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I have next to no Windows experience but a lot of Linux experience. An upcoming engagement will require me to install and run our startup's Rails/MySQL software on a Windows 2008 server. Where do I start learning basic things like how to log in via ssh, how to check out a git repository, how to set up MySQL, etc. though a ssh connection? I don't plan on using VNC, just whatever is the Windows equivalent of a bash session over ssh.

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You are, to some extent, looking at this wrong. The functional equivalent of SSH on windows is remote desktop which is a gui environemnt, or really a remote desktop. It is a different world, you can't expect it to behave like *nix. That said, if you want command line level access I'd recommend powershell which blows bash away in many respects.

All that said, you should check out:

  • msysgit to solve your git access issues
  • ruby and rails windows binaries
  • MySql windows binaries.

All that said, why are you trying to launch this on windows?

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Because the client is investment firm; they only use Windows servers; and they want to keep the software on their machines. –  dan Nov 3 '11 at 3:34
    
I don't know that I'd say rdp is matches up to ssh. More like MMC-> Connect to another computer... –  Joel Coel Nov 3 '11 at 5:22
    
No, it isn't a 1 for 1 equivalent but for this use case (remote connection) it is what one generally uses. –  Wyatt Barnett Nov 3 '11 at 13:30

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