Anyone who has ever used SecureCRT as their ssh client knows how easy, powerful and convenient it is to use. However one of the biggest problems with SecureCRT is keeping your saved sessions in sync across multiple desktops, laptops, etc. If you change jobs, switch between a laptop and desktop, or between a work computer and a home computer you have to copy the config folder or manually recreate every saved session on each computer. It can be a big hassle.
Well today we have a great solution for instantly syncing all of your session information across as many computers as you need and even will sync with any new computers you buy in the future.
The trick to solving this issue is to store your VanDyke config folder in a
What is Dropbox? Dropbox is a free cloud storage system that allow you to privately store and access any files you want, up to 2 Gig.
So here’s how it works.
If you don’t have a Dropbox, you can get a free account here. The default storage size is 2gigs worth of data so you have plenty of room for your SecureCRT configs plus other stuff too!
Once you get Dropbox installed on your computer, simply copy your Vandyke\config folder to Dropbox. Depending on which operating system you have will depend on where SecureCRT installs this folder. On my Windows 7 machine it is installed on C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\VanDyke
What I do is first create a new folder on my Dropbox called Application Sync. This folder will be used to store my entire VanDyke AppData folder.
Next copy your C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\VanDyke folder to your new folder in your Dropbox – C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\VanDyke
Finally, open up your SecureCRT and change the location of your config folder. This setting is located in SecureCRT, click Options -> Global Options… -> On the “General” Category.
For me I changed this to be C:\Users\wilsonj\Documents\My Dropbox\Application Sync\VanDyke\Config
Once you make this change you will have to restart SecureCRT for the change to take effect. Now any other installations of SecurCRT that you may have, change the location of your config file to point to your Dropbox folder and everything will always be in sync!!
This entire process may even work for other clients like Putty but I have not tried it. Do you have any tips for synchronizing SecureCRT or possibly even Putty? Let us know by leaving a comment below.