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I would like to log into a windows domain from a linux box using a private key in place of username/password. I am using FreeSSH on the windows box and have no problems using keys for local accounts. I use plink to login to the windows domain and bypass the need for entering a password each time, but I do not want to store pw's on the linux box.

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Remote Desktop allows you to save credentials so you can login remotely without entering a password. – uSlackr May 2 '14 at 19:31
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It's not possible to logon to an Active Directory domain account with an SSH key in place of a username and password.

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You have enough votes of confidence that I'll accept that answer. Thanks. – Jim May 5 '14 at 15:37

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