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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – December 2012

Every year brings important events with lessons to take away, and 2012 is no exception. Using the SecureCRT® 7.0 TFTP server as an example, we try to underscore the importance of users getting actively involved in testing and providing feedback on new features in development. Looking back at the News in 2012, we highlight several tips that represent new or key capabilities of the software. Turning to the future, two web tips can help you get ready to apply connection filters in the brand-new VShell® 3.9 server. The calls for testers continue with new features and platforms for SecureFX® and SecureCRT. We wish you all a great holiday wherever you are.

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Contents
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1. From Feature Request to Release: Early Feedback is Key
2. Revisiting Top Tips of 2012
3. Tip: Get Ready to Use VShell Connection Filters
4. Call for Testers: SecureFX for Mac OS X and Linux
5. Call for testers: SecureCRT Kermit Support
6. New and Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. From Feature Request to Release: Early Feedback is Key
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A recent thread on the VanDyke Software forums illustrates how important early feedback is in our development process. After forum member Casey started a thread on TFTP during the SecureCRT 7.0 beta, customers posted in August and November wanting TFTP in SecureCRT to have logging and a configuration interface. Hearing that enhancements were not immediately forthcoming, one forum member wrote, "I was rather disappointed to see the way the TFTP feature is implemented."

SecureCRT product director Maureen Jett replied as follows:

"When we implemented TFTP, we implemented something pretty basic, thinking customers would give us feedback about what additional functionality they wanted. We received very little feedback during pre-beta and beta testing. Most of the feedback came in after 7.0 was officially released, which didn't give us time to incorporate it into 7.0 or 7.1.... I'm not saying this to make excuses for not implementing requests, but rather to make it clear how important customer feedback is in our development process."

There you have it in a nutshell. If you have interest in a particular feature, your feedback can help improve its functionality and the sooner we get the feedback, the better.

We hope that after reading this article you look carefully at the calls for testers below and consider evaluating new capabilities in pre-beta form.

For a more detailed description of our development process for feature requests, see item #3 in the December 2011 newsletter.

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2. Revisiting Top Tips of 2012
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We want to list the past year's best tips in three ways: key subjects covered in the Newsletter, most popular tips based on page hits, and new tips on important topics.

Tips covered in Newsletter issues:

Most popular tips based on page hits:

New tips:

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3. Tip: Get Ready to Use VShell Connection Filters

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In the new VShell 3.9 server, connection filters can be specified in VShell subconfigurations to limit access to the server on a per-user or per-group basis. To take advantage of connection filters, you may want to brush up on two related subjects: subconfiguration and user/group virtual root permissions.

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Call for Testers: SecureFX for Mac OS X and Linux
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VanDyke Software is again looking for customers to test the new Mac and Linux versions of SecureFX. SecureFX will be integrated with SecureCRT for Mac and Linux the same way the Windows applications work together.

If you would like to test and evaluate the new versions of SecureFX, , please send e-mail to .

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5. Call for testers: SecureCRT Kermit Support
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VanDyke Software is looking for customers to test Kermit file transfer support in a pre-beta release of SecureCRT. The addition of this common transfer protocol provides more flexibility when transferring files.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on Kermit support, please send e-mail to .

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6. New and Current Releases
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VShell 3.9 for FTPS supports secure file transfer using the FTP protocol with SSL/TLS encryption. Other changes for VShell 3.9 include the addition of connection filters to VShell subconfigurations, and the ability to set virtual root file and folder permissions in the VShellConfig utility.

SecureCRT 7.0 features tiled sessions (Windows only), a built-in TFTP server, a "Skip" button for authentication methods, and button bar enhancements. SecureFX 7.0 gives you a toolbar filter to quickly find files and folders in the current working directories, synchronization enhance ments including better performance, and improvements to SFXCL. The latest ClientPack 7.0 utilities add new capabilities to the VRALib API and the ability to generate OpenSSH format keys from the vkeygen command line.

The following is a list of the latest official product releases:

   SecureCRT 7.0.2
   SecureFX 7.0.2
   VanDyke ClientPack 7.0.2
   VShell® 3.9 Server

To download any of the current or previous releases, go to:

  http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

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. Licenses for three years of upgrades and support are also available.

For a list of supported platforms, visit the Systems Requirements page.

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