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Any free SSH Server for Windows?

Is there a fairly well managed free-as-in-beer SSH Server for Windows by the open source community? Or do you have to go with SSH Communications for the commercial stuff?

I just thought I ask because I used to use alternatives and I want to try SSH out in a production environment to compare the differences in options.

I have seen two major ports at the moment:

1. Cygwin's port of OpenSSH

2. and Network simplicity's OpenSSH (which they no longer maintain so it's now mirrored at Michael Johnson's

My understanding is that Network simplicity's work is merely a separate and independent packaging of Cygwin's port of OpenSSH to ensure ease of installation.

Should I worry about the safety of what Michael Johnson has compiled? Should I try to install Cygwin and look for binaries produced by Cygwin team?

Are there other free ones to be aware of?

The commercial ones are time limited for commercial use.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, November 7, 2003

cygwin has an ssh server (/usr/sbin/sshd) which I use occasionally to sftp files around my home network.

Devil's Advocate
Friday, November 7, 2003

You have crackers on your home network?

Friday, November 7, 2003

sftpd is preconfigured under cygwin, whereas ftpd is not. For that reason, if I have to move files between machines running different operating systems, sftp is more convenient.

Devil's Advocate
Friday, November 7, 2003

re: crackers/hackers

If you're running a wireless home network, ssh is a must

Friday, November 7, 2003

Use IPSec

Dennis Forbes
Friday, November 7, 2003

Oh a related note, are there any open source projects providing a serious firewall driver for the windows platform? I would figure a few university students would take on these kinds of project with some interest, no?

Li-fan Chen
Friday, November 7, 2003

If you need a basic firewall just buy one of those "cable modem router" products. It's going to be more reliable than a software-only firewall anyway.

Dan Maas
Saturday, November 8, 2003

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