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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – May 2012

New beta releases are first in the news this month with the 7.0 versions of SecureCRT®, SecureFX®, and VanDyke ClientPack. Here are highlights of the new capabilities: SecureCRT delivers support for tiled sessions on the Windows platform and a built-in TFTP server; SecureFX's toolbar filter quickly finds files in the local and remote working directories; and ClientPack adds upgrades to the VRALib API. Our tip revisits how to use the chat window to broadcast commands to multiple sessions.

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1. SecureCRT 7.0 Beta: Save Time with Session Tiling
2. SecureFX 7.0 Beta: Filter View Helps Find Files Faster
3. ClientPack 7.0 Beta: Expanded VRALib API
4. Tip: SecureCRT Chat Window Sends Commands to Multiple Sessions
5. New and Current Releases

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1. SecureCRT 7.0 Beta: Save Time with Session Tiling
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The SecureCRT 7.0 beta release introduces tiled sessions on the Windows platform to allow easy viewing of multiple sessions. On all platforms, a built-in TFTP server facilitates file transfer to routers and other network devices. Other improvements streamline authentication and button bar mapping.

Tiling for the Windows version of SecureCRT lets you compare multiple sessions or view output when sending commands to all sessions using the chat window. Sessions can be tiled vertically, horizontally, or cascaded. Tiling is planned for Mac and Linux in an upcoming release of SecureCRT.

Here are some further capabilities of SecureCRT 7.0 (beta):

    • Built-in TFTP server: Start the TFTP server when a session connects and then use TFTP to deploy firmware upgrades, back up, or revert device configuration.
    • When a configuration is stored on a network location or contains a large number of sessions, the "Connect" dialog now loads significantly faster.
    • "Skip" button skips authentication methods such as PublicKey or GSSAPI that might not be supported or configured on some systems.
    • Changed passwords are now automatically updated in the Mac keychain.
    • Button hover text lets you see a button's action without needing to "Edit" the button.
    • New mappable commands: Map "Always on Top" to a key and map items on the "Tools" menu to a button or key.

Learn more and download your copy of SecureCRT 7.0 today to try session tiling, TFTP, and other capabilities designed to save you time and increase productivity.

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2. SecureFX 7.0 Beta: Filter View Helps Find Files Faster
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SecureFX 7.0 (beta) improves productivity with a toolbar filter providing wildcard support. The new toolbar filter helps you quickly find files and folders in the current local and remote working directories. Wildcards make it easy to find the exact set of files you want to transfer.

Also new are enhancements to synchronization, SFXCL, and the user interface. SecureFX 7.0 can synchronize large numbers of files faster. In addition, the synchronize file list is refreshed automatically when changes are made to files on the local system and you can resynchronize without having to close the Synchronize tab.

The SFXCL command-line utility adds the ability to specify the FTPS protocol explicitly on the command line. Also, a new "/Chmod" option allows for changing permissions of remote files.

There are two improvements to the SecureCRT 7.0 interface. The new "Customize local window position" lets you position the local machine's tab to always appear at the bottom or on the right side of the window. Bookmarks can now be opened directly from the right-click menu or "File" menu.

For more information on SecureFX 7.0 or to download your evaluation copy, visit the VanDyke Software website.

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ClientPack 7.0 Beta: Expanded VRALib API
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The VRALib API in the Windows version of ClientPack 7.0 adds new object properties and new objects. Some of these include a new property for getting or setting key-exchange algorithms, "Version" and "Revision" properties, keyboard- interactive authentication, and streaming of binary files. The vkeygen utility for Windows and Linux versions adds the ability to generate OpenSSH format keys from the command line.

To download and learn more about the latest ClientPack 7.0 beta release, visit the VanDyke Software website.

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4. Tip: SecureCRT Chat Window Sends Commands to Multiple Sessions
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The ability to send commands to all sessions using the chat window and tabbed sessions has helped customers save time for a number of years. These techniques can now also be used with tiled sessions in the SecureCRT 7.0 for Windows beta release, with the added benefit of being able to view and compare output in multiple tiled sessions.

Two tips on the VanDyke website cover using the chat window. The first tip shows you how to organize and start sessions in groups, run sessions in tabbed windows, and use the chat window to distribute one command to all the sessions in the window.

Using The Chat Window To Send Commands To Multiple SecureCRT Sessions

The second tip provides a few innovative ways to use the chat window.

Innovative Uses of the SecureCRwT Chat Window

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5. New and Current Releases
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On May 3 new beta releases of SecureCRT 7.0, SecureFX 7.0, and ClientPack 7.0 were made available. The new SecureCRT beta release offers tiled sessions on the Windows platform, a built-in TFTP server, a "Skip" button for authentication methods, and button bar enhancements. SecureFX 7.0 (beta) gives you a toolbar filter to quickly find files and folders in the current local and remote working directories, synchronization enhancements, improved synchronization, and SFXCL enhancements. ClientPack 7.0 (beta) features VRALib enhancements and the ability to generate OpenSSH format keys from the command line.

Maintenance releases were made April 19 to address issues identified in previous releases of SecureCRT, SecureFX, the VShell® server, and the ClientPack utilities.

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

   SecureCRT 6.7.5
   SecureFX 6.7.5
   VanDyke ClientPack 6.7.5
   VShell® 3.8.5 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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