Solar-Putty Session Logging: Free Multi-Tab GNS3 terminal emulation! (Part 5)
FREE download: http://bit.ly/solarputty
Professional grade CLI access is now free, including:
– Native GNS3 integration
– Login scripts
– Modular credential repository
– Combined search and quick connect
– SSH, Telnet, SCP, and SFTP support
– Windows search integration
– Manage multiple sessions from one console with a tabbed interface
– Save credentials or private keys to any session for easy login
– Automate all scripts you’re using when connection is established
– Find your saved session easily thanks to Windows Search integration
– No installation is needed
Use the credentials tab to store your most commonly used credentials. When you create a new session, reference that stored credential rather than typing it out again. Update all session credentials by updating the stored credential.
Search or Quick Connect:
Did you notice the field you use to search for a saved session can also be used to quick connect? Try entering an IP and port, like 10.199.4.12:22 and pressing enter.
Colors can be used to remind you which sessions go to production gear, which data center your connected to, or anything else you like. Set the color when creating a new session or editing an existing session.
Keep your hands on the keyboard because mice are slow!
Ctrl + t: Open a new tab
Ctrl + w: Close tab
Alt+F4: Exit Solar-PuTTY
Scripts – Automated login, bulk configuration:
Scripts are executed immediately after login. You can use scripts to automatically enter enable/privileged exec. You can also create longer scripts to make configuration changes to a device and then run the script on several sessions. Just like credentials, these are stored and can be referenced by any session.
Session – Export and import:
Whether you’re in a classroom or in the office it’s a pain to share connection information verbally. Instead, use the three dots in the top left of Solar-PuTTY to export your sessions and have your pal import them. Less talk, more results.
Tags – Better than folders:
Tags are a great way to organize your sessions without having to worry about hierarchy or overlap. We like to use them for location (“Dallas Datacenter”) and roles (“Border Router”), but you can use them for anything you like. Create tags in Settings (Ctrl + s). Apply tags to any sessions. Tags are searchable!
Session Logging – Know your work:
Dreaming of a CCIE? Review your logs after a lab and assess opportunities where you can improve in terms of accuracy, speed, order of operations; all important for the CCIE. Bad outage caused by a config? Prove exactly what you did or did not do. Better yet, prove how you fixed it! Session logging can be enabled when you create a new session or by editing an existing session.