Connect to your instance with SSH keys in Windows

To log in, you'll need your User and IP Address of the instance.

Using Windows

A common program for ssh on windows is PuTTY or putty-nd. If you followed the instructions to create a Key Pair in the DreamCompute panel, you have already downloaded a .pem file. PuTTY requires that you use this .pem file to convert your private key into a .ppk file before it can be used to connect via ssh. 

  1. Open up the puttygen program. If you don't have it, download it here.
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  2. Click the 'Conversions' menu and select 'Import Key'.
  3. Browse to the folder that contains the .pem file you downloaded from the DreamCompute dashboard, or the private key you created outside the Dashboard.
  4. You can give the key a name in the “Key comment” field.
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  5. When finished, click the 'Save private key' button to save it into a .ppk file.
  6. Open PuTTY and navigate to 'Connection > SSH > Auth'.
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  7. Click the Browse button near the 'Private key file for authentication' field.
  8. Select the .ppk file you generated and then click open.
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  9. Navigate to the 'Session' category and enter the IP Address of your server in the 'Host Name' field. In the 'Saved Sessions' field, give this connection a name. For example, dh-compute.
  10. Click the Save button on the right to save this session.
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  11. Click the session name you just saved and click the Open button.
  12. PuTTY connects to your server instance and asks for your username.
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  13. Enter your user and click 'Enter'. You are now logged into the server.

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