Hello Friends of Proxy Networks,
We have just released PROXY Pro v10.5!
The new software version is available from the Download page on our website and our upgrade guides are located on the Documentation page.
The big news in PROXY Pro v10.5 is that we now have an installed, persistent, always-on Host for Macintosh! We have long had the transient Host on Demand that allows for screen sharing and remote control on Mac, though it was for attended scenarios and the user needed to run it first. Similar to how the Windows Host has always worked, v10.5’s new Mac Host will run in the background and allow for remote control of it without there being a user in front of the Mac. A major engineering milestone indeed! The Mac user manual is located on our documentation page at proxynetworks.com/documentation.
But that’s not all – we have a second major engineering milestone with regard to server capacity. We have more than tripled the maximum amount of Hosts that can report to a PROXY Pro RAS across the internet (i.e. Hosts using a reverse connection). The number has been increased from 2,500 to 8,000 which introduces newfound freedom with regard to the amount of Hosts any customer can deploy and reliably connect to.
It should not go without mention that several bug fixes and general improvements have made their way into the product for this release as well. For the complete list of all changes, below you will find a direct copy/paste from the release notes:
• Improved Host for Macintosh (Applies to RAS Edition) The Host for Macintosh has been substantially revised. This new Host software can operate in an “On Demand” mode, in a “Persistent” mode (for unattended access, including to the login screen), as well as in both modes simultaneously. The previous Host for Macintosh only operated in an “On Demand” mode. Improved Gateway Server “Reverse Connection” Capacity (Applies to RAS Edition) The PROXY Pro Server, and the Gateway Server component specifically, has increased capacity to maintain “reverse connections” with Hosts that are off-LAN. Previously, up to 2500 connections could be maintained; in PROXY v10.5, this limit is increased to 8000.
• Deployment Tool Improvements: The Deployment Tool has a number of minor improvements and fixes, including better and easier-to-use support for exporting and importing the entire state of the tool, or individual Host Product Configurations, to JSON format. This allows this information to be archived in a neutral format, and to be moved from machine to machine.
• Application Pool Configuration Improvements: The Identity Manager and Web Console application pools now have Start Mode set to AlwaysRunning instead of OnDemand; this improves application startup time and first response time from idle. Additionally, on Windows Server 2019 and later, the “removeServerHeader” option is set to omit the standard “Server:” header.
• Address Restrictions for HTTPSYS Connections: The Gateway HTTPSYS protocol now supports address restrictions to limit where connections can come from.
• Host TLS Certificate Location: Host will create a TLS certificate, if no appropriate certificate is found in the machine Personal store. In v10.4, that certificate was placed in that store; in v10.5, the certificate is placed in a private location to isolate the certificate from accidental use by other software.
• Host Station Name Macros: the %USERNAME% macro now resolves to “Not-Logged-In” instead of an empty string (“”) if no user is logged in, consistent with the %USER% macro; and the %ADDR% macro now always resolves to an IP address of the machine.
• Connect in Browser: the in-browser Remote Control experience has several user interface and usability fixes, including proper handling of scroll bars (when needed) and the Fit-To modes.
• Latest OpenSSL release: the latest OpenSSL release (v1.1.1n) has been incorporated into this release.
• Usability and Reliability: A large number of minor usability, user interface, and software reliability issues were addressed since v10.4 HF#2.