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I just purchased a virtual dedicated server-plan that comes with shell access. It's been a while since I've actually used shell access remotely, so I'm a bit behind the times. Years ago I used PuTTY, but I'm curious if there are any better options that I should consider for establishing that connection, and managing my server remotely.

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I use PuTTY. It definitely does the job for me.

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+1 Apparently it's still pretty popular. –  Aristotle May 3 '10 at 21:07
    
@Josh: Thanks for the link. The reason I didn't include it is that the OP already did in the question. –  Dennis Williamson May 3 '10 at 22:07
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I also use putty its solid. I have tried other tools but tons of other software tools integrate with putty but its never as smooth as you hope.

The more I use unix/linux tools I want a system the integrates better with these systems.

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I use Secure Shell Client. Works for me. Also includes a SFTP tool. From SSH Corp, now Tectia Corp.

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I prefer Tunnelier for most of the work I do, because it can save passwords with the profiles and has SFTP functionality too. It doesn't have many features of Putty though.

Another good option is Putty Tray which is basically Putty with some more features.

PuTTY Tray is an improved version of PuTTY (Win32). It features some cosmetic changes, and a number of addons to make it more useful and much more fun to use.

Features:

New default icon

Minimizing to the system tray (on CTRL + minimize, always or directly on startup)

(Tray) icon customizable

Blinks tray icon when a bell signal is received

Configurable window transparency

URL hyperlinking

Portability: optionally stores session configuration in files (for example: on a USB drive) like portaPuTTY

Easy access to the 'always on top' setting (in the system menu)

Reconnects when your PC wakes up from stand-by

Attempts to reconnect when the connection fails

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