Connecting to ARSC Academic Systems

User Authentication Using UA Passwords

ARSC user authentication utilizes University of Alaska (UA) passwords for logging into ARSC systems. The UA password is the password currently used to access Blackboard, EDIR, and UA google mail. This login option is available to ARSC users with current login accounts within the UA system and non-UA affiliates who create new UA guest accounts.

Follow these steps to login to the ARSC systems using your UA password:

1. Connect to the ARSC system like you normally would:

mysystem % ssh

2. A new "Password:" prompt will appear.  Enter your University of Alaska password at this prompt.

Login Using SSH Public Keys

ARSC academic systems allow the use of SSH Public Key Authentication for user login. Please read the system news titled pubkeys for instructions on how to setup and use SSH Public Keys on the ARSC academic systems.

Client Software

Connections to ARSC systems require the use of clients supporting the ssh protocol. Below is a list of commonly used clients using the ssh protocol.

MS Windows

  • PuTTY - ssh terminal connections
  • FileZilla - GUI based sftp file transfer connections.
  • XMing - X Windows server
  • WinSCP - sftp / scp based file transfer connections
  • Cygwin ssh/scp/sftp - command line based ssh/scp and sftp based connections.

Linux and Mac OS X

  • ssh/scp/sftp - command line based ssh/scp and sftp based connections. These packages are generally included with the OS.
  • FileZilla - GUI based sftp file transfer connections.

Transferring Files to Academic Systems

ARSC support scp and sftp for transfer of files to and from ARSC academic systems.

If a user chooses to transfer files via FileZilla, please download the latest version of the FileZilla software from Particular Filezilla settings which will enable connectivity to ARSC academic systems include:

  • Select "File | Site Manager"
  • Click the "New Site" button to configure a connection for the ARSC academic system
  • Set the General "Protocol:" to "SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol"
  • Set the "Logon Type:" to "Ask for Password"
  • Set the "User" to your ARSC username
  • Set the "Host" to the you are connecting to
  • Click the "Connect" button to connect
  • Enter your UA password at the menu prompt
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