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PuTTY, a Windows SSH client

For quick text-only access to Linux machines, Windows users can run PuTTY, a free Windows ssh client installed on the Maths Windows desktops.

  • Download PuTTY. It is simplest to run the installer putty-x.yz-installer.exe to install PuTTY and assorted accessories in standard system locations.
  • To launch a PuTTY session, go to the Connection tab, select the ssh button, type the name of a machine to connect to, and click Open.
  • Other tabs may be of interest. In particular changing the default Colours can make the text easier to read.
  • To save your settings (e.g. for faster connections to a particular machine), type a name into the Session Name box and click Save. Then when you want to connect to the same machine again, all you need to do is click on your session name and then Load before clicking Open.

More local information about ssh. This is mostly written from a Linux viewpoint but should be applicable to the command-line version of PuTTY (plink.exe).