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Using Telnet and SSH

Blue Reef is confident in providing our clients with Telnet and SSH access to their Virtual Servers. Our "security hardened" server environment ensures that your data (and our data) cannot be compromised.

By using a Telnet or SSH client, you can connect to your Virtual Server from anywhere in the world, and log in to your server as if you were sitting right in front it.

Providing Telnet and SSH access is a fundamental part of Blue Reef's philosophy with regard to remote administration. Remote administration is one of the most powerful tools included as part of the Blue Reef Virtual Server System. A Blue Reef Virtual Server System allows you to have a dedicated presence on the Internet and maintain it remotely via a low cost dial-up connection.

Choosing a Telnet Client
There are quite a few Telnet clients available, many of which are free. For example, the Windows 95/98/NT operating systems are shipped with a Telnet client included (found at "c:\windows\telnet.exe" for Win95/98 and "c:\winnt\system32\telnet.exe" for WinNT). This Telnet client is simple and functional, but not quite as flexible and friendly as many you can find for free on the web.

For the Macintosh OS, we recommend NSCA Telnet written by the Software Development Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Unix users can use the built-in Telnet client software shipped with the operating system.

Secure Shell (SSH)
Secure Shell (SSH) is a program that can be used to log into a remote machine (in this case, your Virtual Server) and provide secure encrypted communications between you the remote machine and your local computer. All of the commands you would use in a Telnet client, you can use in an SSH client. The only difference is that the communication is encrypted to and from your Virtual Server. An excellent SSH client to use to connect to your Virtual Server is Data Fellow's F-Secure SSH. Please call us at 305-274-8393 to get your free trial software disk and you will qualify for a discounted copy of F-Secure SSH Client. You can also request your disk or download a free demo version from our site.

Connecting To Your Virtual Server
Once you have chosen a Telnet or SSH client, connecting to your Blue Reef Virtual Server is extremely simple. Although Telnet and SSH clients vary in their exact configuration, most of them will simply require you to specify a "remote host". Your remote host is your Virtual Server, so you would specify your domain name or your Virtual Server's IP address.

Once you are connected, you will be prompted for your login name and login password (both specified when you ordered your Virtual Server). After the login process is successful, you will be given access to your Virtual Server and can then issue commands at the command prompt. If you are unfamiliar with UNIX, you can learn some simple UNIX commands and use them with confidence.

For more information on Telnet and SSH, be sure to check out our Virtual Server Administrator Handbook. The manual will help you become very comfortable using Telnet and SSH. If you have further questions, or comments, please contact the Blue Reef Support Staff.

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