Enable SSH on HP Procurve Switches
If you would like to use applications such as putty to manage your HP Procurve switch then you must enanble the SSH protocol on the switch.Before enabling SSH we must create a crypto key, this is used when the SSH client such as putty connects to the switch. The switch uses they key pair along with a generated session key.
First we will generate the crypto keys with the command below. So make sure you are in config mode first.
TechiesSwitch# conf t
Now we are in config context enter the following
TechiesSwitch(config)# crypto key generate ssh rsa bits 1024
Now they key is generated we can enable ssh
TechiesSwitch(config)# ip ssh
Ssh is now enabled and you will be able to connect with your ssh client.
To display the crypto key on the procurve switch then enter the following.
TechiesSwitch(config)# show crypto host-public-key
Finally, to display the status of ssh enter the below.
TechiesSwitch(config)#show ip ssh
SSH on your procurve is now configured.
Thanks Allen! This is the only place where I saw adding “rsa bits 1024” to the crypto key command and the HP software I’m using needed that!