DSX News and Release Information
TLS1.2 for Microsoft SQL Server
TLS, short for Transport Layer Security, is an encryption
protocol that protects data in transit from one server to
another. The encryption protocol deploys whenever a web browser
or application transmits data over a network. WinDSX Systems
using Microsoft SQL Servers that are updating to use TLS1.2 only
require a WinDSX SQL upgrade to be compatible. DSX Version 6.2
and higher will work with TLS1.2 and below.
Warning: Microsoft Update KB4480970
Windows 7 and Server 2008
Causes File/Folder Shares to be inaccessible.
Shared folders will have to be reconfigured and DSX restarted.
Starting in 5.19 / 6.19 - Scheduled Overrides now have a 1
minute resolution instead of 15 minutes. Comm Server now
supports TCP and UDP for ASCII Output to switchers and
communicators. Database can now be run as a Service and as an
App on the same PC at the same time. SQL Server names can now be
up to 100 characters to support Cloud SQL Servers. When listing
card holders by Name the Notes field will be displayed in the
Who Is In Muster Report
5.14 / 6.14 The Who Is In Report can be triggered from the
Mobile Command phone app and the report can be emailed to a
Group of people.
New DSX and Mobile Command
5.0 Access and 6.0 SQL release June 1st 2017
DSX is ready for Windows 10 Professional®
WinDSX 3.11.4 and higher and WinDSX SQL 4.10.11 are compatible with Windows 10
Professional® 32 and 64 bit Operating Systems.
HID 48 bit format
DSX-3.10.10 / 4.10.10 and higher now have a Device Type to use
with the new HID 48bit formated cards.
Trend Micro AntiVirus
There have been reports of AntiVirus programs attacking
the WinDSX software causing a disruption in communication to DSX
Workstations. The Workstation program will show a Comm Loss in
the lower right hand corner until the Comm Server is restarted.
The Comm Server error logs will show "System Resource Exceeded".
If you are experiencing this type of problem, call DSX for
assistance. In most cases you will need to make exceptions in
the AntiVirus program.
Windows Update !!!! SQL Slowdown
It has come to our attention that the
Windows update below will cause a performance problem with
WinDSX on Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 Servers.
The slow down it causes may not
be very noticeable on small systems but in large systems it
is crippling. Downloads may appear to be stuck and not
progressing under “Connection Summary” in Workstation, or
they appear to be moving very slowly.
Some customers have reported an issue that's related to the
changes in this release. These changes added new cipher
suites to Windows:
To give customers more control over whether these cipher
suites are used in the short term, we are removing them from
the default cipher suite priority list in the registry.
Customers who customized their cipher suite priority list
should review their list after they apply this update to
make sure that the sequence meets their expectations.
Removing these cipher suites does not affect the security
updates that are part of this release. On November 18, 2014,
a new secondary package was added to the release for Windows
Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 to achieve this. This
new package is update 3018238.
In order to resolve the problem with this Microsoft patch
From the Start Menu go to command prompt, right click and select run as administrator (on the Comm Server)
Then enter gpedit.msc
This will open another window
Then go to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates>
Network> SSL Configuration Settings
Then double click on the SSL Cipher Suite Order on the right
Click the Enable button at the upper left
Then Click OK, close all windows and reboot your pc
DSX-1040NV Non-Volatile Memory Processor
This retrofit processor will retain its memory and allow a
controller to be immediately operational upon power up without
the need for a download from the WinDSX Communications Server.
The DSX-1040NV Processor can be installed on all DSX-1040 Series
and all DSX-1022 Controllers. The 1040NV will also work on a
1030PR5 retrofit processor for 1030 Series Controllers.
DSX SoftKey and Key Monitor Program
Starting with Software Versions 3.9/4.9 the USB Features Key
has been replaced with a new SoftKey. This softkey can used on
new systems or it can migrate an existing hardware key on
existing systems. The Key Monitor program will automatically run
at the Comm Server and will run as a service if the comm server
is configured to do so.
Access Levels Contain Device - Door Locator
Starting in Version 3.7.134 / 4.8.93 Access Level has a new
tab that will show the user which access levels contain a
selected device. The data is displayed in a text box that can be
copied and pasted into any other application for reporting,
printing, and emailing. This new View streamlines the
effort in locating all of the access levels that contain a
specific user selected Device (door).
