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Re: sshd in Windows 2003 server

Thanks Bill,
your suggestion did the trick. It wouldn't be a bad idea to remind at /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README that sshd only works if cygwin is installed for all users (which is obvious, though)

That's what I did to fix it
*delete the sshd_server
*remove the NT service with "cygrunsrv --remove sshd"
*Run the cygwin setup just changing "Just Me" to "All Users"
*rerun ssh-host-config

best regards

William R. Knox wrote:

A usual question (sent strictly to you as I'm not sure if it is at all
relevant) - did you install Cygwin for All Users or for yourself only? If
you installed only for yourself, try reinstalling for All Users and see if
this clears it up (no guarantees here, so don't do anything that would
cause a lot of hassle for yourself based on my word alone). Good luck, and
feel free to forward this message to the list if this solves it for you
and you want to share the solution.

			Bill Knox
			Lead Operating Systems Programmer/Analyst
			The MITRE Corporation

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, daniel wrote:

Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 15:36:59 +0100
From: daniel <>
Subject: Re: sshd in Windows 2003 server

   I actually executed ssh-host-config and chose to create the NT
service and  both the sshd and sshd_server users. Everything looks
exactly the same as in my WinXP succesful installation. However, on my
Win2003, when I run  "cygrunsrv.exe --start sshd", I  always get
immediately the 1053 error. The cygrunsrv process stays running, but the
NT service appears for ever as "starting". At the Windows Event Viewer,
I can only see "The CYGWIN sshd service was successfully sent a start
control.", but nothing else. No file /var/log/sshd.log is not created.
Is there anything else I can check?

best regards


   * /From/: "Harig, Mark"
   * /To/: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
   * /Date/: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 10:30:22 -0500
   * /Subject/: RE: sshd in Windows 2003 server


Using 'openssh-host-config' is the only documented, supported
approach to setting up a Cygwin openssh server.  If you follow
instructions from other locations, then you need to ask for
assistance at those locations.  The documentation for the Cygwin-specific
openssh setup begins in /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README.

-----Original Message-----
From: daniel
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 6:32 AM
Subject: sshd in Windows 2003 server

Hi, I've installed sshd succesfully a couple of time on WinXP machines following the instructions at However, I didn' manage on a Windows 2003 server. I always get "1053 did not start in a timely fashion" immediately on clicking on the Windows service "start" button. I tried with both enabling and disabling the privilege separation.

I don't think I have to follow the instructions at, since
my cygwin
version (cygwin DLL version: 1.5.12) already creates a
ssd_server user
with the privileges mentioned there.

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