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A Monthly Newsletter – April 2008

This month we pay more attention to the server side of the equation. Since everyone eventually changes machines, we thought a tip on how to migrate VShell® server settings would be useful. Next, we keep improving the software, and part of that process is asking for your input in pre-beta evaluation cycles of the VShell server as well as SecureCRT® and SecureFX®. Then, for those command window users who just have to keep a 1600x1200 SecureCRT screen full of text, the latest forum piece explains how to do it. Finally, the Scripting Corner returns with a handy way to capture command output using the ReadString() method.


1. Tip: Importing And Exporting VShell Server Settings
2. Call For VShell Server Testers: "RunAs"
3. Call For Client Testers: Remote Exec, Quick Synch
4. Heard On The Forum: Give SecureCRT A Really Wide Window
5. Scripting Corner: Capture Command Output With ReadString()
6. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

Tip: Importing And Exporting VShell Server Settings

Moving VShell from one machine to another or building a backup server are both excellent reasons to use the VShellConfig utility for importing and exporting VShell configuration settings. Our online tip explains how VShellConfig gives you the tools to transfer registry-based settings using an XML file format, and to move other key configuration files such as host keys and subconfigurations.

Read the complete tip here.

2. Call For VShell Server Testers: "RunAs"

Once again the Software Development group is looking for VShell, SecureCRT, and SecureFX users to evaluate software in pre-beta release.

The new RunAs capability adds additional fine-grained control to the VShell server options. Using RunAs, an administrator can allow users to remotely execute commands on the server as a different user, with control over what commands are available, as well as what accounts and identities are used to run them. RunAs can allow non-admin users to run commands that require administrative access without granting them rights to the entire system.

If you are interested in previewing and giving feedback on RunAs, send e-mail to .

3. Call For Client Testers: Remote Exec, Quick Synch

As mentioned above, you can help us, as well as the VanDyke Software user community, by evaluating new software before it is released. We know some of the automation-crazy admins out there will be itching to try out the new SecureCRT Remote Exec option. This allows you to execute a remote command any time the session connects. You could, for example, have e-mail available as soon as the command window appears.

Speaking of admins, if you do a lot of file transfer, consider a look at the new Quick Synch database in SecureFX. You can now save and edit configurations for synchronizing multiple sites, a major step forward from the previous fixed mode.

If you would like to preview Quick Synch database configuration or Remote Exec, send e-mail to .

4. Heard On The Forum: Give SecureCRT A Really Wide Window

Forum member thieums says, "I just can't figure out how to use 100% of my screen's width.... When I open a file with vim, the width is truncated (around 75%) with 1600 x 1200 resolution.

Support team member Kevin explains that two settings are needed to get SecureCRT to "go wide". First, the "Synchronize view to size" option is enabled in the Terminal / Emulation category of Session Options. With that done, Kevin explains, "SecureCRT should use the entire window...unless it is hitting the max number of columns limit." If after enabling "Synchronize view" you are still limited in usable screen width, increase the number of columns in the "Terminal/Appearance" category of Global Options.

To read the complete forum posting, or to become a forum member, visit the VanDyke Software Forums today.

5. Scripting Corner: Capture Command Output With ReadString()

Have you ever wanted to run a command from a script and log just the output from those commands? You can do this by using ReadString(), a method of the Screen object in SecureCRT, which gives access to data as it comes from the remote system. One application is to add logging to a script that performs scheduled maintenance tasks.

Read the complete tip on logging command output with ReadString().

6. New And Current Releases

A maintenance release of the VShell server 3.0.4 official was made March 20th to address issues identified in previous versions. In addition, maintenance releases of SecureCRT 6.0.2, SecureFX 6.0.2, and the VanDyke ClientPack 6.0.2 official were made April 24th.

The SecureCRT 6.0.2 and SecureFX 6.0.2 official releases deliver increased productivity with enhanced user tools and a high level of integration between SecureCRT and SecureFX. SecureCRT adds the ability to move tabs in and out of windows, as well as a new button bar to automate tasks. SecureFX offers mirroring with delete, an editable address bar, and the ability to resolve symbolic links. There is a combined installer for both clients is available, as well as an installer for U3 smart drives.

A maintenance release of VShell 3.0.4 was made on March 20th.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.0.2
  SecureFX 6.0.2
  CRT™ 6.0.2
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.0.2
  VShell 3.0.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.4 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 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. Licenses for three years of upgrades and support are also available.

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