All Reader Access Audit Report / Device Access List
This report known as the "Device Access List" is only
available in the SQL Version of WinDSX. This report displays
every door the searched for Card Holder(s) has access to in each
location and the name of the Time Zone assigned to each door.
The Report only includes Active Cards and displays the door and
Time Zone information for the doors in the Active Access Levels
assigned to the card whether they be Permanent or Temporary.
The report includes the Name, Card Number, Location and Device
Number, Door Name, and the Name of the Time Zone assigned to
that door for each person in the report. Each Door listed has a
sign off field for a checkmark or initials. The report is run
under System/Reports/Card Holder/All Reader Tab.
FIPS 201 Approved Products List
As of September 2011, DSX Access Systems, Inc. was on the
Approved Products list for FIPS 201.
(expired) FIPS 201 Approved Products List: #614
AES-256 Encryption Certification
WinDSX and the 1040 Series Controllers have the ability to
encrypt communications with AES-256. The implementation has been
certified and is listed on the following NIST page.
The page provides technical information about implementations
that have been validated as conforming to the Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES) Algorithm, as specified in Federal
Information Processing Standard Publication 197, Advanced
Encryption Standard. List #s 1628 & 1629.
This new Feature functions in both the WinDSX and WinDSX SQL
software. DSX-AES256 bit encryption is available for panel and
PC communications. Once purchased and enabled in the DSX
Features Key there is an Encryption Key that can be implemented
to encrypt communications between the Comm Server and the
Workstations. There is also an encryption key that can be
implemented optionally and individually for each Location. Once
communication is encrypted from the Comm Server to the Master
Controller the encryption is propagated to all controllers in
1. This feature requires firmware version 3181 or higher in all
2. WinDSX 3.7.108 or WinDSX SQL 4.8.65 and higher.
3. The AES-256 feature must be purchased and enabled in the USB
Access Level History Audit Report Feature
WinDSX SQL (only) 4.8.100 and higher will create a history of
all changes that are made to a cards access level assignment.
The changes can come from adding or removing access levels to a
card or by editing an access level directly. The software will
create a log of all changes that can be searched and produce
reports. This is an optional feature that is enabled by the
software features key. This report has its own title under
System/Report/Access Level History
Alarm Emails and Text Messages can now use Free Email
WinDSX 3.7.138 / 4.8.97 can now use Free Email providers such
as GMail and Yahoo to send system alarms via email.
Add Companies through API
The WinDSX DataBase Management API that allows outside
manipulation of card holders can now be used to add companies
into the DSX database. Starting with WinDSX 3.7.136 / 4.8.95
DSX-USB Communications Interface
1/31/2011 marks the release of the new DSX-USB Communications
Interface. This module is a USB to RS-232 or RS-485 Converter
that can be used for DSX Controller communications. Look at the
DSX Hardware page for a cut sheet on this module.
WinDSX SQL 4.8.87 and WinDSX 3.7.130 now support a USB WebCam to
capture Card Holder images. Webcams do not require a USB
Bar Code 128
WinDSX will now accommodate Barcode 128 for badging systems with
Bar Code requirements. There is a Healthcare variation to this
for special bar code applications. Available in WinDSX SQL
4.8.82 and WinDSX version 3.7.125
Device Summary Report
Workstation/Devices/Device Summary shows all of the controllers
in the system along with controller model, amount of RAM, and
Flash Version. This information can now be printed from
System/Reports/Device Report. When running the Device Report
select the Device Summary checkbox for a printout of the
Controllers information instead of the database device
programming. WinDSX and WinDSX SQL versions 3.7.118 and 4.8.76
Workstation - List Locations by Name
A new sort feature for Large systems with numerous Locations has
been added. This feature allows you to list all of the
Locations by Name instead of number in the Workstation program.
This makes locating a particular input and output much simpler
for the operator by allowing them to view the Locations in
alphabetical order. Located under the Customize Menu. Available
in WinDSX and WinDSX SQL versions 3.7.116 and 4.8.74 and higher.
Startup Map and Custom Sizes
Starting in WinDSX 3.7.114 and WinDSX SQL 4.8.72 Maps can now be
any size your hardware (PC and Monitor) will allow. In the past
Maps had to be a particular size. Now the size of each map can
be custom defined. There is also the ability to define a Startup
Map that is displayed automatically each time the program is
started. This Startup Map can be used to monitor the real time
state of all inputs and outputs in the system (Alarm points and
Locks) and display that status with a live ICON. Other more
specific maps can be accessed through the Startup Map.
