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A Monthly Newsletter – March 2010

This month's newsletter aims to help you get more work out of the VShell® server and the VanDyke Software client applications. With VShell FTPS support now available as another secure file transfer option, the first tip discusses VShell FTPS configuration. We also show you how to back up and restore SecureCRT® and SecureFX® settings.  In the forums, we cover the advantages of using the ClientPack vsftp utility for daily file transfer tasks. And from VanDyke Software Development, several new capabilities are now ready for pre-beta testing.


1. Tip: Overview of VShell for FTPS Configuration
2. Tip: Backing Up and Restoring SecureCRT and SecureFX Settings
3. Heard on the Forums: Batch Mode with the vsftp Utility
4. Call for Testers – New SecureCRT and SecureFX Options
5. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Tip: Overview of VShell for FTPS Configuration

With secure file transfer becoming an increasingly important aspect of communication between individuals and organizations, support for an additional secure protocol has been added to VShell: FTPS (FTP over SSL).  A recent tip outlines how FTP over SSL works and covers essential areas such as enabling encryption, defining listening addresses, and creating server certificates.

To read the complete tip on configuring a VShell for FTPS server, visit the VanDyke Software Support website

2. Tip: Backing Up and Restoring SecureCRT and SecureFX Settings

Knowing how to back up and restore SecureCRT and SecureFX settings can serve a variety of purposes.  You might want to save session and global options for disaster recovery.  An equally important reason is so that you can transfer those settings to a new installation on a different computer. Backup and restore are straightforward operations once you know the location of the Config folder where session and global options are stored.

To read the complete instructions for backing up and restoring settings, with graphics and an example, visit the VanDyke Software Support Tips page.

Heard on the Forums: Batch Mode with the vsftp Utility

In the Forums, user BobW asks how to use the SFXCL utility to perform file maintenance tasks that he runs from batch files. Brenda with VanDyke Support suggests that for a series of operations on a remote server, the ClientPack utility vsftp is a better choice.  vsftp is an interactive SFTP ommand-line client that includes a "-b" switch to accept batch file commands.

To read the complete thread on batch file operations with vsftp, visit the VanDyke Software Forums.

Join the VanDyke Software forums today!

4. Call for Testers – New SecureCRT and SecureFX Options

VanDyke Software Development is looking for users to test new capabilities in pre-beta releases of SecureCRT and SecureFX.

    • Double-click options for SecureCRT tabs.
      The first new features for testing are double-click options for tabs.  The new options are "Send Tab to New Window" and "Reconnect Tab".
    • SecureCRT raw (dumb terminal) emulation mode.
      A new raw or dumb terminal emulation mode, passes output from the remote to the terminal window with minimal or no processing.
    • SecureFX single-click upload option.
      For SecureFX, files can be uploaded by right-clicking in the local window and choosing "Upload".  This command can also be added to the customizable toolbar.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on these new features for SecureCRT and SecureFX, please send e-mail to

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 6.5.1
  SecureFX 6.5.1
  CRT™ 6.1.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.1
  VShell 3.6.1 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.1 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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