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Version 6.6.0.5: Improved MSI Configurator + Simple Update

Remote Utilities 6.6.0.5 offers an improved MSI Configurator and a new update mechanism that makes updating Viewers and Hosts easier.

MSI Configurator has been improved



If you ever mass-deployed custom-built Hosts and Agents across your network you probably already know how to use the MSI Configurator tool. With each new version we have been continuously improving it and this version is no exception.

Internet-ID settings in one place



Previously, in order to change the Internet-ID server settings you had to select “Pre-configure Host settings” in the last step, wait for the "Settings for Host" window to appear and change the settings there.

In version 6.6.0.5 we moved the server settings to the “Internet-ID” tab. Now all Internet-ID related settings are in one place:



Enable or disable overwrite options



There is more than just combining all Internet-ID settings under the same tab. The logic behind choices made in this tab was also improved. Namely, two new check boxes were added:

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Version 6.6 of Remote Utilities has been released

Remote Utilities 6.6 is now available for download. Learn what’s new in version 6.6.

Search and navigation



Now you can do instant search across your address books in the Viewer. Start typing in the search field (1) and the Viewer will be updating the search results (3) on the fly to match your search criteria:



Searching scope (2) is limited to the currently selected folder or address book. If you want to search in a different address book just select that book in the left pane.

The new “All connections” item in the Navigation pane works as a smart folder that lists your connections across all folders and address books:



When used together with columns in the Details view the All Connections folder allows you to quickly manage your connections regardless of the folder they are located in.

Host notifications are less intrusive



Previously, if a remote user tried to install a custom Host package (e.g. a one-click installer) with the “Generate a new Internet-ID…” option selected, the program would prompt the user with a modal message. Clicking the Yes button was the necessary condition for the Host installation to continue:

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Version 6.5: Online statuses in Viewer address book

This blog post is the first in the series of posts that highlight the most prominent new features added in version 6.5.

We have significantly changed the way the statuses are displayed in the Viewer address book. Previously, for Internet-ID connections you couldn’t easily tell whether the remote PC was online and ready for connection and now you can.

Below you can learn what each status means.

LOGGED ON status



This status means exactly the same as in previous versions – that you have been connected to (and authorized on) the remote Host. You may or may not be actively using any of the available connection modes.



When a connection is in the LOGGED ON state, just double-click on it to immediately start a Full Control session without entering your password. Or, you can right-click on the icon and select another connection mode to start:



Note: Do not confuse Remote Utilities “logon” with Windows logon, as these are two different and unrelated things. You may be logged on a Remote Utilities Host but still not be logged on in Windows on that remote PC. The Host works as a system service and doesn’t require a Windows user to sign in on the remote machine.

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Version 6.5 Beta 3

Version 6.5 Beta 3 has been released. You can download the beta version from this page.

The most important new feature available in beta 3 is a long-awaited online status indication for Internet-ID connections. Now you should see if your remote Hosts are available for connection and also receive a notification in the system tray area when they come online.

Check beta 3 release notes here.

Version 6.5 Beta 2

Version 6.5 Beta 2 has been released. This version has several new features as well as fixes of the bugs found in beta 1 during testing. See Release Notes.

Version 6.5 Beta 1

Version 6.5 Beta has been released. You can download the beta version from here.

See what's new on the Release Notes page. In a few days provisional documentation will be provided, that will explain how the new features work. Meanwhile, feel free to explore the beta and send us your feedback.

You are encouraged to post all your beta-related feedback in this forum thread.  

Thank you!

Internet-ID access for free version 5.x is extended for another week

We re-enabled access to our Internet ID servers for free license users of version 5.x for another week. If you can only access your Hosts remotely, please upgrade them all to version 6.x by following this tutorial.

Please, note that on August 21, 2015 we will terminate access to our Internet ID servers for free license users of version 5.x forever. Make sure that you have all your installations upgraded to version 6.x.

Thank you!

Free license users are required to upgrade to version 6

We would like to ask our free license users to upgrade Remote Utilities to version 6 until August 10, 2015. Your license will still be free as it has always been - you only need to upgrade the program itself. Starting August 10, 2015 access to our Internet ID servers for old versions (i.e. 5.x and older) registered with a free license key will be restricted.

This upgrade is a part of our plan to further improve the security of our software and make it less prone to being falsely detected as malware by antivirus programs. In version 6 we implemented mechanisms that made it a lot harder to tamper with RU files and use the program for malicious purposes undetected. In addition, version 6 has a lot of improvements and bug fixes and is more stable overall. See the Release Notes.

Follow this tutorial in order to upgrade your installation.

If you are a paid license user of version 5.x and you want to continue using that version, you do NOT have to upgrade. Nothing will change for you. However, we still recommend that you upgrade to version 6.

6.3.0.4 Update: A few important fixes and improvements

We are happy to announce Remote Utilities 6.3.0.4. This update is free for all version 6.x users.

Switching between local windows using Q + Alt + Tab



Previously, with the Full Control window active you could only switch between the open windows on the remote PC using Alt + Tab. Now you can also switch to a window on the local desktop using Q + Alt + Tab regardless of whether you are in fullscreen or normal view.

This key combination is handy if you have to interrupt your remote session often and work with a local app window.

Using Alt + F12 to toggle between Full Control and View Only



We introduced another shortcut: hitting Alt + F12 allows you to toggle quickly between "Full Control" and "View only" connection modes instead of mouse-clicking on the corresponding toolbar icon ( ).



Note: hitting F12 alone alternates between view modes (Normal, Stretch, Fullscreen etc.).

Hiding the Host tray icon is no longer possible



This is the most important change in this update. You will no longer be able to hide the Remote Utilities Host icon – if the Host is installed on the remote PC, its icon will always be visible in the system tray area:



The reason why this change has been made is to make Remote Utilities less prone to false positive detections by antivirus software. After all, the legitimate use of the software means the remote user knows there is remote access software installed on their computer.

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