Using Telnet and SSH
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 telnet and SSH 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.
Providing Telnet and SSH access is a fundamental part of our
philosophy with regard to Remote Administration.
Our Virtual Server System allows you to have a dedicated
presence on the Internet and maintain it remotely via a low cost
dial-up connection. Remote administration is one of the most powerful
tools included as part of our Virtual Server System.
By using a Telnet or SSH client, you can connect to your Virtual Server
from anywhere in the world, and log in to your server as if you were
sitting right in front it.
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 as
Van Dyke Technologies, Inc.
For the Macintosh OS, we recommend
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 system.
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:
Choosing an 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.
Be sure to choose an SSH client that supports the ssh1 protocol,
in order to be compatible with our Virtual Servers.
is an excellent SSH client for the Windows O/S.
It also supports telnet, serial, and other protocols.
Several SSH clients are available.
For more information about SSH clients, see the following.
Connecting To Your Virtual Server
Once you have chosen a Telnet or SSH client, connecting to your
Virtual Server is extremely simple. Although telnet and SSH
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).
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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