Generating SSH keys in Windows
Parent page: SSH
If using PuTTY or MobaXTerm the process of generating a key is nearly the same with only minor differences. In MobaXTerm go to the Tools->MobaKeyGen (SSH key generator), and with PuTTY run the PuTTYGen executable both of these methods will result in displaying a very similar window which can be used to generate or load an existing key.
Generating a key pair
- Click the "Generate" button. You will then be asked to move your mouse around to generate random data to be used to create the key.
- Enter a passphrase for your key.
- Click the "Save private key" button and choose a meaningful file name (e.g. compute_canada.ppk).
Connecting with a key pair
- Add the public key from the text box under "Public key for pasting into OpenSSH authorized_keys", by copying and pasting it, as a single line to the end of the
/home/USERNAME/.ssh/authorized_keyson the server you wish to connect to as the user
USERNAMEwith WinSCP or an editor launched from that server such as vim or nano.
- Ensure directory, file permissions are correct and have the correct owner as described in steps 2 and 3 of these instructions.
- Test the new key by connecting to the server as
USERNAMEusing ssh (see connecting with PuTTY using a key pair or connecting with MobaXTerm using a key pair).
Key generation and usage is demonstrated in this youtube video with PuTTY: Easily setup PuTTY SSH keys for passwordless logins using Pageant.
Converting an OpenStack key
When a key is created on OpenStack you obtain a key with a ".pem" extension. This key can be converted to a format used by PuTTY by clicking the "Load" button in PuTTYGen. Then select the "All Files (*.*)" filter and select your ".pem" file downloaded from OpenStack and click "Open". You should also add a "Key passphrase" at this point to use when accessing your private key and then click "Save private key".
This private key can be used with PuTTY to connect to a VM that OpenStack injects with the matching public key under the "Key Pairs" tab under the "Access & Security" tab when launching a new VM. You can read more about connecting using PuTTY or MobaXterm.