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Elastic Compute Service:Configure the settings of Alibaba Cloud Client

Last Updated:Nov 08, 2023

This topic describes how to configure the settings of Alibaba Cloud Client and how to use the settings to open an on-premises terminal.

Configure system settings

The system settings of Alibaba Cloud Client include general settings (such as the language and color theme), service settings, hotkey settings, file settings, terminal settings, SSH settings, RDP settings, and update settings. System settings take effect immediately after they are configured.阿里云客户端设置界面.png

This section describes how to configure terminal settings and SSH settings.

Configure terminal settings

  1. In the upper-left corner of the Alibaba Cloud Client homepage, click the 操作图标.png icon and then click the 设置 icon.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Terminal.

  3. Configure the Font Size, Font Family, and Export Credentials parameters.

    Export Credentials specifies whether to add the information of the current account to environment variables. Valid values:

    • Always: automatically adds the information of the current account to environment variables.

    • Ask Me (default): asks whether to add the information of the current account to environment variables when an on-premises terminal is opened. For more information, see the Use an on-premises terminal section of this topic.

    • Never: does not add the information of the current account to environment variables. If you select Never, you cannot use command-line tools (such as Alibaba Cloud CLI and Terraform) with the information of the current account.

Configure SSH settings

  1. In the upper-left corner of the Alibaba Cloud Client homepage, click the 操作图标.png icon and then click the 设置 icon.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click SSH.

  3. Configure the parameters that are described in the following table.

    Parameter

    Description

    Default Username

    Enter a default username to use to connect to instances. Default value: root.

    Default Port Num

    Enter a default port number to use to connect to instances. Default value: 22.

    Save Password to

    If you set Certifier to Password when you connect to instances, you can configure this parameter to save instance passwords to reduce password maintenance costs. If you set this parameter to No, instance passwords are not saved. If you set this parameter to Local File, instance passwords are saved to a file on your computer. If you set this parameter to KMS, instance passwords are saved to Key Management Service (KMS).

    Note

    If you set this parameter to Local File, instance passwords are saved to the ~/.aliyun/secrets.json file on your computer by default.

    Key Files Directory

    If you set Certifier to KeyPair when you connect to instances, key files are saved to the ~/.ssh/ directory on your computer by default.

    Allow connect to Windows

    Turn on this switch to allow SSH or SFTP connections to Windows instances. By default, the switch is turned off.

    Note

    Before you turn on the switch, you must run the OpenSSH program on your Windows instance. For more information, see Get started with OpenSSH for Windows.

    Check Security Group

    Turn on this switch to check the security group settings of instances before you connect to the instances. By default, the switch is turned off.

    Auto Login

    Turn on this switch to skip the automatic login dialog box if passwords or keys are saved. By default, the switch is turned on.

Use an on-premises terminal

You can use Alibaba Cloud Client to open a terminal on your computer. You can optionally export the information of the current account to environment variables for command-line tools such as Alibaba Cloud CLI and Terraform to use.

  1. In the upper-left corner of the Alibaba Cloud Client homepage, click the 添加图标 icon.单击加号.png

  2. Select a region and the account whose information to export to environment variables and click OK.

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