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Using PuTTY to Connect to SPH UNIX Machines
Putty.exe is a small program for computers running Microsoft Windows that performs an ssh connection to a remote UNIX computer. ssh operates much like telnet except that all traffic that travels between the Windows computer and the remote UNIX machine is encrypted in order to prevent eavesdroppers on the network from seeing the data. For this reason, SPH UNIX machines only support ssh connections. SPH users will not be able to telnet or ftp to these machines.
Windows users have two supported options for ssh software. For the easiest setup, we recommend the Putty program, available on the Internet from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/. We also have a second U of M-licensed ssh software package on the U: drive of any SPH Netware-enabled Windows machine. Other ssh software packages are available under the "For Other OS's" section on the sidebar of http://www.openssh.com/. This document will describe how to use the putty.exe program.
To install and start the software:
Once your have started putty.exe, you can connect to a remote UNIX machine directly or you can first create a profile for easy future connections.
If you want to connect directly to a UNIX host without using a saved profile:
You may also create a stored-session so that you do not need to re-enter the host information each time you start putty.exe. The process is similar to the direct connection instructions above but has a few additional steps in order to save the settings.
There are other settings that you may wish to change before your save your profile such as the number of text rows in your window (see the Terminal tab).
Hint: You can click on a previously-saved profile name once to highlight it and then click Load to load those settings without actually connecting to the remote host. This allows you to make additional changes to the profile and optionally save them again before making your connection.