|SSH and Remote Connections|
How to remotely connect to the Universitiy's UNIX and Linux multi-user computers.
Remotely Connecting to the University's UNIX and Linux Computers
The university's UNIX and Linux servers can be connected to remotely from (in general - restrictions apply*) anywhere connected to the internet. A remote connection can be in the form of a text based command line interface or a graphical connection via X windows or VNC.
Text based connections
Yes, despite graphical interfaces been invented in the 1970s, some of us still like to type white textual comands in to a black screen.
Linux / UNIX users
You probably know how to do this already, but typically to connect to a server a command such as...
Windows does not come with support for SSH connections (those typically used to establish a link to UNIX/Linux servers) built-in; however there are many pieces of software to fill this gap. A common, and free, program that can be used for this purpose is PuTTY. Instructions for configuring PuTTY are described below.
PuTTY can be downloaded, free of charge, from the PuTTY homepage we recommend you download the "Windows installer" version on Windows.
So, you want pictures too?
Real VNC is a piece of software to remotely view and control another computer and is easy to set up and use. It can be downloaded from www.realvnc.com (search for the free edition,it's harder to find than the other versions) and installs on any system.
On windows, PuTTY can be used to create the necessary tunnel. The connection is established in an identical way to the method described above, but with one additional step.
After connecting to the server and logging in, the tunnel will be set up. You can them start Real VNC and instruct it to connect to "localost", which should bring up the remote server screen.