Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Does Microsoft actually validate SSH servers? My manager will only allow me to use certified products not open source. I am allow to use my putty client, so I need a ssh server that works with putty.

share|improve this question
What if the product is both verified and open source? – andol Sep 9 '11 at 19:42
What would you use a ssh server for if you had one? You understand that even if you did install an SSH server that doesn't necessarily mean that you would get a bash shell and a *nix style environment. – Zoredache Sep 9 '11 at 19:42
Why not just use Microsoft's certified telnet server? – Steve-o Sep 10 '11 at 13:28
How is Putty allowed when it isn't Microsoft Certified? Could you get other products "allowed" in the same way? You should also know that Putty is in fact "Open Source" – Goyuix Sep 11 '11 at 17:20
What Goyuix said ;) If your manager thinks "certified" products are better for security, it's pointless if your client endpoint is not certified. Therefore, why not allow an "uncertified" server? BTW: I would guess (you might want to verify) that Windows certification quite probably does NOT check all security elements of (SSH) servers, only that they play nice with other software. – reiniero Oct 14 '11 at 17:33

I don't know about their certification status, but PowerShell SSH Server has been featured on Microsoft TechNet.

Surely that counts for something.

share|improve this answer

If your manager wants closed source products (for whatever the reason) then VShell Server is a choice.

share|improve this answer
But is that certified to run on Windows, that did seem to be the primary requirement. – Zoredache Sep 9 '11 at 19:47
Why not drop their sales department an email? – adamo Sep 9 '11 at 20:05
adamo - Thanks for the suggestion, VShell Server said they are NOT Microsoft certified Any other ideas? – user94296 Sep 10 '11 at 12:57
You are not going to find such a product. It is important to understand what your boss wants. Boss either does not want an ssh server to be installed and for this reason he's sent you to a search in vain, or follows the "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" doctrine, which means that his job security reflects prompt him to buy "certified" software. So what he in fact wants is some assurance that the product is legit. VShell is such a product, is another. Just do not expect a Microsoft stamp on a product not developed by them. So the trick is to find a means to make boss comfortable – adamo Sep 10 '11 at 15:08
NO, his boss wants to run server software of companies caring enough to actually run through the MS certiicatin process, which in itself is easy enough to pass for any vendor who cares. EVERY sensible approach. Stupid vendors not realizing this. – TomTom Sep 11 '11 at 4:16

Unfortunately your only choice is FortressSSH . Searching through every SSH server I could find it was the only marked as Windows Certified

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.