Connecting AWS, Google, DigitalOcean using Winscp and Putty Terminal – Complete Guide

This blog contains all the instructions to connect to your server using WinSCP & Putty Terminal. We have selected the most popular server provider i.e AWS, Google and DigitalOcean and we will using them to connect to WinSCP and Putty

But please make a note that, there are are many other service providers.We will add the process to connect to there is the server using WinSCP and Putty Shortly;

We have covered detailed instructions to connect to Google Server, AWS EC2, Digital Ocean droplets using Winscp, and Putty Terminal.

Installation of Winscp and Putty

Winscp is used to connect remote server to perform task like file upload , create , editing etc. Putty Terminal is used to access terminal of remote server and execute the commands.

Before we connect google server , aws EC2 instance with winscp and putty lets see how to install and configure them for quick access.

Installing WinSCP in Windows

Please follow below steps to install winscp.

1: Download WinSCP from the following URL: https://winscp.net/eng/download.php

2: After download is finished run the downloaded setup file.

3:Installation will prompt for to select mode , please select “Install for all users”. If didn’t ask ignore this step.

4: The system will ask to accept terms and conditions. Please accept that. There is no way out of this.

Installing winscp to connect server for creating and building your won cryptocurrency

5: Select Setup Type as Typical Installation and click on Next.

6: Hit Install on Ready to Install screen.

7: Once installation is completed, click on Finish

Installing Putty in Windows

Below step will install putty in your Windows operating system. Then putty will be used to connect to the server. In server we will execute commands to build our won cryptocurrency

1: Download Putty installation package from the link – (https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html.

But please make sure you download the right installation. Puty download page offers too many options to download and install. Below image highlights the best option

Putty download option. To connect to your server and build your crptocurrency

2: Run the downloaded setup

3: Keep the default selections as it is and proceed with the installation.

4: Once installation is completed, click on Finish.

Connecting AWS EC2 instance with WinSCP and putty

Connecting AWS EC2 Instance (It’s nothing but a server VPS) will require to create the account. After the account is created we need to create an EC2 instance. Then finally we will connect that using WinSCP and putty.

Setting up AWS Account

1: Go to Amazon Webservices page here (link: https://aws.amazon.com/)

2: Click on Create an AWS Account button on top right corner

Creating an account in AWS to setup EC2 server. Which we will be connecting using WinSCP and Putty

3. If you already have an AWS account, you can choose to Sign in to an existing AWS Account. To create a fresh account, you can follow the below steps.

4. Enter your correct account information and then click on the Continue button. Make sure you enter valid email address, here you will receive a confirmation email from AWS account.

5. Choose Account type as Personal and fill up the personal details form. Click on accept AWS Customer Agreement. Then choose Create Account and Continue.

6. On the next page Payment Information, please add valid Credit Card details and click on Verify and Add. 

Adding payment info in AWS Account

Note: A small transaction of INR 2 or 1 USD will be charged. But don’t worry, AWS will refund the amount within 7 working days into the same credit card account.

7. Once payment information is verified, you need to Confirm your identity by verifying your mobile number. An OTP will be sent to your mobile number for verification.

8. On next page Select a Support Plan, choose Free Basic Plan where you will be having free tier server for use

9. Once registration is completed, you can have optional screen to Personalize your Experience. Select Role as “Student” and I am interested in as “Learning & Certification”.

10. You must have received a confirmation mail to your email account from AWS. Click on Access Account link to verify your email address. You can use the same email address and password to login into your AWS account

The above 10 steps will ensure that your account is created with AWS. Next step will be to create an EC2 instance and connect that using WinSCP

How to Create an EC2 instance Amazon?

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.

Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.

First Login into AWS account to create an Server for you (EC2 Instance)

  1. Go to Amazon Webservices page here (link: https://aws.amazon.com/)
  2. Click on Create an AWS Account button on the top right corner
  3. Then click on Sign in to an existing AWS Account. Choose option Root user and enter your email address and password to sign in

Create EC2 Instance

1. Click on the Services Menu option situated on the top left corner. Here you will see a variety of services provided by amazon web services.

