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We would like instructions on how you generate user keys to be used in public-key authentication. Thank you.

asked Dec 14 '10 at 21:03

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Please view the following instructions:

Open the SSH Secure Shell Windows Client. Optionally connect to the server using some available authentication method for example password. Choose Edit > Settings... > Global Settings > User Authentication > Keys Click "Generate New...", and follow the instructions on the screen. Please choose a passphrase that is difficult to guess - spaces are OK. You will be given the option of uploading the public key to the server and setting up public-key authentication. Note that SFTP is used so any SFTP related restrictions on the server side affect also the upload manager.

Command Line

Generate a user key pair with the following command:

C:> ssh-keygen2

Provide the passphrase twice. Please choose a passphrase that is difficult to guess - spaces are OK.

This will create a public key (.pub) and a private key (no extension) to the UserKeys folder in User Settings Folder.

The default file names are id_dsa_2048_a.pub and id_dsa_2048_a (both assuming you don't change the file names or key size). The default key size is 2048 for SSH Secure Shell 3.2 and above.


answered Dec 14 '10 at 21:05

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