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SSH - Quickstart Guide

This article describes how to get started with PuTTY SSH.

PuTTY SSH is a secure terminal emulator

PuTTY SSH is an implementation of the SSH protocol; the SSH protocol is a secure replacement for telnet. An SSH client allows you to securely log into computers running SSH server software. You can run programs once you are logged into a server.

Getting started

To launch PuTTY SSH, go to Start > Programs > PuTTY > PuTTY.

Customizing SSH

PuTTY SSH has an easily customizable interface. You can create a Saved Session by entering in a new Host Name; entering a name for the session in the Saved Sessions field; and clicking on the Save button. Advanced profile settings can be found in the Categories down the left-hand side of the PuTTY Configuration window; generally you shouldn't need to modify any of these settings. You can also change server-specific settings for any Saved Sessions you create by selecting a Session, clicking Load, modifying the settings, and clicking Save.

SSH in two quick steps

  1. Open a new session in the Saved Sessions. If this is your first time connecting to your server from this computer, or if the server has made some changes, you will be asked to accept its host key. To connect, click Yes. You will be prompted for your ID (fill this in for "login as:") and password.
  2. Get started by typing commands at the prompt.

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Keywords:putty terminal emulator   Doc ID:16168
Owner:Larry T.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-12-07 18:00 CSTUpdated:2015-09-02 13:08 CST
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