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Download Putty and Connect to a Linux VPS without an SSH Key

These instructions are intended for PC users that will be using Putty to login to the Linux VPS, without an SSH Key. If you already have Putty installed and are able to connect to the Linux VPS then you can skip this process and proceed to the next section to :ref:`Generate a New SSH Key<pcgeneratesshkey>`.

Download Putty

  1. Download the Putty terminal emulator that matches your OS.

  1. Move the Putty application to your Desktop.

Create a New Saved Session Named rupx01

  1. Open Putty and create a saved session named rupx01 for your Linux VPS.

    • In the Hostname field, type in your Linux VPS IP address
    • In the Saved Sessions field, type in the name rupx01
    • Click Save to save the session
  2. In the Putty window, click Open to connect to your Linux VPS.

    • Click Yes on the PuTTY Security Alert to install the security certificate
  3. Login as the root user and type in, or paste in, your root password.

    • The screen will not display your password
    • NOTE: For those using Digital Ocean as your VPS provider, you will be prompted to change your root password.

If you are able to use Putty to login to the Linux VPS, then you can proceed to the next section to :ref:`Generate a New SSH Key<pcgeneratesshkey>`.

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