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.
We are not only the leader
in Virtual Server technology, we 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 a SSH Client
SSH (or Secure Shell) is a protocol that can be used to log into
a remote machine (your Virtual Server) and provide secure encrypted
communications between your Virtual Server and your local computer.
All of the commands you would use in a Telnet client, you can use
in an SSH client. The only difference is that the communication
is made via encrypted channels to and from your Virtual Server.
||Choosing a Telnet Client
There are quite a few Telnet clients available, many of which are
free. For example, the Windows 95/NT operating systems are shipped
with a Telnet client included (found at "c:\windows\telnet.exe"
and "c:\winnt\system32\telnet.exe" respectively). This Telnet client
is simple and functional, but not quite as flexible and friendly
from Van Dyke Technologies, Inc.
For the Macintosh OS, we
Telnet written by the Software Development Group at the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Unix users can
use the built-in Telnet client software shipped with the operating
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.
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