About Tactical Product Releases
- All Tactical products are updated and released in each version.
- All releases within version 4 are upward compatible.
- When installed, new releases automatically use the same license key and preserve all settings.
Version 4.9.9 (available 22 Feb 2017)
- Enhanced support for Windows 10
- Updated User Guides
- Updated Advanced Options window
- Support for baud rates up to 921K
- Updated the Advanced Options window
- Enabled TCP Keep-Alive on all network connections.
- Fixed issue causing MMC GUI crashes on Windows 2012R2.
- Fixed rarely encountered race condition.
- Fixed problem in moving data from x86 to x64 systems.
- Windows 8 supported.
- Windows 2012 supported.
- Fixed rarely encountered Trace Window stall when COM port traffic is high.
- Update to latest Microsoft driver installer for x64 systems.
- Fixed bug which would cause driver crash in rare circumstances.
- Update Authenticode Code Signing Certificate.
- Updated to OpenSSL 1.0.0e.
- Minor improvement to how DNS hostnames are resolved in the driver.
- Allow redirected COM port list to be changed even when COM ports are in use.
Versions 4.9.1, 4.9.2, 4.9.3
- General maintenance releases.
- SSL Encryption features have been updated to use OpenSSL 1.0.0.
- SSL Encryption features are now supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system.
- The COM/IP software modem acknowledges attempts to read or write to unsupported S-registers with an OK response rather than generate an "ERROR" response.
- Allow "ATD" command with empty phone number to succeed with "OK" response from COM/IP modem.
- Correct minor incompatibility with "Ring Indicator" status line behavior in COM port driver.
- Driver optimizations for incoming network connections.
- Corrected a problem in the 64-bit drivers for Windows 7 and
Windows Server 2008.
Serial/IP Redirector and DialOut/EZ Redirector
- Corrected a rare problem where the "Use Windows Credentials" feature would malfunction on first login after reboot.
- Improved tolerance for improperly configured networks and unsolicited packet traffic.
- General performance enhancements.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is now supported for 32-bit and 64-bit processors.
TacServe COM Port Server
- Improved phone number logging when using caller-ID.
- Fixed DialOut/IP to DialOut/EZ upgrade issue.
- Microsoft Windows Vista is now supported for 32-bit and 64-bit processors.
- The v4.8.3 restriction is removed on the Update Routing Table feature for Vista.
- Binary files for all Tactical Software products are now signed with an Authenticode certificate.
Automatic configuration of Microsoft Window Firewall
- The installer adds an exception for TacServe.
- The installer adds an exception for UDP port 2392 (outbound) for the DialOut/EZ Redirector.
- The installer adds an exception for the License Manager.
- The installer adds an exception for UDP port 2392 (outbound) for the Serial/IP Redirector.
- The installer adds an exception for UDP port 2392 (both inbound and outbound) for the COM/IP Redirector.
- Microsoft Windows Vista is now supported for 32-bit processors
- Update Routing Table feature temporarily not available for Vista operating system
- New S-register S100 to control interval between RING messages.
- This is a maintenance release to correct the memory allocation problem in v4.8.1.
- This release introduced problem with memory allocation that can eventually affect system operation in certain configurations that use hostnames to configure virtual COM ports. Updating to v4.8.2 is recommended.
- New advanced option "Translate Dial Number" uses dialed numbers and a user-specified template to construct a hostname that is used as the destination of the connection.
DialOut/EZ License Manager
- License Manager log display and log file now include the number of
licenses in use
Serial/IP and DialOut/EZ Redirectors
- New feature provides automatic failover to backup/alternate device servers.
- DialOut/EZ Site Edition adds support for automatic failover to backup servers running the Tactical Software License Manager.
- Includes OpenSSL patch preventing RSA Signature Forgery (CVE-2006-4339). (OpenSSL software runs only if the Tactical Software license key enables encryption.)
- 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems are now supported: Windows XP x64 and Windows 2003 Server x64.
- Workaround included for compatibility with recent releases of Symantec / Norton software firewalls.
- The maximum number of virtual COM ports is increased to 4096 ports. (On Windows 98/95/Me the limit remains 256 ports.)
