When both public-key and password authentication are on . The user is always prompted for the password. Can SSH Tectia® Server 6.1 be configured to first check for a public-key and if exist bypass the password prompt.
asked Nov 09 '10 at 16:01
The way it works is that the server defines which authentication methods are available (such as public key, password) and it's up to the client to choose the order in which to try those.
Unless you have made custom configuration changes the default authentication method order is to try public-key before password. Assuming that the order is configured correctly, it's likely that public-key authentication is failing and the client continues to the next available method (password). If this is the case, check the log messages on the server (eventlog on windows and syslog on Unix) to see why the public-key authentication is failing.
The authentication method order is configured on the client either per profile, or globally under "Default Connection" -> "Authentication":
answered Nov 09 '10 at 19:02