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Setup PuTTY and WinSCP to access your HANA Express Edition on Google Cloud Platform
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Setup PuTTY and WinSCP to access your HANA Express Edition on Google Cloud Platform


This is an optional step in the tutorial series to setup a HANA Express Edition on Google Cloud Platform. This tutorial will guide you through the setup of two of the most popular clients to access your Ubuntu Virtual Machine on a Windows PC.


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SAP HANA, express edition (HXE) is officially supported on SLES and RHEL. SAP Community members have been successful in running HXE on other Linux operating systems that are not formally supported by SAP, such as Ubuntu, openSUSE and Fedora. SAP is not committing to resolving any issues that may arise from running HXE on these platforms.

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to setup two of the most popular tools to access your Ubuntu virtual machine remotely. These tools, PuTTY and WinSCP, are available for Windows PCs.

Step 1: Download WinSCP and PuTTY

Download the installation package for WinSCP from its official site. Scroll down on the same site to download PuTTY.

Once downloaded, follow the steps in the installation packages.

Step 2: Add instance to WinSCP

Go to VM Instance in the Compute Engine from Google Cloud platform and copy the External IP address for your virtual machine:

Copy External IP Address

Open your WinSCP client and click on New Site. Fill in the Host Name with the External IP, keep the default port number and fill in your user name to the Ubuntu Virtual Machine. Click on Advanced:

WinSCP - New Site

In the Advanced settings, go into the Authentication menu in the SSH branch, and click to browse for a Private Key File:
WinSCP - Browse for PPK

Select the private key you downloaded from your home .ssh folder in the previous tutorial:

WinSCP - Open private key

Note: If you are using the Google launcher version or the keys are not there, check this blog

Choose yes for the tool to convert it to the needed format:

WinSCP - Choose Yes

Enter the passphrase you entered when you generated the key pairs in the Gcloud console. Continue with the steps until you come back to the Advanced settings and the converted PPK file.

WinSCP - PPK file

Click OK and Save the entry and Log in.

WinSCP - PPK file

Confirm with Yes that you want to connect to an unknown server and add its host to a cache in the pop-up message and enter your passphrase again when prompted.

Step 3: Configure PuTTY as your SSH console access

Open PuTTY. Enter the External IP of your Ubuntu host in the Host Name field, a name for the session under Saved Sessions and go to the Auth section in the SSH menu.

Putty - Create connection

Browse for the .ppk file WinSCP generated in the previous step. Alternatively, convert the private key you downloaded from Google Cloud Platform using PuTTYgen. You will find this tool in the Tools menu in WinSCP.

Save your session and click on Open to log in.

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