There are many ways and means of exchanging data with remote computers. Most of them are designed for specific needs and do not imply direct access to the server, that is, launching arbitrary processes on it. However, administering or solving specific tasks may require accessing a remote server. This can be done using a special client program.
- - free PuTTY software available for download on the website
- - credentials for accessing the server.
Add a description of the new session to connect to the remote server. Go to the Session section by clicking on the corresponding item in the tree on the left. In the Host Name (or IP address) text box, enter the symbolic name or IP address of the server to connect to. Among the options located below the Connection type label, select the one that corresponds to the data transfer protocol based on which the connection will be established. In the Port field, enter the number of the remote port. Enter a name for the session in the Saved Sessions field. Click the Save button. Select the newly added session from the list.
Set the options for the terminal emulator. Switch to the Terminal section. Activate one of the Auto, Force on or Force off options in the Local echo and Local line editing sections to automatically detect, force off and on, respectively, the local text output and local line editing modes. In the Set various terminal options section, enable or disable options that affect various aspects of the display of text in the terminal.
Define the parameters for how the application handles keyboard input. Go to the Keyboard section. In the Change the sequences sent by group, specify the keys interpreted as Backspace and Home, as well as the type of layout for function keys and keyboards. In the Application keypad settings group, set the initial state of the numeric keypad and cursor control buttons.
Configure connection properties. Switch to the Connection section. Select the IP protocol version from the Internet protocol version control group. Set the parameters to keep the connection active in the Sending of null packets to keep session active group.
Set, if necessary, the specific properties of the protocol selected in the first step. Go to one of the child sections of the Connection section. Edit the parameters. The properties page for each protocol has its own set of options.
Climb onto the remote server. Click the Open button located at the bottom of the application window. Wait for the connection. Enter your credentials. If they are correct, you will have access to the shell interface running on the server.