AWS services. make sure you choose EC2

2. Click on the EC2 option under the Compute group. EC2 stands for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

3. On the EC2 Dashboard page, you will see AWS Region on the top right corner. Select Asia Pacific (Mumbai) ap-south-1 from the list. Please choose your preferred region. Since our website users are from India we have chosen a server in India. You can choose the region from the USA, UK, Japan, Australia, etc.

4. Click on Launch Instance button.

After clicking on Launch Instance, you will have to follow a series of steps to create your instance. Actually, this is more of a configuration than installation. The steps are plain and simple, still, we have explained them below

Steps to Configure Instance in AWS

5. In Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image(AMI), type Ubuntu in search box and hit enter. 

6. You will see a filtered list of ubuntu operating system releases. Select Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS (64-bit) from the list.

7. In Step 2: Choose and Instance Type, we will select t2.micro instance type. This server instance has 1 virtual CPU and 1 GB RAM. This instance is available for free tier usage. Click on Next: Configure Instance Details button.

Choosing instance type

8. In Step 3: Configure Instance Details, keep all the default options selected as it is. Click on Next: Add Storage button to continue.

Configuring AWS Instance

9. In next page Step 4: Add Storage, you can mention size of your virtual disk volume. Mention it as 20GB in Size (GiB) textbox column. Click on Next: Add Tags button.

Adding Storage in AWS

10. In Step 5: Tag Instance, Click on Add Tag button. Mention key as “Name” and Value as “newtum_learning_server”. Click button Next: Configure Security Group button to continue.

Tagging your server in AWS EC2

11. Step 6: Configure Security Group, write Security group name as “newtum webserver group”. Add type SSH, HTTP, HTTPS into rules. Click on the Review and Launch button.

Configuing Security Group for AWS

12. On next page Step 7: Review Instance Launch, verify all the settings. And click on Launch button to continue.

Final review to launch the instance

13. In next a popup window will appear to create a key pair. A key pair is the combination of public and private keys. These keys are important to remotely connect to our instance. In the first dropdown, choose “Create a new key pair” and give the name “newtum-learning”, Download Key Pair. A poem file will be downloaded. Keep file secured and do not lose it, without this key you will not be able to access the instance. You cannot re-download the file.

Reviewing and launching the instance

14. Once file download is complete, hit on Launch Instances button.

15. You can see created instance on EC2 instances list by clicking “View Instances” button.

Elastic IP Allocation

An Elastic IP address is a reserved public IP address that you can assign to any EC2 instance in a particular region until you choose to release it. We use this Elastic IP address to connect to our server using WinSCP and Putty.

When you associate an Elastic IP address with an EC2 instance, it replaces the default public IP address. If an external hostname was allocated to the instance from your launch settings, it will also replace this hostname; otherwise, it will create one for the instance. The Elastic IP address remains in place through events that normally cause the address to change, such as stopping or restarting the instance.

Please follow below steps to create an Elastic IP for your EC2 instance

1. Click on Elastic IPs link from left menu drawer under Network & Security group.

Got to Elastic IP menu of AWS

2. Click on Allocate Elastic IP address button on top right.

3. On Allocate Elastic IP Address page keep default settings selected and click on Allocate button to get static IP address.

4. From list of Elastic IP Address, click IP address link to open Elastic IP address details.

5. Click on Associate Elastic IP address button to continue.

6. On the Associate Elastic IP address page, a select instance in “choose your instance” text box. Click on the Associate button and the Static IP address will get allocated to your instance. Using the same IP you can connect to your server instance using WinSCP and Putty

Generate PPK file from PEM file for WinSCP and Putty

We already have pem file downloaded from AWS cloud while creating EC2 instance. We will use the same pem file to generate ppk file. This ppk file will be used to connect aws ec2 instance from our desktop.

