SSH, or Secure Shell, is a secure protocol for connecting to a remote server. And to establish an SSH connection, you need an SSH client app like PuTTY. PuTTY is an open-source SSH client for Windows and allows you to securely connect to remote servers from your Windows machine.
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.
- If you are uncertain which installer to pick, you should probably download the 64-bit MSI Windows installer.
- Run the installer and follow the steps.
- Once the installation is done, launch the PuTTY application and start the configuration.
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.
5. Enter your connection settings.
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.
8. Once the SSH Connection is open, you should see a terminal prompt asking for your username:
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 the enter button.
Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
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.
You can begin typing commands at the prompt.