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In this issue:

  • New Version Releases for Charon-AXP, Charon-VAX, Charon-PDP and Charon-SSP
  • Press Releases: Charon on the Cloud
  • An Important Message for Charon Users Running Windows 7, 8.x, 10, Server 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2) and/or 2016
  • Five Reasons Businesses Wait to Emulate Their Legacy Hardware

New Version Releases for Charon-AXP, Charon-VAX, Charon-PDP and Charon-SSP

New versions are now available for Charon-AXP, Charon-PDP, Charon-VAX and Charon-SSP. These versions will be standard on all new licenses, and updates are available for all customers under Stromasys Support.

Features of Charon-SSP Version 1.4:

  • Increased CPUs and faster performance

  • New graphics emulation as well as audio emulation

  • Network boots (for starting multiple installations centrally)

  • Serial lines multiplexor emulation

  • Support for Hyper Threading

  • Addition of Solaris 9 support for 4M

Features of Charon-AXP, Charon-VAX and Charon-PDP Version 4.8:

  • Introduction of Windows 10 support

  • Re-introduction of RHEL 6.5 and above support

  • New graphical user interface on Windows (a single window application which consolidates all Charon management tasks) and text based user interface on Linux

  • Functionality and performance improvements on Charon-AXP

Final release of Charon-AXP/SMA/SMA PLUS/Station Version 2.3:

  • All the bug fixes and other improvements have been incorporated into the release

  • Introduction of Windows 10 support

For all products, see the latest software product description here.

Press Releases: Charon on the Cloud

We recently made two important press releases announcing that Charon solutions are available for the Cloud. In the words of Stromasys CEO, John Prot: “We are excited to be enabling the move of customers’ critical legacy applications to the Cloud. This is an even more modern offering of the already proven and trusted Charon solution.”

Read more by accessing the full text of both press releases, below:

April 5, 2017: Stromasys Announces First Cross-Platform Server Emulation Solution for Oracle Cloud

April 19, 2017: Stromasys Announces Charon Legacy Emulators on the Cloud

An Important Message for Charon Users Running Windows 7, 8.x, 10, Server 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2) and/or 2016

In 2016, Microsoft expressed its intention to eventually disable all SHA-1 signed content across most Windows versions. As some of the Charon versions had been using SHA-1 signed drivers and executables, Stromasys recommends the customers running those versions to plan upgrading their Charon products to the current version, which uses SHA-256 signed drivers and executables.

If you are running one of the below versions of Charon, we recommend you upgrade to the latest version to avoid any interruptions to your system:

  • Charon-VAX for Windows versions 3.4.100 – 4.6

  • Charon-AXP for Windows versions 2.4 – 4.6

  • Charon-AXP/SMA/SMA+/Station for Windows versions 2.0 -2.2.

    (Please plan an upgrade to version 2.3 or to the latest version of the appropriate SMA replacement product)

  • Charon-PDP for Windows versions 4.0 – 4.5

  • Charon-TB for Windows version 4.0.

    (Please plan an upgrade to the latest version of Charon-VAX or Charon-PDP )

Alternatively, Charon users might be able to choose not to install Windows updates which are going to enforce the SHA-1 signed files phase out. Please refer to this Microsoft document for the details.

Stromasys actions to address the issue

  • The previously released 4.7 and announced release 4.8 of Charon-VAX, Charon-PDP, and Charon-AXP products have already been signed with SHA-256 signature, so customers running this version are not affected.

  • The announced release of Charon-AXP/SMA/SMA+/Station version 2.3 have already been signed with SHA-256 signature, so customers running this version are not affected.

  • All other Charon products (all -HPA (HP 3000) and -SSP, as well as Linux versions of -AXP and - VAX for Linux) are not affected.

Some earlier versions of Charon for Windows (listed above) use SHA-1 signed drivers and executable files. Please notice that the latest versions of all Stromasys products, available since Q2 2017, are using only SHA-256 signed drivers and executables. Plan your Charon version upgrade accordingly.

Customer action advised

  • For customers with current support contracts: Simply click here to request your complimentary version upgrade, or contact your Stromasys Partner directly. Our team will contact you within two business weeks to determine the best course of actions – either plan your Charon version upgrade, stay with the current version, or migrate to another Charon product.

  • For customers without current support contracts: Please contact your account manager or Stromasys Partner to reinstate support. If you are unsure of your Stromasys representative, please fill out this form and a team member will contact you.

Please remember that this change will only affect your Charon instance if it is running on Windows 7 or above. While it is essential that you take a next step should you plan to continue running your Charon instance, there is no cause for alarm: once you’ve contacted us, our team is here to ensure that you receive the necessary update and kit quickly and efficiently.

Five Reasons Businesses Wait to Emulate Their Legacy Hardware

Do you have legacy hardware you haven’t emulated yet? You’re not alone. We find that many businesses hold off on emulating their hardware until they absolutely must. If it’s working, it may seem as if there’s not much of an incentive to change anything–especially when changes cost money and require dedicated time.

We put together a list of the top five reasons businesses wait to emulate their legacy hardware and shared in on our blog. Read the post here. Interested in more posts like this one? Subscribe to the blog and receive future posts right in your inbox.

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