Below step by step guide will help you with PPK Generation

1. Run Puttygen executable

2. Go to menu option “Conversions”, choose “Import Key”.

Import PEM FIle

3. In browse window, select pem file and click Open.

Browsing PEM File

4. In Puttygen window, fill up the details. Set Key comment as “newtum-aws-server-key”.

Confiugin the key comment and credentials to connect with AWS

5. Set passphrase and note it down somewhere safe. Passphrase is a password that will prompt while connecting to ec2 instance from winscp.

6. Click on Save private key button, and save the generated ppk file as “newtum-learning-private-key.ppk”

Download final PPK File

Connect to EC2 instance using WinSCP

Well , this is the final stage of connecting the to our AWS EC2 instance using WinSCP

Step to connect EC2 using WinSCP

1. Open WinSCP application

Open Winscp connection

2. Connection Host name will be the IP address of our ec2 instace. Go to our aws ec2 dashboard, and copy IPv4 Public IP value of our instance. Please refer to the screenshot for your reference.

3. Enter the User name as “ubuntu”. This will be the default username for our instant access.

4. Click on Advanced button, select option Authentication from left menu panel.

Configuring advance command

5. Browse Private key file as our “newtum-learning-private-key.ppk” file and click on Ok.

6. Click on Login to continue logging into the server.

7. WinSCP will show dialog to add host key in cache, click on Yes.

Accept the host key as Yes to connect winscp with EC2 instance

8. Enter passphrase when prompted, click OK.

9. You are now connected to EC2 server instance.

Connect to EC2 instance using Putty

Well , you have connected EC2 instance with WinSCP in last section. But WinSCP alone will not help.

To execute the commands in our server we require terminal access. Terminal access of Ubuntu server will be done using Putty.

Step to connect to Putty with EC2 Instance

1. Connect to AWS EC2 instance using WinSCP.

2. Go to Commands menu, choose “Open in Putty” option from the list. You can also use “Ctrl + P” as a keyboard shortcut.

Opening Putty Terminal from menu after connecting with WinSCP

3. Enter passphrase in putty command prompt, hit Enter.

4. You are now connected to EC2 instance server command line using putty.

Terminal of EC2 open in Putty

Connecting Google Compute Engine with WinSCP and putty

Google Cloud consists of a set of physical assets, such as computers and hard disk drives, and virtual resources, such as virtual machines (VMs), that are contained in Google’s data centers around the globe. Each data center location is in a region. You shall get $300 free credits to use across all services of google cloud in free trial.

Registering with Google Cloud

1. Navigate to google cloud console using this URL http://console.cloud.google.com/

2. On page load, you will be asked for your country/region. Choose your country from the dropdown list, read & agree on Terms of Service and click on AGREE AND CONTINUE.

3. You shall see “Getting Started” page, click on button Try for Free button.

4. Confirm your country and agree to terms & services of google cloud platform free trial. Click Continue to proceed.

5. In next Customer Info page, choose Account Type as Individual and fill in required personal details into the form.

6. Personal info also involves payment information. You need to add your credit card details as billing info.

7. After confirming the billing info, you need to answer few basic questions to setup your account. You can skip this section by clicking Skip button in the bottom.

8. Done. Your Google Cloud Account has been activated.

Creating a Google Compute Engine VM Instance

Google Compute Engine (GCE) offers virtual machines running in Google’s data centers connected to its worldwide fiber network. The tooling and workflow offered enables scaling from single instances to global, load-balanced cloud computing.

These VMs boot quickly, come with persistent disk storage, and deliver consistent performance. The machines are available in many configurations including predefined sizes and can also be created with Custom Machine Types optimized for your specific needs.

Follow Below Step to Create Your VM (GCE Instance)

1. In the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Console, go to Compute Engine from the left panel, choose VM Instances.

2. On VM Instance page, Click on Create.

3. Specify a Name for your instance as “newtum-glcoud-learning”.

4. You can change the Region and Zone for your instance. Closer server region will give you faster network response times.

