1.0 Overview of OpenSSH on NetWare

OpenSSH is an open source technology that has been integrated with NetWare®. It provides a secure shell that uses encryption provided by Novell® International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI) technology rather than SSL to implement 128-bit (and stronger) encryption and contains fewer software import liabilities.

In NetWare 6.5, Novell has integrated OpenSSH to work on NetWare so that administrators and users can access NetWare servers in their networks using methods that provide secure access and transmission of data.

As Admin or equivalent, you can gain remote access to any server in your network and copy files and directories to and from other servers in your network using SSH utilities. You can also put these commands in script files to automate routine tasks.

Through this shell, end users can securely access and copy files in their home directories or other directories that they have rights to on NetWare servers from remote locations without the use of a browser or proprietary client.

Many users of telnet, rlogin, ftp, and other such programs might not realize that their passwords and data are transmitted across the Internet unencrypted. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other network-level attacks. Additionally, OpenSSH provides a myriad of secure tunneling capabilities.

The OpenSSH suite integrated with NetWare 6.5 includes:

OpenSSH supports SSH protocol versions 1.3, 1.5, and 2.0.

Understanding the following terminology will be helpful as you use this guide: