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SSH provides remote, text-based access to Unix systems. It is a secure replacement for Telnet, with several additional features.

Pre-requisites for remote access

All remote access requires SCU VPN connection enabled before you can remotely connect. Follow the steps below to setup your SCU VPN. This includes setting up Duo. If you do not enable SCU VPN, your remote connection will fail.

1. Duo: You will need to have Duo set up. If you already have Duo set up, skip to step 2. If you do not have Duo set up yet, follow the instructions in the SCU Duo Quickstart Guide.

2. VPN: Next, you will need to download and install the SCU VPN client. Connect to the VPN before you remotely access the ECC. If you do not have the VPN set up yet, follow these instructions.

3. SCU Username and Password: You will need to know your SCU Username and Password to connect to the ECC. If you don't know your credentials, or if you need to reset your password, follow these instructions.


SSH may be used to access the Linux systems in the Engineering Computing Center (ECC)

Client-side Preparation

Depending on the operating system used on the computer you're connecting from, you may or may not need to install an SSH client first.

  • Windows 10: Built-in client. Simply use the ssh command from a PowerShell or CMD terminal. (Or download and use PuTTY as described below)
  • Windows 7 and earlier: No client provided. Download the PuTTY Windows Installer Package
  • macOS: Built-in client. Simply use the ssh command from a Terminal window.
    • To access the terminal on macOS, open "Applications" in finder, open the "Utilities" folder, run the "Terminal" application.
  • Linux: Built-in client. Simply run the ssh command from a terminal.


  • Command-line ssh:
$ ssh <username>
<username>'s password: <password>

NOTE: For <username> you must enter your SCU username (SCU Gmail, without the portion, in all lowercase)

NOTE2: When typing your SCU password, nothing will be echoed to show you're typing, but your keypresses are being registered.

  • PuTTY
    • Host Name:
    • Click "Open"
    • Login as: <username>
    • Password: <password>

NOTE: The first time you connect to a host, you will be asked to accept that host's key. Once you do, any future connections to the same host will verify the saved key against the key offered by the host. The point here is to protect you from someone intercepting your connection. If you ever get a warning saying that the host key has changed, do not connect. Instead, contact us and let us know what happened.

Available hosts

Any Linux system in the Engineering Computing Center may be accessed via SSH through its fully qualifed domain name. (ie, <hostname> or <hostname>

For your convenience, we provide an alias which will select a random ECC Linux lab workstation:

  • Linux:

Example sessions

Command-line ssh

  • First connection:
$ ssh
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:1G0/OsWK1W8FA/0ZhFOeM9Nez75YXscL7MoztYQ4AiI.
ECDSA key fingerprint is MD5:25:66:8a:6d:d0:50:04:07:f3:ef:ff:73:40:61:2b:a8.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ',' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.'s password:
Last login: Thu Mar 19 13:10:34 2020 from
[username@linux ~]$
  • Second and subsequent connections:
$ ssh's password:
[username@linux ~]$


  • Enter the hostname and click "Open"
Enter the hostname and click "Open"
  • Initial connection dialog. Click "Yes"
Initial connection dialog.  Click "Yes"

  • Enter your SCU username (SCU Gmail, without the portion) and password
Enter your username and password

Further Resources