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Add Sessions to SecureCRT and SecureFX for Windows

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 + SecureFX 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.
    SecureCRT new session icon

    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 SecureCRT protocol for the connection you want to establish
  4. Enter the following information and then click Next:
    • 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
    enter the name or IP address of the remote host
  5. When prompted for the SecureFX protocol for the new session, select SFTP and then click Next.
    select the SecureFX protocol for file transfer
  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 a name to identify the new session
  7. Right-click the name of the session you are adding. In the popup menu, click Properties.
    right-click session name to access properties
  8. In the Session Options window, in the Category section, under Connection, click SSH2. In the Key exchange section of the window, uncheck the boxes for Kerberos and Kerberos (Group Exchange). Click OK to close the window.
    uncheck Kerberos boxes in sessions 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.
    connect window with new session displayed
  10. The first time you connect to a new session, a New Host Key window may appear. Click Accept & Save.
    accept  and save the new host key
  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 October 13, 2021