SecureCRT Sessions Profiles Backup in OS X

Having multiple computers at home with SecureCRT becomes cumbersome  if you have a lot of session profiles saved.  Therefore, making a backup of these sessions is a wise decision, and saving this session backup to your other machine is brilliant.  So you don’t have to re-type every session you have to your other computer.  See Figure 1 for session example.

SCRT Session

Figure 1

Now, to make a backup the session profile, we will have to use the CLI.  Before we start, we need to find the location of the session profiles.  By doing so, go to Options > Global Options then the location is going to be under the Configuration folder.  See Figure 2

SCRT Global Options2

Figure 2

Now, to navigate to this location, first open your command line use either OS X Terminal or SecureCRT. Now, use the command pwd to see where you are at.  Most likely you will be at the home directory of your account.  See Example 1

new-host-6:~ networkshinobi$ pwd
/Users/networkshinobi
new-host-6:~ networkshinobi$

Example 1

Then wherever you are if you type-in the complete location from the root directory in the CLI it should take you to the location you are looking for.  See Example 2.  Keep it mind that if there is a space in the folder name-example, “Application Support” folder-make sure that you add a backslash after the first word otherwise the location will be invalid. Also, do not add the last directory which the “Config” folder, otherwise would need to go back out one folder up-use the command cd .. to move up one folder up.

new-host-6:~ networkshinobi$ pwd
/Users/networkshinobi
new-host-6:~ networkshinobi$ cd /Users/networkshinobi/Library/Application\ Support/VanDyke/SecureCRT/
new-host-6:Config networkshinobi$ pwd
/Users/networkshinobi/Library/Application Support/VanDyke/SecureCRT
new-host-6:Config networkshinobi$

Example 2

Now, type-in ls to view the list of folders.  We need to backup the Config Directory.  Make sure that you have the -R option, since we need to copy the entire Config directory and its sub-trees.  See Example 3.

new-host-6:SecureCRT networkshinobi$ ls
Config Messages
new-host-6:SecureCRT networkshinobi$ cp -R Config ~/Desktop/
new-host-6:SecureCRT networkshinobi$

Example 3

In my case, I copied the Config directory to my Desktop.   From this point, you have made a backup of your SecureCRT session profiles.  Now, just copy this backup to your other computer with SecureCRT either on Windows or Linux machine just overwrite the default Config directory they have.  And once you open your SecureCRT you have the exact same session profiles.

Just be careful before you overwrite your other directories. Always make a backup of the original directories just incase that something goes wrong.

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