Shell Access (SSH)
To access your College of Engineering account from a location off campus, just follow these easy steps:
- Open the PuTTY SSH client. If you do not have this program, you can obtain a copy here.
- Type in shell.engr.arizona.edu in the "Host Name" box.
- Click 'Open' to start the session.
- The first time you connect to a host, you'll get a warning about a PuTTY Security Alert. This is expected the first time you connect; if it shows up later, it may indicate a problem with security. Press yes, and it won't show up again for that host.
- Type in your NetID when prompted.
- Type in your NetID Password when prompted.
P.S. If you need to use a Linux shell to run more resource-intensive applications like MATLAB or Cadence, you'll want to use this server instead of shell.engr.arizona.edu:
This server has much faster hardware than shell.engr.arizona.edu, and it won't slow down shell users that just want to update their websites. You should probably also read a little about how to use the 'nice' command here:
How can I alter the priority of a process using nice or renice?
File Transfer (SFTP)
If you need to transfer files to or from your home directory, use the WinSCP client available here. During installation I recommend using the 'Commander Interface'.
- Open the client and enter the hostname shell.engr.arizona.edu, your NetID, and your NetID Password where prompted.
- In the Commander Interface, your local files will be on the left and the server files will be on the right, as shown here:
- If you don't see your home directory, you may need to navigate to it directly using the 'Open Directory/Bookmark' icon next to the folder drop-down on the right panel (in the above picture, next to '/ <root>'). Home directories are 'automounted' on our Linux systems, so they don't appear in the file browser until they're specifically requested by name.
- You should be able to drag-and-drop files from your computer to the right panel of WinSCP, and this will copy them to the corresponding folder on shell.engr.arizona.edu.