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Wayk Now 3.0 Unattended Mode Beta

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The Wayk Now 3.0 unattended mode beta has generated a lot of interest, and so far, download links have been sent in private to registered beta testers. We are now opening the beta to everyone, and from now on download links and beta updates will be available in this thread.

The Wayk Now 3.0 beta builds are available here:
https://devolutions.bintray.com/wayk-unattended/


As we open the beta to everyone, we are releasing the beta7 build with some more fixes for issues reported by the early beta testers. Here is the complete change log for the beta:

3.0.0 (November 2nd, 2018):
* Add initial Windows unattended mode (background service)
* Add Secure Remote Delegation (SRD) system authentication
* Add initial proxy support for Wayk Den connection
* Add "wayk-now" command line tool in system path
* Add macOS support for requesting accessibility access
* Add option to view the TLS certificate of the current session
* Update desktop clients to connect to Windows unattended mode
* Remove "Wayk Now Remote Desktop Services" component
* Simplify and reorganize session window menu item structure
* Fix intermittent peer-to-peer slow connection time
* Fix possible peer-to-peer intermittent disconnections
* Fix Windows "show main window on application start" option
* Fix possible crash with chat window initialization
* Fix macOS possible crash in remote execution feature
* Fix macOS connection lost when main window is minimized
* Fix Linux possible crash when processing Unicode input events
* Fix Linux incorrect negotiation of codec quality mode

3.0.0-beta8 (October 30th, 2018):
* Add initial proxy support for Wayk Den connection
* Add "wayk-now" command line tool in system path
* Improve default Windows user session selection
* Minor peer-to-peer fix to prevent disconnections
* Modify installer to include unattended service by default
* Prevent possible crash with chat window initialization

3.0.0-beta7 (October 18th, 2018):
* Add 32-bit unattended mode service to .msi installer
* Fix Ctrl+Alt+Del not working on Windows Server core
* Fix intermittent slow peer-to-peer connection times
* Fix command-line interface broken due to regression

3.0.0-beta6 (October 12th, 2018):
* Fix service possibly hanging when being stopped
* Add waiting for network availability on startup
* Remove "Wayk Now Remote Desktop Services" component

3.0.0-beta5 (October 10th, 2018):
* Add initial Windows unattended mode (background service)
* Add Secure Remote Delegation (SRD) system authentication
* Update desktop clients to connect to Windows unattended mode
* Simplify and reorganize session window menu item structure
* Add option to view the TLS certificate of the current session
* Fix macOS connection lost when main window is minimized
* Fix Linux possible crash when processing Unicode input events
* Fix Windows "show main window on application start" option
* Fix macOS possible crash in remote execution feature
* Add macOS support for requesting accessibility access
* Fix Linux incorrect negotiation of codec quality mode

Thank you for your interest in the Wayk Now 3.0 beta, your feedback is appreciated.

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock1 mth

3 words: Impressive, Nice, Thanks!
Good job!

Clock20 days

Thank you!

We have just released the beta8 today, which should be the last before the final 3.0 release. I have updated the change log in my original post.

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock19 days

Displaying the password for unattended access on the main screen is considered as insecure for me.
You should hide it!

Isn't ?

Clock18 days

Hi Sébastien,

The password shown in the main screen is meant for attended, not unattended, remote access. In order to connect using the visible password, the Wayk Now program needs to be running inside a logged in user session, which is equivalent to the behaviour before unattended access was added.

To clarify, we have three different authentication methods:
1) Secure Remote Password (SRP), which uses the personal password that is shown in the Wayk Now main window.
2) Prompt for Permission (PFP), which uses explicit user permission to allow someone to connect.
3) Secure Remote Delegation (SRD), which uses a Windows user account to connect.

The first two methods (SRP and PFP) are only available if the Wayk Now program is running (the main window). The third method (SRD) is only available if the unattended service is running. All three methods are available if the unattended service is running AND the Wayk Now program is running. However, if the Wayk Now program is not running, such as what happens when you reboot the system and nobody is logged in, ONLY the SRD authentication method will be offered, so you will have no choice but to use a Windows user account to connect.

The rationale behind this is simple: if you run the Wayk Now program for remote assistance scenarios, the regular "simple" authentication methods keep working. However, you can use the new unattended access authentication to connect at any time without explicit user intervention. This is how we managed to keep the best of both worlds between attended and unattended access.

