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If I were running a Windows 7 virtual machine on an Ubuntu host, would it be possible to invoke the Ubuntu command line from Windows? I'd like to run the command "firefox" from Windows (so that the host Ubuntu system opens in Firefox.)

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This question addresses the inverse question (for Virtualbox):… –  Anderson Green Nov 8 '12 at 3:30

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Sure. You should be able to do that with an rsh (remote shell) utility under Windows, connecting to an rsh daemon on Ubuntu. Though I can't haven't tried it myself to speak to its quality, here's a sample port from Netkit that you might like. Another alternative, as suggested below, would be putty.

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Or you know. Use SSH (plink/putty) which has replaced RSH pretty much everywhere. –  Zoredache Oct 18 '12 at 0:47
@Zoredache Do you know of any decent tutorials for SSH? –  Anderson Green Oct 18 '12 at 0:53
Also, is this relevant?… –  Anderson Green Oct 18 '12 at 1:07
@Zoredache, good suggestion. –  Nicole Hamilton Oct 18 '12 at 1:19
@AndersonGreen There is some decent material on the putty website and IIRC it has help files that explain (to some extent) how to use the program. –  Ben West Oct 18 '12 at 2:25

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