OpenSSH, a suite of programs used to secure network connections, has existed for years but has never had direct support for the Windows operating system. Microsoft has now released a rudimentary version of OpenSSH for Windows.
Open SSH is set of Secure Shell (SSH) tools which is used to secure network communications by encrypting all traffic to prevent eavesdropping, connection hijacking and other attacks. It also provides secure tunnelling capabilities.
Microsoft’s PowerShell user community has been very vocal about its desire for the company to support SSH protocol so they can securely automate and remotely manage Linux and Windows systems. In June, Microsoft announced it will be supporting and contributing to the OpenSSH community. The vendor has now released a very early version of OpenSSH for Windows and has made the code publicly available on GitHub. Microsoft is inviting contributions from the public to improve the code.
Microsoft stresses that it is still early days and the code should be treated as a developer preview and is not supported for use in production.
The repository and first release of OpenSSH for Windows can be found on GitHub.