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Windows 10 SSH Aliases

Windows 10 build 1803 April 2018 update now includes by default openSSH for Windows – no
more WSL, emulation or other work arounds – a full blown fully integrated SSH client in Windows.

The executables are stored in C:\Windows\System32\OpenSSH and also include scp.exe and sftp.exe.

A great way of making this even more functional for daily use is creating what we’d call ‘aliases’ in the
Linux world.

The very first time you attempt to SSH to a remote server a hidden ‘.ssh’ directory will be created in
your users home directery.

Inside your ‘Hard Drive\Users\Username\.ssh’ directory create a file called ‘config’.

Here’s an example of one I use:

Host name
User xxxxxxxxx

Host name1
User xxxxxxxxx
ForwardX11 yes

Host name2
User xxxxxxxxx
ForwardX11 yes

Host name3
User xxxxxxxx
ForwardX11 yes

Host name4
KexAlgorithms +diffie-hellman-group1-sha1
User xxxxxxxx
Hostname xxxxxxxxx

Now to ssh to the server called ‘key I can simple execute the command:
$ ssh key

Additionally you can put and/or generate SSH keys for easy key access to remote servers just as you
would from any Linux/Unix workstation.

Great job Microsoft !

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