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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – March 2007

Over the years, integration of SecureCRT® and SecureFX® has quietly progressed to where it is something to make noise about, so here we are. We also have something on terminal windows cut
and paste shortcuts, and a forum link on applying the new SecureCRT color schemes with ANSI color. Then we link to a collection of handy shortcut lists for IT professionals gleaned from our web crawling.

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Contents
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1. Take SecureCRT-SecureFX Integration For Granted – Please
2. Save With Special Beta Upgrade Pricing Through April 30
3. Did You Know: Windows Standard Copy And Paste Shortcuts
4. Heard On The Forum: SecureCRT Color Schemes And ANSI Color
5. On The Web: IT Cheat Sheets On SearchSMB.com
6. New And Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. Take SecureCRT-SecureFX Integration For Granted – Please
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If you take SecureCRT and SecureFX integration for granted, really, we won't be insulted. The current level of integration gives you the advantages of common session configuration and quick access, while maintaining the powerful, focused interface of purpose-built applications. You can configure one session for terminal and file transfer, log in once to run multiple sessions on a server, and launch SecureFX from SecureCRT and vice versa.

Longtime SecureCRT and SecureFX users may not be used to the integration, but now is a good time to try these time-saving capabilities. A series of features and options enable integration but still allow you complete control over application configuration. This discussion does assume you install SecureCRT and SecureFX with the integrated option, which sets up common file locations and shares the session database, public key storage, and other configuration elements.

Starting multiple sessions on one server involves an interlocking set of features. The common session database stores both file transfer and terminal protocols and other settings for a given server connection. If you enable the "Add keys to agent" option for public-key authentication or the "Cache session password" for password authentication, the session passphrase and password will not have to be re-entered as long as SecureCRT, SecureFX, or Activator are running.

Launching SecureFX from a toolbar button without having to login a second time can increase your productivity. You have access to greater file selection control, drag and drop transfers, and a transfer queue. If the toolbar button is not visible, you can add it using "Customize Toolbar" on the Tools menu. New for SecureFX 4.5 is that you can launch SecureCRT from a toolbar button, and if the current SecureFX session has terminal settings, SecureCRT will connect immediately.

To download the latest beta versions of SecureCRT and SecureFX today, visit the VanDyke Software web site.

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2. Save With Special Beta Upgrade Pricing Through April 30
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Did you purchase a current client license before March 1, 2006? You can save up to $20 if you upgrade to the new SecureCRT 5.5 or SecureFX 4.5 releases before April 30th – and, of course, you will get a year of upgrades and technical support.

Find out more about how you can save with this special, limited time upgrade pricing.

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3. Did You Know: Windows Standard Copy And Paste Shortcuts
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Periodically customers ask why SecureCRT doesn't use the standard CTRL+C and CTRL+V keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste like other Windows applications.

The simple answer is that you can enable Windows keyboard shortcuts in the Session Options dialog, Terminal/Emulation/Mapped Keys category. Just select "Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys" under CUA settings.

The more complete answer is that if you don't know what these keystrokes do in your terminal applications, ask your system administrator before you change the behavior. It might seem obvious that you need CTRL+C for copy, but Windows conventions may conflict with the operation of the terminal application.

As the SecureCRT help explains, "Turning on Use Windows copy and paste hotkeys will disable your ability to send CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+A, and CTRL+F to the remote host". Character-based applications use these keystrokes to issue critical commands like cancel.

There are two other methods to quickly copy and paste, without the potentially undesirable side effects of enabling CUA copy and paste. You can use the default SecureCRT shortcuts analogous to CTRL+C and CTRL+V: CTRL+SHIFT+C and CTRL+SHIFT+V. Or you can use the copy and paste key bindings CTRL+INSERT (copy) and CTRL+SHIFT+INSERT (paste).

For more information, see the help topic "Copying and Pasting", or read the tip, CUA Copy and Paste in SecureCRT on our website.

See also the related tip, Copy on select in SecureCRT,which shows how to get X-Windows mouse select behavior in the terminal window.

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4. Heard On The Forum: SecureCRT Color Schemes And ANSI Color
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A recent forum posting highlights the ability of the new color scheme option in SecureCRT 5.5 to assign different colors to command windows. Forum member Linda asks if it is possible to set the shades of ANSI colors on a per session basis. While user MrC is correct that ANSI colors are a global setting, Teresa in VanDyke Software support suggests that the ability to select color schemes along with ANSI colors will likely address the issue nicely.

Read the complete thread on the online forums.

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5. On The Web: IT Cheat Sheets On SearchSMB.com
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Bet you have some kind of "cheat sheet" for common commands or information, whether taped to your desk or monitor, or maybe even laminated in your wallet. This SearchSMB page (account required, registration is free) has dozens of cheat sheets for computer-related tasks, from video cabling to MySQL to JavaScript to Outlook Express and Python.

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6. New And Current Releases
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Saving time is the focus of the March 15th beta 3 releases of SecureCRT 5.5, CRT ™ 5.5, and SecureFX 4.5. SecureCRT 5.5 and CRT 5.5 have a script recorder, custom log data, and color schemes in ANSI color. SecureFX 4.5 features transfer queue drag and drop and queue window enhancements. Both SecureCRT 5.5 and SecureFX 4.5 offer OpenSSH key support and password caching, and all three client releases offer Windows Vista compatibility.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.2.2
  SecureFX 4.0.2
  CRT 5.2.2
  VShell® 2.6.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.6.4 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

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


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