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How to get access to the aerocom user server using Windows (7)

The recommended and described tools are:

  1. putty (install package or portable). The latter does not need to be installed and does not need administrative rights therefore.
  2. winscp install package or portable). The latter does not need to be installed and does not need administrative rights therefore.

For a howto for the installation, please look at the linked pages.

Step by step howto

install the programs

please refer to the linked pages for that

generate a ssh public key

1. start puttygen

  1. open the start meny
  2. type puttygen
  3. double click puttygen

2. generate a key

  1. click the button generate
  2. follow the instructions (you have tp create some randomness with mouse movements)


3. set a passphrase

  1. click into the input box labeled Key passphrase and type passphrase
  2. click into the input box labeled Confirm passphrase and type the passphrase again


4. export the openssh version of the public key

  1. click into the box labelled Public key for pasting into OpenSSH authorized_keys file
  2. right click and select select all
  3. press control-C
  4. paste this into an email to or (or put this into a file that you attach)
  5. you are ready to connect to as soon as your public key is activated by

5. export private key

You have to export the private key so that it can be used with putty or WinSCP. Private key files have the file extension ppk with putty. Do this by clicking the button Export private key and store that at a place so that you will find it. You have to tell putty or WinSCP to use this key.

6. connect to with putty

  1. start putty
  2. set the host name to connect to to
  3. on the left hand side there is a box called Category
  4. open the Connection→SSH part of it
  5. click Auth
  6. on the right hand side of the window you have to select the private key file to for the connection. Click the Browse button to do so selecting the just saved private key.
  7. press the button Open
  8. your user name is your email address e.g.
  9. putty will ask you for the passphrase of the key
  10. You should be connected to and see the terminal window.

Tell WinSCP to use the just generated private key

In order to connect with WinSCP to, WinSCP has to use public key authentication. This means that it has to use the same private key as putty to connect to Here's a basic howto.

  1. Start Winscp. You should see a similar Desktop as the following picture:
  2. fill out the field Host name with
  3. fill out the field User name with your user name (usually your email address)
  4. press the button Advanced to get to the window where you can tell WinSCP to use your private key for connection. the following window appears:
  5. at the box at the left hand side click on SSH→Authentication
  6. click on the three dots in the right hand side part of the window to select the private key file
  7. press the button labelled OK. You are at the Login window again.
  8. press the button labelled Login
  9. Say yes if you are asked to accept the host key
  10. type in your key's passphrase at the appearing Window

If everything went well, you will see your home directory on on the right hand side of the WinSCP window.

aerocom/user-server-windows.txt · Last modified: 2016-10-05 13:02:34 by jang