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KB-1778: Where does Centrify-enabled PuttY store all the session keys?

Auditing and Monitoring Service ,   Authentication Service ,   Mac & PC Management Service ,  

2 March,17 at 03:59 PM

Applies to:
All versions of Centrify-enabled PuttY.

Where does Centrify-enabled PuttY store all the session keys?


On Windows, PuTTY stores most of its data (saved sessions, SSH host keys) in the Registry. The precise location is 


and within that area, saved sessions are stored under Sessions while host keys are stored under SshHostKeys. 

PuTTY also requires a random number seed file, to improve the unpredictability of randomly chosen data needed as part of the SSH cryptography. This is stored by default in a file called PUTTY.RND; this is stored by default in the ‘Application Data’ directory, or failing that, one of a number of fallback locations. If you want to change the location of the random number seed file, you can put your chosen pathname in the Registry, at