This topic describes the methods that are used to connect to a simple application server, including Workbench, Virtual Network Console (VNC), and third-party client tools. You can choose a method to connect to your simple application server based on the operating system of your server, the operating system of your device, and the operations that you want to perform.

Connection methods

The following table describes the connection methods that are classified based on the operating systems of simple application servers.
Operating system of the simple application server Connection method
Linux
  • Workbench

    For more information, see the "Connect to a Linux server on Workbench" section in Connect to a Linux server.

  • Client tools such as PuTTY
    • Connect to a Linux server by using a key pair. For more information, see "Method 2: Connect to a Linux server by using a key pair" in Connect to a Linux server and the "Connect to a Linux server from a Linux or macOS device" section in Connect to a Linux server.
    • Connect to a Linux server by using the system account and password. For more information, see "Method 1: Connect to a Linux sever by using the system account and password" in Connect to a Linux server and "Method 2: Connect to a Linux sever by using a key pair" in Connect to a Linux server.
Windows

Comparison of connection methods

The following table compares Workbench, VNC, and third-party client tools.
Item Workbench VNC Third-party client tool
Enabling services such as SSH on the server Required. Optional. VNC can be used to troubleshoot SSH service exceptions, such as SSHD being disabled. Required.
Logons by using the Simple Application Server console Supported. Supported. Not supported. A client must be installed on your on-premises computer.
Supported server operating system Linux and Windows servers. Windows servers. Depends on the client tool. Most third-party client tools can be used to connect to Linux or Windows servers.
Simultaneous logons by users of different operating systems to a single server Supported. Not supported. Depends on the client tool.
Ease of interaction Workbench supports text copying and pasting. VNC does support text copying and pasting. To copy or paste text, use the feature of copying long commands. Depends on the client tool.
Visibility into Linux system file resources Supported. Not supported. Depends on the client tool.