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Connecting (SSH and SCP)


SSH is a secure protocol for connecting and is now the recommended method for connecting to Telnet is no longer allowed due to its insecure protocol.


PuTTY is a free SSH client for Windows operating systems. It can be downloaded by following the link below: PuTTY Download Although several programs are available for download from the URL above this set of instructions refer only to the PuTTY program (putty.exe) since it is the SSH client that is required to connect with AU's servers in addition to the Talker. Download the executable file by clicking on the putty.exe file and choose a directory to which you would like to store it. i.e., C:\Program Files\Putty\. You may want to create a shortcut to putty.exe on your desktop for easy access in the future. Alternatively, you can also place an icon on your taskbar if you wish. The remaining instructions in this section will aid you on setting up and running PuTTY in order to work on the server.

HowTo Video:

Watch how to use PuTTY as a Standalone SSH Application

Note: The login and password are different than the one you use to access the course materials. You must request a server account. PuTTY has many other features and customizable settings that we do not explain here, if you would like to learn more about it please take a look at the online documentation found on the PuTTY Documentation Page.

If you have any further questions or need help with SSH or Telnet, send an e-mail to the


  1. You must use scp for transferring files to the because it is a secure encrypted method. FTP no longer works on this server.
  2. The scp application that is recommended is the freeware WinSCP. You can download this from the WinSCP site.
  3. WinSCP FAQs

HowTo Videos:

Watch how to use WinSCP to transfer files to your web space

Updated October 26 2016 by FST Technical Staff

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