How do I configure PuTTy to connect to MSI Unix systems?

  1. Download and install PuTTY. 
  2. Double-click on the PuTTY icon and a "PuTTY Configuration" window will pop up (as shown in the image below). In the "Host Name (or IP address)" box, enter:

  3. In the left panel, under Window, select "Translation":

  4. Change the "Receive data assumed to be in which character set" to UTF-8:

  5. [This step is optional.  It is required only if you wish to connect directly to another MSI resource such as Mesabi in a single connection step. This step can be skipped if you wish instead to connect to and enter further commands from there.]  Under the "Connection" category in the left panel, click "SSH". In the "Data to send to the server - Remote command" enter: ssh {server}
    Note:  The "server" needs to be replaced by the hostname to which you wish to connect (such as mesabi)

  6. After expanding the "SSH" category in the left panel, select "Auth". Under "Authentication Parameters", check the box next to "Allow agent forwarding".

  7. [This step is optional. It is required only if you wish to use programs with a graphical interface. If possible, we highly recommend using NICEfor such programs] Under the "SSH" category, select "X11". Check the box next to "Enable X11 forwarding". (Make certain you have a local X client for Windows such as XWin32 configured, or this step will have no effect and X programs will not be able to open the display.)

  8. Return to "Session" in the left panel and in the "Saved Sessions" box, type in the name you would like to use to refer to this session (such as the name of the MSI server). Then click "Save".

  9. The next time you start PuTTY you will be able to recall a saved profile by clicking on the name and then clicking on "Load".   Click on "Open" to start the connection.

  10. The first time you connect to a server you may be asked to cache the server fingerprint. This is a safety feature of ssh. Go ahead and click "Yes" for now. You may be asked twice.

  11. You will be asked for your password twice. This can be avoided by using ssh keys; please see the ssh keys page for instructions if interested.
  12. PuTTY is now configured for use with that specific MSI Unix server. Repeat this process and save a different session for any other MSI Unix server to which you need to connect.