Configuring the Reflection SSH Client and X-Win32 for Connection to LC Machines

These instructions assume that your desktop machine is a Windows PC running Windows XP and using the standard LLNL Attachmate Reflection SSH Client and X-Win32 application.

Starting X-Win32 - First-time Setup | Starting X-Win32 - Normal | Tweaking X-Win32
Setting Up the Attachmate Reflection SSH Client | Connecting to an LC Machine with the Reflection SSH Client
Tweaking the Attachmate Reflection SSH Client

 

Starting X-Win32—First-time Setup

These instructions assumes that it's your first time starting X-Win32 and have it installed on your PC.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > X-Win32 > X-Win32.

  2. If your license has not yet been installed, you will see the two windows below. Close the Welcome window.

  3. In the License Wizard window, select Network (Floating).

  4. When the License Wizard asks to Add Floating Key, click on the Open button.

  5. The Choose a file window will appear and display the X-Win32 installation directory by default. You may or may not have a license file there. If you do see a license file, select it, and click the Open button. If not, please consult with your local computer support person. In the meantime, X-Win32 will also permit you to use it under a 30-minute demo license.

  6. The license key will appear in the License Wizard window. Click the Next button.

  7. If the key is valid, the License Wizard will confirm it as being successfully added. Click Finish to close the License Wizard.

  8. To confirm that X-Win32 is running, check the icons in the bottom right corner of your desktop. You should see the blue X-Win32 icon.

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Starting X-Win32—Normal

These instructions assumes that X-Win32 is already been installed, setup and the license key supplied.

  1. Start > All Programs > X-Win32 > X-Win32

  2. The X-Win32 splash will appear for a few seconds and then go away.

  3. To confirm that X-Win32 is running, check the icons in the bottom right corner of your desktop. You should see the blue X-Win32 icon.

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Tweaking X-Win32

  1. Right click on the X-Win32 icon. In the pop-up menu that appears, select X-Config.
  2. The X-Win32 Configuration window will appear. This will allow you to select modify how X-Win32 looks and behaves.
  3. One suggested change to the default setting is in the Security tab. To prevent being annoyed by a confirmation dialog box every time an xclient attempts to display to your screen, enter the names or IP addresses of the hosts where you commonly work. You'll also want to keep the Allow by Prompt box checked in case you miss any hosts or if you run on batch machines.

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Setting up the Attachmate Reflection SSH Client

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Attachmate Reflection > SSH Client.

  2. The main SSH window appears.

  3. Click on the icon that looks like two small gears. The Options Menu will appear on the left.

  4. Click on the Tunneling menu item (1). The Settings window will appear. Select the Tunneling tab (2) and then check the Tunnel X11 connections box (3).

  5. Click on the General tab and confirm that authentication is setup as shown below. Click OK when done.

  6. You will then be prompted to save your changes to a config file. You can call it whatever you want, but a good name would be for the host you intend to connect to. Click OK when done.

  7. For some reason, the client needs you to tell it again to save your new config file. Choose File > Save As.

  8. Confirm the settings file's name in the Save Settings window and click Save. You should now be ready to connect to this host.

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Connecting to an LC machine with the Reflection SSH Client

  1. Start > All Programs > Attachmate Reflection > SSH Client

  2. The main SSH window will appear.

  3. Click on Open Settings and the Open Settings dialog will appear. Select the config file for the host you want to connect to and click the Open button.

  4. The Connect to Host window appears. Enter your User name and click OK.

  5. At the prompt, enter your Password and click OK.

  6. If this is the first time you are connecting to this host, you'll be asked to confirm the Host Key. Depending on your preference, select either Always or Once.

  7. You should now be connected to the host system. To confirm that X11 is setup correctly, type xterm. If an xterm window appears, all is well.

  8. If an xterm window does NOT appear, you may need to set the DISPLAY variable in your SSH window. Try setting the DISPLAY environment window by typing something like:

    setenv DISPLAY xxx.xx.xx.xx:0

    where xxx.xx.xx.xx is the IP address of your local workstation.
  9. Try the xterm command again. If this doesn't work, contact your local computer support person.

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Tweaking the Attachmate Reflection SSH Client

The SSH client has some default settings that you may or may not prefer.

For example:

  • window size—number of lines and width
  • font size, style, color, automatic resizing
  • cursor style and color
  • mouse behavior

All of these can be changed. Just click on the "gears" icon and the Options menu will appear. Suggestion—you may want to turn off Auto font sizing in the Fonts tab.


A few representative settings options windows are shown below. Experiment with the settings until you find ones that you like.

 

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