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A Monthly Newsletter – September 2012

Announcements of new software releases begin this month's newsletter. In beta release is the VShell® 3.9 server that supports FTPS for UNIX operating systems. Mac users get the good news that SecureCRT® 7.0 now supports the new Mountain Lion release of OS X. An enhancement of Wyse 50/60 terminal emulation in SecureCRT for Windows is the subject of a pre-beta software call for testers. Our selected forum topic discusses exporting session information to a spreadsheet. Finally, a popular web tip helps you realize time savings in SecureCRT by using the agent option for secure authentication.


1. Release of VShell 3.9 FTPS server for UNIX Beta 1
2. SecureCRT 7.0 for Mac Now Supports OS X Mountain Lion
3. Call for Testers: SecureCRT for Windows Wyse Label Line
4. Heard on the Forums: Exporting a List of Hostnames
5. Tip: Public-Key Authentication with Agent Forwarding
6. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Release of VShell 3.9 FTPS server for UNIX Beta 1

A new version of the VShell FTPS server for UNIX operating systems is now available for beta evaluation. This version of the VShell server provides secure file transfer using the FTP protocol. All data sent or received can be protected by SSL- (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS- (Transport Layer Security) based encryption.

Download and evaluate the beta release of VShell FTPS server for UNIX platforms today.

2. SecureCRT 7.0 for Mac Now Supports OS X Mountain Lion

As part of the first maintenance release of all 7.0 clients, SecureCRT 7.0.1 has added support for the Mountain Lion version of Apple OS X, version 10.8. The ClientPack utilities also support Mountain Lion. As Apple has already declared Mountain Lion to be the most heavily subscribed upgrade in the history of the Mac operating system, many of our users are looking to use SecureCRT on the new OS X.

To download your copy of SecureCRT for Mac with Mountain Lion support, or any other 7.0.1 application, visit the VanDyke Software download pages today.

Call for Testers: SecureCRT for Windows Wyse Label Line

VanDyke Software is looking for customers to test label line support for Wyse 50/60 emulation in pre-beta releases of SecureCRT for Windows.

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

Heard on the Forums: Exporting a List of Hostnames

Forum member eiregobragh asks, "Is there a way of extracting all the hostnames and their IP details from a session folder into an Excel sheet?" Absolutely there is, using SecureCRT scripting. Brenda with Vandyke Software Customer Support posts a script that exports session information to a comma-delimited file, which can be easily imported into a spreadsheet or database.

To read the complete thread on exporting SecureCRT session data, visit the VanDyke Software forums.

5. Tip: Public-Key Authentication with Agent Forwarding

Entering the passphrase to your private key every time you connect to a new server can be tedious and time-consuming. To eliminate this repetition, SecureCRT provides a secure broker known as a "key agent", which holds and manages private keys on your workstations and responds to requests from remote systems to verify your keys. Agents offer a solid productivity benefit because, after the first time you unlocked your private key, subsequent authentication uses keys stored in the agent without prompting. The more sessions you open and close, the greater the gain.

Read the complete tip on the VanDyke Software website today.

6. New and Current Releases

The beta 1 release of VShell server for FTPS on UNIX platforms is now available. VShell 3.9 for FTPS supports secure file transfer using the FTP protocol with SSL/TLS encryption.

SecureCRT 7.0 new features include 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.

Maintenance releases were made August 28 to address issues identified in previous releases of SecureCRT, SecureFX, and the ClientPack utilities. A maintenance release of the VShell server was made July 17.

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

   SecureCRT 7.0.1
   SecureFX 7.0.1
   VanDyke ClientPack 7.0.1
   VShell® 3.8.6 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.

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