Connecting Secure Shell to the UD Network

  • IT no longer distributes Secure Shell at UD. This page will no longer be updated.
  • IT now uses WinSCP and PuTTY for SSH connections with and other central UNIX servers. Visit IT's new help pages for information about connecting and using WinSCP and PuTTY.

November 18, 2014

Secure Shell is a program that allows you to log in to a remote UNIX computer over the Internet. It provides a secure connection between the computers by encrypting passwords and other data.

Starting a Secure Shell session

  1. Open the SSH Secure Shell Client program (either from the Start menu or a desktop shortcut). 
  2. When the SSH Secure Shell dialog box appears (shown below), press ENTER.

    SSH introductory dialog box

  3. In the Connect to Remote Host dialog box (shown below), type the following:

    • In the Host Name field, type 
    • In the User Name field, type your UDelNet ID.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. In the Enter Password dialog box (shown below), type your UNIX password.

  6. Click OK.
  7. If the Host Identification dialog box appears (shown below), and if you are using your own computer, click Yes. If you are using a computer in a public site or someone else's computer, click No.


    This dialog box will only appear if you have never logged in to before.

  8. In the next dialog box, you should see the UNIX prompt for (i.e., You can now work with your UNIX account.

    Window with UNIX prompt

Printing from a Secure Shell session

Because Secure Shell establishes a connection to a remote UNIX server, you can print files and email messages on the University's central printers using standard UNIX commands. If, however, you wish to print email messages or files using a local printer (e.g., one directly connected to your computer), follow these steps:

  1. If you are using Pine to read email, use the Pine E (export) command to save the message to a file.
  2. Exit or suspend the Pine program.
  3. Use the UNIX cat command to display the contents of the file on your screen. For example, if the file is named "katmessage," type this command at the UNIX prompt then press the RETURN key to display the file: cat katmessage
  4. If necessary, use the scrollbar to the right of the Secure Shell window to scroll backwards to the point in your session at which the beginning of the file is displayed.
  5. Highlight the entire display of the file you wish to print.
  6. With the text highlighted, click the printer icon on the Secure Shell window.
  7. On the resulting print window, check to be sure the button next to Selection is selected.
  8. Click OK to print the file or message.

Ending your Secure Shell session

To end your Secure Shell session, follow these steps: 

  1. At the UNIX server's prompt, type


    and press the ENTER key. You are now logged out of the UNIX server.
  2. Quit the Secure Shell program.