Installing and Configuring PuTTY

PuTTY is a popular, free program that allows you to connect to the GAUL network and execute commands on university servers from your Windows computer at home. This tutorial will assist you in downloading, installing, and configuring PuTTY for use.

PLEASE NOTE: first year students only have MS Windows accounts which are active in our labs. They do NOT have access to our Unix servers

Section 1: Downloading and Running PuTTY

To connect to the GAUL network, you will need a program capable of establishing a Secure Shell (SSH) connection. PuTTY is a popular, free package that allows you to establish SSH connections to remote servers, allowing you to remotely execute commands on them from your own system. PuTTY is a stand-alone program, which means it does not have to be installed. To use it, you simply download it, and run it. This section will demonstrate how to download and run this program on your Windows system.

At the time of this writing, PuTTY was available at If this link is broken, run a Google search for PuTTY to find the download site.

  1. Download the latest version of PuTTY from the page linked above. Be sure to select putty.exe under the For Windows on Intel x86 header.

  2. Once downloaded, run the executable file downloaded in the previous step.

Section 2: Creating a PuTTY Profile

In this section, you will create a profile in PuTTY that will allow you to login to the GAUL network in the future whenever you need to work remotely on a server in the network.

  1. If it is not already running, start PuTTY by double-clicking the executable downloaded in Section 1.
  2. In the Session pane, enter the following details:
    • Host name (or IP address):
    • Port: 22
    • Connection type: SSH

  3. Select the Data node in the left pane, under the Connection heading. In the Auto-login username field, enter your GAUL username (this is typically the same as your UWO email address — without the

  4. Select the Session node again in the left pane, and enter obelix in the Saved Sessions field.

  5. Click Save to save the connection for later use. You should now see obelix listed in the stored sessions list.

  6. In the future, when you need to establish an SSH connection to the GAUL network, you can simply double-click the profile you created from the stored sessions list.

Section 3: What Now?

See the Connecting to GAUL from Your Windows Computer at Home tutorial for information on connecting to GAUL using PuTTY.