SSH, also known as Secure Shell or Secure Socket Shell, is a network protocol that gives users, particularly system administrators, a secure way to access a server over an unsecured network. At Breeze, security always comes first. You can only use SSH and SFTP to connect to your server. So let’s see how to connect SSH and use it.
What do you need?
To connect SSH on windows, you will need:
- Putty: PuTTY is an open-source SSH and telnet client. You can download it for Free from here. Download the .msi version as you will also need the Putty gen.
- SSH Access login Info: You will find the login information on the Breeze dashboard under the Access tab.
Step 1: Add a Key to the Store
If you already have a Key link with the store, you can go ahead and skip this step.
An SSH Keypair have 2 parts - Public and Private Key. The Private Key is secret, known only to the user, and should be encrypted and stored safely. The Public Key can be shared freely with any SSH server to which the user wishes to connect.
Now, you have a private key stored in your computer, and the Public Key is attached to the server.
Step 2: Convert .pem to .ppk
The Private Key, which is automatically downloaded to your computer when you generate an SSH Key on Breeze, is in .pem format.
To work with Putty, we will need a .ppk format key. You can convert .pem to .ppk with Putty Gen.
Step 1: Open the PuttyGen (Click on Windows and Type Putty Gen)
Step 2: Click on Load and select the .pem file. You have to choose the ‘All Files’ from the drop-down menu to display the .pem files.
Step 3: Select the .pem file and open it.
Step 4: The Key will be imported to the Putty Gen.
Step 5: Click on ‘Save private Key’ and add a name to the key.
Step 6: The resulting file will be in .ppk format and will work with Putty.
Step 3: Connecting to SSH with Putty
You have the private Key in .ppk format, a public key attached to the server and SSH login info; you can easily connect to SSH.
Follow the steps:
Step 1: Open the Putty
Step 2: Go to Connection > SSH > Authy under category
Step 3: Click on Browse and Add the .ppk file of SSH Key’s Private part.
Step 4: Go back to the Session under category and fill the Hostname and Port
See how to access the SSH login Info from here.
Step 5: Click on Open and it will open the Terminal
Step 6: Add the username here, and press enter
That’s it. You can run ls command to test if it is working.
You have connected to SSH at Breeze in Windows. If need any help, please contact customer support. If this is helpful, please thumbs up this document. If not, please let me know how I can make it better.