Friday, 14 February 2014

Download and install MobaXterm to connect to Amazon Linux EC2 instances via SSH

This is another in a series of videos that I am producing for my YouTube channel HowDoYouDoStuff.


In this video, I am going to show you how to download and install MobaXterm to connect to Amazon Linux EC2 instances via SSH


You can read the transcript below.


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Hi guys. I'm Phil Stirpe.

In this video, I am going to show you how easy it is to download and install MobaXterm to connect to Amazon Linux EC2 instances via SSH.

Until recently whenever I've wanted to connect to EC2 instances running LINUX I have usually used putty.

But then a colleague told me about MobaXterm which seems a much better tool.

Here I have to EC2 instances running LINUX in Amazon Web services and I want to connect to them using MobaXterm.

So I'll jump into Google and search for MobaXterm.

As you can see there are a number of links but I will just go for Download.

There are a number of options I can choose, all versions 6.6. I'll select the installer which is going to give me an MSI.

Now that actually took about 3 minutes to download but I cut a lot of that out to keep the video short.

So here is the downloaded MSI and if I run that to install and just accept the defaults. i.e. Accept the license agreement and choose the default folder.

That's it. Quick as you like. Installed.

Let me just add that to my Taskbar.

Okay, let's run the tool.

There is MobaXterm and there is a lot of things it can do for us.

Notice it remembered a number of previous sessions. The reason they are appearing is because prior to recording this video I did actually have the tool installed and I had used it to connect to several of my instances. I just hadn't deleted the history.

So let me try connecting to one of my instances and as you can see I have 2.

Now this is one of the advantages of using this tool rather than putty. That is, it allows me to have more than one instance open simultaneously.

I'll bring back the window and start a new session.

As you can see there are a lot of things that we can do here. For example we can use RDP session to connect to a Windows server. But I'll click SSH so that I can connect to a Linux server.

So I'll enter the IP address of my 1st instance and the user name is going to be ec2-user because that is the default route account for an Amazon Linux server.

And then the private key is this key file that I associated with the server when I launched it.

Now I can connect.

And we are in.

Let me try another.

It is warning me that I can't save any more sessions. That's fine I had a lot saved from before.

I'll just click on the SSH button again. Let me pick the other IP address and pop that in there.

Once again the username is ec2-user and I'll go and find the key that I used to launch the instance.

I'll click Open then OK and now it's connected to that server.

Really useful. Really simple.

The 1st time I used this tool incidentally was an exercise where I tried to link two servers, each in a different Amazon region and create a VPN connection. Perhaps I'll do that in a later video.

There you go.

In this video, I have shown you how easy it is to download and install MobaXterm to connect to Amazon Linux EC2 instances via SSH.

Thanks for watching and please feel free to comment on my blog (www.philipstirpe.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/philip.stirpe.tutorials). Perhaps you could suggest more video topics? Most of all, don't forget to subscribe to keep up with my videos as I release them.

Bye for now.



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See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"






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