Configure Authentication Using the Key Agent

If your application supports Secure Shell connections, you can use this procedure to configure it to authenticate using the Key Agent.

To configure authentication using a key in the agent

  1. Add a private key to the Key Agent, or import a certificate.

  2. Configure the host:

    If you are authenticating

    Do this

    Using keys

    Upload the public key.

    Using certificates

    Install the CA certificate on the host and configure the host for user authentication with certificates. (Refer to your Secure Shell server documentation for more information.)

  3. Launch your Micro Focus application that supports Secure Shell connections and open the Reflection Secure Shell Settings dialog box.

  4. From the General tab, make sure that Public Key is selected under User Authentication. (If you want to ensure that only public key authentication is used, clear the other options.)

  5. Click the User Keys tab. The keys and certificates in the Key Agent are included in the list of available keys.

  6. In the Use column, select the key(s) or certificate(s) you want to use to authenticate to the currently specified host, and then click OK.


  • Secure Shell settings are saved in your Secure Shell configuration file and apply to a specific SSH configuration scheme. (If you don't specify a scheme, settings apply to all connections to the current host.)

  • You do not need to repeat the client configuration steps for new connections using the same SSH configuration scheme (or host name).