Creating a new Key pair in Windows


PuTTY Key Generator is a program that can be downloaded from the PuTTY website here:

View the following article for instructions on a recommended location to save the files on your computer:

Creating the key pair

  1. Navigate to the directory where you saved the puttygen.exe file and open it.
    The PuTTY Key Generator window displays.
  2. On the bottom right, click the Generate button.
  3. Follow the instructions and move your mouse within the blank area to generate random data.
  4. Click the Save public key button at the bottom to save a modified version of the public key.

    Please note that this public key file can not be imported into the DreamCompute dashboard as it is not properly formatted.

  5. Click the Save private key button to save the .ppk (PuTTY Private Key File) file for use with PuTTY later.

    A pop-up displays with the following text:

    Are you sure you want to save this key without a passphrase to protect it?

    Click the Yes button to save without a password.

  6. Copy the text in the box titled Public key for pasting into OpenSSH authorized_keys file:

    It's recommended that you paste this into a blank notepad file on your computer to ensure you have a copy saved. Otherwise, follow the instructions below to paste/import it directly into your DreamCompute dashboard.

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