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Add Sessions to SecureCRT and SecureFX

A session is  a set of options assigned to a connection to a remote machine. Settings and options are saved under a session name and let you have different options for different hosts.

The SecureCRT + SeucreFX installer includes preconfigured connections to Cardinal and Corn—the most widely used University IT-supported servers. If you need to connect to servers other than Cardinal or Corn you need to create a new session.  SecureCRT and SecureFX share session settings so a connection only has to be added once in order to be available to both programs.

  1. Start SecureCRT or SecureFX.
  2. SecureCRT: On the Session Manager toolbar, click the New Session icon to start the New Session wizard.
    start new session

    SecureFX: On the File menu, click Connect. When the Connect window displays, click the New Session icon on the toolbar to start a New Session wizard.
    SecureFX New Session icon
  3. When prompted to enter the SecureCRT protocol for the new session, select SSH2 and then click Next.

      select the type of connection you want to establish for terminal emulation
  4. Enter the following information and then click Next:
    enter name or IP address of new session
    • Hostname: name or IP address of the computer you wish to connect to (use the full DNS name)
    • Port: 22
    • Firewall: None
    • Username: your user name on this computer
  5. When prompted for the SecureFX protocol for the new session, select SFTP and then click Next.

    select protocol for FTP and STFP file transfers for this session
  6. Enter a Session name and Description if you wish and then click Finish. The default session name is the host name for this session.

    enter session name and description
  7. Right-click on the name of the session you are adding. In the popup menu, click Properties.

    popup menu associated with new session
  8. In the Category section of the window, under Connection, click SSH2. In the Key exchange section of the window, verify that the boxes for Kerberos and Kerberos (Group Exchange) are unchecked. Click OK to close the window.

    change SSH2 session options
  9. When the Session Manager window (SecureCRT) or Connect window (SecureFX) displays with the new session highlighted, click the Connect icon on the toolbar.

    Session Manager window with new session highlighted
  10. The first time you connect to a new session, a New Host Key window may appear. Click Accept & Save.

    accept and save new host key for this session
  11. Enter your SUNet ID password in the Password field and click OK. Do not check the box to save your password.

    enter your SUNet ID password

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Last modified August 14, 2017