PuTTY

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From the PuTTY website,

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.

Downloading PuTTY

Download PuTTY (~412KB)

Setting up PuTTY

Open PuTTY and fill in all the required (highlighted) fields. Your 'Host Name (or IP address)' will likely differ from the screenshot. If you do not know what IP address your server has acquired, use ifconfig. Finally, click 'Save' to retain all the information for later logins.

Once saved, click 'Open' and log in like you would if you were accessing the Virtualbox instance (or physical machine) directly.

Configure putty
View of terminal window

Benefits of PuTTY

PuTTY offers numerous benefits over typing directly into a console session of your virtual machine or of a physical machine.

  • permits full access to the server without physically being at it
  • allows clipboard use (to/from host OS) for easy copy/pasting, saving time and reducing room for error
  • allows scrolling through lengthy outputs
  • can view more characters on-screen (maximized PuTTY has more space than the 40x80 default)