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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – May 2010

Some users might take a button bar for granted, but those who know SecureCRT® and terminal emulators understand that often there is deep functionality lying just below the surface of a "simple" feature. The button bar has evolved into an integral part of the SecureCRT time-saving apparatus. The results from the 7th annual "What Keeps Network Administrators Up at Night?" survey are now available. Then, we give you a trio of tips and articles that focus on automation and port forwarding.

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Contents
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1. SecureCRT 6.5 Button Bar Deserves Another Look
2. 2010 IT Survey Results: Some Budgets Rebounding
3. Scripting Corner: Automating Configuration Backup
4. Tip: Tunneling SMB Revisited
5. Heard on the Forums: Automating Server Connections
6. New and Current Releases

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1. SecureCRT 6.5 Button Bar Deserves Another Look
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If you are already using SecureCRT 6.5, you know that the button bar has changed dramatically in look and layout. The new button bar is compact, with buttons sized to the text, and button bar treatment follows your theme selection. Now is a good time to revisit the way you use buttons and find new ways to save time.

Long-time SecureCRT users remember when mapping keys was the only way to speed up repeated operations. With the buttonbar and ActiveX scripting, now there are many ways to automate. Look at the list of what can be accomplished with a button:

    • Send strings (commands)
    • Invoke Telnet, VT, and SSH functions
    • Start SecureCRT menu commands
    • Launch Windows applications
    • Run SecureCRT scripts

Complex shell and emulation commands can be accessible with one click, as can SecureCRT menu commands like Xmodem Send and Receive, or Trace Options for troubleshooting. Use a button to quickly launch your text editor or the command window. Set up multiple button bars for different host environments or tasks. Mapping a button to run a script may very well be the most flexible and powerful use of the button bar, since you can write customized scripts to meet your specific needs.

Download SecureCRT 6.5 today and put the new button bar to work for you!

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2. 2010 IT Survey Results: Some Budgets Rebounding
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Results are in from the "What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night?" survey of 353 network administrators, performed annually by VanDyke Software and Amplitude Research.  Budgets seem to be improving in 2010, with 30% of administrators surveyed reporting an increase in IT security budgets against 20% showing a decrease. In the 2009 survey, 15% were on the increase vs. 33% trending lower.

With budgets as a bright spot, 39% of network administrators worry about a network security breach, up significantly from 27% in 2009. Just under half of these administrators feel their organization has sufficient budget and staff for IT security.

A new trend surveyed is admins concern about use of social media on company networks. To learn more about this and other survey results, read the press releases on our website.

If you would like an executive summary of the findings, send e-mail to

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Scripting Corner: Automating Configuration Backup
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Like many SecureCRT users, forum member vickz1975 needed an automated tool to back up configuration scripts of Cisco and Juniper devices. Searching "backup config" on the forum brings
up several discussions such as the one linked below. More importantly, the threads include examples that you can use to automate your own backup procedures.

To read the complete forum thread and download the example script, visit the VanDyke Software Support forums.

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4. Tip: Tunneling SMB Revisited
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Samba (SMB) drive connections can be tunneled using SecureCRT port forwarding, but there are a few things to learn. Forum member funkyfonk recently had questions about configuring SecureCRT port forwarding to tunnel an SMB connection with NETBIOS. The key for him was allowing non-loopback addresses to have access to forwarded ports.

To get better informed on securing SMB connections, read our support tip "Tunneling Samba (SMB) with SecureCRT".

You can also visit the VanDyke Software forums for a recent port forwarding discussion.

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5. Heard on the Forums: Automating Server Connections
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Not long ago, forum member u2u2u2 posted this request: "I have over 40 servers to verify routinely. So I want to open sessions one at a time to query, then disconnect and open [the] next session. And there would be one log file."

Mike D. from VanDyke Software Support provided an example script that "allows you to define hosts and commands to send to each host, and it logs output to a single file." The thread also has discussion of how to adapt the script to handle different routers and logging needs.

Mike also mentions, "Code used for error handling and heuristic prompt detection is borrowed directly from the Scripting Manual, so be sure to keep the SecureCRT scripting manual in mind when you need examples."

Read the complete thread on the VanDyke Software forums.

Don't forget to download your copy of the Scripting Essentials guide from the support section of the VanDyke Software website.

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6. New and Current Releases
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Maintenance releases of SecureCRT 6.5.3, SecureFX® 6.5.3, VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.3, and VShell® server 3.6.3, were made available May 11.  Please visit the web page below to view history files and download the latest software.

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

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 6.5.3
  SecureFX 6.5.3
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.3
  VShell 3.6.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.3 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

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated free for 30 days. Licenses include one year of free upgrades and access to our expert technical support. Licenses for three years of upgrades and support are also available.

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