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.
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:
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.