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A Monthly Newsletter – March 2011

Big beta release month here: SecureCRT® 6.7 adds yet another platform with Linux versions for Ubuntu and Red Hat. In addition to that, productivity-raising enhancements will be of interest for Windows and Mac users. SecureFX®, the VShell® server, and ClientPack utilities all see new beta releases as well (see the New Releases section for ClientPack 6.7 features). This month's featured forum post addresses a user's need for time-saving multi-session changes.


1. SecureCRT 6.7 Adds Linux – Plus Connect Bar, More
2. SecureFX 6.7 Beta Retrieves Locations with Bookmarks
3. Monitor Your Server Connections with VShell 3.8 Beta
4. Heard on the Forums – Changing Mapped Keys Globally
5. New and Current Releases

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1. SecureCRT 6.7 Adds Linux – Plus Connect Bar, More

Following close on the heels of SecureCRT for Mac, this beta release of SecureCRT 6.7 adds a Linux version for Ubuntu and Red Hat. In addition, the March beta release offers improvements to enhance productivity.

SecureCRT 6.7 for Linux hits the ground running with a tabbed session interface, advanced session management and customization, and local shell access, building on top of fifteen years of SecureCRT refinements.

Across all SecureCRT platforms, the new Connect bar lets you stay in the session window and enter host data right from the toolbar, to make ad hoc connections quickly, even enter command line parameters. The button bar also sees several refinements requested by users. Button bars can now contain more than ten buttons, you can copy and paste buttons from one button bar to another, and you can move buttons within a button bar.

Finally, all platforms now have the ability to record and save scripts. On the Mac and Linux platforms SecureCRT generates Python code, while on Windows you have a choice of Python or VBScript.

To download your copy of SecureCRT 6.7 for Windows, Mac, or Linux today, visit our website.

2. SecureFX 6.7 Beta Retrieves Locations with Bookmarks

The recent beta 1 release of SecureFX 6.7 introduces bookmarks, so you can quickly return to often-used directories. Other time-saving enhancements are a Connect bar and logical sorting in the Connect dialog.

While bookmarks save you from repeatedly navigating deep into directory structures, the Connect bar lets you enter connection information right from the main window toolbar. A text field accepts host data and also any SecureCRT command-line parameters.

Go to our website to download the SecureFX 6.7 beta release and learn more about bookmarks and more.

Monitor Your Server Connections with VShell 3.8 Beta

The VShell 3.8 server beta release increases the oversight abilities of network administrators with a real-time connection monitor and improvements to the control of virtual root directories.

The VShell Monitor is a connection monitoring tool to let admins see active VShell connection status.  Next, virtual root file and folder access permissions can now be set on a per-user, per-root basis.  Finally, virtual root paths that use the %USER% variable can be created automatically when the user connects.

To download and evaluate the VShell 3.8 beta server release, visit the website today.

Heard on the Forums – Changing Mapped Keys Globally

Forum member tear42 says, "I need to do a mass change (of) mapped keys under the session options for each of the devices I'm connecting to. I have about200 devices listed, so doing it by hand is just a huge problem."

Do you already know the answer? It's an easy one, but such a timesaver that it seems worth repeating.  You can edit any group of selected sessions in the Connect dialog. Select the sessions you want to change, individually or by folder.  Right-click on the Sessions folder and select Properties.  A dialog reminds you that you are about to edit multiple sessions.  While editing, only the first selected session's properties are displayed.

To read the complete forum post, please visit the VanDyke Software online forums.

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5. New and Current Releases

Beta 1 releases were made available March 8 of the VShell 3.8 server, the SecureCRT 6.7 and SecureFX 6.7 applications, and also the ClientPack 6.7 utilities.

Maintenance releases of SecureCRT 6.6.2, SecureFX 6.6.2, and the ClientPack 6.6.2 utilities were made available February 1. For more information please consult the release history on the VanDyke Software download website.

VShell 3.8 server (beta 1) 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 (beta 1) 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 (beta 1) helps you save time by adding directory bookmarks, a Connect bar, and logical sorting in the Connect dialog.

VanDyke ClientPack 6.7 (beta 1) features VRALib enhancements with new timeout flags, a shell function, and remote execute properties.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.6.2
  SecureFX 6.6.2
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.6.2
  VShell 3.6.5 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.5 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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