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Administer A Linux Box Remotely From A Windows Box


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:59 PM

So I administer a small computer lab (3 computers) for a local group here in San Francisco. They're not far away, but I don't like to go outside (the sun... it blinds me!!). For various reasons, I decided to switch the computers over from various old versions of Windows (2000, 98, and ME) to a Linux dist. These are old computers and could not handle a newer version of Windows nor could the group afford to buy new lisences. So I switched 'em over to Ubuntu 6.10. They work great!

But it was a pain to administer them remotely. I would start up VMware on my WIndows box here at home and load Ubuntu as a virtual machine just to use the Terminal to use SSH. Way too much involved for using the command line if you ask me.

So, I Googled a bit and found Cygwin/X. Cygwin/X is a port of the X Window System to Win32, so theoretically, you can run Linux-designed programs in Windows (not natively, they need to be recompiled especially for this). I don't need all that. I just want a bash terminal in Windows, and I got it:
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So, now I can run any bash command on these machines remotely from my Windows machine!

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:35 PM

Wow this is an old post, but I have to add.
I use Putty to access linux boxes.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
You can also get it at
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/putty_portable
and carry it with you on a usb drive.

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