Connecting to GAUL from Your Windows Computer at Home

This tutorial will show you how to connect to GAUL from your Windows computer at home. By doing so, you can test your assignment code on the UNIX servers in the GAUL network, ensuring that everything works properly before submitting your assignment. You can also write, compile, and run code on the GAUL network from home, if you wish. Finally, you can also submit your assignment electronically on GAUL from home.

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 0: Prerequisites

Before completing this tutorial, make sure you have first completed the following tutorial:

Section 1: Connecting to GAUL

To login to the GAUL network from your Windows system at home, you must establish a Secure Shell (SSH) connection using PuTTY or another SSH client. The only server on GAUL that is accessible via the Internet is obelix. As such, this section will show you how to connect to obelix using PuTTY.

  1. Start PuTTY by double-clicking the putty.exe file that you downloaded in the Installing and Configuring PuTTY tutorial.
  2. In the stored sessions list, double-click the profile you created in the Installing and Configuring PuTTY tutorial.

  3. If this is the first time you are connecting to GAUL from PuTTY, you will receive a security warning concerning the server's host key. This is normal, and you should click Yes.

  4. When prompted, enter your GAUL password, and press Enter. Note that, for security purposes, you will not see the password characters that you are typing. You should have received your password via email when you took your first Computer Science course. Click here if you do not remember your password or are having difficulty logging in. If problems persist, fill out a problem report to notify the Systems Group of your account issues.

  5. After logging in, you will be presented with a prompt at which you can enter commands. Each command that you enter at the prompt must be terminated by pressing Enter, which will then execute the command on the remote server.

Section 2: What Now?

See the Frequently Used UNIX Commands tutorial for information on basic commands you can execute on GAUL via SSH.