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Secret Server at FOSE 2008

April 4, 2008 1 comment

Jonathan, Dan, Ken and Kevin, Eddie (absent today) We took the Secret Server booth to the FOSE 2008 Conference this week.  FOSE is the largest IT event for US Government.  It wasn’t really a very long trip for us … about 12 blocks east from our offices in Dupont Circle in Washington DC to the DC Convention Center. 🙂

This was a very different conference for us since the audience varied widely in their roles compared to a conference such as Microsoft TechEd.  We met lots of IT managers and also our core audience of System Administrators and Network Administrators.  If you have an Excel spreadsheet of passwords that you share across your team … then Secret Server is a no brainer for you.

My favorite part of tradeshows is hearing where your product falls short and learning to better understand your customer’s needs.  Secret Server has come a long way in the last year and most the requests we heard were already met within the product.

The next stop for the Secret Server booth will be the Microsoft TechEd 2008 Conference (IT Pro week) in Orlando, Florida in June.  If you are going, please stop by our booth to say hi.

 

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC.  Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords.  Is your team still storing passwords in Excel?

Shipping Software … Secret Server 3.1 Sneak Peek

July 30, 2007 1 comment

Shipping software is one of the most exciting times for a development team but this new release is easily the most anticipated version of Secret Server to date by our customers. Secret Server 3.1 will feature the two most requested features from customers who visited our booth at TechEd in June 2007: full Active Directory synchronization along with remote password changing. I am very proud of our team being able to take both of these features from whiteboard to release in about 7 weeks.

What this means …

By having the Active Directory add-on, you’ll never have to add another user to Secret Server. All actions made to both users and groups in Active Directory will occur in Secret Server.

The remote password changing feature is perfect for companies that have security compliance guidelines to meet. The administrator sets a date for when the password needs to be changed and once that day is reached, the password will automatically be switched. The remote passwords covered by this feature are Active Directory, Windows and SQL Server accounts. The classic scenario being all those Local Administrator accounts on Windows workstations.

Other key features:

  • Secret expiration – Administrators will be able to set expirations on a Secret Type through the Secret Type Designer.
  • Password history – Secret Server will keep a log on the history of all password changes made to secrets (optional).
  • Enhanced folder options – The folders feature will be enhanced to allow for multiple sub-folders (nested folders). In addition, administrators can set default permissions to folders.
  • Password validation on logins – Administrators will have the ability to customize user login passwords by requiring or restricting special characters, numbers, length, etc.
  • IP Address restriction – Administrators will have the option of setting IP address ranges used for accessing Secret Server.

Secret Server is no longer just a passive repository – we now reach out and interact with other systems in ways we never thought possible.

Find out more about Secret Server here.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Is your team stillstoring passwords in Excel?

Some photos from TechEd 2007

June 11, 2007 Leave a comment

Kevin has posted some of our photos from TechEd 2007.

My personal favorite was the Secret Server remote office at the Orlando airport bar – 4 geeks all with laptops! 🙂

TechEdwas very different for me this year since it was my first experience as an exhibitor and not an attendee (I didn’t attend a single session!). However the customer feedback on Secret Server was phenomenal -talking to several hundredpotential customers can certainly help shape your product roadmap!

As always, Secret Server 3.1 will be based almost entirely on customer feedback and we are now fully energized to build even better software.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Are you still putting your passwords into Excel?

Still putting your passwords in Excel?

There is a better way. Stop by the Secret Server booth at TechEd (booth #946) to see our latest version – Secret Server 3.0. If you are not at the show, you can try out a free hosted version here or download it here. (more info here)

Secret Server is a central web-based repository for you to track all your server, network, local admin passwords and more – then securely share them with other members on your team – never lose or forget a password again! The response at TechEd has been phenomenal – we have had great feedback on new product features and even had some customers stop by.

If you are at the show, we look forward to seeing you!

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you still use the samepassword everywhere?

Arrived at Microsoft TechEd 2007 in Orlando, FL and first shot of the Secret Server 3.0 booth

We arrived in sunny Orlando this morning after meeting at Reagan Airport around 5am – needless to say that everyone was a little tired but there was definitely excitement in the air. We were greeted by the sign for TechEd right in the Orlando airport … nice touch.

Thycotic has a good showing at TechEd this year – we have two booth staff and two developers attending sessions (this is also our first year with a booth at TechEd to showcase Secret Server). I will not be attending sessions this year but rather will be talking to attendees and other vendors on the Exhibitor floor.

The Orange County Convention Center is an amazing building – simply huge and some interesting architecture. After some aimless wondering we finally found the entrance and got our registrations complete. Then it was on to find the Secret Server booth (#946) on the Exhibitor floor. The Freeman folks had done a great job and the rental gear and booth backdrop were already in place. Now it was on to understanding the power requirements and getting the machines set up with Secret Server 3.0. Then tragedy struck … during the shutdown of one of the machines, it started installing updates right as the power cord was pulled. Turns out that Windows is right when it says not to power off the computer during updates … it is now toast with some weird kernel error and won’t boot. We will have to reinstall the operating system on this machine to get it working again.

Here is a picture of the booth as it is starting to come together.

If you haven’t tried Secret Server yet, stop by our booth (#946) to see the ‘about to be released Secret Server 3.0’.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you still use the samepassword everywhere?

Secret Server goes to Microsoft TechEd 2007 in Orlando

This will be the first year that Thycotic has a vendor booth at Microsoft TechEd. This is an exciting milestone for the company and we are busy with preparations for the conference. There will be four of us from the team going -the flights and hotels are booked. Dan Parker and I will be staffing the booth during regular hours and are planning to meet lots of interesting people. Kevin and Pouya will actually get to go see the sessions and then will be helping out on exhibitor night.

As if all the first time big conference plans aren’t enough, we have also decided to get Secret Server 3.0 out in time for the conference! This is going to mean a lot of hard work and intensive quality assurance in the weeks to come. Our feature map for 3.0 includes mostly hotly requested customer features and also some long awaited product growth gems such as multilanguage support. One of the hardest parts of our release planning has beendeciding which features to leave out as we simply won’t have enough time.

If you are a Secret Server customer or are just interested in good security for your passwords then please stop by the Thycotic booth in the Exhibitor Hall. See you there!

Here is a teaser of the initial draft layout from our graphic designer for Secret Server 3.0.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you still use the samepassword everywhere?

Thycotic's Jeff Schoolcraft does BOF at TechEd – TDD Web Applications!

June 7, 2005 1 comment

Jeff Schoolcraft, a Thycotic consultant, will be leading a Birds of a Feather session on Test-Driven Web Applications at Microsoft TechEd in Orlando on Wednesday at 7:45pm to 8:45pm in Cabana 1.

Jeff will be talking about the Thycotic.TddStarterKit and the Thycotic.DatabaseScripter amongst other things…

Don’t miss it!