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WinSCP is an Open Source SFTP Client while PuTTY is a free SSH client. Both are must-have tools for Linux Administrators who manage their servers from a Windows client. I guess, there aren't many sysops out there who don't know these tools. This blog post describes how one can integrate PuTTY in WinSCP.

WinSCP PreferencesFirst of all, you have to tell WinSCP where to find PuTTY. After you started a session with WinSCP, go to Options->Preferences->Integration. There you can enter the path where you copied PuTTY.exe.

You can configure WinSCP to remember the PuTTY session password. When you start PuTTY from WinSCP, it uses the current session account to logon automatically. I know, one shouldn't save passwords, but if you have to often logon, this can save a lot of typing time. Here you can also tell WinSCP to open a new PuTTY session every time you start WinSCP session.

You can open PuTTY from within WinSCP, if you click on the PuTTY icon in the WinSCP toolbar. Putty will start with its default settings which means that a small window with a black background and an extra tiny font will open.

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PuTTY ReconfigurationI don't know how many sysops work with the default PuTTY settings, but it's the first thing I change when I start it on a new machine. Click on the icon in the left corner of your PuTTY window and then on "Change Setting". Configure PuTTY to your own taste. I recommend using larger fonts and a white background, if you don't intend to buy a guide dog in your old days. Now, click on "Session", then on "WinSCP temporary session" and then on "save". Done!


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