6.1
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.1
  VShell 3.5 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.5 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 7.0 (Intel x86)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel x86)
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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