Uses of Putty –Configure Putty For SSH VPN

by Mike on May 21, 2012

in VPN

If you are familiar with the advanced protocols of VPN service, then you might also know that Putty is. Well, I am assuming that most of you might not know what it is. Putty is basically software that is used “as a client for telnet and SSH VPN and it runs on UNIX and Windows”.

Putty is a very popular networking tool and it is opened in a command prompt window by using SSH VPN Tunnel, which is a Secure Shell connection and you create a proxy connection between the software and a remote PC running on Linux OS. After that you will need to setup browser settings as Socks5 proxy.

Computer running Windows OS and Another one with Linux Needed

So, today we are going to discuss how to configure Putty for SSH VPN and make your own VPN server. You can download Putty online and it is a free application. In addition to that you will need a computer running Windows OS to install Putty and you will also need a separate computer running Linux and Putty will be used for creating a connection between two computers.

Putty can run from a USB stick

Well, you will not require Putty to install on your computer to run it, as it is a self-sufficient app and you can even run from a flash drive which makes it very portable. You will be able to launch the app from anywhere to connect to the remote computer. It means that you can even use it at your work place, school lab or a cyber café and enjoy a connection between your computer and the remote PC running on Linux.

You can also configure Putty with any popular browser to connect with that Linux OS computer at a remote location. In addition to that, you will be able to route all your internet traffic through that remote computer using SSH encryption level.

Simple Steps to Setup Putty

Following are the few simple steps to configure Putty.

Step 1): Download and Launch putty on your PC and enter the port number and IP of the computer at the remote location. If you are using SSH VPN then you will need to enter port 22.

Step 2): Now, you will have to locate the Connection part of the screen at the bottom of the left pane and click the + sign on SSH and then click Tunnels. Now, we will be establishing a VPN connection using the Putty.

Step 3): On the right pane you will find the option saying “Options controlling SSH port forwarding”, here you will have to type in 8080 under the Source Port and also click Dynamic.

Step 4): Now finally click Add and you will see D8080 in the forwarded ports list.

Step 5): Next you will have to come back up to the Sessions option on the top of the left pane and select the button saying Open.

Step 6): A New screen will appear and it will ask you to enter your username and password.This is the same as the one you provided for the access of Linux box.

Step 7): Login and you are good to go.Now Putty is configured and you can easily set it up with the browser by entering the same port details in the preferences.

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