PuTTY is a free software application for Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, and 7 which can be used to make an SSH connection to your server. You can download the application at http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html.
Before you start, youl'll need:
- Your SSH login credentials.
- Be familiar with connecting to your server via SSH.
- 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.
- Save the download to your C:\WINDOWS folder.
- 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
- Double-click on the putty.exe program or the desktop shortcut to launch the application.
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.
- Enter your connection settings:
Host Name: example.com
Port: 22 (leave as default)
Connection Type: SSH (leave as default)
- Click Open to start the SSH session.
- 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.
- Once the SSH Connection is open, you should see a terminal prompt asking for your username:
Enter your primary domain, example.com.
- 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 enter.
Using keyboard-interactive authentication. Password:
- 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. example.com@n11:~$
You can begin typing commands at the prompt.