Citing both leadership and corporate cultural changes within Microsoft, the PowerShell team – led by Team Group Software Engineering Manager Angel Calvo – excitedly announced support for OpenSSH earlier this week. Specifically, the team (finally, after the third such attempt) got the go-ahead from Microsoft's leadership and plans are underway to natively support OpenSSH in PowerShell as well as to contribute to the OpenBSD project on behalf of Microsoft.
Details are scarce, but this is great news for system administrators and a nice extra feature for enthusiasts that like to dabble in those "other" operating systems (which is to say, pretty much every OS except Windows) and remotely access them over a secure SSH connection to perform maintenance or transfer files.
Currently, Windows users need to use third party tools to support SSH clients and servers such as PuTTY (and PSCP) and Cygwin (not pictured).
Until now, users have had to rely on third party tools such as PuTTY, Filezilla, and Cygwin among others for their SSH, SCP, and SFTP needs. Accessing Linux machines using PuTTY is fairly straightforward, but going the other direction and trying to set it up so that you can access a Windows machine from a Linux machine over SSH could certainly be made easier and more stable. Native support for OpenSSH would mean both client and server support built into Windows and support for SSH, SFTP, and SCP protocols.
From the MSDN blog and this twitter exchange, OpenSSH in Windows PowerShell is still in its infancy. It will not be launching with the rest of Windows 10 on July 29th, but with the level of customer interest hopefully pushing the refreshed Microsoft to make this a priority we may see it within the next year or two, and certainly before Windows 11!
Are you ready to get your native SSH on using PowerShell, or will you be sticking with your current third party implementations?
It looks like Microsoft
It looks like Microsoft accidentally hired someone with a clue.
Competent people in corporate
Competent people in corporate America…. I don’t believe it could be possible.
now they just need to fix the
now they just need to fix the terminal and it will be great…
I’m sure it will run on
I’m sure it will run on Windows 10- which I’m sure is a secure platform for you to work on. I wonder what MS “support” entirely looks like.
Look- I’m watching it happen in industry as well as at home. IT departments are mostly no longer native to corporations but are contracted anymore. And from what I’m seeing- they want to control everything and go the MS way or the highway.
I see a real cloudy future here where your computer experience will be rented from MS- OS’s and any applications that run on them. It won’t matter a dam what you do- someone will be able to hack and watch.
Terminal is atrocious. Fix
Terminal is atrocious. Fix it.