How to open an ssh session with a private key
First you'll have to have a private key setup. Then :
- Create the .ssh directory and secure it :
mkdir .ssh chmod 700 .ssh
- Then create the authorized_keys and secure it
cd .ssh touch authorized_keys chmod 600 authorized_keys
- Then copy your public key to authorized_keys
As a side note you can use pageant and putty to connect through private key on Windows.