If you wish to disable attended access authentication methods, you can disable them in the security options and only leave SRD enabled:
https://helpwayk.devolutions.net/index.html?options_security.htm

This will have the effect of removing the personal password from the main window. In this case, it won't be hidden, it will be completely disabled.

I hope this clarifies things,

Best regards,

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock18 days

WOW! What a great answer!
Thanks.

Also, what do you think add an option like "Closing the Wayk windows minimized to task bar" ?
In -Beta9 ? wink

Thanks again!

Clock18 days

Hi Sébastien,

We already have that option - "Minimize main window to notification area":
https://helpwayk.devolutions.net/index.html?options_general.htm

Let me know if this is what you were looking for.

Best regards,

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock18 days

Yes, I saw that option but try to click the X on the right corner and you will see that Wayk close. wink
Did you ever try ? wink

Clock18 days

You need to minimize, not close the application, for it to go in the notification area instead of the taskbar. I didn't think about modifying the behaviour of the 'X' button because most applications modify the behaviour of the minimize '_' button.

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock18 days

I agree, the "_" minimized to the task bar.
NotePad++, AnyDesk, Slack minimized to the task bar when you click the "_".
It was only a suggestion. wink

Clock17 days

Last thing, Alphanumeric should include CAPITALs and normal letters.
What do you think ?

Clock17 days

Hi Sébastien,

The exact alphanumeric character set used in the password generator is the following:
"23456789abcdefghjkimnpqrstuvwxyz" (32 characters total)


We have intentionally removed commonly mistaken characters such as 0, o, 1 and l. The original version of Wayk Now used a similar character set but with capital letters instead. We then realized that capital letters don't mix well with password fields that normally warn you if you have caps lock enabled, so we changed our character set to lower case letters. In the end, the most usable and less error-prone solution was to use a lower case character set with commonly mistaken characters removed.

Technically, alphanumeric just means letters and numbers, but it doesn't automatically imply having both upper and lower case letters. The primary goal of the default character set was to generate good passwords that would be easily communicated while reducing the potential for errors. If this character set does not fit your needs, you can always use the numeric character set, or set a custom password to your liking.

Best regards,

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock17 days

Good.
Thanks for the explanation!

Clock17 days

Just a quick update:

We have uploaded the Wayk Now 3.0.0 final build to https://devolutions.bintray.com/wayk-unattended/WaykNow-3.0.0.zip

This build will be officially published on our website at the beginning of next week, but we publish it for beta testers in the meantime. Here is the final change log:

3.0.0 (November 2nd, 2018):
* Add initial Windows unattended mode (background service)
* Add Secure Remote Delegation (SRD) system authentication
* Add initial proxy support for Wayk Den connection
* Add "wayk-now" command line tool in system path
* Add macOS support for requesting accessibility access
* Add option to view the TLS certificate of the current session
* Update desktop clients to connect to Windows unattended mode
* Remove "Wayk Now Remote Desktop Services" component
* Simplify and reorganize session window menu item structure
* Fix intermittent peer-to-peer slow connection time
* Fix possible peer-to-peer intermittent disconnections
* Fix Windows "show main window on application start" option
* Fix possible crash with chat window initialization
* Fix macOS possible crash in remote execution feature
* Fix macOS connection lost when main window is minimized
* Fix Linux possible crash when processing Unicode input events
* Fix Linux incorrect negotiation of codec quality mode

Best regards,

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock16 days

Can't wait to use it. Thank you.

Raphael

Clock15 days

It is not noted anywhere in this post that the unattended access is available only in the enterprise edition...
This, however, can be found in https://helpwayk.devolutions.net under "getting started", "unattended access".
Will a trial version be available so that we can test this feature?

Compared to other options, pricing of the enterprise edition is fantastic and integration in RDM is a great feature.

Thanks again for wonderful tools that I use every day.

Raphael

Clock14 days

Hi Raphael,

You can request a trial license here: https://wayk.devolutions.net/trial

However, you remind me that we haven't enforced it yet. I will clarify how exactly unattended access will be restricted in the Free edition later this week.

Best regards,

Marc-André Moreau

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Clock14 days