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SecureCRT is an SSH/telnet program for which Dartmouth has purchased a site license. SecureCRT only runs on Windows computers, but is analogous to the JellyfiSSH application used on Macintosh computers at Dartmouth. It can also be used for SFTP connections but does not contain a graphical user interface for that protocol. If you need an application for SFTP, we recommend SSH Secure Shell.

Note: As of July 1, 2007, SecureCRT is no longer being used to enter information into Administrative systems such as Hickory for general ledger information. SecureCRT can still be used to look at historic information on Hickory. For general ledger information for FY08 and beyond, please refer to the Fiscal Services web pages.

Obtaining and Installing SecureCRT

  • Version: 6.6
  • File Name: scrt663-x64.exe
  • File Size: 15 MB
  • File Date: May 13, 2014

Download SecureCRT (authentication required)

  • Save the download to your desktop or another location on your hard drive. Once the download has completed, follow the steps below.
  • Double click the scrt663-x64.exe folder.
  • Click Run. The SecureCRT license agreement will appear. Click I Agree.
  • Click Next on the next five screens that appear to accept the default installation settings.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click OK. The History and Read Me windows will open.
  • Read, if desired, then close the History and Read Me windows.

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Registering Your SecureCRT License

If you do not already have the SecureCRT license information, please request that information by contacting the IT Call Center at 646-2999 , send e-mail to, or call your department's IT support office. You will not be able to proceed without it.

To register your SecureCRT license:

  1. Start SecureCRT. A window asking you to specify a folder to hold configuration data will appear. Accept the default provided by clicking OK.
  2. Click the Enter License Data button. The License Wizard will open.
  3. Click the Next button. A sequence of three forms will appear asking you to enter specific license information.
  4. Complete each form using the exact information provided in the SecureCRT License Registration Instructions document. Click the Next button as each form is completed and reviewed for accuracy.

    Tip: You can copy and paste the license information from the Registration Instructions into the License Wizard forms. Be careful not to copy a blank "space" character to the right of the last character being copied. Also, you do not want to copy the "checksum" entry (the entry in [brackets]). The "checksum" information is provided so you can verify that the information you have pasted into the License Wizard matches the exact values that need to be entered. The checksum values need to match what was in the registration instructions e-mailed to you.

    A final window will appear confirming the registration information you entered.
  5. Click the Finish button. SecureCRT will start up and the Quick Connect window will appear.

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Creating and Configuring Your First Hickory Session

  1. Start up SecureCRT.
    1. If SecureCRT is not already running, double-click the SecureCRT icon on the desktop. The Quick Connect window will appear.
    2. If SecureCRT is running, but the Quick Connect window is not open, select the Quick Connect command from the File menu. The Quick Connect window will appear.
  2. Enter the following connection settings into the Quick Connect window:

    Protocol: Select ssh2 from the drop-down list.
    Hostname: Enter

    Leave all other settings as they appear and click Connect. If this is the first time you are connecting to Hickory, click Accept & Save in the Host Key Unknown window that appears.

    Note: Because the Save this Session box was checked in the Quick Connect window, the Hickory connection settings will automatically be saved when the connection is initiated.
  3. Open a Hickory session.
    1. After you click Connect, the VMS logon prompts will appear.
    2. Enter your VMS user name and press the [Enter] key. Enter your VMS password and press the [Enter] key. The VMS $ command prompt will appear.

      Note:  If you do not have a VMS user name or password, send e-mail to FAS Processing to request one.
  4. Define your default keymap file.
    1. Select the Keymap Editor command from the Tools menu. The Keymap Editor window will appear.
    2. Click the Load button. The Load window will appear.
    3. Navigate to the C:\Program Files\SecureCRT\keymaps folder.
    4. Select VT100.key from the list. Click the Open button. The Keymap Editor window will re-appear.
    5. Click the Close button. A dialog box, asking if you want to change the active keymap file will appear. Click Yes. The Hickory session window, will re-appear.
  5. Enlarge your scrollback buffer and set your backspace key to delete.

    Note: You must have an active Hickory session in order to perform the following configuration steps.
    1. From the Options menu, select Session Options.
    2. From the Category list, select Emulation.
    3. In the Scrollback Buffer field, enter 32000.
    4. From the Category list, select Mapped Keys.
    5. Check the Backspace sends delete box.
    6. Click OK. The Hickory session window will re-appear.

Access the VMS application you wish to use by entering its startup command at the VMS $ prompt (e.g., FAS'T'Look).

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Connecting to Hickory After the First Time

  1. Start up SecureCRT. The Connect window will appear. It shows the Hickory connection profile you created (see Creating and Configuring Your First Hickory Session).
  2. Click the shortcut in the Connect window to highlight it, then click Connect. The VMS logon prompts will appear. Enter your VMS user name and press the [Enter] key. Enter your VMS password and press the [Enter] key. The VMS $ command prompt will appear.
  3. Access the VMS application you wish to use by entering its startup command at the VMS $ prompt (e.g., FAS'T'Look).

