|SSH Secure Shell is available as part of the Iowa State University site-licensed software (http://www.sitelicensed.iastate.edu/) and is installed on almost all lab computers. This tutorial will guide you through first time usage.|
Usually, you will find the icon above on the desktop which you can double-click to start the program. However, on occasion, you may need to go to the start menu and select “All Programs”.
Then select “SSH Secure Shell” and click on “SSH Secure Shell Client” to start the application.
A window will open that looks like you can type in it, but it will be greyed out.
Click on file and then connect.
You'll now have a dialog with a few options. First fill in a Linux/BSD/MacOS server address. You can find a list of these on the comparison page. For this tutorial, we'll be connecting to popeye. After the hostname, put in your COMS user id. The port number won't need to be changed for the servers on our list. If you are connecting to a special server, they might tell you something like “SSH is on 32022” in which case you'd change the port number to 32022. You can also ignore the “Authentication Method” setting for now.
After you click connect, the following screen may appear. If it appears, you can click “yes” to save the server's “fingerprint”. If you do this, you'll never be asked again unless the fingerprint changes. If you click “no”, you'll still login, but you'll be prompted to confirm the fingerprint every time. Unless you have a good reason not to, choose “yes”.
Finally, you'll be asked for your password. Type it in and press enter.
If the password dialog appears again, your password was rejected. Otherwise, you should go back to the default screen except you'll have a prompt and be able to type commands. Yes, that's right, you are finally connected.
Now for a quick run down of buttons on the user interface. The most important ones are labelled below.
The only two that should surprise you are the “Duplicate Connection” which will open a new window to the same machine you are currently connected to–very useful if you need to check something without losing your place in some code. The “Secure File Transfer” will also open a new window, but this will offer an FTP style interface to copy files to and from the Linux box.
The left-hand pane is your local machine while the right-hand is the SSH server you are connected to. To transfer a file, simply drag it from the left to the right or vice versa.
There you have it, the basics of connecting using SSH Secure Shell. If you need any help with *nix commands, check out our Linux Reference FAQ.