Accessing the system

  • Secure shell (SSH) access to the login nodes is available to access the login nodes both inside and outside the KCL network.
  • You will need to use an SSH client to connect.
  • You are required to configure SSH keys for authentication - you will also be prompted for your usual King's account password
    • Your SSH private key must be protected with a strong password, different to your King's account password
    • Please provide us with your SSH public key in a support ticket

To connect, point your ssh client at with your KCL user account. For example on a Linux or macOS terminal:

k1234567@nmscde001337 ~]$ ssh's password:
Last login: Wed Nov  6 16:27:08 2019 from
 -[ alces flight ]-
[k1234567@login3(rosalind) ~]$


Note, that your connection to will be automatically re-directed to one of the two login nodes:, or Both nodes should be identical in terms of configuration and available software.