This article looks at using PuTTY from a Windows OS so you can securely connect to your Slice with minimal hassle.
It does involve the installation (onto Windows) of PuTTY but it is a quick and seamless affair.
For the installation and screenshots shown below, I used Windows XP, Service Pack 2. Different versions of Windows, such as one of the dozen or so Vistas, may have slightly different screens.
Download and install
Firstly, we need to download PuTTY from their website.
Once done, click on the downloaded putty.exe:
The default port for SSH is 22 and is already set in the window. However, for this example I'm going to use the following configuration, as per the setup articles:
SSH port: 30000 username: onion IP address: 188.8.131.520
In the Host Name enter the IP address of your Slice and change the Port to 30000 (if you have not already configured your slice, leave this at the default of 22).
Ensure the Connection Type is set to SSH. You will also notice that I have saved this configurations as 'SSH VPS' - feel free to save it to whatever name you want: it simply saves time next time you use Putty. You can have a different name for each of your Slices:
You can also enable SSH compression under Connection -> SSH -> Enable compression.
One further setting is in the Terminal -> Keyboard settings: ensure the Backspace Key is set to Control-H:
Once you are ready, go back to 'Session' and click 'Load'. This will start the secure connection to your VPS.
If this is the first time you have used Putty to SSH into your VPS, a warning similar to the one below will be shown:
Providing you are sure you have entered the correct details (IP address, etc) then click 'yes'. Subsequent connections will not show this warning.
Username and password
Once you have accepted the warning, the terminal will ask for your username and password:
Ben noted you can set your username under Connection -> Data -> Auto-login username
Simply enter the requested details and you will be securely logged into your VPS.