If I am unable to monitor a Server using the SSH.sep SilkEssential how can I confirm if there is a problem with the connection?
Open the SilkEssential package (SSH.sep) using Winzip and extract the contents. Once you have done this you will find an executable called "Plink.exe", this is a command-line interface to the SSH daemon running on the Server. This executable is then used to create secure sessions between the Plink client and the SSH daemon.
To test if you can establish a valid connection between the computer on which SilkPerformer is installed and the Server you wish to monitor you can run the Plink tool from the command prompt.
When you run the Plink executable you should see a list of the options you can use to connect to a remote system using the SSH protocol. An example would be the following command which will list the number of processes running on a Sun Unix box:
C:\SSH>plink -ssh -pw pass root@MyServer "ps -ef | wc -l"
Will return the number of processes running, e.g. 101