How do I upgrade SSH on my Windows PC?

If you use the SSH Client (produced by SSH Communications Security) that is provided free by LPL through the U of A sitelicense program, you can upgrade it using the following procedure. Most LPL Windows SSH users use this product.

1) Check the version of Secure Shell Client that is already installed on your PC.

  • Double-click on the white-and-blue Secure Shell Client desktop icon 
    or 
    Click "Start->Programs->SSH Secure Shell->Secure Shell Client".
  • Along the top of the SSH window, click "Help->About Secure Shell...". 
    If the displayed Version is less than 3.2.9, you should upgrade.
  • Close SSH by clicking "File->Exit" or the "X" in the upper right corner of the SSH window.

2) Download the latest SSH package to your Windows PC.

  • Click here to download the latest package.
  • Save it to your Desktop.

3) Upgrade SSH on Your PC.

  • Close all Secure Shell windows that are running on your PC.
  • If you are on Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, login as a user that has Administrator privileges
  • Double-click on the file that you just downloaded.
  • Accept all of the defaults as you are prompted. No reboot is required.

4) Test SSH.

  • Double-click the "Secure Shell Client" icon on your desktop. 
    A window titled "- default - SSH Secure Shell Client" will appear.
  • Click Quick Connect
    A "Connect to Remote Host" window will appear.
  • Type "shell.lpl.arizona.edu" (no quotes) into the "Host Name:" window. 
  • Type your login username (e.g., cleopatra) into the "User Name:" window. 
    (For example, if your email address is username@lpl.arizona.edu, enter "username" without the quotes.)
  • Click Connect.
  • You may be asked if you would like to Reset or Use New File Transfer Menu Toolbar items. Click Yes.
  • You may be asked if you wish to save the host key. Click Yes.
  • You may be told that "Host keys have changed", and asked if you want to connect anyway. Click Yes or OK.
  • You may be asked if you wish to update your PC's store of host keys with this new value. Click Yes or OK.
  • A window titled "Enter Password" will appear. 
    Type your login password into the "Password:" window.
  • Click OK. You should now be logged into the server via SSH.

5) Quell SSH's nagging update messages.

If you used SSH Profiles before you upgraded, SSH 3.2.9 might ask you if you would like to reset/update your File Transfer Toolbar every time you start SSH. You can quell these nagging messages by flushing your SSH user folder:

  • Close all open SSH windows.
  • Open Windows Explorer 
    (hold down the Window key and type 'E', or right-click on Start and click Explore, or double-click on My Computer).
  • Navigate to the Secure Shell directory, rename your SSH dir, and create a new empty SSH dir
    using the following table:
    Windows Version Navigate to This Dir Rename This Dir Create New Folder
    95/98/me C:\Program Files\Secure Shell Communications\Users yourname -> yourname.sv yourname
    NT C:\Winnt\Profiles\yourname\Application Data SSH -> SSH.sv SSH
    2000/XP c:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Application Data SSH -> SSH.sv SSH

You should now be able to start SSH without getting nagged. You will have to recreate your SSH Profiles.