SecureCRT is the school-supported (slightly fancier) option.
To get SecureCRT:
To connect to Eniac, open SecureCRT (added to the Start menu, and/or the SecureCRT executable in the SecureCRT directory).
By default, the UPenn-provided copy lists available servers, and you can select
eniac.seas.upenn.edu and connect. To create new sessions (bookmarks for connections), see below.
The first time connecting to a server, you will be warned about the host key. Click 'Accept & Save'.
If your saved session doesn't have your username stored, you will be prompted first for your username (the same as you would use to log in to lab machines), and then your password. (If the saved session includes your username, only the second prompt will appear.)
Assuing you know a correct username/password combination, you will be presented with the Unix command line.
Creating a new session:
PuTTY is a basic, free
ssh client for Windows. You can download it here:
PuTTY Download Page (get
putty.exe appropriate to your system)
Once downloaded, run
putty.exe. You will get the connection window; enter the server you want to connect to, probably
eniac-l.seas.upenn.edu (eniac dash ell, for Linux), and click 'Open'.
If this is your first time connecting to
eniac-l using PuTTY, you'll get a host-key verification dialogue. Click 'Okay'. (This is to verify that you're actually connecting to the server you intended. If you want, see if/that the host key you're presented is the same as the one pictured here.)
Next, you'll be prompted for your username, then password; these are the same as you use to log in to lab machines (in the dance lab / 100B, or 207). Nothing will appear on-screen when you enter your password.
Once logged in, you're at the Unix command prompt and ready to go.
usernamewith your eniac username or another account whose password you know; the
$is the command prompt):
$ ssh email@example.com
You will be prompted to enter your password. (Nothing will appear on-screen as you type.) If you enter it correctly, you will be remotely logged on.
To verify that you are on eniac, type:
As of this writing, eniac consists of two servers called "ampersand" and "minus". One of those names should be printed.