This example is assuming that vCAC is configured to provision Linux instances to an Amazon availability zone with a VPC configured with public and private subnets and that the Security group is configured to allow SSH traffic. For information on connecting to a private address refer to the following blog post: http://www.vmtocloud.com/how-to-ssh-to-private-dns-name-of-aws-instances-in-vcac/
Note: Connecting to AWS instances via SSH may require modifications to your organizations firewall or you may need to use a proxy server. This lesson is assuming you have direct access to the internet and to Amazon Web Services via the Putty SSH console. This lesson uses Putty.exe and Puttygen.exe. You can download Putty and PuttyGen for free Get PUTTY Here!
You must first enable the “Connect Using SSH Feature” in vCAC, click the link below for instructions
Now let’s get your certificate which you will need to make the SSH connection.
Click the instance you want to connect to so it is highlighted
Click export certificate in the actions menu
Save the .pem file to a location on your computer. Take note of where you saved this to.
Next you will need to use Puttygen.exe to convert the pem file to a Putty Key file.
You can download Putty and PuttyGen for free Get PUTTY Here!
Open Puttygen.exe and click Load
Now browse to the .pem file you downloaded from the vCAC Self Service site (Make sure All Files is selected as file type)
Click Save Private Key
Click Yes to save without a passphrase
Give the new key a name and click save
Now go back to the Self Service portal and right click Connect using SSH from the actions menu
Select Copy Link Location
Now launch a Putty.exe session and paste that into the hostname field
Be sure to delete the ssh:// at the begining of the address. Your SSH session will not connect with this.