[SATLUG] SSH Client Software Recommendations

Wes Henderson whendersonii at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 02:06:17 CST 2015

Wubi is nice. On my Windows machine I personally run VirtualBox with
headless VMs that I set to run at startup. I NAT to <VM IP>:22
(and so on for each VM); I then use PuTTy to to get into my headless VM.
You can use a similar setup for X and get a relatively seamless experience
if that's your thing. Here is my write up on the setup:
VirtualBox  by wes • May 12, 2014

The information below can help achieve Windows/Linux harmony (as well as
can be expected) by setting up headless VMs in VirtualBox.

*Suppress all messages*

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" setextradata global
"GUI/SuppressMessages" "all"

*List VMs*

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" list vms > "%userprofile%\VM
UUID List.txt"

*Port Forwarding*

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" modifyvm "<UUID>" --natpf1

*Run Headless VM on Startup (Windows)*
REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /f /v
<Value_Name> /t REG_SZ /d "\"%PROGRAMFILES%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage\"
startvm \"<UUID>\" --type headless"

*Add Quick Launch Location to %PATH% (Windows)*
setx PATH "%PATH%;%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User

*PuTTy Shortcut (Windows)*
%userprofile%\putty.exe -ssh <user>@ -P <Host_Port> -pw <password>

The last bit is just because I like to add the quick launch location to my
PATH in Windows and put my PuTTY shortcuts in there. Makes for simple
launching. Example:

super + R, f
super + R, u

Launches my Fedora and Ubuntu instances respectively. From there you have a
native Linux environment locally so that you can connect and manage a Linux
servers as they should be. You can also set up a shared folder between the
VM for easier communication.


On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1:35 AM, steve kolars <bkfuth at gmail.com> wrote:

> WinSCP and Putty are what you need. WinSCP for uploading and Putty to give
> you a ssh session. They are both free downloads. Make sure you get them
> from the Putty website and not some third party website. The third party
> websites give you a lot of crap advertisement software, but you are used to
> that seeing how you use Windows (ha ha ha). To go for the gusto install
> Wubi. Wubi is the slickest virtual port of Ubuntu I have ever seen. It
> gives you a complete Unbuntu distro that installs like a regular Windows
> program (very slick). It is also free. It is much bigger, but obviously
> gives you much more.
> --Steve--
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 11:53 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com
> >
> wrote:
> > I'm in the process of building a LAMP server that will be deployed at a
> > customer's facility, but I'll have to do some remote administration
> (using
> > SSH) as issues arise.  Given that my primary work computer runs Windows,
> I
> > will have to be doing this using some type of Windows-based client
> software.
> >
> > I wanted to know if any of you have any recommendations in terms of
> > stability, ease of use, etc.  I would also welcome any other suggestions
> > you might have regarding remote system administration, such as things
> that
> > I need be sure to take care of before handing it over to the customer and
> > leaving their site.
> >
> > Al Lesmerises
> >
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