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A Monthly Newsletter – April 2012

The lead tip this month addresses how to apply session changes to multiple sessions. Finding example scripts is now faster with a new "sticky" thread for scripts on the VanDyke Software scripting forum. Then we show how to apply more power to searching the user forums, using a Google search narrowed to one domain. This month's featured forum post shares the most recent script to import session databases from the Putty terminal emulator into SecureCRT®, a task which sees regular demand.


1. Tip: The Default Session and Changing Multiple Sessions
2. Scripting Corner: New Thread for Example Scripts
3. Tip: Use Google for Deeper Forum Search
4. Heard On the Forums: Importing a Putty Session Database
5. New and Current Releases

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1. Tip: The Default Session and Changing Multiple Sessions

With the extent of control over session settings offered in SecureCRT and SecureFX®, streamlining configuration customization is important. If you have many sessions to manage, you have two powerful allies at your service: the default session, and the ability to select multiple sessions and then modify settings for these selected sessions. If you exploit both capabilities, you can save yourself time and have session settings that are more tuned to your needs.

Using the default session you can configure and save any of the session settings so that any new session automatically uses them. From the connection protocol and authentication options to terminal settings and color schemes, the default session captures your terminal work environment.

Changing Default Settings for New and Existing Sessions

Selecting multiple sessions also allows you to make mass changes without repetition, but applies to any grouping of sessions you choose. Select individual sessions, folders, or both.

Making Configuration Changes to Multiple Sessions

2. Scripting Corner: New Thread for Example Scripts

Scripting has been such a popular subject in the VanDyke forums that the Support group has added a "sticky" thread for example scripts that can be used with VanDyke Software applications.

Script examples are attached to the forum post as .txt files. These examples provide you with a starting point for creating your own scripting solutions. Our technical support staff may periodically post new examples and update existing ones.

Visit the VanDyke Software forums to read the new post.

Tip: Use Google for Deeper Forum Search

Do your searches of the VanDyke Software forums not return the results you are looking for? The Google search engine allows you to focus a web search on a specific domain, like

Restricting searches to a single domain is as simple as adding the following element to your existing Google search phrase:

This search box syntax can be applied to any web domain.

Suppose for example you want to find all the forum posts containing the terms "vcp" and "ascii". Using the limited search capabilities provided by the forum software, you may not get many (or any) results. The Google "site" syntax will usually provide more results for the same terms. In this case you would enter the following into the Google search box:

vcp ascii

4. Heard On the Forums: Importing a Putty Session Database

Forum member and loyal SecureCRT customer TLC asks for the best way to import a Putty session database. In his case, the goal was to share session information with the company's Putty users. Brenda from VanDyke Software Support provides the current VBScript, which includes the ability to import port forwarding information. This method also applies to a one-time migration if your organization switches over to SecureCRT from Putty.

Visit the Forums today for this and more up-to-the-minute information.

5. New and Current Releases

Official releases of all VanDyke Software products, including the VShell 3.8.4 server, SecureCRT 6.7.4, SecureFX 6.7.4, and ClientPack version 6.7.4 were made available February 2nd.

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

   SecureCRT 6.7.4
   SecureFX 6.7.4
   VanDyke ClientPack 6.7.4
   VShell® 3.8.4 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.

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