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How do I get an SSH Public Key?

So you have been to asked for your Public SSH Key? We are here with a quick guide into getting hold of one!

Step 1 – Download the right software

First off, it’s easiest if you download some software that will generate the key for you.

There are lots of similar software out there, but we tend to recommend PuTTY for this.

There is already a great article for downloading, installing and configuring PuTTY on Windows here:

Step 2 – Generate Your SSH Keys

Once PuTTY is installed and running on your machine, open up the software and hit the Generate button as seen below:

You will be asked to help with the randomness of the key by moving your mouse over the blank area, this will gradually fill the progress bar, so keep going until it’s completed.

Step 3 – Save your Private Key, send your Public Key

Once it’s filled you will be given the screen below. You will need to save the Private Key and keep that safe somewhere on your computer. You should NEVER share your Private Key, so keep it a secret!

Once you have your Public Key, this will need to be sent over to your server technician. You can either save this using the relevant buttons in the window or copy and paste it from the first text box.

Once we’ve received your Public Key, our server technicians can set you up with access to the server and talk you through how to connect.

If you need any further assistance, please contact your account manager by raising a support ticket or calling the office on 01785 279920.

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