WinDSX is ready for Windows 7 Professional®
WinDSX and WinDSX SQL are compatible with Windows 7
Professional® 32 and 64 bit Operating Systems. Before
implementing Windows 7 make sure that your peripheral devices
(cameras, printers) are supported by the new Operating System.
WinDSX and Integrated Biometrics
With WinDSX 3.7.108 and WinDSX SQL 4.8.65 and higher the TRU-650
Integrated Biometrics fingerprint reader can be integrated and
used in biometrics only or Card + Biometrics applications. With
this seamless integration, system card holders are only entered
into the WinDSX software and that data is passed to the
Integrated Biometrics Application.
WinDSX SQL and Active Directory Authentication
WinDSX SQL 4.8.65 and higher can now utilize complex logins and
passwords facilitated by "Active Directory" in Windows™.
Operator Logins can be authenticated by Active Directory instead
of WinDSX. When WinDSX SQL receives a login from an operator it
sends the login request to Active Directory (AD) for
authentication. If AD authenticates the operator they are given
access to the system according to the Password Profile assigned
Backup SQL Server
WinDSX SQL 4.8.65 and higher allows for the definition of both a
primary and backup SQL Server and database path. If the primary
SQL Server fails the software can be shut down and restarted and
it will connect to the backup SQL Server and database path. DSX
does not automatically reconcile the databases when the primary
returns. This feature will facilitate off site backup SQL
Servers that cannot use SQL Clustering for redundancy.
New Access Level Manager
With WinDSX versions 3.7.108 and 4.8.65 and higher comes a new
Access Level Manager. This new more efficient manager will
create fewer access levels when combining levels across multiple
locations. This will reduce the amount of memory required to
store access levels in the panels. The trade off is that now
when an access level is edited (door add or delete) every card
that is assigned that access level will receive a new access
level assignment. So editing an access level that is assigned to
thousands of cards will cause an incremental update and download
of thousands of cards which can take some time to complete. All
cards will continue to work during the download but no other
downloads can take place until it is complete. You will not see
an immediate reduction in the number of access levels, unused
access levels will not be removed until the system runs
through daily ops at midnight on a Saturday. The first time you
login after the upgrade there will be an access level upgrade
process. This could take a while but will only occur once.
New DSX Dialup Modem
Available April 2009 - Dialup Modem is still a
viable communications method despite most people wanting to use
their network for the communications. Not everyone has network
connectivity to every location they need to communicate with.
Central Stations use dialup communications to communicate with
many remote managed sites. One of the more recent applications
for dialup is a backup communications path for network connected
Locations. This new DSX Modem is small and DC powered. It is
easily connected to a DSX-LAN(M) module for redundancy. The unit
has both an RS-232 and RS-485 communications port for connecting
it to any DSX controller without the use of a MCI module or
adapter. There is a DB9 connector for easy
connection to a serial port. This modem comes with everything
needed for any DSX dialup application. Beyond a doubt this is
the best Modem ever sold for Access Control.
Alarm Email / Text Message Notification
Alarms can now be emailed using an SMTP Server. Location,
Device, and Inputs can be individually selected to send
notification to Email Groups on Alarm. Email Groups can be one
or multiple people each with a Time Zone that determines when
the alarm can be emailed to that person. Email Groups are built
from Card Holders that have an Email address in a designated UDF
field. Available in WinDSX Versions 3.7.36 and 4.8.8 and higher.
Alarms can also be sent to Cell Phones as Text Messages. Using
the Alarm Email Notification feature, an email can be sent to a
Cell Phone as a Text Message using the cell phone provider's SMS
Gateway. Most Cell Phone providers have a SMS Gateway that will
turn an Email into a Text Message and send it to the
Comm Server as a Service
With this new WinDSX upgrade you can now have the Communication
Server program run as a service without having a user logged
into the windows operating system. This provides the ability for
the Comm Server program to run on a manned or unmanned PC. Comm
Server can be configured as a Service with WinDSX Versions
3.7.34 and WinDSX SQL Version 4.8.6 and higher. The DSX Software
Features Key monitoring program or Keymon can also be run as a
All DSX Enclosures now come standard with removable doors.
Unlock, open, and remove the door is all you have to do during
your install to get that door out of your way. DSX now offers
the DSX-1040PE-B Battery Enclosure. Holds 10 – 12V 7AH Batteries
- not included.