[Vpn-help] New 2.1.0 alpha 6 release ...
mgrooms at shrew.net
Mon Feb 4 18:41:38 CST 2008
I just posted a new 2.1.0 alpha 6 release on the website. The big news
is the addition of two new NDIS6 drivers that support Vista 32/64 bit
Platforms. With any new major addition, there are of course a few
caveats involved. Here is the dirt ...
1) Windows Vista systems do not allow unsigned drivers to be installed
under most circumstances. Before you attempt to install the Shrew Soft
Client on a Vista computer, please read the following articles ...
2) The only functionality that is not yet ported to NDIS6 is IP fragment
handling. That means that fragmented packets that match divert rules (
IKE or IPsec ) may not be handled correctly. For IPsec transport
packets, you can work around this by lowering the MTU when using virtual
adapter mode. Users of direct adapter mode will probably need to wait
until the missing support is added.
3) The route handling code has an ugly hack in it to support Vista at
the moment. This needs to be cleaned up but things should still continue
to function normally. For anyone who is curious, take a look at this
excellent blog entry http://www.nynaeve.net/?p=59 for more details. I
don't use his elaborate hack but a simpler brute force method as a stop
Thats pretty much it. The next release should see more testing and
improvements. The amount of code that remains to get the Vista port on
track is actually quite minimal and should be committed within the next
day or so. Of course there were lots of other changes that went into
this release as well. Please see the change log available from the
client download pages for more details.
Lastly, I wanted to make an announcement concerning my personal schedule
and future development. As of today, I have concluded all long term
contract work obligations for the next 8 months and am committed to full
time development of Shrew Soft VPN products. This means there will be a
much higher pace of development between now and September. During this
stretch, we should see 2-3 major releases, several minor releases and
the introduction of signed WHQL certified drivers for the Windows
platform. The only gap I have scheduled will be a much needed vacation
during the March-April time frame. If any Shrew Soft users living in
Japan or Taiwan feel like buying me a beer on my travels, I certainly
won't object :)
Thanks again. Testing and feedback are very much appreciated.
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