SecureShell Access To Linux Terminal

 

This guide explains how you can connect to the School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics’s Linux machine, from an external ISP.

In order to connect to the School’s Linux machines, you will need to be on the SCEM network. Search for “SCEM VPN” at http://MyIT.westernsydney.edu.au (for Windows and Mac users) or this link (for other users – please enter your SCEM username and password when prompted) for instructions on how to join the SCEM network via the School’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) when not on campus.

Student Linux host: student.scem.westernsydney.edu.au
( postgrad & student group)

Staff Linux host: staff.scem.westernsydney.edu.au
(techies, staff, tutors, academic, general & ancillary )

Windows Users

Please note that the School does not support FTP for file uploads. To upload files from outside Western Sydney University, ie from an external ISP, please configure your SSH client as described below and then once connected to one of the School’s UNIX shell servers, click on the SFTP icon: 

Configuration

First of all you will need to have a recent copy of SecureShell, which is available from https://www.scem.westernsydney.edu.au/share/authenticate/SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe . There are a number of SSH clients which are available but we have written this documentation for the SSH SecureShell client. You may be able to use this non-commercial version for personal use but you must inspect the license details first. It will prompt you for SCEM username and password. Once you have installed this software, you will need to run it. This can be done by double clicking the icon it created on the desktop, or clicking START-> PROGRAMS->SSH COMMUNICATIONS->SSH CLIENT Please click OK and then:

  • Click FILE menu
  • Click PROFILES menu item
  • Click on ADD PROFILE menu item

You should now see a window that looks similar to the following:

Change Profile Name to the name for your School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics profile (e.g. SCEM or student.scem.westernsydney.edu.au), and click on the Add the Current Profile to Pro…” button

Now you should:

  • Click FILE menu
  • Click PROFILES menu item
  • Click on EDIT PROFILE menu item

You should now see a window that looks similar to the following:

Click on the profile you just created (e.g. School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics or student.scem.westernsydney.edu.au), and in the Hostname box, enter student.scem.westernsydney.edu.au. In the Username box, enter your SCEM username. In the Port Number box, enter 22, click on OK. Now exit the SSH program to make sure the settings are saved.

Using SSH

You should now run SSH again, and this time choose FILE->PROFILES->Name of your SCEM Profile

When you are prompted for your password you should enter your standard SCEM password. You will now be logged on to one of the School’s Linux student servers.If you need assistance using these servers, please contact the IT Service Desk via myit.westernsydney.edu.au.

Mac Users

Once you have connected to the School’s VPN, you can connect to the School’s Linux student server by starting the in-build OS X application terminal. Once you have a terminal window open, type ssh student.scem.westernsydney.edu.au to connect to the School’s Linux student server. To transfer files between the School’s Linux student server and your Mac, go to Finder, then select Go. Scroll down to the “Connect to server…” option and enter smb://unix.scem.uws.edu.au/homes as the server name. Enter your SCEM username and password when prompted, and this will mount your SCEM Unix home directory as a remote folder on your Mac. Once mounted, you can copy files to and from this remote folder.

Other Users
If you are using an operating system other than Windows or Mac, it is assumed you already know how to remotely connect to a Linux server :-)