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A Monthly Newsletter – September 2010

Development for the Mac OS version of SecureCRT® 6.6 continues to hum along with a regular stream of beta releases. This month's newsletter includes a note on the addition of a Mac section to our online forums, mention of current and upcoming resources on Python scripting, and two tips. The first tip is a timely how-to on moving SecureCRT sessions between Windows and Mac OS machines. Then we begin with the first in a series of tips showing how to use the VShell® server to accomplish common administrative tasks.


1. SecureCRT 6.6: Now in Beta 4 Release
2. Focus: Python Scripting in SecureCRT 6.6 Beta
3. VanDyke Software Forums: New Mac OS X Forum Now Open
4. How to Move Sessions from Windows to Mac
5. VShell Tip: Changing Admin Passwords Remotely
6. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. SecureCRT 6.6: Now in Beta 4 Release

With the fourth beta release since SecureCRT 6.6 first appeared in early August, the Mac OS version has been refined with the added support for native elements such as the Mac OS Keychain and Command key accelerators.

A global option allows the Mac OS Keychain to be used when session passwords are saved. Keyboard accelerators using Command key combinations were added for "New window", "New tab", "Close window", "New session", and "New folder" commands.

To download SecureCRT 6.6 beta, or the beta versions of SecureFX® 6.6 and ClientPack 6.6, visit the VanDyke Software website.

2. Focus: Python Scripting in SecureCRT 6.6 Beta

Now that we are in the middle of the beta testing period, it's time to circle back to the new Python scripting option. Python was added to SecureCRT to provide a cross-platform solution. It was chosen not only because it is supported natively on the Mac, but also because it is an established and commonly used solution on a variety of other platforms including Linux. This makes Python a long-term option for organizations that need terminal emulator cripting on Windows, Mac, and other platforms.

For those who are ready to jump in now, there are scripting examples in the Support Section of the VanDyke Software website.

As Python is new to SecureCRT, resources will continue to be added between now and the official 6.6 release. Functional documentation is available beginning with the beta 4 release, and more sample scripts will appear during October and November.

Throughout the testing period and beyond, post your questions or comments about Python scripting to the VanDyke Software scripting forum. The most active of our forums, this forum connects you to the user community and our Support staff.

Explore scripting today through the online forums.

VanDyke Software Forums: New Mac OS X Forum Now Open

Due to a high level of interest in SecureCRT 6.6 for the Mac operating system, we have created a new online forum for Mac OS X users. You are welcome to post any questions or problems you have on any VanDyke Software product for the Mac OS, from the new SecureCRT 6.6 beta releases to ClientPack or the VShell server. Previous Mac OS-related posts on the 6.6 beta have been moved over to the new forum to make it easy to check out all discussions in one place.

Visit the new Mac OS X forum and become a member today!

4. How to Move Sessions from Windows to Mac

With users beginning to move back and forth between Mac and Windows machines, there is a need to know how to transfer sessions and settings from one to the other. There is a new FAQ on the VanDyke Software website on that topic.

Since SecureCRT stores configuration data in a set of folders, moving settings is a matter of copying folders from one machine to another. Settings can be distributed to multiple machines the same way.

Read the complete FAQ on transferring sessions between Mac and Windows machines.

5. VShell Tip: Changing Admin Passwords Remotely

This tip is the first in a series that will outline how to use VShell to automate common administrative tasks. It describes how to change the local administrator password without having to physically go to every machine. VShell must be installed on all machines on which the password is to be changed.

The Windows command line allows you to perform most of the Windows tasks that you need to administer the system. The syntax in most cases is straightforward and easy to learn, and for remote connections command-line administration is more efficient than Remote Desktop because only a few bytes are transmitted. The process can be automated to speed up making changes on multiple machines.

To read the complete tip, visit the VanDyke Software website.

6. New and Current Releases

Beta Releases:

Beta 4 releases were made September 16 of the SecureCRT 6.6 and SecureFX 6.6 applications, along with the ClientPack 6.6 utilities.

The SecureCRT 6.6 release offers cross-platform scripting with Python and a "Send Binary" file transfer option. The first version for Mac OS X systems delivers a full complement of advanced session management, security, terminal emulation, and automation capabilities.

SecureFX 6.6 adds the ability to limit bandwidth available to transfers and an option to set the number of parallel transfers allowed. ClientPack 6.6 improves the VRALib interface for COM and .NET applications.

Official Releases:

Maintenance releases were made on August 10 of SecureCRT 6.5.4, SecureFX 6.5.4, and ClientPack 6.5.4, as well as the VShell server 3.6.4, to address issues identified in previous versions.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.5.4
  SecureFX 6.5.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.4
  VShell 3.6.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.4 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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