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!
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.
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 Yes to save without a passphrase
Give the new key a name and click save
Now go back to the Self Service portal and click edit under the actions menu
Highlight the DNS name, Right click and copy this to the clipboard
Now launch a Putty.exe session and paste that into the hostname field
Now click the Data Category under connection on the left and enter the username of the AMI (Provided by your IT team)
Now browse to Connection/SSH/Auth
Click browse to open Windows explorer and select you Putty key we created earlier
Now go back to session and save this session for later use
Click Yes to the Putty Security Alert
Your now connected and can begin configuring your new server! Enjoy!