Enabling secure connections on your Windows PC

To connect via a secure connection, you need to prepare your Windows PC and install a SSH server.

Note: Before proceeding, make sure that your Windows installation is up to date.

Windows 10

Since Windows 10, Microsoft offers OpenSSH as an optional installation. This makes things much easier but there are a few steps to go through in order to install the server.

For earlier Windows versions, make sure that a SSH server such as freeSSHd is installed.

Instructions for Windows 10 and later

Start a powershell prompt as administrator and execute the following command to see if it's installed already:

Get-WindowsCapability -Online | ? Name -like 'OpenSSH*'

You should see something like:

Name  : OpenSSH.Client~~~~
State : NotPresent
Name  : OpenSSH.Server~~~~
State : NotPresent

The client part is not required. If the server part is NotPresent, install it with this command:

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name OpenSSH.Server~~~~

You should see something like:

Path          :
Online        : True
RestartNeeded : False

Start the OpenSSH server and make sure it starts up automatically.

Start-Service sshd
Set-Service -Name sshd -StartupType 'Automatic'

The setup automatically creates a firewall rule to allow OpenSSH. Check to make sure it is actually created.

Get-NetFirewallRule -Name *ssh*

Loopback Connections

Open the settings for the VNC server installed on your PC and make sure that loopback connections are enabled:

Enable Secure Connections in Screens Connect

Now that your PC is configured, you can enable secure connections in Screens Connect.

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