Providing shell access is a fundamental part of our philosophy with regard to remote administration. Shell access is one of the most powerful features of our Virtual Servers. Using an SSH (or Telnet) client, you can connect and log in to your Virtual Server from anywhere in the world, as if you were sitting right in front it.

Our hosting partner is not only the leader in Virtual Server technology, they are also seasoned security experts. Because of this, we are more than comfortable providing our clients with SSH and telnet access to their Virtual Servers (most other web hosting providers lack the confidence and expertise necessary to make their servers secure). Our "security hardened" server environment insures that your data (and our data) cannot be compromised.

Choosing an SSH Client

SSH (or Secure Shell) is a protocol that can be used to log into a remote machine such as your Virtual Private Server and provide secure, encrypted communications between your Virtual Private Server and your local computer. Because SSH provides complete UNIX shell capability over a secure channel, it is the ideal tool for managing your Virtual Private Server.

Choosing a Telnet Client

While SSH is preferable to Telnet, the fact that a telnet client comes as part of most Operating Systems makes it a popular option. There are also a number of free or inexpensive Telnet client programs available.

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows comes packaged with a telnet client program, which you can access using the run... menu option on the Start menu. Simply type telnet in the dialog box and a telnet program window should open.
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  • The UNIX shell has a built in Telnet client program that you can use by typing telnet from the command prompt.

  • There are also Java Telnet applets that allow you to connect to your Virtual Server using just a web browser. Some of the many that are available include:

Connecting To Your Virtual Server

Once you have chosen a SSH (or Telnet) client, connecting to your Virtual Server is extremely simple. Although SSH (and Telnet) clients vary in their exact configuration, most of them will simply require you to specify a "remote host." Your remote host is your Virtual Server, so you would specify your domain name (or your temporary domain, if applicable) or IP address.

Once you are connected, you will be prompted for your login name and login password. You specified both your login name and login password when you ordered your Virtual Server. After the login process is successful, you will have gained access to your Virtual Server and can now issue commands at the command prompt. If you are not familiar with UNIX, you can learn some simple UNIX commands and use them with confidence.

Please note: the information on this page applies to ITS web hosting plans. It may or may not apply to other environments. If you are looking for a feature described here, or better support from your hosting provider, please consider hosting your site with ITS!

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