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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – November 2012

This month's headline news is the official release of the VShell® 3.9 server, providing FTPS support on UNIX in addition to Windows. Then we point you to our brand-new YouTube channel for how-to videos on SecureCRT®, with Jake Devenport from the Customer Support group, our in-house productivity and automation expert. The SecureCRT chat window is the subject of another video tip, with a list of old school topics as well. This month's featured forum post discusses ways to clone a session to create many similar sessions. The first call for testers includes an item of special interest for the Mac OS X community.

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Contents
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1. VShell 3.9 Official Release Delivers FTPS for UNIX
2. Video Tip: SecureCRT Button Bar Demo on YouTube
3. Technical Resources: The SecureCRT Chat Window
4. Heard on the Forums: Cloning Sessions
5. Call for Testers: SecureFX(R) for Mac OS X
6. Call for Testers: SecureCRT with Kermit Support
7. New and Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. VShell 3.9 Official Release Delivers FTPS for UNIX
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The VShell 3.9 official release offers a special version with FTPS protocol support on UNIX platforms. In addition, the Windows version adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 and allows configuration of virtual root permissions using the VShellConfig utility. On all versions, new connection filters have been added to the list of subconfiguration options.

VShell with FTPS adds support for FTP over SSL file transfer protocols in which connections are protected by encryption using SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer / Transport Layer Security). VShell with FTPS can also be configured to support plain-text connections via FTP for those who may require legacy connectivity.

VShell with FTPS is available on UNIX and Linux platforms including Red Hat, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, and Mac OS X.

Adding control over virtual root permissions to the VShellConfig command-line utility gives the administrator another means to configure specific file and folder access permissions on a per-user, per-root basis. Expanding the list of subconfiguration options with connection filters gives administrators the ability to define six different settings for a subset of users, groups, or locations.

Download and evaluate the official release of the VShell 3.9 server today.

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2. Video Tip: SecureCRT Button Bar Demo on YouTube
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Over the years we have presented many tips and how-to articles in the newsletter and on our website. Recently we adopted a new mode of communication, joining the thousands of informative online videos of seemingly every product and technology. We hope YouTube videos will be a useful and effective addition to our existing formats.

The inaugural video on the VanDyke Software YouTube channel demonstrates how to use the SecureCRT button bar. In just six and a half minutes Jake Devenport from VanDyke Software support leads you through setting up buttons, adding a new button bar, and linking a button bar to a session. We hope seeing the software in action will help you dive into this and other challenging subjects.

Try the new Button Bar video demo on YouTube!

After you watch the video, please let us know what works for you or what doesn't. Just send e-mail with your comments to . We look forward to hearing from you!

If you create a free YouTube account, you can subscribe to the VanDyke Software channel and be notified when new videos are posted.

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Technical Resources: The SecureCRT Chat Window
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Much has been written about how to save time with the chat window in SecureCRT. With the introduction of our second YouTube video, we thought we'd list all the resources that help you learn how to broadcast commands and save keystrokes with the chat window.

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Heard on the Forums: Cloning Sessions
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Forum member 10tech posted a common question: "Is there a quick and easy way to clone my original session and save it with a new name and new IP address?" Todd from VanDyke Software Support runs down the gamut of different methods. He recommends the default session method for 10tech, since this way the core settings are available whenever a new connection is needed.

To read the complete thread, visit the VanDyke Software discussion forums today.

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5. Call for Testers: SecureFX for Mac OS X
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VanDyke Software is looking for customers to test the new Mac OS X version of SecureFX. This application will be integrated with SecureCRT for Mac OS X the same way our Windows software fits together, with support for recent OS X releases including Lion and Mountain Lion.

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

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6. Call for Testers: SecureCRT with 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 this feature, please send e-mail to .

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7. New and Current Releases
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Maintenance releases were made October 25 to address issues identified in previous releases of SecureCRT, SecureFX, and the ClientPack utilities.

The official release of the VShell 3.9 server, which includes optional FTPS support on UNIX platforms is now available. VShell 3.9 with FTPS provides support for 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 (Windows only).

SecureCRT 7.0 new features include 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 enhancements 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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