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Running MindTerm

MindTerm uses a public/private key cryptography system to connect to EnGarde. A public key is a key the user is assigned that can be given out to anyone. At the same time they are also given a private key that no one can have. The public key is then checked against the private key for authenticity. In the case of EnGarde Linux the private key is stored on your EnGarde system and MindTerm passes the public key to EnGarde for authenticity.

You can start up MindTerm by either double clicking on the MindTerm desktop icon or choosing it from the Start Menu, Start->Programs->Mindterm->Mindterm. After a few moments you will be displayed with the MindTerm screen.


When you started up MindTerm you may have noticed a MS-DOS Prompt window appear and it may be located behind your MindTerm window. You may minimize this window but do not close it. The MS-DOS Prompt window will close when you shutdown MindTerm.

At this point you will need to set up MindTerm so that it knows where to connect to, who you are and what key to use. First you must have a valid user on the system you are trying to connect to. If you do not have a user, are uncertain of the user name or forgot your password then contact your system administrator. To view and/or modify any of the information mentioned please refer to Section 4.4.1 User Account Administration on page 70.

You are also required to have a key for the system. The key provides the encrypted information MindTerm requires including your password, to authorize you to connect to the remote host. When your account was created by the system administrator, a key should have been given to you. If you do not have this key please contact your system administrator. To generate a new key refer to Section 4.4.3 Secure Shell Management on page 77.

To enter this information into MindTerm select Setting->SSH Connection...


This will pop up a window labeled ``MindTerm - New Server''. Here you will need to enter in the information mentioned above. Each field will be described below.


In this field you will need to enter in either the IP address or the name of the server you are trying to connect to. In our example above we want to connect to So lockbox.guard was entered in to the server field.
This field should be preset to port 22, the default SSH port. We suggest leaving this as is.
Here you will need to enter in the user name your system administrator has given you for the server. In our example we are trying to login as user admin. This user name will automatically be passed to MindTerm. So you will only need to supply a password when you login. admin was entered in to the field.
In this field you will have a pull-down menu giving you a selection of different cipher methods. A cipher is a method of encrypting plain text information into encrypted information. There are several different methods. By default EnGarde is set to use 3DES. Check with your system administrator to see if they have changed the cipher.
Here you will need to select your authentication type. The authentication type is the method that will be used to authenticate you when you log in. By default RSA is used. RSA uses a public and private key scheme. When your account was created, you should have been given a key to be used with the server. Forms of authentication other than RSA are not supported by EnGarde Secure Professional.
Here is where you will enter in the path to your key. By default MindTerm will search in c:\Windows\Java\mindterm for keys. It would be appropriate to place your key in this directory when it is given to you by your system administrator. You can use the ``...'' button to browse through other directories on your local machine. A key will generally end with .key.
Once all the information has been filled in you, can select the OK button to continue. You will be brought back to the screen you began on.


Once you click the OK button MindTerm will attempt to make a connection. If you have never connected to the server before you will be asked if you want to add the host to your host key list. Answer Yes to this question.


Once the dialog box is removed, if the connection was successful you will be prompted for your password.


If you do not have the above screen then you most likely received an error. A couple of common errors are:

Unknown Host:
You will receive this error if the name or IP address of the host was not found or is not responding. Check what you entered in the SSH Options screen above.
Server refused our key
You will receive this error if the key you are using does not correspond to the key on the server. This can be caused if the key on the server has changed, you are pointing MindTerm to the wrong key, or your key is invalid. Double check your settings in the SSH Options. If you are certain you are passing the correct key, then a new key may have to be generated. Contact your system administrator if this is the case.
At the password prompt displayed above, enter in your password that was assigned to you by your system administrator. If you entered in the password correctly you will now be logged into the system.


At this point you are ready to interact with the system.

Now would probably be a good time to save your settings. Saving your settings allows MindTerm to store the information you entered into the SSH Connection... dialog so you don't have to re-enter the data in every time.


To save your settings select File->Save Settings.

To exit the system type exit. You will be brought back to the SSH Server/Alias: prompt. At this point you can shutdown MindTerm by clicking the 'X' in the corner or from the menu, File->Exit.

It is highly recommended that you log out of the server using the Exit command before shutting down MindTerm so you are properly logged out.

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