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Using The Chat Window To Send Commands To Multiple SecureCRT® Sessions
Note: As of version 7.2, the chat window is called the command window.
If you manage many servers, switches, and routers, you probably often need to issue the same commands to multiple machines. SecureCRT can help make this time-consuming task easier by allowing you to group the sessions in one window and then broadcast commands to all the sessions at once using the chat window.
Sending commands to a set of sessions is a multi-step process.
Below, we will walk you through each step of the process. If you have already organized your sessions into groups as outlined in Step 1, you can skip to Step 2.
1. Organize Sessions Into Groups
The first step is connecting the sessions that will take a common set of commands. The easiest way to connect a set of sessions all at once is to organize your sessions in folders and then connect using the Connect dialog. Simply select a folder and click on the Connect button to launch all the sessions in that folder.
2. Start Sessions in Tabbed Windows or Drag Sessions into a SecureCRT Window
An alternate method allows you to quickly group active sessions so that you can issue commands to them. If you have a subset of active sessions that you want to broadcast commands to, you can use SecureCRT draggable tabs to group them in one window.
First, choose a tab, right click on the tab
and select Send to New Window. SecureCRT sends the
tab to a separate window. Then you can drag as many SecureCRT session
tabs as you need into the new window.
Drag tabs to place the sessions in one window
Or, if you already have a group of sessions in a tabbed SecureCRT window, you can drag the tabs you don't want to broadcast commands to into a separate window.
Another way to exclude sessions from receiving commands broadcast from the chat window is to lock them. Chat is not sent to locked sessions, which makes it possible to send chat text to a subset of the tabbed sessions. Sessions can be locked from the File menu or the tab menu.
3. Broadcast Commands Using Chat
Broadcasting commands uses the SecureCRT chat
window, which appears underneath the session window. Chat allows you
to type in commands that are only sent to the remote when you press
the ENTER key (when not in the chat window, each character is sent to
the remote as soon as you type it). You can prepare multiple lines of
commands in the chat window by using the CTRL+ENTER key combination.
To open the chat window, select Chat window on the View menu. Once all your sessions are started as tabs, right-click in the chat window and choose Send Chat to All Sessions. With this option enabled, each command entered into the chat window is sent to every tab in the SecureCRT window.
You can save commands in the chat window by
enabling the chat window history in the Global Options
dialog. In the
SecureCRT with tabbed sessions and chat window "Send chat to all sessions" command
When you are done broadcasting commands, you may want to restore your session tabs or windows to their previous state. You can drag tabs between windows to do this. When the last tab is dragged into the target window, the second window disappears.
In SecureCRT version 7.0 and later, commands can also be broadcast to tiled sessions, which has the added benefit of being able to see the resulting output from the command in all the sessions at the same time.
SecureCRT with tiled sessions and chat window "Send chat to all sessions" command
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