SSH Access

SSH Access from Windows

Windows does not come with a built-in SSH client. However you can download PuTTY for free. You do not need to install it. The EXE file is executable and can run without making any changes to your system. It does not need administrative access.

Download Client
The PuTTY Windows SSH client is available for download here. The file will have an MD5 checksum of 9bb6826905965c13be1c84cc0ff83f42.

Instructions

When you run the PuTTY executable you will see a window like the following.
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You will need to fill out the Host Name (or IP address field) with the name of the machine that you want to connect to (for instance icarus.engr.uconn.edu). Then, click Open.

The first time you connect to a machine, you will see the servers public key. You need to accept this to connect. After accepting this, you will be able to use the fingerprint to ensure that you are connecting to the correct server.
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Finally, you will get a “login as:” prompt at which point you need to type your School of Engineering username and hit enter. It is case sensitive and all username’s are lowercase.

You should be prompted for your password. After typing it and hitting enter you should have a remote SSH command line.


SSH Access from Mac OS X

OSX comes with built-in SSH support. No additional software needs to be installed.

Instructions

  1. Create a Terminal
    1. Search for an application named terminal in the finder.
    2. Start this application
  2. In the terminal Window type ssh username@hostname.engr.uconn.edu where username is your School of Engineering account name (should be all lowercase) and hostname.engr.uconn.edu is the machine that you want to connect to.
  3. The first time you connect, you will be prompted to accept the server’s RSA fingerprint. You should accept it, and be aware that this fingerprint allows you to verify the identity of the server you are connecting to. As long as the fingerprint matches, you will not see this message for future connections.
  4. When prompted, enter your password, and you should be given a remote shell.

SSH Access from Linux

Most modern Linux distributions come with a built-in SSH client which can be run from the terminal. Putty is also available for Linux.

Instructions

  1. Create a Terminal
  2. In the terminal Window type ssh username@hostname.engr.uconn.edu where username is your School of Engineering account name (should be all lowercase) and hostname.engr.uconn.edu is the machine that you want to connect to.
  3. The first time you connect, you will be prompted to accept the server’s RSA fingerprint. You should accept it, and be aware that this fingerprint allows you to verify the identity of the server you are connecting to. As long as the fingerprint matches, you will not see this message for future connections.
  4. When prompted, enter your password, and you should be given a remote shell.