I am trying to use SSH from the Windows 7 command line as a client only. I CANNOT use a GUI.
Is Cygwin the best (easiest) option?
If so, how do I remove the server capabilities as this workstation will only be a client?
I suggest you use Plink from the author of putty. It's a standalone .exe file which does just that - connect via SSH/Telnet to remote server on the command line.
Cigwyn default installs as a client. Configuration is required to make it a server.
At a minimum, to setup SSHD you must open a Cygwin window (by double clicking the Cygwin icon) and type:
You will prompted to answer a few questions. The questions will vary depending on whether you want to run SSHD as a service or not. Once completed, start the SSHD server. Started as a service:
Started on the command line within a Cygwin shell: