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Why am I not able to telnet to a Windows server machine? Is it because the telnet server is not running there? A remote desktop connection works though.

Does a telnet server run by default on a Unix machine?

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These days, a telnet server never runs by default. Everyone with any sense of security is using SSH. – grawity Aug 28 '10 at 9:53
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I believe telnet it is disabled by default - if the service is not installed you can add it through the add features screen.

Probably depends what unix you mean. I would think modern systems would use ssh instead.

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By default, telnet is disabled in Windows 2008. You need to enable it before you can access it.

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It's disabled by default. And btw. you shouldn't use telnet anymore. Use SSH or remote Desktop.

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