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A Monthly Newsletter – March 2009

When we hear how busy our users are, sometimes we're tempted to leave out half the words in the newsletter to save time and space. Well, maybe more helpful than that for busy network professionals will be summaries of the latest SecureCRT® and SecureFX® releases. Next, the very popular scripting manual for SecureCRT has been expanded significantly and posted in our new "Automation Academy" section of the website. Speaking of automation, a "lazy" (a.k.a. "smart") customer recently asked for help saving time when opening SecureCRT sessions, prompting us to offer a how-to with several ways to do that. With that kind of laziness, you might just have time to eat lunch or something crazy like that.


1. Modify Sessions Faster with SecureCRT 6.2
2. SecureFX 6.2 Has Filters for File Synch
3. Expanded Scripting Manual Now on the Website
4. How To: Quickly Launch Multiple SecureCRT Sessions
5. New and Current Releases

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1. Modify Sessions Faster with SecureCRT 6.2

We've heard from the early evaluators of the SecureCRT 6.2 release and they are clear on the time-saving benefits of its lead new feature: changing settings for multiple sessions at the same time.

How does changing multiple sessions work? Select a range of sessions or session folders, right-click on "Edit session", and change any option from passwords to scripts to log settings. The first session in the range serves as the base settings for the whole set.

That's not all. Here's what you get beyond faster session changes:

  • Remember and connect sessions used the last time you ran SecureCRT
  • Option to rotate log files nightly
  • Parameter substitutions on log file paths
  • Native 64-bit version for x64 Windows

Try these step-saving capabilities -- download SecureCRT 6.2 today!

2. SecureFX 6.2 Has Filters for File Synch

Here is what one early evaluator had to say about the filters on file synchronization in the SecureFX 6.2 beta release:

"It looks like the filtering feature does exactly what I need. Combined with the synchronization database, SecureFX has become an almost perfect tool for the way I work."
– Carl Hamilton, Software Engineer

Filters can be applied to any synchronization activity. You may include or exclude files, and filter on specific files or file types. Examples of filters in action include uploading only HTML files to a website, or excluding .svn files when updating a source code tree.

Beyond file synchronize filters, SecureFX 6.2 has the following:

  • Remember and connect sessions used the last time you ran
  • Mutual authentication for FTP and FTP-over-SSL
  • Ability to establish connections from behind a restrictive firewall
  • Native 64-bit version for x64 Windows

That should pique your interest. But you'll need to move quickly to evaluate this release before it goes official. Mark our words, it's a keeper.

Download the new release today.

Expanded Scripting Manual Now on the Website

The VanDyke Software Support group has made available an expanded version of the Scripting Essentials manual. In addition to the chapter on creating scripts, the new chapter covers manual and automated methods for launching scripts. For automated execution, ways to pass arguments that allow changing the script behavior are also described.

To download a PDF copy of the expanded scripting manual, visit the VanDyke Software Support page.

4. How To: Quickly Launch Multiple SecureCRT Sessions

Here is a question we received from a typically straightforward SecureCRT user looking to save some time:

"If I am logging in to a client site, I usually establish three sessions. This is easy with the "clone session" option, but being totally lazy, is there a way I could set up three sessions automatically with just one selection?"

Yes, you can launch multiple sessions at once in several different ways. Here, lazy is good -- save some steps, use the time to do something more important. To learn how, visit the newly reorganized Support section.

4. New and Current Releases

Beta 2 releases were made February 17, 2009 for SecureCRT 6.2, SecureFX 6.2, and the VanDyke ClientPack 6.2. Both SecureCRT and SecureFX 6.2 releases streamline session management, allowing you to edit multiple sessions and reconnect sessions that were open the last time the application ran. Also new are support for PKCS #11 to simplify smart-card authentication and the ability to manage public-key authentication from the Activator. All 6.2 client applications now offer a native 64-bit version for x64 processors.

SecureCRT 6.2 now has an option to change log files nightly and can use parameter substitution in log file paths. The SecureFX 6.2 release introduces include and exclude filters for file synchronization. The VanDyke ClientPack 6.2 provides new vsftp commands to remove files and folders recursively and list hidden files or folders. A new vsh flag lets you automatically reconnect after being disconnected from the server.

The VShell® 3.5 official release delivers three new editions that protect your FTP transfers with FTP over SSL. Also new are a Control Panel makeover, additional logging enhancements including W3C extended log file format, an internal user database, and a new remote exec RunAs capability.

Official releases were made February 24th to SecureCRT 6.1.4 and SecureFX 6.1.4. SecureCRT 6.1 official extends your ability to customize workflow and automate routine tasks with new search, session management, and scripting capabilities. The 6.1 release also offers a Connect dialog Search, scripting enhancements, and more. The SecureFX 6.1 official version delivers a synchronize
database, keyboard-interactive authentication enhancements, and context menu navigation to common folders.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.1.4
  SecureFX 6.1.4
  CRT™ 6.1.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.1.3
  VShell 3.5.2 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.5.2 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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