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A Monthly Newsletter – January 2008

The official releases of the 6.0 SecureCRT® and SecureFX® client applications are now ready for our inspection. After reviewing the release highlights, we will run through the plethora of new installation choices now available with the 6.0 releases. Finally, we are offering a new 3-year licensing option for your consideration. Let the downloads begin!


1. SecureCRT 6.0 & SecureFX 6.0 Official -- Together At Last
2. Tip: Take Your Client Anywhere With U3 Installers
3. New MSI-Based Installer Increases Deployment Options
4. A Common Installer: The Time Has Come
5. Planning Ahead? Three-Year Licenses Available Now
6. New and Current Releases

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1. SecureCRT 6.0 & SecureFX 6.0 Official -- Together At Last

At VanDyke Software our customers look to us for help in saving time, cutting out steps, and eliminating busywork. The 6.0 versions, now in official release, deliver new time-saving features, with a button bar for repeated commands and draggable tabs in SecureCRT 6.0, and an editable address bar and true mirroring with delete in SecureFX 6.0. But that's not all. Along the way to saving time, we smoothed the path to productivity with an updated user interface, increased integration of SecureCRT and SecureFX, and more flexible, manageable installers. We'll cover these features first, then get back to the latest ways to shave minutes and hours off your work day.

Both applications use Windows display themes for the toolbar and menu bar, which let you choose from five Windows and Office looks to match your work environment. A new toolbar and menu system brings with it a drag-and-drop customization dialog to SecureFX and SecureCRT. Finally, SecureCRT 6.0 provides control over alpha transparency, where you specify the transparency level of the active and inactive windows. This allows you to see behind a SecureCRT window or compare two windows.

Back to those new time-saving features. Additions to tabbed sessions and a new button bar lead the way for SecureCRT 6.0, while for SecureFX, the leader is true mirroring. SecureCRT tab functionality is dramatically extended by the ability to move tabs in and out of windows, send an active tab to a new SecureCRT window, clone a tabbed session in a new window, or drag and drop between SecureCRT windows. This makes it easy to send a tabbed session to a new window, view the output of two sessions, then drag the session back in. The new button bar below the session window allows any internal menu and session commands, as well as scripts and external programs, to be mapped to a button. A great use is for long, complex configuration commands that are easy to mistype or forget. Multiple button bars are also supported.

SecureFX 6.0 gains true mirroring with file deletion for more automated file maintenance. For fast, direct navigation, an editable SecureFX address bar lets you type in paths directly, copy and paste paths, and use the history to recall previously used addresses.

New installer highlights are a custom installer to set up SecureCRT and SecureFX on U3 smart drives, a combined installer option for SecureCRT and SecureFX, and an MSI-based installer
to give administrators greater ability to automate and control software deployment. The expanded installer options are covered in greater detail below.

To learn more about the SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0 official releases, visit the product pages.

To try the official releases, go to the download section.

2. Tip: Take Your Client Anywhere With U3 Installers

Taking your applications with you on a U3 smart drive is a popular option with highly mobile SecureCRT and SecureFX 6.0 users. The U3 system solves most of the previous limitations of running applications on USB drives. So if you tried to run the software from a USB drive before and were frustrated, you might want to give this another chance. For those of you who manage many network devices or provide end-user support and troubleshooting, maximize your productivity by taking SecureCRT with you wherever you go, complete with all your sessions, login scripts, and other key settings. The U3 installation ensures that SecureCRT can always find the configuration information, no matter what the USB drive mapping is.

This tip acquaints you with the way a U3 installation works and points out ways you can tweak your system for maximum portability. Read the complete tip here.

To download the U3 installer for SecureCRT and SecureFX 6.0, visit the VanDyke Software download page.

3. New MSI-Based Installer Increases Deployment Options

In addition to many new capabilities in SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0 that increase user productivity, these versions also help network managers save time and enforce security policy with a new MSI-based installer. MSI, also known as "Windows Installer", is a powerful architecture with many facets such as self-repair and rollback. The major advantage for VanDyke Software clients is the ability to deploy them using group policy through a distribution server such as SMS.

MSI allows the administrator to predefine all the options in the installation wizard, such as where to locate files or whether to add a shortcut to the Start menu. One way to do this is with an answer file. For SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0, the answer file contains the following options, which override the corresponding default settings:

- Target installation directory
- User profile -- common or personal profile for desktop shortcuts
- Program group
- Desktop shortcut
- List of protocols to install: SSH2, SSH1, Telnet, RLogin, serial, TAPI
- Display Readme or History files.
- Location of license, configuration, and host key files

If you want to learn more about automating installation of SecureCRT and SecureFX, send e-mail to VanDyke Software Customer Support at .

To download the latest versions of SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0, including the new installers with MSI support, visit the VanDyke Software website.

4. A Common Installer: The Time Has Come

At VanDyke Software we try to say "yes" to customers whenever possible. So it makes us very happy that our latest release lets us say yes to the question, "If I buy a license bundle for SecureCRT and SecureFX, can I run one installer for both applications?"

With the new level of integration between SecureCRT and SecureFX, it's high time to have one installer that takes care of both applications at once. The combined installer makes for a quicker install with no chance for incompatible configuration. It has a clear benefit for any bundle user, whether an individual or a large organization.

To download the combined installer for SecureCRT and SecureFX, visit the VanDyke Software website.

5. Planning Ahead? Three-Year Licenses Available Now

If you would like to streamline software licensing for your organization, or just keep your credit card statement simple, we have a new option for you to consider. A three-year license for SecureCRT and/or SecureFX is an alternative to the one-year license and subsequent upgrade or maintenance fees. You save money on the licenses themselves as well as on time spent on license administration.

To learn more about how the three-year license option can work for you, please visit the VanDyke software website, or send e-mail to .

6. New And Current Releases

SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0 official were released January 15. A maintenance release was made available December 6th of the VShell® server, version 3.0.3, to address issues identified in
previous releases.

The 6.0 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 a SecureCRT windows, as well as a new button bar to automate tasks. SecureFX offers mirroring with delete and an editable address bar, as well as the ability to resolve symbolic links. A combined installer for both clients is available, and there is also an installer for U3 smart drives.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.0
  SecureFX 6.0
  CRT™ 6.0
  VShell® 3.0.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.3 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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