Remote Connection to Department Machines - Computer Science and Software Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Remote connection to Department machines

CSSE offer offsite Linux access to the host linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz via ssh (using ssh or PuTTy(on windows), or using a full graphical interface with rdesktop(Linux) or Remote connection (windows) For other connections from off campus, check with the ICTS help desk on extension 95000. The central IT help page can help with other central services.

Connecting to the CSSE Linux system from Windows from off campus

Host and connection settings for programs :

Host name: linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Port number: 22

The programs :

WinSCP

This is a program used on Windows (using scp) for transferring files easily between your computer and your files on the Linux drive at CSSE. It has a GUI interface.

  • Download and install from the site WinSCP executable .
  • Run WinSCP.
  • Create and save a new session with the Host name and Port number (see above). Enter your username and CSSE password (the password you use on the Linux system).
  • Click "Save".
  • Select the newly saved session and click "Login".
  • A warning dialog box will pop up informing you that the server's host key was not found in the cache. Click "Yes" to continue connecting to the host.

PuTTY

PuTTY is a Windows command line Telnet/SSH tool with which you can connect to the CSSE Linux system.

  • On Windows, download and install from the full PuTTY installer .
  • You will have to enter the Host name and Port number (see above). Enter your username and CSSE password (the password you use on the Linux system).
  • To move files (to and from the Linux system onto your computer), use PSCP.

To use PSCP, enter the command in the following format into a Windows command prompt window (Start -> Run -> cmd):

path-to-pscp path-to-source-file path-to-destination

As an example:

"C:\Program Files\PuTTy\pscp.exe" mytext.txt mmm69@linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz:/home/cosc/staff/mmm69/.

Graphical connection to Linux from Linux or Windows

Using the rdesktop command when connecting from a Linux machine and Open Desktop Connection when connecting from a Windows machine provide a graphical connection to the Linux host. The CSSE host linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz has the xrdp service added to allow connections using this protocol. Connect to the host linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz and login the normal way.

As an example:

rdesktop -g80% linux.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz 

opens a window 80% of your screen size connected to the csse linux host.


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