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What do you use for SSH clinet on windows?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SunDanceKid, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. SunDanceKid

    SunDanceKid Member

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    I've been using Putty, but it leaves a lot to be desired. I'd like to find a ssh client that had more features such as the ability to cut and paste, remember account passwords, etc...

    Any suggestions?
     
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    mickalo Well-Known Member

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    we've use VanDyke's SecureCRT and SecureFX for a long time and it's great.
    http://www.vandyke.com

    it's no free but they do have bundle packages that do save you a few bucks.

    Mickalo
     
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    Say wha??

    Assuming PuTTY on Windows:
    Highlighting text = COPY
    Right clicking = PASTE

    Enable SSH RSA Authentication (you should be doing this anyway) and use Pageant + PuTTY. Simply load your RSA key into Pageant (yes, this requires the RSA keys password one time for the session) and there will be no need to enter a password when logging into SSH. This method is a VERY secure practice and goes a long way in hardening SSH against brute force if you turn off password authentication on the SSH server completely.

    Oh and BTW,

    Putty is completely portable and requires no install. Great if you place it on a USB drive to work across multiple PCs.
     
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    Yes - but you can't cut from the Putty output and past it into Windows. It would be handy to be able to copy output to past in into forums, email lists, etc.
     
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    I must be confused; when you highlight text in the PuTTY terminal window - it automatically copies the selected text. You can then turn around and paste (right click>paste, cntrl+v, etc.) into any Windows program.

    Am I missing something here?

    I mean, don't get me wrong, there are some more robust SSH clients out there - no doubt. I just think most of the "extra" features are bloat. I mean, SSH is SSH - it's inherently limited in client side bells and whistles. You connect to an SSH/Terminal server expecting to see - well - a shell.

    Also, PuTTY can be setup to output everything to a log.
     
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    Good luck and let us know what ya decide.
     
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    Damn! I learn something new every day. :D Thanks for the tip!

    I agree - light and simple is usually the best. Now that I can cut and paste I'll have to re-think things. I'll try that combination you recommended for the keys.
     
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    I use securecrt as well. The features I like most are tabs and entering commands into all tabs at the same time. This is a great time saver for running or installing the same commands or updates on many servers at the same time.

    Of course there are many more features but those are most important to me.
     
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    100% agree - tabs are needed in any SSH client. Someday perhaps PuTTY will implement it.
     
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    I use the ssh client from www.ssh.com myself - mainly because of the very nicely integrated SFTP client.
     
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    Yeah, filezilla works with pageant authentication so I combo them.
     
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    I have been using SecureCRT since 1998. Great application with many features.
     
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