Using the PuTTY launcher on custom ports

23 11 2011

Do you use custom ports for accessing your systems through SSH or telnet?  If you do, you’ll find that the launcher is configured for standard ports.  Configuring these ports requires the creation of a custom launcher and a few other steps.  This information is outlined in the Secret Server KnowledgeBase under the title: How can I run the PuTTY launcher on a different port?

This can be a useful tool for Secret Server users, especially in those situations that require a non-standard port.  While the jury is out on whether changing standard ports offers any real security, some situations may require them.  In Secret Server, creating a custom launcher for using custom ports will make life easier for Secret Server users.  The custom launcher will launch PuTTY, configure the client for SSH over the specified port, pass the credentials and grant access in one simple click!

Sneak Peek: PuTTY Launcher

11 09 2008

putty1 One of a system administrator’s must-have items in his toolbox is PuTTY. PuTTY is a small, lightweight program that is perfect for telnet and SSH connections. It doesn’t require any installation, it’s just a single EXE file and you’re good to go.

A feature of Secret Server that I personally have always found extremely useful is the launching capability that we introduced with Remote Desktop. It’s very handy for starting Remote Desktop sessions. We decided to take it a step further and extend this functionality to PuTTY.

An initial obstacle that needed to be overcome was figuring out how to make sure PuTTY was on the client’s machine. The creators of PuTTY are generous, and fortunately they allow us to distribute PuTTY with Secret Server. Since the Remote Launcher capability is a Microsoft ClickOnce application, it seemed reasonable to distribute PuTTY with our application. This would avoid the need for users having to tell our application where to look for PuTTY, or us requiring that you have it in a certain location on the machine.

putty2 However, PuTTY is 500 kilobytes, and the initial application was a mere 12 kilobytes. 500K is small in today’s high tech world, but to reduce corporate bandwidth use, we only distribute it when you need it for the first time. That means when you make your first launch of PuTTY, we’ll download the application for you from your Secret Server installation, thus not needing an outside Internet connection, but after that it’s cached so you only need to download it once.

putty3Once PuTTY is downloaded successfully, the application will automatically start already logged in at the prompt. For the first release of the PuTTY launcher, we will only support SSH.

If you want to see additional launchers built into Secret Server, make sure you stop by our forums and let us know!

– Kevin


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