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A Monthly Newsletter – September 2009

Tabbed sessions in SecureCRT® is a useful and rich time-saving feature that deserves a closer look in this issue.  As you will see in the preview of upcoming client application releases, tabs continue to evolve (and will soon be available in SecureFX®).  Calls for pre-beta testing feedback continue, and we give you a link to the latest chapter of the Scripting Essentials manual.


1. SecureCRT Tabs: The Complete Rundown
2. Preview New SecureCRT and SecureFX Capabilities!
3. Call for Testers: SecureCRT Inactivity Status Tab Setting
4. Scripting Essentials Ch. 7: Logging, Reading, and Writing Files
5. CRT to SecureCRT Upgrade Promotion Ends September 30, 2009
6. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. SecureCRT Tabs: The Complete Rundown

SecureCRT session tabs have been popular since first introduced several releases back.  As we've been building onto the core capability, we thought now would be a good time to explore the
tab features.

Any terminal or SFTP session may be started in a tabbed window, making it easy to switch between tabs/sessions while maintaining an uncluttered Windows desktop.  First, turn on tabbed sessions by checking the Session Tabs button in the SecureCRT View drop-down menu.

To help you start exploring, below are quick summaries of some of the settings, shortcuts, and capabilities you will find in tabbed sessions.

Quick list of tab commands and features:

  • Open sessions in tabs: In the Connect dialog, choose one or more sessions, check the "Open in a tab" option box, and then click on the "Connect" button.
  • Access context menu (right-click) tab commands: Rename, Reconnect, Disconnect, Close, Lock Session, Clone Session, Clone in New Window, Send to New Window, and Connect SFTP Tab.
  • Tab shortcuts: Close tabs -- CTRL+F4; Switch tabs -- CTRL+Tab.

Customizing tab appearance:

  • Status indicators: These give you visual cues to changes in connection status for any session tab. Colors are customizable and have the following defaults:

Green - Connected
Red - Disconnected
Blue - New Input

These tab options, along with several other tab options, can be found in the Global Options dialog in the Terminal / Tabs category.

Moving tabs:

  • Send one or more session tabs to a separate SecureCRT window from the tab context menu.
  • Drag and drop a session tab to another SecureCRT window.

Documentation and tips:

SecureCRT Help (See "Using the Software/Getting to Know the Window/Session Tabs")

Tab scripting with SecureCRT

Drag and drop with tabs

2. Preview New SecureCRT and SecureFX Capabilities!

You have seen several calls for testing of new features since April, from SecureCRT Unicode support to SecureFX session tabs. As the software comes closer to beta release, we want to offer you the chance to preview the new capabilities, including some that haven't been announced in pre-beta testing.


  • Drag-and-drop transfers: Drag Windows Explorer files and folders to the SFTP tab to initiate a transfer. You can also drag files into a connected session to do an ASCII, Xmodem, Ymodem, or Zmodem transfer. For ASCII and Xmodem, single file transfers are supported; for Ymodem and Zmodem, multiple files are supported.
  • Tab bar has a new look with more options for the display of status indicators.
  • Keyword highlighting:  The terminal window dynamically highlights specified keywords in bold or reverse font.


  • SecureFX session tabs are here! Choose a horizontal or vertical layout.
  • SCP transfer protocol: Choose SCP as a connection protocol to make secure transfers the same way as SFTP and FTP/SSL.

SecureCRT and SecureFX:

  • New window themes add blue, black, aqua and silver treatments to the standard Windows XP and Microsoft Office themes.

If you are interested in previewing these features, please send e-mail to

Call for Testers: SecureCRT Inactivity Status Tab Setting

VanDyke Software development continues to seek users to test new capabilities in pre-beta releases.  The latest new feature to test is an "inactivity status notification option" for session tabs.

Inactivity status notification allows the tab status indicator to change when a tabbed session is inactive for a specified period of time.  This is useful if you want to know when a command or script finishes in one tabbed session while working in another session.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on the inactivity status feature, please send e-mail to .

4. Scripting Essentials Ch. 7: Logging, Reading, and Writing Files

The latest chapter in the VanDyke Software Scripting Essentials manual gives you more tools to better control your network systems and save time using automation.

This chapter introduces SecureCRT's Session object logging methods. The Session.Log method is outlined for ad hoc connections, as well as the LogUsingSessionOptions method for preconfigured sessions.  It also shows you how to read data from and write it to files using VBScript's built-in FileSystemObject.  Three examples show how to apply the logging and file access methods with the usual full source code.  The first script lets you connect to one of a list of servers stored in a "hosts.txt" file, send commands read from a commands.txt file, and repeat the process for each host. Another script shows you how to select data from a terminal window and save it in a comma-separated-value (CSV) file.  The final script demonstrates importing data from a file to create SecureCRT sessions, a common need for new users.

Log and file techniques apply directly to network administration duties like security auditing and verification, as well as storing commonly used commands and procedures for reuse.

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

5. CRT to SecureCRT Upgrade Promotion Ends September 30, 2009

If you are a CRT user, don't miss taking advantage of special pricing for CRT to SecureCRT upgrades.  Through September 30, 2009, you can save up to $29.00 per license.

When you upgrade to SecureCRT, you get all the functionality of CRT, plus the secure protocols SSH1 and SSH2.  Switching is easy and you can use your existing CRT settings in SecureCRT.

To take advantage of this offer or get pricing for multiple and multi-year licenses, please go to the CRT to SecureCRT upgrade web page.

6. New and Current Releases

Official releases of SecureCRT 6.2.3, SecureFX 6.2.3, ClientPack 6.2.3, and VShell® 3.5.4 were made September 10, 2009.

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 (Windows)
  • W3C extended log file format (Windows) and other logging enhancements
  • Control panel makeover (Windows)
  • Internal user database to configure VShell-specific users (Windows)
  • Disconnect active sessions using "who" utility (Windows)
  • RunAs commands for admin-controlled remote command execution as a different user (Windows)
Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.2.3
  SecureFX 6.2.3
  CRT™ 6.1.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.2.3
  VShell 3.5.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.5.4 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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