Switch access refused to a client

Even though you have placed the client's public key in a text file and copied the file (using the copy tftp pub-key-file command) into the switch, the switch refuses to allow the client to have access. If the source SSH client is an SSHv2 application, the public key may be in the PEM format, which the switch (SSHv1) does not interpret. Check the SSH client application for a utility that can convert the PEM-formatted key into an ASCII-formatted key.