How can I ssh to a Windows box?

Thu Mar 12 12:41:00 GMT 2009

Michael Hennebry <> wrote:

> On Mon, 9 Mar 2009, Michael Hennebry wrote:
> ...
> I've discovered that if I kill the demon,
> I still get timeout from the outside,
> but connection refused locally.

If you can login to ssh locally but not from the outside, perhaps your
Windows' firewall is blocking this.

> I haven't been able to restart the demon:
> /var/empty must be owned by root and not group or world-writeable.

You must give the files the correct ownership and access rights:
In cygwin, issue:

cd /
chmod og+w /tmp
touch /var/log/sshd.log
chown system:system /var/log/sshd.log /var/empty /etc/ssh_h*
chmod 755 /var/empty

Define the service with the command 

cygrunsrv -I sshd -p /usr/sbin/sshd

Start the service by

cygrunsrv -S sshd

Stop the service by 

cygrunsrv -E sshd

Hope this helps.

Wilfried Hennings

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