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SecureCRT at MIT - Quick Start Guide

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About This Document

This document provides getting started instructions for using SecureCRT in the MIT environment. It is a companion to SecureCRT at MIT, which provides an overview of SecureCRT, system requirements, known issues, and information about how SecureCRT is supported at MIT.

This document is not meant to be a general purpose guide to using SecureCRT's many features. SecureCRT provides detailed online Help for this purpose.

This document assumes that you have already downloaded and installed the MIT-customized version of SecureCRT (available via MIT Software Distribution). For installation instructions, see SecureCRT and SecureFX for Windows - Installation Instructions.

Note: The sample screen images in this document include red "privacy bars" (Red bar) to prevent viewing of sensitive information.


Apart from a few system requirements, there are no special prerequisites for using SecureCRT at MIT. However, you must connect to a server that supports the SSH2 protocol in order to make a secure connection. Most servers on MITnet support SSH2. If you are unsure whether a server supports SSH2, contact the server administrator before you connect.

Since SecureCRT uses SSH2 for secure connectivity, Kerberos is not required to use SecureCRT. For information about Kerberized telnet, see HostExplorer at MIT

Configuring SecureCRT

The MIT download of SecureCRT has been pre-configured with a session profile for you to connect to your Athena home directory. If you installed SecureCRT you do not need to configure SecureCRT to log on to Other users on the machine and Windows Domain users need to run the "Create Shortcut to Athena" tool in Start > Programs > Tools> MIT SecureCRT > Create Shortcut to Athena. Click Create Shortcut to complete the configuration.

The "Options..." button allows the user to choose between the default, recommended connection method (password authentication) and Kerberos GSSAPI authentication (Kerberos tickets).

For help with configuring a session to another server, see the "Getting Started" section in SecureCRT's online help system.

Connecting Securely

This section provides step-by-step instructions to help you establish a secure connection to using SecureCRT.

To establish a secure connection to Athena using SecureCRT, do the following:

  1. Start SecureCRT. Click Start > All Programs > MIT SecureCRT > SecureCRT
    Result: SecureCRT opens and a Connect window appears with Athena highlighted under the Sessions folder. Notice that there is a terminal window labeled "not connected - SecureCRT " underneath the smaller Connect window.
    Connect window

  2. Select Athena if not already selected. Click Connect.
    Result: The first time you attempt to log on to the Athena server, you will be prompted with the New Host Key dialog. ( is an alias, so the warning is okay).
    New Host Key warning

  3. The Server's host key fingerprint (MD5 hash) for should be d4:2d:2d:bf:2d:b6:e1:85:f2:cc:59:ee:f0:29:61:1f. If this checks out, Click Accept and Save.
    Result: You are prompted to enter your SSH username.
    Enter SSH username screen

  4. Enter your SSH username in the Username field. This is the same as your Athena username. Optionally, you may also click the 'Save username' checkbox to have SecureCRT remember your username for subsequent logons.
    Result: The Username field contains the Username you entered and the Save username box has been checked (if desired).
    Enter username screen

  5. Click OK.
    Result: You are prompted to enter your SSH password.
    Enter password screen

  6. Enter your SSH password in the Password field. This is the same as your Athena password.
    Result: As you type your password, a star is entered for each letter in your password, protecting it from being seen by anyone nearby. IS&T recommends that you not check "Save password".
    Password screen

  7. Click OK.
    Result: You are now logged on to Athena. Notice that SecureCRT displays the Athena command prompt in the terminal window.
    Athena command prompt

Working with Files on Athena

For help working with files on Athena, see Working on Athena - Working with Files

Logging Out

When you finish an Athena session, be sure to log off. To do this:

  1. Choose File > Disconnect.
  2. When prompted with the message "Do you wish to disconnect from Athena?" click Yes.
  3. To exit out of SecureCRT, which will also prompt you to log you off (if connected), choose File > Exit

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members

Last Modified:

May 02, 2016

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