- The Select Ports dialog has been enhanced to make it easier to specify and view the selected ports.
- The Control Panel now has a "Copy To" feature that allows the configuration of the currently selected virtual COM port to be copied to any or all other virtual COM ports.
- In the Port Monitor, the Trace window now supports selective capture of virtual COM ports and filtering of the Trace display to show trace data for a specified subset of ports.
- Data displayed in the Trace window can be written to the system debug channel, with an optional tag.
- The amount of system RAM used for each Trace window can be set to be "large", which is 16 times the size used with the default setting.
- The Init String is now included in the Trace Log.
- The Init String is now applied both at COM port open and after all modem reset (ATZ) commands.
- AT+MS= commands are ignored, including any commas or digits after the "=".
- ATS12=0 will cause the COM/IP software modem to go into command mode after any occurrence of "+++" in data written by the application.
TacServe COM Port Server
- Connection failures are now indicated in the Event Log.
- When installing a software update, the License Key is always preserved if the type of licensing being used (seat or site) is not changed.
- A new Check for Updates feature gets update information from the Tactical Software web site. (Not present in products sold by Tactical OEMs.)
- The icon in the system tray is does not appear if the product is installed with the Administrator Only Mode feature selected.
DialOut/EZ, DialOut/IP Redirectors: Merged into one product
- The DialOut/EZ Control Panel now has settings previously found only in the DialOut/IP product.
- The DialOut/EZ Redirector now can be used with servers that do not support the COM Port Control protocol.
- The DialOut/IP Redirector and (DialOut/IP License Manager for site licenses) are no longer offered and the DialOut/EZ products are used instead.
- DialOut/IP v4 users can upgrade (at no charge) to the DialOut/EZ product.
DialOut/EZ and DialOut/IP License Managers
- The DialOut/IP License Manager is no longer offered.
- The DialOut/IP License Manager can be updated to the DialOut/EZ License Manager without having to also update DialOut/IP Redirectors to DialOut/EZ.
- The DialOut/EZ License Manager is able to serve pre-v4.5 licenses for either DialOut/EZ or DialOut/IP Redirectors. The Licensing dialog now has an option for specifying which pre-v4.5 redirector is being used.
- The TacServe Edition of the DialOut/EZ Redirector can be installed on multi-user systems (Windows Terminal Services, Citrix Metaframe).
- Virtual COM ports can be configured with a new Recover Failed Connection option that causes the redirector to re-establish its connection to a modem server automatically if a network problem has broken the original connection.
- User Guide documentation updated (revision C).
TacServe COM Port Server
TacServe COM Port Server: Port Groups
The TacServe user interface now allows the administrator to create named "port groups" (called "dial-out modem pools" in modem applications), each with its own access, security, and control settings for one or more shared COM ports that are members of the group. Port groups allow TacServe to provide on one server the functions of multiple PC-based modem servers or serial servers.
- Port groups can be forced to use non-overlapping sets of shared ports.
- Access to shared ports can be via hunt group, individually, or neither (temporarily disabling the port group).
TacServe COM Port Server: Dialing Restrictions
- Each port group has its own rules for allowed and denied telephone numbers for modem calls. When an application uses a TacServe shared port to make a modem call, the TacServe server applies the dialing restriction rules that have been defined for the port group used by the application.
- Allowed/denied numbers can include "*" (multi-digit) and "?" (single-digit) matching characters to make it easy to use a few rules to manage access to a large range of telephone numbers. Default processing can be set to "allow" or "deny" for numbers that do not match any rule.
- Dialing rules are managed in a simple graphical user interface that supports in-place editing and reordering with drag-and-drop gestures.
- Processing of dialing restriction rules and logging of modem calls can be globally disabled.
TacServe COM Port Server: Call and Event Log Database with ODBC Access
TacServe COM Port Server: Other New Features
- Server credentials can be specified and used to access one or more port groups.
- Default flow control can be set to hardware or software, especially useful in serial device applications.
- Idle timeout and session timeout settings ensure that connections do not continue longer than expected.
- User authentication can use credentials from the port group, the server, or Windows
- User Guide content revised and format changed to on-line compiled HTML Help accessible.
