How to SSH to the Writing Server on a Windows PC

  1. In order to connect to the Writing server via SSH on a Windows PC, use SecureCRT, which is available for free to University staff and faculty. If you don’t yet have it, click here for more information and to download the SecureCRT installer.
  2. Open SecureCRT. If the “Connect” box pops-up automatically, click the “Quick Connect” icon. Otherwise, click File->Quick Connect.
  3. In the Quick Connect pop-up box, enter the following information:
    1. Protocol: SSH2
    2. Hostname:
    3. Port: 22
    4. Firewall: none
    5. Username: your pennkey
    6. Authentication: check “Password” only
    7. Click “Connect”
  4. If you see a prompt for “New Host Key”, click “Accept and Save”
  5. You will then be prompted for your writing server password. Enter it here and click OK. It is NOT recommended to “Save password”.
  6. You will now be connected!
  7. Next time you open SecureCRT, the Writing Server connection settings should be saved in the “Connect” pop-up box. If it doesn’t pop-up automatically when you open SecureCRT, you can find it by going to File->Connect.

How to Configure BBEdit (Mac) for Writing Website Editing

If you need to edit the Writing website, the instructions below will help you to configure BBEdit to connect to the server. Note that you need a Writing server account with proper permissions in order to connect to the server. Contact Chris Martin if you need an account. Further, if you do not have BBEdit on your computer, you can download it for free by visiting their website. Note that BBEdit is for Mac only.


1 . When you first open BBEdit, you should see a “FTP Browser” window. If you do not, click File->New->FTP/SFTP Browser window. Click the “Connect” button.


2. Enter the following for each field:

CHECK the SFTP box
Port: 22
User: Enter your Pennkey username here
Password: Enter your writing server password here
Path: /www/data/writing

Click “Connect”


3. If you receive a pop-up about the authenticity of the host, click “Yes” or “Continue”

You will now be connected to the Writing Server!


4. [Optional but Recommended] To bookmark the server for quick access in the future, click the folder dropdown at the top center of the FTP Browser window and click “Add Bookmark”.

When prompted for a “Bookmark name”, enter “Writing Server.”

When you restart BBEdit, you can now quickly access the Writing Server bookmark in the FTP Browser window by clicking “Connect” and the Blue Flag icon.

Send from Penn Email Address in Gmail / Google@SAS

Step 1: Add Your Penn Email Address to Gmail

  1. On your computer, open and log in (if you aren’t already).
  2. In the top right, click the Gear icon and then “Settings.”
  3. Click the “Accounts and Import” tab.
  4. In the “Send mail as” section, click “Add another email address”.
  5. Enter your name and the Penn e-mail address (e.g. -or- that you use.
  6. Click “Next Step”.
  7. For SMTP server, enter: 
    For username, enter the username you used to log in to Gmail e,g.: –or-
    For password, enter the password associated with the gmail account entered above.
  8. Click Add Account.

Step 2: Confirm the address

  1. In a few minutes, you’ll receive an email in your Gmail inbox.
  2. Open the confirmation message you received from Gmail.
  3. Click the link in the email that confirms the email address.

Step 3: Change the “From” address

  1. In the message, click the “From” line. (If you don’t see this, click the space next to the recipient’s email.)
  2. Select the address to send from.
  3. You can also set the default address you would prefer in the Accounts and Import settings area (In the top right, click Settings (the gear icon). Click the Accounts and Import or Accounts tab.)