Windows Server 2008 Reviewed

The SSH Replacement - Windows Remote Shell

Even if there isn’t an SSH server integrated into Windows Server 2008, at least Microsoft introduced the Windows Remote Shell. It allows remote command line access over an encrypted connection and uses the SOAP protocol.

Before the Remote Shell can be used, it needs to be activated first by typing in the command WinRM quickconfig.

Configuring the Remote Console for external access.

The connection can be established from other Windows Server 2008 machines or from Windows Vista systems. If the computers are not logged on to the same domain, the server has to be added to the TrustedHosts first.

Adding the server to the TrustedHosts.

Finally, a connection can be opened. It is possible to have the remote system execute only a single command or use the command line interactively, as you would on your local system.

The remote shell lets you execute a single command remotely...

... but also lets you log in to the command line for interactive use.

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  • CopSSH is not free anymore. :(