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I have been using remote desktop to access a Windows 7 PC, tunneled over an SSH connection, successfully for a while now, until it suddenly stopped working.

The client is also Windows 7, and I double checked that the tunnel (with putty) was set up properly, and that remote desktop connections were enabled on the remote PC.

On the client I have a loopback adapter with a static IP of, and in putty I have forwarded to port 3389 on the remote server.

This worked fine till about a week ago, and I'm wondering what could possibly have happened? now the remote desktop client gets stuck at "configuring remote session" and then times out.

Any ideas?

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Do the PuTTY logs show anything? Click the PuTTY icon in the titlebar, and then choose Event Log. – Zanchey Aug 31 '09 at 4:30
Putty ssh tunnel doesn't seem to work on Windows 7, I use git for source code repository and it comes with command line SSH and tunneling works great! – Jeffrey Dec 23 '09 at 5:45
Does the Windows 7 event logs show anything? – Nathan Adams Feb 1 '10 at 1:37
Have you installed any windows updates on your machine? any changes to windows firewall on either device? Does the SSH tunnel still establish? – JohnyV Jan 18 '11 at 1:59
tunnel establishes. Windows updates might be the issue? The tunnel is fine. – mishac Jan 18 '11 at 1:59

I'm doing the exact same thing, WIN 7 and RDP over SSH, without problems. I've written an article on how I do it here:

I'm using a different firmware on my linksys router in order to run an SSH server on it.

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Nice article, gave me just the right pointers to get my rdp connections tunnelling through my linux server to my windows desktops! tyvm! – Matt Jan 27 '11 at 13:23

Hey, I have the same configuration as yours, Windows 7 desktop at work, SSH Server @home and a windows 7 desktop at home.

I downloaded TheTube and it worked like a charm

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Why are you using an SSH tunnel to secure the RDP session? RDP sessions in Windows Vista and Windows 7 are already secured via 128 bit encryption via a certificate.

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I need ssh to access other machines on the network, and I have only the one port open. Though I'll admit part of it is old-school paranoia about leaving a windows service open to the net. – mishac Aug 31 '09 at 3:45

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