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OpenSSH provides tools that allows you to encrypt all traffic to help manage eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks to your Internet while providing secure tunneling capabilities and more.

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OpenSSH provides tools that allows you to encrypt all traffic to help manage eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks to your Internet while providing secure tunneling capabilities and more.


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OpenBSD
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH is secure and powerful. authentication by a public/private key pair with different cyphers and has lots of configuration options.

It integrates a secure FTP client/server which should be preferred to other traditional dedicated FTP server solutions.

Although it is mostly a command-line interface to a system, can also be used to establish a secure encrypted tunnel to other services running on a server, for instance to RDP, Windows shares (Samba on Linux). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, communication with the server could be quite slow especially if there are multiple hops to reach it.

Some errors (such as when configuring passwordless login through public/private key pairs) are not clear to understand and debugging such situations can prove to be rather difficult. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try to implement it on a Linux server because it is already integrated in the system.

If installing it on recent version of Windows, go to "optional features" and you'll find the most recent version supported by Microsoft. On older versions, you might quite easily install it through Chocolatey. Do not try the Cygwin route because rather outdated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using OpenSSH to administer several servers remotely in the cloud.

This way, I can manage the whole infrastructure of my clients through smart working, without being physically present in the datacenters.

I also use it to perform remote backups, by chaining it to RSync and RSnapshot ensuring an encrypted communication between servers.

Through SSH I'm also creating secure RDP connections to Windows servers passing through a middle server.

I used it on Windows server too, although it is more complicate to install and can require half a day to find out the proper way to set it up (which is different depending on the version of Windows). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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R & D Lead
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Clean file based architecture and excellent privilege separation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Microsoft port of OpenSSH is functional, but lags behind the full capabilities of the BSD/Linux packages, and does not have as clean of a user interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There is an initial learning curve to any system using public/private keypairs that can be hard to surmount. OpenSSH is one of the easier paths to mastering such systems, but it can still be daunting at first. Stick with it and you will get all your time back in the long run! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

OpenSSH is a good tool for managing co-ordination between multiple systems in a secure, scalable and easily upgraded fashion. It can trivially convert legacy processes based on less secure systems (such as telnet, FTP and the Berkeley R-protocols) and is the basis for remote control software such as Ansible and hardlink backup systems. Updates are timely and operational problems are virtually non-existent; OpenSSH is highly reliable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Customer Service Representative / Concierge
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

OpenSSH provides a universal peer-to-peer communications channel among all Operating Systems. Using OpenSSH service on Windows 2012 servers I was able to develop scripts running on Linux to extract information from Windows. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Scripting some commands can be a challenge when operating between Linux & Windows. There are some situations which could require upwards to 8 sets of quotations to issue a Windows command from Linux. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

True peer connectivity between Linux & Windows. I designed an automated inventory system running on Linux with a MySQL database.

Pearl scripts would issue Windows WMI commands to retrieve hardware inventory information to update the database. I always had a 100% accurate database for my on-line systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

simple to use, ease of install, cross system authentication easy for new users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Single vendor/developer issue for security reasons. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

remote maintenance of machines, and all general secure communication for machine to machine. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The inherent security the product offers as well as the excellent support provided by the community. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The lack of a native GUI makes it more challenging to use for novice users and administrators. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have met a requirement regarding multifactor authentication leveraging OpenSSH passing tokens residing on the users machine as part of the authentication process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH works in realtime. After login it didn't even feel that we are working on remote machine. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes connection gets disconnected if we leave it on idle. OpenSSH should keep the connection alive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I am currently working from home OpenSSH is helping me connect all my office machines from my Linux machine at home. I am able to connect multiple machines in multiple tabs of Linux terminal. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Administrator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is most useful to access Linux servers and Computers to access remotely and sort out the problems of users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Noting special that dislike but it should be by default installed in all linux systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am sorting problem with openssh are patch updating, installation of software, download, lamp server problem, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Speed, Native, And simplicity.,It has every thing needed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

UI could have been better. It should basically have its own client. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

remote login to AWS machine. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Not convinced by the libraries. The putty libraries worked without issues. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Example code wouldn’t connect to test ssh servers whereas putty did. This was enough to convince me the libraries would be more trouble than they’re worth. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None. Openssh was the problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

You can access using encryption key and simple to manage it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Passphrase need to enhanced in terms recovery of the passphrase if someone forget. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Key management system need to be in place Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's greatly help in automation, like deployment of application Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's already pre-installed and it is very easy to use. I like the sharing of the keys most because typing a password can be a problem in a terminal sometimes. Also, the SFTP protocol is really really useful for file transfer over ssl-encrypted lines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be cool if it was readily available as a server on windows too, but Windows is just so different as it doesn't use bash. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Know your commands. That all I have to say. Knowing your network stack and topology can help too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy and pre-installed remote control access and tunneling. All using bash. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH it's a tool integrated in all Linux operative systems that allows to connect between different Linux computers. With OpenSSH and a terminal you can open ssh tunnel, secure and safe. Throw this tunnel you can copy files and run commands.

