PuTTY tools

Generate SSH key on Windows with PuTTYgen

A way to generate a SSH key under Windows is with help of PutTTY-gen. PuTTYgen can be downloaded at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html or directly downloaded from http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/latest/x86/puttygen.exe .




SSH access from a Windows PuTTY client

A well known SSH client for Windows is PuTTY.

Note: You can download Putty here.

This client only works with a terminal and does not support a graphical user interface out of the box.

To login to your VM:

  1. start Putty
  2. Fill in the Host Name (or IP address) e.g. vmname.projectname-institute.surf-hosted.nl or 145.100.XX.YY
  3. Select Connection ->Data on the left hand panel
  4. Fill in your user name at Auto-login username (for the first time you start a VM this should be root, or ubuntu when using Ubuntu)
  5. Select Connection->SSH->Auth on the left-hand panel
  6. Select your private key by selecting the browse button and navigate to your private key (with the .ppk extension)
  7. Select Session on the left-hand panel
  8. Save the session by giving it a name under saved sessions and click on the save button.
  9. Click the Open button.
  10. In case you have set a passphrase on your certificate, you will have to fill it in.
  11. Now you are logged on to your VM

Note: The first time you start a session to a VM a warning is given that the machine is not cached. Select yes to continue the session.