Problem connecting with PuTTY

I can't connect to Thayer linux servers using PuTTY, or I can connect but don't have a home directory. How do I fix this?

If you are logging into your Windows machine with your NetID, we have found that in some cases PuTTY doesn't connect properly to our linux systems. The issue has to do with security credentials and a method - GSSAPI - that PuTTY uses by default to re-use credentials.

To work around this issue, go into the PuTTY configuration and select Connection->SSH->Auth->GSSAPI. Uncheck the box labeled "Attempt GSSAPI authentication." Either save this into the Default session profile or into any individual server profiles you have set up.