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A Monthly Newsletter – August 2012

After the July official releases of SecureCRT® and SecureFX®, we are back to the business of working with the applications day to day. We have several tips for you this month, first at hand is optimizing the performance of pasting to a remote device in SecureCRT. Then we revisit the alwaysimportant issue of backing up application settings. Finally, the VanDyke Software forums offer up another nugget: how to to open the log file of the current SecureCRT session in a snap.


1. Tip: Echo Flow Control in SecureCRT
2. Tip: Backing Up Settings in SecureCRT and SecureFX
3. Heard on the Forums: Script to Open Current Log File
4. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Tip: Echo Flow Control in SecureCRT

Pasting text from the clipboard can be problematic when connecting to remote devices that don't implement robust flow control, for example, Cisco routers. The solution comes down to matching the speed SecureCRT sends data to what the server can process. One new method of handling this interaction is called "echo flow control" and a new tip discusses how to take advantage of it with a script. VanDyke Software Support has made both VBScript and Python scripts available from the Tips section on our website.

Read more about flow control and download the scripts today:

Avoid Incomplete Paste Operations with Echo Flow Control

2. Tip: Backing Up Settings in SecureCRT and SecureFX

While we're in the middle of a major upgrade cycle, it's time for a review of how to back up settings in SecureCRT and SecureFX. Saving a backup will make sure you don't lose any sessions and custom settings while making configuration changes, during a software update, or when hit by a calamity like losing a hard drive.

VanDyke Software Support has a thorough web tip on this subject, which walks you through the entire procedure of copying your settings to a backup folder, as well as how to restore those known good settings to the current configuration folder.

Read the complete tip on backing up settings.

Heard on the Forums: Script to Open Current Log File

Forum member gates2010 asks if there is a quick way to show the log file of the current active window. Todd with VanDyke Software Support shares a Python script that will open the log file for the current active tab in SecureCRT for Windows. Todd also suggests mapping the script to a button for quick access.

To read the complete thread with complete Python code, visit the VanDyke Software forums.

4. New and Current Releases

Official releases of SecureCRT 7.0, SecureFX 7.0, and ClientPack 7.0 were made available July 3rd. SecureCRT 7.0 offers tiled sessions (Windows only), a built-in TFTP server, a "Skip" button for authentication methods, and button bar enhancements. SecureFX 7.0 gives you a toolbar filter to quickly find files and folders in the current local and remote working directories, synchronization enhancements, and enhancements to SFXCL. ClientPack 7.0 adds new capabilities to the VRALib API and the ability to generate OpenSSH format keys from the vkeygen command line.

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

   SecureCRT 7.0
   SecureFX 7.0
   VanDyke ClientPack 7.0
   VShell® 3.8.6 Server

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