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Using SSH in PuTTY (Windows)

  • Applies to: (ve), All DV, Grid

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Time needed: 10 minutes

  • Tools needed: PuTTY

 
  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: PuTTY, SSH enabled
  • Applies to: DV
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: PuTTY, root or sudo access
  • Applies to: (ve)
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: PuTTY, root or sudo access

Overview

PuTTY is a free software application for Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, and 7 which can be used to make an SSH connection to your server. You can download the application at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html.

Requirements

Before you start, youl'll need:

Instructions

  1. Download PuTTY from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ or another PuTTY download source. The "putty.exe" download is good for basic SSH.
  2. Save the download to your C:\WINDOWS folder.
  3. If you want to make a link to PuTTY on your desktop:
    • Open the C:\WINDOWS folder in Windows Explorer.
    • Right click on the putty.exe file and select Send To > Desktop
  4. Double-click on the putty.exe program or the desktop shortcut to launch the application.

    NOTE:

    You may receive a warning that the publisher cannot be verified. If you have downloaded this program from a good source, select Run. While (mt) Media Temple cannot vouch for third-party servers, the link provided above is generally a good source for PuTTY.

    Putty icon.png

  5. Enter your connection settings:

    Putty settings.png

    • Host Name: example.com OR s00000.gridserver.com
    • Port: 22 (leave as default)
    • Connection Type: SSH (leave as default)
  6. Click Open to start the SSH session.
  7. If this is your first time connecting to the server from this computer, you will see the following output. Accept the connection by clicking Yes.

    Putty alert.png

  8. Once the SSH Connection is open, you should see a terminal prompt asking for your username:
    
    login as:
    

    Enter your primary domain, example.com.

    Connect with your SSH user of choice.

  9. Next, enter your password. Please note that you will NOT see your cursor moving, or any characters typed (such as ******), when typing your password. This is a standard PuTTY security feature. Hit enter.
    
    Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
    Password:
    
  10. You are now logged into your server with SSH. You should see output like this:
    
    The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
    the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
    individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.
    
    Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
    permitted by applicable law.
    example.com@n11:~$
    

    You can begin typing commands at the prompt.

Resources

If you are new to command-line interfaces, you may want to get familiar with some of the commands first:

 

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