5. In Machine configuration, you can change machine vCPU and Memory settings by choosing Machine Type as “custom”. We will keep default configuration to n1-standard-1 for our instance.

6. In the Boot disk section, you can choose Operating System and Boot disk space. Click Change to configure your boot disk.

7. In the Public images tab, choose an Operating system as “Ubuntu”, Version as “Ubuntu 18.04 LTS” and set Size value to “20”. The Boot disk size value is in Gigabytes.

8. Click Select to confirm your boot disk options.

9. Select Allow HTTP traffic and Allow HTTPS traffic to permit HTTP or HTTPS traffic to the VM instance.

10. Click on Create button to create our google vm instance.

Setting up SSH Meta in Google VM for WinSCP Connection

A Set of SSH keys needs to configure so that we can connect to Google Compute Engine VM instance with WinSCP.

Step by Step Details to Setup SSH Meta in Google Cloud Console

1. Open Google Cloud Console and Click on VM Instance and Click on edit

2. Click the Management, security, disks, networking, sole tenancy section.

3. Select Security, this is where we will enter the public SSH key.

4. To generate the ssh key, Open PuTTYgen Generator and click Generate

5. Move your mouse cursor randomly on key section blank area to generate key.

6. Specify your google username for connecting to GCP in the Key comment box.

7. Specify password in the Key passphrase and Confirm passphrase box.

8. Click on Save private key as “newtum-gcloud-ppk.ppk”.

9. Select all the contents in the Public key field and copy it to the clipboard.

10. In the GCP console paste the copied key value in the Enter public SSH key section.

Reserving a Static IP Address for Google Compute Engine

A static external IP address is an external IP address that is reserved for your project until you decide to release it.

If you have an IP address that your customers or users rely on to access your service, you can reserve that IP address so that only your project can use it

When we restart the server or stop the server, there is a possibility that IP address may change.

This causes lot of problems and domain pointing issues if any.To solve this problem best thing is to reserve the static IP address for our VM instance.

Step by Step Guide -How to reserve static instance

1. In the GCP console, go to VPC network, select External IP addresses

2. Select the VM instance that we created as “newtum-glcoud-learning”.

3. Change Type column value, set it to Static.

4. Specify a Name for the Static IP address as “newtum-gcloud-learning-ip1”.

5. You can also enter description to the static IP. This step is optional.

6. Click on Reserve.

Connect to Google GCE Server using WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client for Windows

Follow Below Final Steps to connect Google Server Using WinSCP

1. In the GCP console, go to Compute Engine, select VM instances

2. Copy the IP from the External IP section

3. Open WinSCP.

4. In the Host name section enter the copied IP from the External IP section

5. Enter the User name as your google account username. Tip: replace dot(.) value by underscore (“_”)

6. Click on Advanced, select Authentication.

7. In Private key file browse and select the saved ssh private key “newtum-gcloud-ppk.ppk”.

8. Click on Login.

9. Enter the Passphrase.

10. In Menu bar select Commands, click Open in PuTTy. You can use shortcut key as Ctrl+P.

11. Enter the Passphrase.

Connecting Digital Ocean Droplets(Server) with WinSCP and putty

DigitalOcean makes it simple to launch in the cloud and scale up as you grow – with an intuitive control panel, predictable pricing, team accounts, and more. You shall get $100 free credits to use across all services of DigitalOcean on new account registration.

Setting up DigitalOcean Account

1. Navigate to DigitalOcean using this URL https://www.digitalocean.com/

2. On page load, click on Sign Up button on top right corner of the webpage.

3. On Registration page, choose Sign Up with Email, using this you need to enter your email address to register.

4. Sign up form will show up. Enter Full Name, your valid Email Address and Password. Remember email and password used here, as this will be necessary to login next time. Click on Sign Up button below form.

5. In next step, you will see Confirm email screen. Go to your email inbox, check verification email from DigitalOcean and click on the verification link

6. After clicking on verification link, you will see Setup Billing screen in next step. Enter your billing account details. For verification $1 will be debited from your billing account by Digital Ocean.

