How do I start a terminal session?

You will need to add the SSH permission to your account before you can connect to Central ( How do I do that? )

Using a public computer

  • Go to Start and All Programs
  • Select Network Access folder, then the PuTTY folder and finally the PuTTY icon
  • Under Saved Session in the window which appears select Central and click on Load
  • Click on Open
  • You should login using your University email username and password
    • Type your username and press Enter on the keyboard
    • Then type your password and press Enter on the keyboard
  • To logout type exit at the $ prompt

There is a pre-set menu of UNIX applications available on public workstations, including ArcView and the exMH mail handler. Find these by clicking on Start, then All Programs, then Network, then X-Menu.

Using your own or office computer

If you do not already have it, you will need a piece of free software called PuTTY to start a secure terminal session on your own or office computer. To install PuTTY:

  • Select Download
  • Click on the putty.exe file for your operating system
  • When asked whether to run or save the file - choose Save
  • Save the file on the hard drive of your computer (e.g. in My Documents)
  • When you are told Download complete click on Run
  • Under Host Name (IP address) type: central.aber.ac.uk
  • Select the SSH button
  • Under Saved sessions type central.aber.ac.uk
  • Click on Save
  • Click on Cancel to close the window

Once you have the software on your computer:

  • Browse to where you saved the putty.exe file
  • Double-click on putty.exe
  • Under Saved Session in the window which appears select central.aber.ac.uk and click on Load
  • Click on Open
  • You should login using your University email username and password
    • Type your username and press Enter on the keyboard
    • Then type your password and press Enter on the keyboard
  • To logout type logout and press Enter on the keyboard
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