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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – June/July 2009

Over the years we have brought you some useful information, but this month is a first:  a tip on how to "su" (without a lawyer). Beyond that there are testing opportunities for the latest SecureCRT® features in development, and a tip on word selection and word delimiters in SecureCRT.  Finally, we give you the latest chapter of the Scripting Essentials guide.  We will be back with our next issue in August.

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Contents
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1. Tip: Use "su" to Change SFTP Login Credentials
2. Call for Testers: New SecureCRT Mouse Features
3. Call for Testers: Improved SecureCRT Unicode Support
4. Tip: SecureCRT Word Selection and Word Delimiters
5. New Scripting Essentials Chapter: Sending Data to Remote Machines
6. New and Current Releases

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1. Tip: Use "su" to Change SFTP Login Credentials
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Some security policies do not allow for remote logon using privileged accounts such as Administrator or root.  In these situations, you can logon and then change user privileges from within the session using the "Substitute User" and "su" commands that are available starting in SecureFX® 6.1, SecureCRT 6.1, and VanDyke ClientPack 6.1.  The "Substitute User" and "su" commands are unique to VanDyke Software applications, and require VShell® 3.5 or later for Windows.

You can try the "Substitute User" and "su" commands by downloading versions 6.2 of SecureFX, SecureCRT, or the VanDyke ClientPack today (VShell 3.5 or later for Windows server is required).

You can download the applications here.

Visit the VanDyke website to read the full tip online.

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2. Call for Testers: New SecureCRT Mouse Features
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VanDyke Software development continues to seek users to test new capabilities in pre-beta releases.  This month we are looking for users to preview and give us feedback on two added mouse features in SecureCRT.

  • A global option to allow URLs displayed in a session to be opened with a CTRL+click action.
  • A session option to enable mouse scroll wheel events to be sent to the remote.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on the new mouse features, send e-mail to .

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Call for Testers: Improved SecureCRT Unicode Support
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Also available this month for preview and feedback is enhanced Unicode support in SecureCRT, with improved display of Unicode and UTF-8 characters, the ability to display multiple languages
at the same time, and updated Cut/Copy/Paste.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on the improved Unicode support, send e-mail to .

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4. Tip: SecureCRT Word Selection and Word Delimiters
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"Word selection" sounds simple, but like most things related to terminal emulation, there are a few details to consider and choices to make.  In this tip we explain word selection, the SecureCRT default settings, and how to change the delimiter characters.  Then we show how to customize delimiter characters to match the ones used in the PuTTY terminal emulator.

Read the complete tip on word selection.

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5. New Scripting Essentials Chapter: Sending Data to Remote Machines
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The previous two chapters of the Scripting Essentials guide addressed connecting to remote machines and reading data from them. This latest addition continues the progression with a chapter on sending data to remote machines.  We explain how to handle various types of data and include examples with complete VBScript code.

Chapter five begins by explaining how plain text can be sent using the Screen object's Send() method.  The technique is illustrated by a Solution script that uses the method to send one command repeatedly to a remote machine, with the set of parameters each time based on input from the user.

Because not all data is in plain text, the rest of the chapter is concerned with how to send non-printing control codes and also with ways to simulate keyboard events.  The VBScript Chr() method and the Screen object SendKeys() method are detailed.  A second example uses these elements in a script that may be useful for network administrators who configure Cisco routers and switches.

To download a PDF copy of the latest version of the Scripting Essentials guide, please visit the VanDyke Software Support section of our website.

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6. New and Current Releases
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The SecureCRT 6.2 official release makes it fast and easy to change multiple session settings. Changes include:

  • Edit multiple session settings like passwords at the same time
  • Option to remember, connect to sessions from your last use
  • Rotate log files nightly option
  • Manage keys in Activator with Agent support (also SecureFX)
  • PKCS #11 support simplifies smart-card authentication (also in SecureFX)
SecureFX 6.2 official adds site synchronization filters to fine-tune transfer results. This list of new capabilities includes:
  • Site synchronization filters to include or exclude files like .svn or JPEG, with wildcards
  • As in SecureCRT, edit multiple session settings like passwords at the same time
  • Option to remember, connect to sessions from your last use
  • Mutual FTP authentication allows self-signed certificates
  • Limit local FTP port range for restrictive firewalls
VShell 3.5 offers a module for FTP over SSL (FTPS) support. The latest server version also has:
  • FTP file transfer with all data protected by SSL/TLS-based encryption
  • W3C extended log file format, other logging enhancements
  • Control panel makeover
  • Internal user database to configure VShell-specific users
  • Disconnect active sessions using "who" utility
  • RunAs commands for admin-controlled remote command execution as a different user
Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.2.1
  SecureFX 6.2.1
  CRT™ 6.1.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.2
  VShell 3.5.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.5.3 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 7.0 (Intel x86)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel x86)
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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