What are some good SSH Servers for windows?


Trying to setup an SSH server on Windows Server 2003. What are some good ones? Preferably open source. I plan on using WinSCP as a client so a server which supports the advanced features implemented by that client would be great.

This question is tagged with windows deployment ssh winscp

~ Asked on 2008-08-20 16:13:39

7 Answers


I've been using Bitvise SSH Server and it's really great. From install to administration it does it all through a GUI so you won't be putting together a sshd_config file. Plus if you use their client, Tunnelier, you get some bonus features (like mapping shares, port forwarding setup up server side, etc.) If you don't use their client it will still work with the Open Source SSH clients.

It's not Open Source and it costs $39.95, but I think it's worth it.

UPDATE 2009-05-21 11:10: The pricing has changed. The current price is $99.95 per install for commercial, but now free for non-commercial/personal use. Here is the current pricing.

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 16:58:05


I agree that cygwin/OpenSSH is the best choice, but its setup can be involved to say the least. Here is a document to get you started though: Installing OpenSSH

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 16:32:33


I've been using Bitvise SSH Server for a number of years. It is a wonderful product and it is easy to setup and maintain. It gives you great control over how users connect to the server with support for security groups.

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 17:10:00


copssh - OpenSSH for Windows


Packages essential Cygwin binaries.

~ Answered on 2009-06-05 21:10:03


OpenSSH is a contender. Looks like it hasn't been updated in a while though.

It's the de facto choice in my opinion. And yes, running under Cygwin is really the nicest method.

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 16:21:08


VanDyke VShell is the best Windows SSH Server I've ever worked with. It is kind of expensive though ($250). If you want a free solution, freeSSHd works okay. The CYGWIN solution is always an option, I've found, however, that it is a lot of work & overhead just to get SSH.

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 16:28:23


You can run OpenSSH on Cygwin, and even install it as a Windows service.

I once used it this way to easily add backups of a Unix system - it would rsync a bunch of files onto the Windows server, and the Windows server had full tape backups.

~ Answered on 2008-08-20 16:15:31

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