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[ScreenOS] How To: Configure SSH V2 Management on Juniper Firewall



Article ID: KB6713 KB Last Updated: 20 Mar 2020Version: 6.0
How To: Configure SSH V2 Management on NetScreen, ISG, or SSG
  • How To: Configure SSH V2 Management on NetScreen, ISG, or SSG
  • Can't SSH to Juniper Firewall.  It reports 'connecting', and no login prompt is displayed.
  • WebUI only shows "Enable SSH (V1)"
Converting from SSH V1 to SSH V2 can only be done via Command Line Interface, and using a root admin account.

First, if SSH v1 was initially configured on the firewall, then all SSH keys from version 1 must be deleted.  This can be done using the command "delete ssh device all".
350-2-> delete ssh device all 
Delete ssh sessions
Save System Configuration  ... 
SSH disabled for vsys: 1
PKA keys deleted from device: 0
PKA certificates unbound from admin accounts: 0...
Host keys deleted from device: 1
Host keys deleted from device: 1
Execute the 'set ssh version v2' command to activate SSH v2 for the device.
350-2-> set ssh version v2
SSH version 2 has been activated.
Execute the 'set ssh enable' command to enable SSH for a vsys.
Then, enable SSH:
350-2-> set ssh enable 

View the SSH configurations settings with the command 'get ssh'.  Note that it should report it is 'active' and 'enabled':
350-2-> get ssh 
SSH V2 is active
SSH is enabled
SSH is ready for connections
Maximum sessions: 6
Active sessions: 0

Admin      Ip Addr         Vsys       Auth Method  Service
---------- --------------- ---------- ------------ --------
 Enable SSH on the interface(s) on which the SSH client will connect:
250-2-> set interface <int name> manage ssh

Note:  Basic SSH Configuration Example in Technical Documentation

ScreenOS  Concepts & Examples ScreenOS Reference Guide, Volume 3: Administration
Refer to the section:  Basic SSH Configuration on the Device
Modification History:
2020-03-20: Minor, non-technical update.
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