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Install and Use SSH and SFTP to Connect to FRONTIER

 NOTE: Functional knowledge and use of this application is the responsibility of the user.


All users who need to connect to FRONTIER are encouraged to install and use SSH (secure shell) and SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) clients. SSH  and SFTP use an encrypted tunnel for authentication, session connections, and data transfer.

With SSH or SFTP, in order to take advantage of security protections and to enable the client application to safely store the host's pubic key for subsequent use, manual verification of the key fingerprint is necessary on first use of the application to connect to FRONTIER. Once you've accepted the key, you will not be prompted again unless the key changes. Key changes made by University of Wyoming FRONTIER administrators will be posted in this document for reference. When connecting to FRONTIER, if you are presented with a key fingerprint that is not posted in this document, do not complete the connection to FRONTIER, and contact your IT user consultant or the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP, option 1,  immediately.

New FRONTIER Key Fingerprints:

  1. Key fingerprint for FRONTIER for SSH Communications Security provided clients:
    xucel-fydyf-sepyb-mukot-sovyl-lyrug-molad-vypef-vyzan-vitek-koxix (RSA)
  2. Key fingerprint for FRONTIER for OpenSSH clients:
    d2:74:76:de:e9:a7:f9:2a:df:a1:5e:0e:9c:f4:3e:99 (RSA)

This document provides instructions for installing and using an SSH and SFTP client from SSH Communications Security. These are free, non-commercial Windows clients for "University Users." As specified by the license agreement governing the use of these applications, 'The term "University Users" is limited to students, faculty members, researchers, administrators, support staff, and employees of a university when acting in this capacity.' The full license agreement can be found after installation in C:/Program Files (x86) /SSH Communications/Security/SSH Secure Shell/license-non-commercial.txt.

Newer alternatives based on openssh for both University and non-university use on Windows systems are available and recommended. See the Alternatives section of


NOTE: These instructions are specific to Windows operating systems. This application may not function correctly on post Windows XP systems.

For information on SSH and SFTP for current Windows or other operating systems, see the Other Operating Systems section of this document.

  1. Downloading the SSH and SFTP Clients

    1. Go to \\uwapps\ssh$ (in Windows, click Start, Run, enter \\uwapps\ssh$ in the Run window and click OK).
    2. Copy the SSHSecureShellClient-version#.exe  file to your Desktop.

      NOTE: This single executable file will install both an SFTP client (called Secure File Transfer Client) and an SSH client (called Secure Shell Client).
  2. Installing the SSH and SFTP Clients

    1. Double-click the SSHSecureShellClient-version#.exe file on your Desktop, and click Run.
    2. In the Welcome to the SSH Secure Shell for Workstations setup wizard window, click Next.
    3. In the License Agreement window, review the license agreement, and if you accept the agreement, click Yes.
    4. In the Choose Destination Location window, click Next.

      NOTE: You can click Browse to select a different location if necessary.
    5. In the Select Program Folder window, click Next.
    6. In the Select Components window, click Next.
    7. In the Check Setup Information window, review the information, and click Next.
    8. In the Setup Complete window, click Finish.
  3. Using the SSH and SFTP Clients

    1. Click the Start menu button, point to All Programs (or Programs), point to SSH Secure Shell, and click either Secure Shell Client (Telnet replacement) or Secure File Transfer Client (FTP replacement).
    2. To connect to FRONTIER with either client, click Quick Connect in the toolbar.
    3. In the Connect to Remote Host window,  in the Host Name box, type, in the User Name box, enter your username, and click Connect.
    4. In the Host Identification window, verify that the key fingerprint matches the one listed in the FRONTIER Key Fingerprints section of this document's Introduction, and click Yes.

      If you are presented with a key fingerprint that is not posted in this document, do not complete the connection to FRONTIER, and contact your IT user consultant or the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP, option 1,  immediately.
    5. In the Enter Password box, enter your password to complete the login process. 

Other Operating Systems

  1. Mac OS X

    1. SSH and SFTP come pre-installed with the Mac OS X operating system, and work much like Telnet or FTP.
    2. Open a terminal window by selecting Applications, then Utilities, and Terminal, and type ssh or sftp
  2. Solaris

    1. Solaris 9 and 10 include an OpenSSH server and client installed as part of the operating system.
    2. also provides packages for Solaris 2.5.1 through 10 built with the latest OpenSSH version.
  3. Other Operating Systems and Clients

    1. For more information and links to other clients, see the Alternatives section of


Reviewed: 0113 By: SH

Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
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