Installing OpenSSH Server on Windows

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1- SSH Server

You have many choices to install SSH Server for Windows. Below are some common and popular SSH Server softwares:
  1. OpenSSH Server
  2. FreeSSHd
In this post, I will instruct you how to download and install OpenSSH Server on Windows.
  • Windows 8, Windows 2012 or later windows are required

2- Download OpenSSH Server

Although the homepage of OpenSSH is openssh.com, to download OpenSSH Server for Windows, you have to download it from GitHub.
After downloading you will have a file:

3- Installing OpenSSH Server

Extract the file downloaded by you in the above step into a folder, for example:
  • C:/OpenSSH
From "Start Menu", open CMD as Administrator.
  CD to the folder you have just extracted in the step above.
Install SSHD and ssh-agent services:

powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File install-sshd.ps1
  Next, generate  server keys by running the following command:

ssh-keygen.exe -A
Next, to allow a public key authentication, run command:

powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File install-sshlsa.ps1

Start OpenSSH Service:

You have finished installing  OpenSSH, then you need to start service:
  • Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Services
Find and start "SSHD Services".

4- Open Port 22 on Windows Firewall

Open port 22 for SSH Server in Windows Firewall (for  Windows 8, 2012 or later only):

New-NetFirewallRule -Protocol TCP -LocalPort 22 -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -DisplayName SSH
Or on Windows, follow the steps :
  • Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings > Inbound Rules
  • Add new Rule for port 22.

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