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I have some command-line commands to execute on a Windows machine. The programs I need to run are only available on Windows.

Is there a way to easily to do something like I would do with SSH? Example of what I mean:

ssh "remote command to execute"

...or do I have to Remote Desktop just to do this? (I'd like to run the commands programmatically from another computer rather than running them by hand.)

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So, am I correct in reading between the lines that this "other computer" is not running windows, and that this is the reason you want/need to execute these commands remotely? – SamB Apr 24 '10 at 15:41
@SamB: Yes, that's correct. I'm using Ubuntu on my main machine. – Benjamin Oakes Apr 26 '10 at 19:52
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One approach, of course, is to actually run an SSH server on the windows box. But a more Windows-focused solution is a tool from the SysInternals folks (now part of Microsoft) called PsExec, which is designed to do exactly what you want.

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But PsExec only runs on Windows systems, right? – SamB Apr 24 '10 at 15:49

You need a SSH server running on windows. like

There isnt any installed by default, And I have been using this for some time. it is good

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Remark, this solution does not support key authentication. – sorin Sep 7 '10 at 7:58

You can use the freesshd server from It does work great, you will set-up the server in seconds :)

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This looks as a nice solution but, the forum is down (cannot post) and it looks that it doesn't allow domain logins. – sorin Apr 30 '10 at 12:36
Also, this is only 'free', meaning that every time you do a SSH it will display you a login message asking you to register(buy) it, you have to wait 5+ seconds to be able to continue. – sorin Sep 7 '10 at 8:18
Remark, this is a slow SSH server. – sorin Sep 7 '10 at 8:20
I tried freesshd - what you get is a login into a windows shell (cmd.exe?) with a fixed width that does not adapt to your terminal client, i.e. you get annoying line breaks mid-screen. Also, it's nowhere near a bash shell, so I figured, if I want a really usable ssh login into my windows box, I'll do it using cygwin, which I've done before. Granted, cygwin is a bit like an os inside the os, but it does make windows usable for a (unix) cmd line user. – Eugene Beresovsky Mar 12 '13 at 9:01

I've had a lot of good experience installing cygwin and its sshd port. There are wrappers which will turn it into a windows service, and you get the bash shell as an extra. is a decent starting point, you can evaluate if it is what you want.

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Agreed, cygwin + ssh is nice and easy, and you get a conveniently unix-like shell and environment to run your programs from. If you like ssh, you probably already know Unix. – apenwarr Mar 31 '10 at 15:24

Cygwin has a ssh server, howtogeek has a simple guide you can follow

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you can install an SSH server on your Windows machines, or you can turn on Terminal services on windows (check your documentation), and then use Perl(or Python) to do a telnet to the server to execute your commands. See Net::Telnet(Perl) for examples of connecting through telnet

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Well, it's all fine and dandy to say RTFM, but that would be easier if we could find said manual... any tips, such as the name of page and maybe an MSDN/Technet link -- especially now that it seems like MS may have finally learned the value of an URL? – SamB Apr 24 '10 at 15:53
Also, isn't there some registry change needed to get it let you have more than one logged-in session at the same time on anything less than Server? I doubt MS would want to make the docs for that easy to find, assuming that there are any docs for that... – SamB Apr 24 '10 at 20:27

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