How to Create SSH Key Pair in Windows On WEkEO Elasticity
This guide will show you how to generate an SSH key pair in Windows 10 using OpenSSH.
A system running Windows 10, 11 or Windows Server 2016-2022
A user account with administrative privileges
Access to Windows command prompt
Step 1: Verify if OpenSSH Client is Installed
First, check to see if you have the OpenSSH client installed:
Open the Settings panel, then click Apps.
Under the Apps and Features heading, click Manage optional Features.
Scroll down the list to see if OpenSSH Client is listed.
If it’s not, click the plus-sign next to Add a feature.
Scroll through the list to find and select OpenSSH Client.
Finally, click Install.
This will install app called ssh-keygen.
Step 2: Open Command Prompt
ssh-keygen runs from Windows Command Prompt, so the next step is to open it.
Press the Windows key.
Under Best Match, right-click Command Prompt.
Click Run as Administrator.
Step 3: Use OpenSSH to Generate an SSH Key Pair
Finally, run ssh-keygen to generate the public and private keys for SSH access to the WEkEO Elasticity server.
In command prompt, type the following:
Press ENTER three times. This will
create a folder /.ssh for the keys as well as
file id_rsa for secret key and
file id_rsa.pub for public key.
These are the default values.
If you have created other keys in those same locations, you can define other folder and files instead of just pressing Enter three times.
To see the generated files, navigate to C:/Users/<Your_User_Name>/.ssh with your file explorer.
The image shows default values of files for private and public keys, in files id_rsa and id_rsa.pub, respectively.
What To Do Next
Put your public key on remote server and use your private key to authorize to your VM. To add the public key to remote server see
To connect to the server from Windows: