Using Cygwin to Configure OpenSSH When Installing Platform Manager on a Remote Windows Machine

In Command Central 10.5 and higher you can bootstrap Platform Manager on a remote machine with a Windows operating system over SSH. Before bootstrapping Platform Manager, you must first configure OpenSSH on the remote machine.

The following steps describe how to set up OpenSSH using Cygwin:

1. Go to the Cygwin website ( and download the most recent version of "setup-x86_64.exe" (64-bit Windows).
2. Run "setup-x86_64.exe" as administrator.
3. To select, download, and install Cygwin packages:
   a/ On the installation wizard screens, click "Next" to accept the default values for download source, root installation directory, and local package directory.
   b/ Select the setting appropriate for your internet connection.
   c/ Select a download mirror site.
   d/ On the Select Packages screen, select to install the following packages (click the drop-down list next to the package and select a version):
    - Admin > cygrunsrv
    - Net > openssh (version 8.0 or higher)
    - Archive > unzip
4. Complete the installation.
5. Run "Cygwin Terminal" as administrator.
6. In the Cygwin Terminal, run the following command:

ssh-host-config -y

If the command returns any errors, you should resolve them before you continue.

7. Restart Windows and use an SSH client to log on with the user account that will run Platform Manager to verify that the SSH server setup was successful.