Secure Shell (SSH)

The SSH (Secure SHell) protocol provides a secure communication channel over a potentially-unsecured network. This is mostly commonly used as a way to access a command-line interface on a remote computer.

To connect to IST Linux servers (such as CCL), you first will need to claim "IPA (UNIX)" access in SignUM.


Open-Area Labs / Managed workstations

PuTTY and SSH Secure Shell are pre-installed on instructional computers in IST Open-Area Computer Labs, accessible from the INS Programs > Unix-Linux menu.

If you do not have administrative access to your IST-managed workstation, please create an IT Ticket.

Home / Mobile computers

  • Windows: PuTTY is the most popular client. Windows 10 now includes SSH and can be run from a Command Prompt or PowerShell window, as "ssh" for example.
  • Mac / Linux: these operating systems are pre-installed with an SSH client. Just open a Terminal window and use the "ssh" command.
  • Mobile: Several app options exist for all major OSes. Be sure to choose a trusted client.

Connecting to IST Linux

Using an SSH client, connect to "" using your UMnetID (without the "" or similar).
If you have access to a commandline shell, use "ssh"

Once you are logged on, you can use a similar approach to access the compute cluster.


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