This is a simple tutorial how to run the OpenSSH SSHD server on Windows using Cygwin.
SSH is typically used to log into a remote machine and execute commands, but it also supports tunneling, forwarding arbitrary TCP ports and X11 connections; it can transfer files using the associated SFTP or SCP protocols. SSH uses the client-server protocol.
OpenSSH (SSH1 and SSH2 protocol) with Cygwin can run on Windows, which can be either built from source or installed as a Cygwin native package.
Here we go…
First, we need to install the following Cygwin packages (cygrunsrv and openssh)
Admin --> cygrunsrv Net --> openssh
Next, open a new bash shell window and run the SSH configure stuff.
This step will create necessary configuration files, a privilege separation user and necessary directories.
When prompted with “CYGWIN=” type for following:
Now you are ready to start the service
cygrunsrv -S sshd
Give a try to connect to your ssh server (localhost) with your favorite ssh client, such as PuTTY, Xshell, etc.
That’s it and gud lak!