How To: Connect To Your Grid Deployment From Windows Using WSL 2 [Closed]

Connecting to A Grid VM From Windows Using WSL

The windows subsystem for Linux also supports SSH connections to grid deployed workloads, there is a little more setup involved than Putty.

Install WSL 2 and Ubuntu 22.04 in windows
  • Make sure you have Windows 10 version 2004 or higher installed. You can check your version by going to Settings > System > About.
  • Open the Windows PowerShell as an administrator and run the command
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart. 

# This will enable the WSL feature on your Windows machine.
  • Restart your computer to complete the installation of the WSL feature.
  • Open the Microsoft Store and search for “Ubuntu 22.04 LTS” and select the version provided by Canonical Group Limited, this will download and install the Ubuntu distro on your machine.
  • Open the Ubuntu app from your Start menu, this will open the Ubuntu terminal and will take a few minutes to complete the setup.
  • Once the setup is complete, you will be prompted to create a new user and password.
  • Run sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade to update and upgrade all the packages on your system.
  • Once done, you can now use Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Windows through the WSL 2.

Please note that WSL 2 requires virtualization support, so make sure that virtualization is enabled in your system’s BIOS settings.

That’s it! You have successfully installed WSL 2 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on your Windows machine. Now you can use Ubuntu commands and install any package you like using apt command.

Generate SSH key and Import to WSL
Generate and import key files Using SSH-KEYGEN and SSH-COPY-ID
  • Open the Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell and run the command ssh-keygen. This will generate a new SSH key pair on your Windows machine.

  • Run the command ssh-copy-id @ to copy your public key to the WSL instance. Replace with your username on the WSL instance and with the IP address of the WSL instance.

  • Open the WSL instance and navigate to the ~/.ssh directory. You should see a file called authorized_keys, which contains the public key that you just copied over.

  • Open the file ~/.ssh/config and add the following:

Generate and import Key Files Manually (Video Method)

1.) Open the Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell and run the command ssh-keygen. This will generate a new SSH key pair on your Windows machine.


2.) Open your Installed WSL and switch to the root accound

su root

3.) Vavigate to the directory your ssh key files are saved in typically /mnt/c/users/youruser/.ssh

cd /mnt/c/users/parkers/.ssh

4.) Create a directory for your SSH KEYS

mkdir /home/parker/.ssh

# (/home/user/.ssh) if you want to use the key without being root 

# (/root/.ssh) if yo want the keys to only be accesible by the wsl root account. 

5.) Copy your key files to the appropriate directory, typically /home/youruser/.ssh

cp /mnt/c/users/parkers/.ssh/ /home/youruser/.ssh/
cp /mnt/c/users/parkers/.ssh/id_rsa /home/youruser/.ssh/id_rsa

6.) Properly own the key files in WSL

chown parker:parker /home/youruser/.ssh/
chown parker:parker /home/youruser/.ssh/id_rsa

7.) Protect your keys

# Set the .ssh directory and public key to 644 

chmod 644 /home/user/.ssh
chmod 644 /home/user/.ssh/

# Set your Private Key so that only you can read it by making it 600

chmod 600 /home/user/.ssh/
Connect to your VM using WSL

Once you generated your keys and imported them into WSL you will be ready to connect to your VM

Connect using a public IPV4/IPV6

to connect you will type SSH follow by root@yourvmsipv4 or root@[yourvmsipv6]

ssh root@
ssh root@[2a02:16a8:dc:501:74d4:eeff:fe1b:64c5]
Connect to your VM using the Planetary Network

Windows subsystem for linux is not compatible with any current version on the planetary network connector you will need to do some extra setup to use the planetary network with WSL

  • You can find Documentation on how to connect install yggdrasil and connect to the planetary network in WSL 2 here HowTo - Connect to planetary network on WSL2
  • Once you are connected to the network you will connect to the planetary address like any other ipv6 address with ssh root@[planetarynetworkaddress]
ssh root@[300:d969:30ff:c0a0:e4d4:88ba:ecdd:2b70]

Tip if your having trouble telling which ip is your planetary address, they always start with 200 or 300 IE. 300:d969:30ff:c0a0:e4d4:88ba:ecdd:2b70

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