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Connect to IT Web Hosting Servers via SSH with Terminal (Macintosh)

Terminal comes with the Mac OS X operating system and is used to access and run commands on remote computers and servers such as IT's Web hosting server. Terminal is SSH2-compliant and encrypts all data between a server and your personal computer.

The following instructions are based on Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). For other versions of Mac OS X, these steps may differ slightly.

Connect to IT's Web Hosting Server

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  2. Open Terminal. In the Finder menu, click Go > Utilities > Terminal. The Terminal window will open.
  3. In Terminal, in the menu at the top of the screen, go to Shell > New Remote Connection... The New Remote Connection window will open.
  4. In the New Remote Connection window, in the Service panel (left), select Secure Shell (ssh). In the Server panel (right), a list of available Secure Shell (ssh) servers will open. Note: The webadmin.oit.umass.edu server may automatically appear in this list. If so, select it and skip to Step 8.
  5. If the webadmin.oit.umass.edu server does not automatically appear:
    • Click the plus icon. A window asking you to Enter the name or IP address of a server to display in the server connection browser will open.
    • Enter webadmin.oit.umass.edu in the available field, then click OK. This smaller window will close and the webadmin.oit.umass.edu server will appear in the Server panel.
  6. In the Server panel, select webadmin.oit.umass.edu to highlight it.
  7. At the bottom of the New Remote Connection window, in the User: field, enter your IT Account NetID (IT Account user name), then click Connect.
  8. In the ssh yournetid@webadmin.oit.umass window, at the Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? prompt, enter yes, then press return. You will be prompted to enter your IT NetID Password.
  9. When prompted, enter your IT Account password. The webadmin1:~$ prompt will appear. You are now connected to the IT's Web Hosting Server. Note: enter your password carefully. For security purposes, Terminal will not display any characters as you type your passwords.