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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 http://facebook.com" from Windows (so that the host Ubuntu system opens facebook.com in Firefox.)

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This question addresses the inverse question (for Virtualbox): superuser.com/questions/502579/… –  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? stackoverflow.com/questions/1035764/… –  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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