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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – February 2012

This issue of News You Can Use is packed from end to end with smart application usage tips. First is a look at using the SecureFX® SFXCL command-line utility to check for remote files, then a review of SSH agent forwarding capability in SecureCRT®. The tips section is rounded off with a handy forum thread on converting spaces in SecureCRT terminal data to tabs. In the middle we announce testing of the VShell® FTPS server for UNIX, which expands protocol choices for secure file transfer. Last, we announce a maintenance release for all products.

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Contents
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1. Tip: SFXCL /List Workaround Checks for Remote Files
2. Tip: SSH Agent Forwarding with SecureCRT
3. Call for Testers: VShell for FTPS now on UNIX
4. Heard on the Forums: Convert Spaces to Tabs in SecureCRT
5. New and Current Releases

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1. Tip: SFXCL /List Workaround Checks for Remote Files
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SFXCL is a command-line utility in SecureFX that can be used to automate routine secure file transfer operations. Combined with public-key-only authentication, it is possible to automate secure, unattended file transfers. SFXCL also supports deleting, renaming, moving, and listing files.

In some file transfer scenarios, you might need to know if a particular file or subset of files exists on a remote server. SFXCL can provide a complete file listing of a specified folder on a remote system. However, what if you only need to know if a specific file exists, and you don't want to manually search the results looking for a proverbial needle in a haystack of files and folders?

While SFXCL's /List functionality supports specifying a remote folder path, it doesn't currently support specifying file names, wildcards, or other patterns for filtering output. As a workaround, however, you can use the Find CMD utility to help narrow the results of SFXCL's /List output.

To read the complete tip on how you can use the Windows Find CMD utility with SFXCL/List, visit the VanDyke Software website.

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2. Tip: SSH Agent Forwarding with SecureCRT
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Among the greatest hits of VanDyke Software application tips, Steve Friedl's explanation of SSH Agent forwarding ranks close to the top of the charts. Agent forwarding simplifies authentication when connecting to one remote host through another, so it is definitely something you want to take advantage of.

To read the complete tip, visit the Tips section of the VanDyke Software website today

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Call for Testers: VShell for FTPS now on UNIX
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VanDyke Software is looking for customers to test FTP over SSL support in pre-beta releases of the VShell FTPS server for UNIX operating systems. This version of the VShell server provides a secure file transfer option using the FTP protocol in which all data sent or received can be protected by SSL- (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS- (Transport Layer Security) based encryption.

If you would like to test and provide feedback on this feature, please send e-mail to .

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4. Heard on the Forums: Convert Spaces to Tabs in SecureCRT
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A few months ago, forum member ebogaard asked how to deal with spaces in data copied from a SecureCRT terminal window to the Clipboard. He posted the following: "When I copy some code and paste it somewhere else, the tabs are replaced with spaces."

This happens for a variety of reasons; often the host sends data to the remote with spaces. This behavior can be a problem, for example, if you use tabs to structure columnar data. To address the issue, VanDyke Software Customer Support has written a script that converts spaces into tabs before data is placed on the Clipboard. A link to the script is provided in the forum thread listed below. It can be mapped to a button or a key combination for quick access.

Another script example provided in the thread allows you to choose from among several different line attributes to convert. In addition to converting spaces to tabs, it can also be used to convert line endings or just see what's currently in the clipboard before pasting.

To read the complete forum thread, visit the VanDyke Software forum site today.

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5. New and Current Releases
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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:

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

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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