Quick and free way to convert .PEM keys into a putty key
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Connecting to your remote instances that requiring a security certificate can be tricky for windows users via an SSH port. With such things as Amazon AWS connections now relying on key security and not passwords this method will become very prevalent to most people soon.
Getting Started –
1. Download Putty here
2. Unzip and install the entire Putty package
3. Download your .PEM key from AWS or other provider for example
4. Next open your PuTTYgen application from the suite
5. File -> Load private key and a browser will appear
6. Now go to the location where you downloaded your .PEM file and open it
7. You will see a sequence of number and a fingerprint, Click OK to verify the import
8. Now save your key and skip requiring a password if this is your private machine
9. Pick a name to identify your key by and save it to the .ppk format
10. So before connecting load your key into Putty by drilling down to the SS-Auth and load your .ppk file into PuTTY.
11. Now at the connection screen enter the public IP address and select SSH for connection type
12. You will be prompted in a terminal for a logon and if using AWS for instance its always ec2-user as the login. Remember no password necessary since your using a fingerprint and to upgrade privileges just type in sudo su for root status.