Install OpenSSH Server on Ubuntu

I’ve discussed the use of SSH in several posts in the past, but while recently building a new environment, I realized that I’ve never indicated how the service itself should be installed.


sudo apt-get install openssh-server

If you desire to change any of the default configuration such as port or cyphers…

sudo vi /etc/ssh/ssh_config

NOTE: If you intend to access the server from the Internet, you will have to verify that port forwarding is enabled on your routers and firewalls.


Colored terminal window text on Ubuntu (Linux)

After a clean install, or simply access to a new machine, I often find it helpful to enable colored prompts in the terminal/command line environment.
For standard Ubuntu / Debian / Linux environments, this only requires you to remove a comment from a single line in a config file.

In /home/%USERID%/.bashrc you will find the following text, the last line simply needs to have the hash removed:

# uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned
# off by default to not distract the user: the focus in a terminal window
# should be on the output of commands, not on the prompt

Open vi/vim or your editor of choice and remove it and you are done!

NOTE: If you are using Nautilus, you will not see this file as it is hidden, choose “View”, “Show Hidden Files” (CTRL-H) and it should appear.