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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – June 2006

We thought we should load this issue up on serious information, to tide you over until August, when the Newsletter returns from its summer hiatus. First, a web resource to explore Agent forwarding in Secure Shell. Next, we offer a tip on moving VShell® config settings, as well as the latest tidbits from the online forums. Oh, and a bit on a feature as undeservedly unsung as the Activator: using the SecureCRT® chat window for broadcasting shell commands. Now, for truly light reading, you might try "Out from Boneville," by Jeff Smith, a graphic book about the adventures of three short white creatures that look like Casper the Friendly Ghost. You might even check out Smith's web site (www.boneville.com). Okay, time to hit the beach!

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Contents
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1. The UNIX Wiz Explains SSH Agent Forwarding
2. Moving A VShell Windows Server - Exporting Configuration Settings
3. Heard On The Forums: Call For Alpha Testers
4. Did You Know? Using Chat Window History In SecureCRT
5. New And Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. The UNIX Wiz Explains SSH Agent Forwarding
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Steve Friedl, the "UNIX Wiz", is a Southern California native who has spent the better part of his life working with computers. From writing proprietary-language compiler tools back in college, to security consulting and communications controllers today, he has developed a broad background in technology thanks to a diverse customer base and a very curious mind. Steve has been using SecureCRT for quite a long time and is well-known in VanDyke Software's Customer Support Group. We asked Steve to adapt a Tech Tip he had written about SSH Agent Forwarding specifically
for VanDyke Software customers using SecureCRT to connect to a VShell Server or an OpenSSH server.

The tutorial is useful for the Secure Shell power user and network professional who wants to better understand how to improve public-key authentication under Secure Shell. Less technical readers will have to pick and choose what to read, as there is significant coverage of system configuration and security issues. Pros might use the tutorial to plan how to prepare users to migrate from password to public-key-only authentication with Agent.

Friedl's tutorial covers not just Agent and Agent forwarding, but also reviews standard password and public-key authentication, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The discussion addresses Secure Shell connections to both OpenSSH and VShell servers.

Read the complete Tech Tip, SSH Agent Forwarding with SecureCRT

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2. Moving A VShell Windows Server - Exporting Configuration Settings
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Network administrators need to move configuration settings from one machine to another, such as when moving VShell from one Windows machine to another or building a backup server. This month's tip outlines the process of moving a server, including the core export procedure you would use to save a configuration for recovery.

Visit the VanDyke web site to read the complete tip.

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3. Heard On The Forums: Call For Alpha Testers
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This spring the forums brought out several new enhancements for SecureCRT and SecureFX®, which are available for pre-beta testing to interested, qualified users. If you would like to try the alpha versions of SecureCRT or SecureFX, please send e-mail to Maureen at .

    • Telnet over SSL in SecureCRT.
    • Basic and unauthenticated HTTP proxy support has been added to SecureCRT and SecureFX.
    • Fine-tune control over context menu pasting in SecureCRT. You can now select whether the paste function is turned off or controlled by right-click or middle-click on the mouse buttons.

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4. Did You Know? Using Chat Window History In SecureCRT
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If you have never looked at the chat window area of the command window interface in SecureCRT, you might be surprised at its usefulness outside the chat room. You can take advantage of the chat window history, which gives you the ability to store text (think commands) and insert that text into any shell session. A sysadmin, for example, might use it to configure a server or a router. If you regularly repeat commands in many windows, a great time-saver is to use the chat window history and the "Send Chat to All Tabs" option. This option can be turned on and off from the context (right-click) menu.

To use the chat window, select "Chat Window" from the View menu. Navigating chat window history could hardly be simpler: up and down arrow keys bring up previously used text or commands, and any line can be edited with the left and right arrow keys. By default, the chat window history lets you store 200 commands.

As a quick example, to add users to several Linux systems, you might start with the command "adduser -u 5001 joe" and then use the chat window history to quickly change parameters to "5002 jack" and "5003 sally", broadcasting to multiple systems with "Send Chat to All Tabs".

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5. New And Current Releases
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Maintenance releases were made available May 25 of the VShell 2.6.2 server, SecureCRT 5.1.2, and SecureFX 3.1.2 applications, as well as CRT 5.1.2, to address bugs and other issues identified in
earlier versions

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.1.2
  SecureFX 3.1.2
  CRT 5.1.2
  VShell 2.6.2 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.6.2 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 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

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