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Putty Session automation and portability

Hope you all have "Putty" as your favourite ssh client? For me too..   But sometimes, I felt there are some issues when you are working with 100's of servers and multiple locations.  This article will guide you to achieve
  • Putty portability: by storing sessions in files rather than in windows Registry
  • Automate creation of Putty sessions:  No more manual entries one by one
  • Consistent coloring of Putty sessions for team
  • Consistent naming conventions for Putty sessions
  • "Keepass" to putty integration: Password management and automated login
  • Use "SuperPutty" to allow multiple putty sessions in a single Tab


Full package available to download at end of this document

What we are going to do (in a nutshell)

  • Create putty sessions in batch from a configuration file
  • Configuration file format to contain IP address, hostname, Grouping etc..
  • Store sessions and Portable putty in consistent directory path. Share it to entire team if required to bring consistency across your team.
  • Link Keepass to use these saved sessions to allow manage password and login

Step by Step guide

  • Download the package as given below of this document.
  • Unzip all the conents your local drive. (eg  C:\PuttyPortable\ )
  • Configure "putty.conf" as per your needs
  • Ensure you create "ses" and "hostkeys" directory as per "putty.conf"
  • Create color for sessions. This can be created based on the "Environment". Like Red color for "PROD" environment. Put then into a directory (eg. C:\PuttyPortable\SessionConfig )
  • Create Configuration file format to contain IP address, hostname, Grouping etc..  (eg C:\PuttyPortable\SessionConfig\ServerList.csv )
  • Provide the Putty Session Template file. Provide correct port number if required (eg: C:\PuttyPortable\SessionConfig\Template.Txt)
  • I have created "PuttySessionGenerator.au3" automation script. Run it using "AutoIt3.exe"
  • Running This would create sessions in "ses" directory (eg: C:\PuttyPortable\ses )
  • Double click on your Putty (eg: C:\PuttyPortable\putty.exe ).
  • This will load all the new sessions automatically.
  • Link Keepass to use these saved sessions to allow manage password and lo-gins.  Please use this guide

Download Package

Download Code from GITHUB (download by zip)

This article is also listed under:

  • Create Multiple Putty Sessions in one go
  • Putty Sessions as files rather than in registry
  • Bulk Create putty session connections

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