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 This web page gives information on how to create an ssh key.



Never Run this command unless instructed by the system admins


We use SSH keys to access production servers via privileged account.  If you re-run this command after you have been given access to our privileged accounts, the SSH key will be changed and all access to these accounts will fail.


  1. login to mcclogin
    1. Type:  ssh-keygen -t rsa
      1. Take all the defaults -DO NOT type anything - Just hit "Enter" at the prompts

For Example:

>>ssh-keygen -t rsa
Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/cud10/.ssh/id_rsa):    ENTER
Created directory '/home/cud10/.ssh'.
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):     ENTER
Enter same passphrase again:     ENTER
Your identification has been saved in /home/cud10/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /home/cud10/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
a8:f2:c0:e3:59:54:a7:16:c8:8a:3b:d0:64:ee:49:11 cud10@mccfs2

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Author:K. Brobeck

Modified: 21-Jul-2023