7. In next step of registration, you need to enter your Project Details. Enter Project name as you want and choose project purpose as “Class project/Educational purposes”.

8. Done! Your DigitalOcean Account is ready to use.4

Create DigitalOcean Droplet (Cloud Server Instance)

Digital-ocean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use, either standalone or as part of a larger, cloud-based infrastructure.

Follow Below step one by one to create your first Digital Ocean Droplet

1. Login in to your DigitalOcean using this URL https://www.digitalocean.com/

2. Click on Create button on top left corner of your Project Dashboard. Choose Droplets from list of options.

3. On Create Droplets configuration page, select distribution as Ubuntu. From release versions dropdown, select 16.04.6 (LTS) x64 Ubuntu release.

4. In Choose a plan section, keep plan type to default Basic.

5. In server vm configuration plans, select first plan which has 1GB memory, 1 vCPU, 25 ssd.

6. In Choose a datacenter region section, select server closest to your country region.

7. On Authentication section, choose SSH keys. Click on New SSH Key, if you are adding SSH key for the first time on DigitalOcean account. Add public SSH key dialog box will appear on screen.

8. Follow steps below to setup SSH keys to your instance:

  1. Open PuTTYgen Generator and click Generate.
  2. Move your mouse cursor randomly on key section blank area to generate key.
  3. Specify Key Comment as “newtum-digitalocean-key” in the Key comment box.
  4. Specify password in the Key passphrase and Confirm passphrase box.
  5. Click on Save private key as “newtum-digitalocean-key.ppk”.
  6. Select all the contents in the Public key field and copy it to the clipboard.

9. Paste the clipboard content in SSH key content textbox. Set key Name as “ntm-digiocn-key1” and click on Add SSH Key button.

10.Scroll down to bottom of the page, click on Create Droplet button.

11. On project dashboard screen, you will see Droplet is being created. Once Droplet is created, you can see the green point and IP address assigned to our droplet instance.

12. Your DigitalOcean Cloud Server Droplet is created and ready to use.

Assign Floating IP address to DigitalOcean Droplet

A Floating IP is an IP address that can be instantly moved from one Droplet to another Droplet in the same datacenter. Part of a highly available infrastructure is being able to immediately point an IP address to a redundant server. This is now possible with the addition of Floating IPs.

Follow Below Step to create Floating IP Address for Digital Ocean Server

1.Go to Project Dashboard in your DigitalOcean Account.

2. Click on Create button on top left corner of your Project Dashboard. Choose Floating IPs from list of options.

3. On Floating IPs screen, select your Droplet Server instance in Search for a Droplet textbox. Assign Floating IP button will be enabled.

4. Click on the Assign Floating IP button and Floating IP address will be assigned to your droplet instance.

5. A list of Floating IPs will be visible after the successful assignment of IP Address.

Connect to DigitalOcean Droplet using WinSCP & Putty

1. Go to Project Dashboard screen in your DigitialOcean Account.

2. Copy the Floating IP address of your Droplet instance.

3. Open WinSCP.

4. In the Host name section enter the copied IP from the Floating IP address.

5. Enter the User name as “root”.

6. Click on Advanced, select Authentication.

7. In Private key file browse and select the saved ssh private key “newtum-digiocean-key.ppk”.

8. Click on Login.

9. Enter the Key Passphrase.

10. In Menu bar select Commands, click Open in PuTTy. You can use the shortcut keys as Ctrl+P.

11. Enter the Passphrase.

Summary – Connecting to Servers using WinSCP & Putty

So, in this article we have explained how to connect server using WinSCP and Putty.

Though we have covered topic for servers brought from AWS , Google and Digital Ocean , still there are many other service providers. Other service providers include GoDaddy , Digital Ocean , Azure etc.

Soon we will add more details to connects server from other service proivder using WinSCP & Putty.

If you want any information on specific server provider , please comment in the box, we will include that service provider in our blog as soon as possible.

Conclusion

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