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A Monthly Newsletter – April 2010

This month we turn our attention to making SecureCRT® and SecureFX® work smarter for you.  We have a tip on importing sessions using external data, information on scripting with the ReadString() method, and a forum post on tweaking the default Windows session handler for Telnet.  Also, there's a new SecureFX feature in development that you might be interested in testing.


1. Tip: Importing SecureCRT Sessions from a Data File
2. Scripting Corner: Capture Command Output with ReadString()
3. Call for Testers: SecureFX One-Click Download to CWD
4. Heard on the Forums: Open Hyperlinked Telnet Sessions in Tabs
5. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Tip: Importing SecureCRT Sessions from a Data File

If you keep a list of the servers, routers, and other devices you routinely connect to in a .csv or other data file, you can use a script to import the data into SecureCRT sessions, rather than manually creating them one at a time.  In this tip, we explain how to set up a data file, and provide a sample VBScript that you can modify for your specific setup.  You only need a few basic script-writing skills to get started.

To read the complete tip on importing sessions from a data file, visit this VanDyke Software Support web page.

2. Scripting Corner: Capture Command Output with ReadString()

Have you ever wanted to run commands 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. ReadString() gives access to data as it comes from the remote system.  One application of this is to add logging to a script that performs scheduled maintenance tasks.

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

Another source of information on using ReadString() is the Scripting Essentials guide, section 4.3, "Capturing Data from a Remote Machine".

Call for Testers: SecureFX One-Click Download to CWD

A new version of SecureFX, now in pre-beta release, adds the ability to download files to the current working directory (CWD) with a single click.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on this new SecureFX feature, please send e-mail to

4. Heard on the Forums: Open Hyperlinked Telnet Sessions in Tabs

Forum user alkman82 asks, "How can I open a new Telnet CRT session IN A NEW TAB and not in a new CRT window from [the] hyperlink?"

Jake from VanDyke Software Support explains how to edit the Windows registry entry for Telnet links to use the SecureCRT /T command-line option.

To read the complete forum thread on modifying the default Windows Telnet session behavior, visit the VanDyke Software online forums.

5. New and Current Releases

Tab upgrades, Windows 7 support, and emulator keyword high-lighting lead the way for the December official releases of SecureCRT 6.5 and SecureFX 6.5, along with the VShell 3.6 server and VanDyke ClientPack 6.5 official versions.

SecureFX 6.5 – New tabbed main window, SCP transfer protocol support, Windows 7 taskbar integration, parent ".." folder icon navigation.

SecureCRT 6.5 – Tab status indicator options, real-time keyword highlighting, drag-and-drop transfers from Windows Explorer, Windows 7 taskbar integration, revised button bar.

ClientPack 6.5 – VRALib, a new .NET and COM-compliant component scripting SSH2 connections in Windows.

VShell 3.6 server – Limit access to SSH2 commands and services by public key, set environment variables via SSH2, audit vshelld events with Solaris BSM.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.5.2
  SecureFX 6.5.2
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.2
  VShell 3.6.2 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.2 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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