PuTTY is a free Win32 telnet/ssh client
- SSH - Secure SHell protocol. Like the old 'telnet' program, it allows you to get a command-line on a remote host; but it encrypts the traffic so no one can intercept your password or any other sensitive data.
- Host - A computer which is connected to a network, hosts a service of some sort, to which you connect.
- Dialog - A window asking you for input. A way to carry on a dialog with the computer.
Installation & Configuration
First, download the PuTTY executable from the website at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
Alternatively, you can follow this direct link to http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/x86/putty.exe
Click on Save
One good place to save the file, would be a special SSH directory. So let's create one. Navigate to C:\, then create a directory called ssh
Open the ssh directory, and Save the putty.exe file there
To launch PuTTY, go to Start->Run, then type C:\ssh\putty.exe and click the OK button
- When the PuTTY Configuration window appears:
- Enter the Host Name (or IP address) of the host you wish to connect to (in this case we used 'host.example.com'; but of course you should substitute this with the hostname of the machine you want to connect to)
- Click on the SSH radio button
- Type a name for the session in the first field under the Saved Sessions section (in this case we used 'example')
- Click on the Save button to save this information for future sessions.
Click on the Open button down at the bottom of this dialog box to start the ssh session
A black window will appear, with the following dialog. If you've never connected to this host before, click on Yes
PuTTY will then prompt you for a username
- Enter your username (In this case, we're using 'example' as the username; refer to your Welcome Letter for your username/login)
- Hit Enter
- Upon entering a username and hitting the Enter key, you will then be prompted for a password
- Enter in the password associated with your username/login (refer to your Welcome Letter for your password)
NOTE: Characters entered will not be echoed back to the screen, so you won't see anything you type in
- Hit Enter
You will then be connected and should get a shell prompt. If not, make sure you have entered the username/login and password correctly. If the problem persists, contact the administrator of the machine you are connecting to; it's a problem on the server side
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