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A Monthly Newsletter – June 2005

Any month with three official releases is a big one, and with major upgrades to SecureCRT®, CRT™ and SecureFX®, June is as big as they come. In this issue we lay out the new product offerings and provide tips for the new versions as well. Take note of the upgrade pricing changes coming July 15th. As May was a big month for market research, we report the results of our newsletter and enterprise security surveys. Some readers wanted quicker access to newsletter-related online information, so new links have been added right below the Contents. Additionally, RSS feeds are now listed at the end of each issue.


1. It's Official! SecureCRT 5.0, SecureFX 3.0 Go Prime Time
2. Tip: Giving SecureCRT 5.0 A Window Menu
3. Annual Newsletter Survey Summary
4. Customer StoriesSetting Up SFTP-Only File Transfer
5. Independent Survey ResultsEnterprise Security
6. New Releases
7. Current Releases

Online Resources

1. It's Official! SecureCRT 5.0, SecureFX 3.0 Go Prime Time

The official releases of SecureCRT 5.0, SecureFX 3.0, and CRT 5.0 are versatile applications that can be deployed with confidence to users throughout your organization to support critical business processes, network management, information security, or other tasks. Leading the new product cycle are more productive window management and better integration of VanDyke Software applications, with core technology improvements to maintain standards and compatibility.

Increased integration makes everyday use and maintenance easier. Common options configuration allows any session definition to be shared by SecureCRT and SecureFX for shell and SFTP access. And once you authenticate to a host for a shell session, you can open an SFTP connection without reauthenticating. A shared host key database with common global and session options mean you only need to set application defaults, sessions settings, or accept a host key once. The installers provide migration help to merge settings and sessions from previous versions.

SecureCRT adds tabbed sessions and the ability to control all open sessions using tabs on the main SecureCRT window. If you already have a shell session running, you can launch an SFTP session on the same host without logging on again. Named firewalls allow you to define multiple firewall settings and apply them quickly to any session.

SecureFX has new bells and whistles—really! SecureFX plays well with Windows Explorer so you can drag and drop files to and from Windows Explorer, the desktop, and applications like WinZip. Activator fans can now use the handy tray applet to manage SecureFX windows. With named firewalls, you can create any number of firewall configurations that can be used on a session-specific basis. Finally, you can play a sound file to let you know the status of a connection or transfer.

CRT 5.0 applies many of the same usability innovations in SecureCRT to operations behind the firewall. In addition to tabbed sessions, CRT delivers support for IPv6 and 256-color Xterm.

For more information on major upgrades or to download software, please visit the VanDyke Software web site:

New Upgrade Pricing—Save Before July 15

Did you purchase your SecureCRT or SecureFX license (or upgrade) before December 1, 2003? If you upgrade to the new 5.0 or 3.0 versions before July 15, 2005, you can save $19 on a single SecureCRT license or $10 on a single SecureFX license. Similar savings are available for multiple licenses. After July 15, new upgrade pricing will go into effect.

If you purchased your license or upgrade after December 1, 2003, you can upgrade to the latest version at no charge.

To find out if you qualify for a free upgrade to SecureCRT 5.0 or SecureFX 3.0, visit our Upgrade Eligibility page.


2. Tip: Giving SecureCRT 5.0 A Window Menu

If you've tried SecureCRT or CRT 5.0, it's possible that you've missed the Window menu on the menu bar to display active sessions. The Window menu is sometimes used by system administrators to switch between multiple instances of SecureCRT, which lets them group sessions by criteria such as customer site, geographic location, or type of network device.

Luckily, the custom menu capability allows you to add a Window menu according to your needs.

Custom menus are defined via the Terminal page in the Global Options dialog. Create a custom menu configuration file and place it in the SecureCRT application folder or some similarly safe location, then select this file in the "Custom menu and toolbar file" box.

For more detailed instructions and an example of a custom menu that has the Windows menu, go to:

If you want further information, or need assistance setting up a custom menu, see the SecureCRT Help or please contact VanDyke Software Support.

3. Annual Newsletter Survey Summary

Over 500 of you responded to our annual survey of newsletter readers. That's important because it ensures a high level of validity to the findings. A big thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners of the drawing. Lynn Seamans, Erik Olsen, Craig Kaminski, and Scarlett Duplanski all won their choice of iPod MP3 player or RadioShark AM/FM radio with time-shift recording (to read about the winners, take a look at:

Generally, you subscribe to find out about new releases, and to read tips and how-to pieces. This year we also saw that you are looking for ways we can help you sift through the newsletter more quickly, whether with RSS feeds, more online content, or more concise issues. That said, many like the newsletter just the way it is. Thirty-five percent of you tried a new product or method based on something you read, with the USB drive tip the most mentioned example. Thirty-seven percent of you visited the online forums. Several of you asked for more information on product direction, scripting, and how to use VanDyke Software applications with other products.

You remain a highly professional crowd. Computer software, consulting services, and telecommunications were the top industries, as well as banking/finance, internet e-commerce, and healthcare. IT manager, software engineer, and network engineer were the most common job titles. Ninety-eight percent of you are licensed users of VanDyke products, and SecureCRT is the most-used application.

Over the summer we will be looking at possible content and format revisions to better align the newsletter to your needs. Many of your ideas were so good we couldn't wait to implement them: RSS feeds have been added and we'll now include links to online tips and back issues of the newsletter in every issue.

Here are links to VanDyke Software web pages with RSS feeds (now listed at the bottom of each issue of the newsletter):

4. Customer Stories—Setting Up SFTP-Only File Transfer

Whether you're building a business case to adopt SecureCRT and VShell™, or just curious about who uses VanDyke Software solutions, visit the newly expanded Customer section on the VanDyke web site. Among the profiles of corporate customers is a new piece detailing how web development and hosting company The Net Werx used VShell's SFTP-only access to fortify its network against attacks:

You can also can also read how a variety of individual computer professionals employ the applications:

5. Independent Survey Results—Enterprise Security

A survey on network professionals' satisfaction with security, commissioned by VanDyke Software and performed by Amplitude Research, shows that a high percentage of network administrators and managers sleep well at night. For those who don't, worries about users, recovery plans, and security breaches are what keep them awake.

For an extensive press release detailing the enterprise security survey, please visit the web site News section.

6. New Releases

Official releases of SecureCRT 5.0, CRT 5.0, and SecureFX 3.0 were made available June 16, 2005. New features include tabbed windows in SecureCRT and CRT, multiple instances for SecureFX, and better integration of shell and file transfer applications.

You can download new and previous releases at:

7. Current Releases

The following lists the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.0
  SecureFX 3.0
  Entunnel™ 1.1.2
  CRT 5.0
  AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.9
  VShell 2.3.5 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.3.5 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3
    Solaris 8
    FreeBSD 4.8
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2

To download any of the current releases, go to:

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated free for 30 days. Licenses include one year of free upgrades and technical support.

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