Closing a Hickory Session

  1. Close your VMS application. Enter LO (log out) at the $ command prompt and press the [Enter] key.
  2. Close your Hickory session. Select Exit from the File menu. SecureCRT will quit.

Note: If this was a new Hickory connection, and if the Save this Session box was checked in the Quick Connect window, your connection settings were automatically saved when the connection was initiated. If the Save this Session box was not checked, you will need to specify your Hickory connection settings again the next time you want to create a Hickory session.

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Mapping Keys in SecureCRT

Mapping keyboard keys or key combinations to commonly entered words or phrases, such as report names, can save you typing time. 

  1. Click the Keymap Editor icon on the Icon Tool bar (fourth from right). The Keymap Editor window will appear.
  2. Click the Map a Key button. A Map Key dialog box will appear with instructions.
  3. Using your keyboard, press the key (e.g., F10), or key combination (e.g., Ctrl+F) that you would like to map. The Map Selected Key window will appear.

    Note: Do not map regularly-used keys, such as the alphabet/number keys or the F1-F4 function keys, because doing so will make them unusable for their intended purpose.
  4. From the Function menu, select Send String from the drop-down list.
  5. In the Send String field, enter a word or phrase to which you would like to map the key (e.g., FAS Transactions).
  6. Click OK. The Keymap Editor window will re-appear.
  7. Click the Save button.
  8. Repeat steps 2-7 to map additional keys.
  9. Click the Closebutton. The VMS session window will re-appear.
    1. Protocol: Select telnet (or SSH2) for the type of connection required by the host you are creating a connection for from the drop-down list.
    2. Hostname: Enter the name of the host (e.g.

Installing and Using Kerberos

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Using SecureCRT on a Laptop

You can use SecureCRT to connect to central systems, such as Hickory, using a laptop with a network connection.

Note: If you are connecting from an off-campus location, you should start a VPN connection before accessing Hickory. See Virtual Private Network for more information.

Follow the directions at the beginning of this section to obtain, install, and register a copy of SecureCRT for your laptop. Then, follow the instructions for creating and configuring a host session.

Once SecureCRT is set up on your laptop, you can use it just like you would on a desktop computer, with one exception. The VT100 [PF] keys, [PF1-PF4], are mapped to the [F1-F4] keys above the numbers on your keyboard because some laptops do not have numeric keypads. Press [F1] when you need to use [PF1], [F2] for [PF2], [F3] for [PF3], and [F4] for [PF4].

Note: If you want to create shortcuts on your laptop, do not map your shortcuts to the [F1-F4] keys because you will lose your [PF] key functionality.

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Connecting to Other Servers

Follow the steps outlined in the Creating and Configuring Your First Hickory Session section, except in Step 2, replace Hickory with the name of the other host to which you would like to connect.  Before proceeding, you will need to know whether this host requires secure connections (e.g., SSH2) or whether it will allow telnet connections.

Enter the following connection settings into the Quick Connect window:

Leave all other settings as they appear.

Note:  Because the Save this Session box was checked in the Quick Connect window, your connection settings will automatically be saved when the connection is initiated.

Follow the remaining steps in the procedure to complete the creation and configuration of your host session.

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Troubleshooting Tips

Problem: When I started up Hickory, it timed out before I could enter my VMS user name and password.
Solution: Press the [Enter] key; the VMS user name and password prompts will re-appear.

Problem: I do not know what my VMS password is.
Solution: Send an e-mail to requesting that your VMS password be reset. Be sure to include your VMS login name.

Problem: I do not know if I have VMS access, or I know I do not have VMS access, but I need it.
Solution: Send an e-mail to to confirm the existence of your account. If you do not have an account, but need one, your supervisor or fiscal officer will need to request access. For additional information regarding gaining access to specific systems, see College-wide Systems - By System Name.

Problem: Both the Tool bar and Menu bar are not visible, but the Blue Title line is.
Solution: Right-click on the Blue Title line; a list of options will appear. Select Toggle Menu Bar. The Menu bar will appear. Select Tool bar from the View menu.

Problem: The Tool bar, Menu bar, and the Blue Title line are not visible.

Solution: You are in a Full Screen view. At the same time, select Alt and V. A menu list will appear with a checkmark next to Full View. Uncheck this option. (Or press both the [Alt] and [Enter] keys to toggle between the different views.) You should now see the Blue Title line and at least the Menu bar. If the Status bar and the Tool bar are not visible, and you want them to be, go to the View menu on the Menu bar and select the applicable menu options. 

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Last Updated: 5/13/14