One of the best things that you can do with OpenSSH it's transmit a port of remote computer to your computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In OpenSSH there aren't a graphical interface to configure it or to use it, and you needs wide knowledge to use it in safe mode Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

OpenSSH it's a free software to connect different computer. There aren't better alternatives, in fact OpenSSH it's the only option in the majority of systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically I use to communicate with my servers to admin them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH is one of this programs that are essential for everybody that works in Linux, it's a GNU progrma that gives you the option to connect to other machines with the terminal. There are interesting options like open a ssh session with X environment forwarding, or use ssh to make tunnel a port Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are nothing bad in this software. From the last 10 years I can say that it's perfect. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its an essencial program to every user of linux. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to connect to another computers of partners or connect to the servers of code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Development Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Its a great software makes you to create secure connection encrypted for advanced users because it work with Dos Commands based on secure shell and providing secure tunneling.

you can use it to connect anything with no leak in data because its fast and save

it works with multiple authentication for secure tunnel between server and client .

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What do you dislike?

it works under Dos no GUI to interact but instead it give strong encrypted connection

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What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it helps me well to connect another machines in another country as VPN.

its good and easy to use with small commands

it can bypass internet firewall to access the blocked sites .

it helps if we want to transfer some important data over the internet with secure connection so we use Openssh Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH is a simple application that allows you to connect to other computers running linux. You simply open a terminal and decide which computer you want to connect to. It should be noted that only terminal port works, although you can redirect graphic applications traffic through the tunnel Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In general, OpenSSH fulfills its mission, allowing to connect to computers. For my use it is perfect Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

OpenSSH is a basic application for administrators and users of linux environments. Basically it allows you to connect to different computers and move files between them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

OpenSSH allows me to connect to the different servers I manage, such as web or database servers, as well as connect to colleagues' computers to pass files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenSSH is the most used SSH services in production / non-production environments. It's a terminal application that works really good, without any doubt is one of the most important tools of the Sysadmins.

It allows the port forwarding throw the ssh tunnel, that means that you can connect to a port of other network although you don't see this port. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's easy to configure, but a bit difficult to configure security settings, like certificates to use or policies of discovering. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's the best alternative. Also you can pass graphical applications throw the ssh tunnel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Basically we connect to servers with SSH or between our computers. Also it's used to connect from home to work computer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

I like it because it is flexible and easy to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dont like it because it can be more optimal Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

nothing so far Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Specialist
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

easy to learn. great tool. highly recommend using Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

sometimes it can hang. But not all time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

updating and pushing sofware Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Freelancer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It allows point-to-point connections with any of elements of interconnected network of any scale.

It is fast, because it has no Graphical User Interface [GUI].

It is secure because it uses encryption methods of sophisticated nature.

IT is easy to install and use and customize. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes remote sides are difficult to configure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

$ man ssh Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am getting remote desktop solutions implemented over the ssh that allows me to use cloud desktop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Lead Software Developer
Building Materials
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We have been using OpenSSH on our RedHat 6 and RedHat 7 servers for several years. I'm not sure if this is somethibng that comes default on Rackspace's Redhat servers or if they make it for us. Either way it generally just works. The thing I like most about it is that I have no problem running our JSCH programs that connect to the various servers running SSH from within a Java Thread Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One thing I disliked, and this might be nitpicking or might be my ignorance, but I couldn't get it working on Windows with Cygwin. For whatever reason I just couldn't get it working Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it? Not sure really, it just works. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Jenkins automation. We've always used SSH for remotely accessing a box, but it;'s become especially useful to run some of our post deployment shell scripts that execute bash on a remote server via ssh after a jenkins build. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Special Education Paraprofessional
Education Management
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love how openssh lets me access my private network from outside in complete safety. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really, it's a great software which very little for bugs and annoyances Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Openssh lets me access my server from wherever in an easy and fast way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It’s an all in one for secure access and file transfers to machine across the lan, wan, and internet. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the security requirements don’t match the server and it can be difficult to figure out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in infrastructure so accessing many machines from Linux to Solaris to AIX as well as machines in AWS is very convenient with OpenSSH. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Analyst
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

easy to use , familiar command like access Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

nothing as such to dislike as of now , this software is satisfying my project needs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

connecting to remote mechine and provides authentication Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The degree of protecrion given to avoid unauthorized access. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not as easy to deploy as more commercial products. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to mobitor business securely when away from the site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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