Free SSH Daemon for Windows

There are a couple options for a Windows-based OpenSSH daemon that are free. The top two that I prefer are freeSSHd and widely popular OpenSSH with Cygwin.

freeSSHd

My top pick probably goes to freeSSHd because of it’s simplicity and quickness to get setup and going.

http://www.freesshd.com/

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freeSSHd

Cygwin + OpenSSH

There are TONS of tutorials on how to setup OpenSSH/Cygwin SSH daemon on windows, here are a few more recent:

http://pbraun.nethence.com/doc/security/sshd_windows.html

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Cygwin

 

Choosing an SSH Client

Once you choose your SSH daemon (server), you will want a client to work with.

I can’t recommend PuTTY enough!

You can also find alternatives and hacks for PuTTY which offer newer features.   A good one is KiTTY.  Below is a screenshot of right-click new features for KiTTY:

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KiTTY