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Configure Public Key Host Authentication

The server is configured to use host public key authentication by default. This means that client users see an unknown host key message the first time that they connect to the server. You may want to export the host public key and install it on client computers, so that client users can connect without having to verify the server identity.

To configure public key authentication on the server

  1. Start the server console, and then click Identity.

    To

    Do this

    Use the default key

    No action required.

    Generate a new key

    Click Generate.

    Use a different key

    Click Browse.

  2. Click File > Save.

    Note: After you change the host public key, you must restart the server for the change to take effect.

To export the host public key

  1. Start the server console, and then click Identity.
  2. Under Host key, click Export.
  3. Specify name and location for the exported key, and then click Save.

Refer to your client documentation for information about how to add the exported key to the client's known hosts list. The procedure that follows is for the Reflection for Secure IT Windows Client.

To add the server key to the client known hosts list

  1. Copy the exported public key file to a location on or available to the client computer. (The key doesn't need to remain here after the import is complete.)
  2. Open Reflection for Secure IT Windows Client.
  3. Open the Reflection Secure Shell Settings dialog box (Connection > Connection Setup > Security).
  4. From the Host Keys tab, click Import.