DialOut/EZ and Serial/IP Redirectors: TacServe Editions
- Special releases of the DialOut/EZ and Serial/IP Redirectors are now available (at no charge) for paid TacServe licenses. These "TacServe Editions" of the redirectors work only with the TacServe COM Port Server.
- Inbound connections are now supported on Windows NT/2000/XP/2003. Each
Serial/IP COM port has an optional setting for a TCP port number on which
it can receive connections. This allows applications to use Serial/IP COM
ports to accept incoming connections from:
Serial devices servers that can initiate TCP connections (often called "client mode" for the server).
Other computers making outbound connections with the Serial/IP
Any other device initiating a TCP connection to the TCP port number used by a Serial/IP COM port.
Serial/IP and DialOut/IP Redirectors
- The Options tab of the Advanced dialog now includes setting to force the
redirector to always limit the outbound data rate to the COM port baud
rate if the COM Port Control protocol is not being used.
TacServe COM Port Server
- The DialOut/Server product has a new name: TacServe COM Port Server.
- Can be installed with a DialOut/Server version 4 license key.
- Adds user authentication on each connection.
- User interface is in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), with remote management from other PCs.
- Supports up to 256 shared ports.
- Supports SSL encryption, controlled by redirector license.
- Compatible with DialOut/EZ, DialOut/IP, and Serial/IP 4.3 and later.
- Not available for Windows 95, 98, ME.
DialOut/Server Modem Server
- Renamed to TacServe COM Port Server.
- Versions 4.0 through 4.2.2 can be used with the TacServe COM Port Server.
- Beginning in version 4.3, use DialOut/EZ and Serial/IP Redirectors for modem and serial device applications, respectively.
- The Options tab in the Advanced dialog contains a new setting for the timer used by the COM Port Control Keep-Alive mechanism.
- SSL/TLS protocol negotiation method can be specified on a per-port basis.
- The Configuration Wizard now provides more detailed diagnostic output when it encounters mis-configured Proxy settings.
- The GUI for selecting a Presets file now supports auto-completion. Additionally, the Port Monitor displays the name of the Preset being used (if any) for every open COM port. (Does not apply to COM/IP Redirector.)
- OpenSSL library updated to version 0.97d.
- Documentation updates affecting OEM versions.
- Documentation installs by default.
- Uses Windows Installer, enabling unattended installs and SMS installs.
- Configuration Snapshot Utility copies settings for use in additional installations.
- New Options tab in Advanced dialog provides additional settings.
All Redirectors Except COM/IP and DialOut/Client
- New real-time authentication feature that prompts for user credentials every time a virtual COM port is opened.
DialOut/Client, Serial/IP, and COM/IP Redirectors
- Added support for HTTPS protocol on Apache and Squid proxy servers.
- New Encryption Option can encrypt the network connection.
DialOut/Client, COM/IP, Serial/IP
- Added support for proxy servers running the SOCKS protocol.
- Fixed problem with setting 5 data bits and 1.5 stop bits.
DialOut/EZ (Seat and Site), DialOut/IP (Seat and Site), Serial/IP
- Use Windows Credentials feature now sends correct username in all cases.
- Fixed a problem with port close after many hours of use on multi-processor machines.
- Added feature to turn off routing table updates via a registry setting.
- Known problem: Routing table not updated by default.
DialOut/EZ, DialOut/IP and Serial/IP
- Added a registry setting to optionally pass the domain name when Windows Credentials is selected.
- General improvements in the graphical user interface.
- TCP/IP connections are now ended gracefully with FIN instead of with a RST; This caused problems with some firewalls.
- Application-configurable flow control is now optional and has been disabled as the default setting.
All Redirectors (Seat Licenses)
- The maximum number of virtual COM ports provided by the redirector per machine is set by the License Key.
All Seat Client products, DialOut/Server and License Manager
- Added License Enforcement to detect duplicate License Keys in simultaneous use.
DialOut/EZ, DialOut/IP (both Seat and Site) and Serial/IP
- Authentication methods expanded to include using Windows credentials (not available on Windows 98/ME) or prompt a user for credentials on system login. Note: The presets file does not yet support these authentication methods.