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We can establish connection between Unix based machines using these commands -

ssh
telnet

but how to establish a connection between a Linux and Windows? Putty, WinSCP etc are used in Windows to connect to Linux. But how do I connect to windows from Linux?(or is it even possible?)

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You can connect to a windows host in the same way you would connect to a linux host. You just have to set up an ssh or telnet server on the windows machine.

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See e.g. this for a walkthrough: pigtail.net/LRP/printsrv/cygwin-sshd.html (used it and works flawlessly) –  Piskvor Sep 14 '11 at 5:39
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you can use the "rdesktop" command to connect to a windows machine...

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What kinda connection does it establish? Telnet?ssh? –  hari Sep 14 '11 at 11:57
    
by default it connects to tcp port 3389 in the windows machine, so its not ssh nor telnet –  krisdigitx Sep 14 '11 at 12:22
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It depends what you want to do.

NT Server edition comes with a telnet daemon - but telnet is far from secure. You can run an ssh server on MSWindows - but you still only get access to the NT command prompt - which is very limited.

If you want to access a MSWindows machine from Linux, then you probably want to use a remote frame buffer solution like vnc, NoMachine, Citrix or just use the built-in remote desktop server in MSWindows with xrdp

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