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In this tutorial we will learn how to access a remote machine running a Debian-based distribution from a machine having Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. We will use both SSH (Secure Shell) network protocol and the Nautilus file manager for secure file transfer.

Configuring Remote Machine

In the remote machine, make sure that the OpenSSH package is installed. If it's not the case, then use this command to install OpenSSH:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

Configuring Local Machine

If you haven't already installed the OpenSSH client, you can do with this command:

sudo apt-get install openssh-client

Then open the Nautilus file manager and head to File > Connect to Server:



Provide now these details:

- Server: Give the remote server IP address
- Type: SSH
-User name: Provide the username of the remote machine
- Password: remote machine password

Click Connect to establish the connection to the remote machine.



Another easy method consists of opening the Nautilus file manager and pressing Ctrl+L to bring up the address bar, then open this link:

ssh://remote-machine-address



You will be prompted to submit remote machine username and password:



That's it!

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