Remote Access on Windows
📺 Video tutorial
If you're more of a visual learner, watch the video walkthrough of this tutorial.
Definitions table to follow along in this document
|SSH Key File||cn_node_id|
|Remote IP address of our VPS|
|SSH Key Pair File Location|
|Local System||The system used to access our remote VPS|
|Remote System||The system (VPS) we created in the prior documentation (DO, AWS, or GCP) that we are connecting to|
|[...]||Indicates redacted text and/or information|
pretending our remote location (VPS) has an external IP address of
184.108.40.206 and our user name is
netmet ⬅️ do not use this!
In previous tutorials we downloaded puTTY. We will be returning to this application for the rest of this document. You are free to use whatever terminal emulation program that suites you best.
Connect via Windows
Time to connect to our newly created instance!
Start up Putty.exe and in the
Host Name (or IP address) place the IP address of your VPS instance.
220.127.116.11 is a fake IP address: Do not use.
Set the port (if not already there) to 22
save our work for use later, by saving this as a session.
Give it a name that suits your needs and describes this session properly.
Click on the data element from the menu
Enter root in the auto-login option. We will be changing this later.
Different cloud providers use different default users to access your VPS for the first time. GCP and DO use
root while AWS uses
ubuntu. We will use
root in our examples... make sure to change this to
ubuntu if you are using AWS, or review the documentation for the provider of your choice to determine their default username.
Expand the SSH section.
Click Auth under the SSH section under Connection section.
Click on the Browse and
navigate to your SSH Key File. Choose the file and make sure it populates into the
Private Key box. Optionally you can type the file's full PATH into the box.
Click Session section (top of menu) and click on the Save button. This will persist our session information for later.
A new window should open, it will attempt to connect into an
SSH session with the parameters we specified. The
SSH Session should challenge you for a passphrase for the Key Pair file that your VPS was setup with, during the installation.
After successfully entering in that password, you should be
connected and have a prompt!
Excellent you are now on your remote system through your local system!