Connecting to Virtual Machine for Windows by using Putty (3-steps)

Big data requires big infrastructure. If your computer cannot handle with big data, you need to connect with a server or virtual machine to store and process your data.

I have been participating COVID19-bh20. If you are newbie like me to participate such events, and inexperienced in handling with big data in such a big hackathon, here is the first thing you need to know about how to manage such metadata: connecting the Virtual Machine (VM) via Putty.

  • First you need to download PuTTy
  • Please open the putty key generator,


  • You need to generate the public and private keys in the format requested by the admin such as RSA format, shown in yellow box
  • You need to save them
  • After generation, you need to share the public key, shown in red box, with the admin of virtual machine/server
  • Btw you need to generate a password, which is shown with green box


  • Next type the IP address to the host name/IP address box, shown in purple box
  • (Do not open without changing the Connection settings, which will be done in the following steps)
  • Then you will enter the private key to access to VM via changing the Connection settings, shown with an orange arrow


  • After clicking the Connection, denoted with orange arrow
  • Next step is to click SSH, shown in orange arrow
  • Then you need to click select Auth, shown in orange arrow
  • When you select Auth, you need to add the path of the private key via browsing it, shown in red box
  • Now you need to click OPEN to access, shown in green arrow
  • Username is given by the admin username@IP_address, highlighted with bold
  • And the password will be the password you generated as key passphrase while generating the key.

I hope you find this post useful,

For detailed information you can check with Microsoft Azure page.

PS: Although my labmates showed me how to do it before, I forgot it. Thanks to hackathon, I had a chance to refresh my old memories. In case you are a newbie like me, this post might be useful.

All the best with your analysis!

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