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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – August 2011

Software releases continue to flow through the pipeline, with both maintenance updates of current official versions and pre-beta test versions now available for all products.  This month's tip saves administrators time updating passwords, and we have two productivity-boosting suggestions for SecureCRT®.

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1. Tip: Automate Changing System Passwords Remotely
2. Customize It!  Shrink the SecureCRT Window Size
3. How To: Change Button Bar Location
4. Call for Testers: SecureCRT and SecureFX®
5. Call for Testers: Better SFTP Performance
6. New and Current Releases

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1. Tip: Automate Changing System Passwords Remotely
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We want to remind you of different ways that the VShell® server can be used to automate common administrator tasks.  This tip, reprinted from September 2010, describes how to change the local administrator password without physically going to every machine.

To start, VShell must be installed on all machines on which the password is to be changed.  The command will be launched by remote execution through an SSH2 connection made to each target
machine's VShell service.  The Windows command line and console utilities are also employed to create a lightweight, efficient toolkit.

Read the complete tip on automating password changes on the VanDyke Software Support website.

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2. Customize It!  Shrink the SecureCRT Window Size
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Longtime SecureCRT users know that the terminal window can be configured in an amazing number of ways.  With all the tools that have grown up to support user productivity, it's worth remembering how small and simple the window can be if needed. Whether your aim is having space to arrange the maximum number of windows onscreen, or just to eliminate unneeded elements, SecureCRT customizability again comes to your aid.

All of the following interface elements can be turned off: the menu bar (Windows and Linux only), toolbar, tabs, button bar, chat window, status bar, and scrollbars.  You can tune your window configuration ad hoc from the menus, or set up minimally sized windows in session configuration that start up the way you want them.

The following show where you can control various interface elements:

  • Context (right-click) menu: menu bar, toolbar, Connect bar, button bar, chat window
  • View menu: menu bar, toolbar, session tabs, chat window, Connect bar, status bar, scrollbars
  • Global Options / General: toolbar, status bar, menu bar, Connect bar
  • Global Options / Terminal / Appearance: toolbar, status bar, menu bar, Connect bar, button bar
  • Session Options / Terminal / Appearance / Window: chat, button bar, scrollbars
  • Customize menu (right-click menu, toolbar, or status bar): menu bar, toolbar

Lastly, a few "rescue me" pointers.  If you hide the menu bar, you can always get it back.  In the Windows version, simply go to the System menu at the top left corner of the SecureCRT window; in Linux, use the ALT+M accelerator.

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How To: Change Button Bar Location
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This is a brief follow-up to last month's article on customizing the button bar.  We bet most of our readers are still using the default (bottom) button bar location in SecureCRT.  Did you know that if you are using the Windows or Linux versions, the button bar can be placed either on the top or bottom of the session window?

To switch the button bar position in SecureCRT for Windows or Linux, go to Global Options / Terminal / Appearance / "Show button bar on bottom/top".

To review last month's tip on customizing the button bar, follow this link.

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Call for Testers:  SecureCRT and SecureFX
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As development of SecureCRT and SecureFX continues, the VanDyke Software Development group is looking for people to test new capabilities in pre-beta releases.

  • In SecureFX, a new option to place the local window at the bottom when tabbed horizontally, or the right when tabbed vertically.
  • In SecureCRT and SecureFX, the authentication dialog now has a Skip button.  If an authentication method fails, you can quickly advance to the next method.  The clients will try all authentication methods in order until one succeeds.
  • Please send e-mail to SecureCRT Product Director Maureen Jett at if you are interested in being part of pre-beta testing.

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5. Call for Testers: Better SFTP Performance
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VanDyke Software Development is also looking for people to test changes in pre-release versions that may allow faster SFTP transfer speeds.  All applications and servers are affected: VShell, SecureCRT (SFTP tab), SecureFX, and the ClientPack.

If you are interested in testing the pre-beta SFTP changes, send e-mail to VanDyke Software Support at .

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6. New and Current Releases
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Maintenance releases of all VanDyke Software products were made available August 11th, including the VShell 3.8.2 server, SecureCRT 6.7.2, SecureFX 6.7.2, and ClientPack 6.7.2.

VShell 3.8 server increases administrator control with a real-time connection monitoring tool, the ability to set virtual root file and folder access permissions, and auto-creation of virtual root paths.

SecureCRT 6.7 delivers a Linux version for Ubuntu and Red Hat, a Connect bar, Python support in the script recorder, and improvements to the button bar.

SecureFX 6.7 helps you save time by adding directory bookmarks, a Connect bar, and logical sorting in the Connect dialog.

VanDyke ClientPack 6.7 enhances VRALib with new time-out flags, a shell function, and remote execute properties.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

Clients and servers for 32- and 64-bit Windows®

  ClientPack 6.7.2
  SecureCRT 6.7.2
  SecureFX 6.7.2
  VShell 3.8.2 Server
    Windows 7
    Windows Server 2003
    Windows Server 2003 R2
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Windows Vista®
    Windows XP

Mac® OS X 32- and 64-bit -- SecureCRT 6.7.2 for Mac

  Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel)
  Mac OS X 10.6 (Intel)

UNIX servers and clients

  VShell 3.8.2 Server for UNIX
     AIX 5.3
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     FreeBSD 7.0 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel x86)
     Mac OS X 10.6 (Intel x86)
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 32-bit
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 64-bit
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Ubuntu 10.x 32-bit
     Ubuntu 10.x 64-bit

  SecureCRT 6.7.2 for Linux
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 32-bit
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 64-bit
     Ubuntu 10.x 32-bit
     Ubuntu 10.x 64-bit
     Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit
     Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit

  VanDyke ClientPack 6.7.2 for UNIX
     AIX 5.3
     FreeBSD 7.0 (Intel x86)
     FreeBSD 8.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel x86)
     Mac OS X 10.6 (Intel x86)
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 32-bit
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 64-bit
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Ubuntu 10.x 32-bit
     Ubuntu 10.x 64-bit
     Ubuntu 11.x 32-bit
     Ubuntu 11.x 64-bit

To download any of the current or previous releases, go to:

  http://www.vandyke.com/download/latestreleases.html

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