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I am about to be given access to a remote linux server
and was asked to
 create a public ssh key that I can be added to their authorized_keys file

how do I do this
I am using a windows 7 desktop computer
do I need to use linux
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You can make one with PuTTY,
1. Download and start the puttygen.exe generator.
2. In the "Parameters" section choose SSH2 DSA and press Generate.
3. Move your mouse randomly in the small screen in order to generate the key pairs.
4. Enter a key comment, which will identify the key (useful when you use several SSH keys).
5. Type in the passphrase and confirm it. The passphrase is used to protect your key. You will be asked for it when you connect via SSH.
6. Click "Save private key" to save your private key.
7. Click "Save public key" to save your public key.
And send your public key from the window "public key for pasting into OpenSSH authorized_keys file" to your server admin.

When the keyfile is installed on remote server.
-launch pageant.exe from the putty package,
-Load your private key to the agent (it is on the taskbar)
-Now you can use putty to log in to linux server without a password, just entering your user name.

Dont give out your private key. It is yours.