The SecureCRT client for Windows, Mac, and Linux provides terminal emulation with advanced session management.
This guide describes how to install SecureCRT on a user's device pursuant to the license agreement. SecureCRT is also available for Mac and Linux, please see the following links for instructions on installing the software for those platforms:
To agree to the license and gain access to the software, launch the Software Licensing Tool and follow the prompts.
Installing the application on a computer with Windows 10, 8, or 7:
If you are OFF campus, the VPN needs to be up and running before attempting to install or run the program
- On your keyboard, hold down the Windows key and press R, this will open a Run window on your screen.
- In the Run window, type in explorer and hit enter, this will open File Explorer.
- In File Explorer, enter the following information into the Address bar at the top of the window: \\arc-fs4.win.rpi.edu\software\securecrt\8.5.4\Windows. You may be prompted to enter your RCS UserID. Please type in your RCS UserID preceded by win\ and your RCS password. For example, if the RCS UserID is smithj, then enter win\smithj for the user name.
- SecureCRT is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Double-click on the installer that corresponds to your OS (SecureCRT64_8_5_4.exe for 64-bit and SecureCRT86_8_5_4.exe for 32-bit) to start the installation procedure.
- At the Open File Security warning, click Run.
- At the User Account Control warning, click Yes. You might be prompted for your network password. Type in your RCS userID and password and click OK. For example, if the RCS UserID is smithj, then enter win\smithj for the user name.
- When the WinZip Self-Extractor opens, click OK.
- At the next window click Setup.
- At the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for SecureCRT window click Next.
- In the License Agreement window, review the license agreement, then select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
- In the Select Profile Options window, accept the default and click Next.
- For the Setup Type, accept the default and click Next.
- In the Select Application Icon Options window, accept the default or select Add a desktop shortcut for SecureCRT and click Next.
- In the Ready to Install the Program window click Install.
- When you see InstallShield Wizard Completed, clear all the selections and click Finish. Do not close the command window manually, it will close automatically once it has finished.
- Start the program using the Start menu or by double-clicking the SecureCRT desktop icon if you selected that option.
- If you are prompted, click OK/Yes to select SecureCRT as your default Telnet application.
- The first time you open the program you will be asked to choose a folder where configuration data can be stored. Accept the default by clicking OK.
- You will then be asked if you would like to supply a Configuration Passphrase to improve security. Once you have chosen your preference click OK.
- To create a new session select File > Quick Connect...
- In the Quick Connect window that appears, click on the down-arrow and select ssh2 from the Protocol: drop-down list.
- Fill in the Hostname box with your desired location.
- We recommend that you DO NOT fill in your user name and password. If you do, you will not be prompted for them when you run SecureCRT, but this allows anyone on your computer to run a SecureCRT session using your credentials.
- Click Connect to connect to the specified host.
- The first time you connect to a given host, the New Host Key dialog box will pop up. Choose the Accept & Save option.
- You will then be prompted for your RCS userID and password.
- When you are finished with your remote session, type logout and then close the SecureCRT window.