SSH keys for Windows users

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Generate Your Key

  1. Download the latest Putty putty-installer.exe and install Putty.
  2. Run Puttygen (Start -> Programs -> Putty -> Puttygen) and click Generate.
  3. Email me the "authorized_keys" text at the top.
  4. Enter a passphrase, and click Save private key (saves a ppk file).

Load it in WinSCP

  1. If you haven't already, install WinSCP.
  2. When connecting, instead of a password, choose the ppk file you generated above.

Use Pagent

Even better, use the Putty agent. It will ask you your pass-phrase once when you log into Windows, and pass the key in for you when needed.