Close Window


A Monthly Newsletter – September 2011

It's been a few months since we have featured scripting, though this time we've added a twist: scripting with the VRALib API, the newest addition to the VanDyke ClientPack automation utilities. For programmers and admins, VRALib provides powerful access to Secure Shell connections from within in-house applications and customized routines.  The tips just keep right on coming, in expanded form for the SecureCRT® Connect bar topic.  Then, VShell®) development requests your help in pre-beta evaluation of agent forwarding.  This month's featured forum post opens a window onto the world of changing UNIX keyboard settings to meet your needs.


1. Scripting Corner: Scripting with the VRALib Windows API
2. Tip Redux: Using /S in the Connect Bar
3. Call for Testers: VShell Agent Forwarding
4. Heard on the Forums: UNIX Keyboard Shortcuts
5. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Scripting Corner: Scripting with the VRALib Windows API

VRALib is a Windows COM and .NET interface that is part of the VanDyke ClientPack for Windows automation toolkit.  VRALib enables you to script SSH2 connections in order to send commands, open port forwarding connections, perform file transfers and file management with SFTP, and manage keys.  The tip features a sample script that demonstrates how to use VRALib to issue a remote command and save the output to a local Excel file.

Read the complete tip on scripting with VRALib on the VanDyke Software website.

2. Tip Redux: Using /S in the Connect Bar

The Connect bar tip has been augmented to include information that shows how you can use the /S switch in SecureCRT and SecureFX® to reference a session inside a Connect dialog sub-folder instead of just at the top level.  This change was prompted by feedback from a member of the VanDyke Software forums.

To read the revised web tip, visit the VanDyke Software online support section:

You can read the original forum post here:

Call for Testers: VShell Agent Forwarding

VanDyke Software is looking for volunteers to provide feedback on agent forwarding in VShell for Windows.

Agent forwarding allows clients to authenticate to multiple Secure Shell servers without having the user's private key stored on each server.

If you would like to test agent forwarding support in VShell for Windows, please send e-mail to .

For more information on agent forwarding, follow the links below to a brief section in the Secure Shell white paper, and a more in-depth Support tip on agent forwarding for SecureCRT:

  Secure Shell Overview / Agent and Agent Forwarding

  SSH Agent Forwarding with SecureCRT

Heard on the Forums: UNIX Keyboard Shortcuts

Forum member jason404 asked in August whether keys commonly used in Windows and Mac can be redefined to provide their familiar functions in UNIX terminal sessions -- such as HOME, END, DELETE, and BACKSPACE, as well as the cut/copy/paste keys CTRL+X, CTRL+C, and CTRL+V.  Jason404 also wanted to launch SecureFX from a keystroke.

The forum discussion may help anyone who is new to changing terminal keyboards, since it addresses not only mapping keys in SecureCRT but also how to get what you need by choosing different emulations and shell settings.

In the thread, Todd from VanDyke Software Support also provides a short script to allow a keystroke to launch SecureFX with the same behavior as the SecureFX toolbar button, i.e., open an SFTP connection in SecureFX to the same host connected as the current SecureCRT tab.

To read the complete forum thread on keyboard mapping and more, visit the VanDyke Software online forums:

In a related subject, the following Support tip shows you how to enable the CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+A, and CTRL+F accelerator keys for the Copy, Paste, Select All, and Find commands.

5. New and Current Releases

Official releases of all VanDyke Software products, including the VShell 3.8.2 server, SecureCRT 6.7.2, SecureFX 6.7.2, and ClientPack version 6.7.2 were made available August 11th.

The following is a list of the latest official product releases:

   SecureCRT 6.7.2
   SecureFX 6.7.2
   VanDyke ClientPack 6.7.2
   VShell 3.8.2 Server

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

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.

For a list of supported platforms, visit the Systems Requirements page.

Pass it along! If you find this monthly newsletter helpful and informative, forward it to co-workers or friends, or tell them where to sign up.


RSS Feeds Now Available

Links to VanDyke Software pages with RSS feeds:

What's New
Newsletter Archive
Download New Releases

Subscription Information

You received this e-mail because you subscribed to VanDyke Software News when you visited our website or downloaded a VanDyke Software product. Click here to unsubscribe or change your e-mail address.

Don't miss out on important product news. If your ISP or e-mail client filters incoming e-mail, please add the domain to your list of approved senders to make sure you receive the newsletters and product announcements to which you've subscribed.

IT professionals who are responsible for network administration and end user access where security is critical rely on VanDyke Software's rock solid and easy to configure software. VanDyke Software consistently delivers accurate, responsive support, and addresses our customers' evolving needs with timely product enhancements.

Mailing Address

  VanDyke Software, Inc.
  4848 Tramway Ridge Drive, NE
  Suite 101
  Albuquerque, NM 87111 USA
  tel: +505-332-5784

Do you have questions, comments, or ideas? E-mail us at or use one of our web forms.


VanDyke Software, SecureCRT, SecureFX, and VShell are trademarks or registered trademarks of VanDyke Software, Inc.

All other products and services mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Close Window