Accessing TARDIS from a Windows machine.

[For impatient users] Quick instructions:

hostname: tardis.research.northwestern.edu

Detailed instructions:

There are many free open source tools on web to remotely connect to a Linux machine from Windows. What follows are instructions to access the cluster using PuTTY and WinSCP. This works on my machine and SHOULD work on your machine as well. Please refer to the user documentations of the tool you use for troubleshooting any idiosyncratic configuration problems with your Windows machine.

  1. Download and Install PuTTY and WinSCP, if you do not have it installed on your Windows Machine. Add a desktop shortcut.


  2. Configuring PuTTY

    1. Double click PuTTY icon on your Desktop. On the configuration window, type tardis.research.northwestern.edu under "Host Name" and "Saved Sessions"




    2. Scroll down to Connection -> SSH -> X11 on the left side menu and check "Enable X11 Forwarding"




    3. Return to session on the left side menu and click "Save"




  3. Running PuTTY

    1. Double click PuTTY icon on desktop. Select tardis.research.northwestern.edu in "Saved Sessions" and click "Load" followed by "Open".






    2. Enter your password and you are all set! System will print the login details and you can access the cluster now (monitor jobs, run scripts, for transferring files to your local machine - read on).




  4. Configuring WinSCP

    1. Double click WinSCP icon on your Desktop. On the right side menu, press "New"




    2. Fill the "Host Name" and "User Name" in the boxes as shown below. Click "Save" and Press "OK" in the pop-up window.






  5. Running WinSCP

    1. Double click WinSCP icon on desktop. Select username@tardis.research.northwestern.edu and press "Login"




    2. Enter password in the pop-up screen and press "OK". A double-sided window appear showing folders in the local machine and the remote machine. Transfer files by "drag and drop"


    3. You can also choose to run PuTTY from WinSCP. For doing that, go to Options->Preferences and provide PuTTY path of your local machine. PuTTY can be accessed by clicking the PuTTY icon on the top menu of WinSCP, and giving login info in the window that appears. (follow the sequence below)












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