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Remote Login Instructions

From Windows Machine

To login from a Windows machine, you will need Putty. Putty allows you to make an SSH connection with a remote machine. You will find Putty installed in cluster machines at Notre Dame. If you're working from your local machine you may also download it from here. Once you open Putty you will see something like this:


To login, type ndID@server under "Specify the destination". Always use port 22.

e.g. hclark3@student02.cse.nd.edu (See below for a full list of remote hosts). 

You can also save an account by writing a name for the account under "Saved Sessions" and clicking "Save". Later you can reload the account by clicking on the saved account and clicking "Load".

To enable X11 forwarding, there are 2 steps. First, you need to open Xming. If you don't have it installed in your computer, you can download it directly from the OIT software download page. Next, you need to enable X11 forwarding on Putty. Go to Connection->SSH->X11 and click the checkbox for Enable X11 forwarding.This setting can also be saved.

Once you have the account and the settings setup, click "open". If it's the first time opening that host on that machine, it will prompt you to accept an RSA key. Click accept and proceed to type in your password on the created terminal.

From MacOS and Linux

On MacOS and Linux, you can ssh directly into a machine using a terminal. Open up a terminal and type

ssh netID@host

e.g. ssh hclark3@student01.cse.nd.edu

To enable persistent X11 forwarding add the -Y flag.

e.g. ssh -Y hclark3@student01.cse.nd.edu

If you're working from a Mac, you will need to open XQuartz to perform the X11 forwarding. XQuartz may open its own terminal when you open the application, but the X forwarding will also work through your regular terminal.  If you don't have it already, you can download XQuartz here.

If it's your first ssh login into the machine, it will prompt you to accept an RSA key. If so, type "yes". Then proceed to type in your password. 

Remote Login When Not on the Campus Network

If you're not connected to the campus network, you will not be able to login into the remote machines directly. You will need to setup a VPN connection with the campus network. You can find more information at the bottom of this page.

List of Servers For Students

The preferred servers for students are the student machines:


In case these are operating too slow or there is any other problem, you can also login into the following remote machines. These will work well in most cases, but may not have all the software you need installed: