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I have a remote Windows 2008 machine and the task at hand is to share out parts of its filesystem via SFTP for a single user.

Were commercial software an option things would be easy but I want freeware.

After trying out several different candidates such as Core FTP Mini SFTP Server, SilverShield and freeFTPd none them really qualified - either connection issues, zero configurability or bugs.

Is there a free and stable SFTP server for Windows 2008 which works out of the box?

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Another option would be install OpenSSH using Cygwin. The attached instructions are for Windows XP/Vista but I don't see why they wouldn't work on Windows Server 2008.

Cygwin is a kind of middle layer that allows *nix binaries to run on Windows without modification. It is extremely handy and brings a lot of other *nix goodness to Windows. Oh, yeah and Cygwin is open source and free.

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After spending a few hours on the World Wide Web, turns out the answer is yes.

Meet KpyM Telnet/SSH Server which is a free, open source telnet/ssh server for Windows.

Installation is a breeze and it runs as a service.

The only caveat is the requirement to grant explicit access rights to SFTP home folder - KpyM authentication relies on Windows user accounts.

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Why not use the freeSSHd ? We have been using this for our server and it does the job for us. It is free and easy to setup.

The download page is here http://www.freesshd.com/?ctt=download

After you install it, check in your taskbar, the application should be running and the icon is hidden in the taskbar next to the clock.

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This is a free SFTP Server which runs on 2008 http://windsftp.weebly.com

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