ssh-agent can prevent you from having to enter passphrases into your public key's when connecting to a remote server on Linux; thus enabling you to automate remote tasks over a secure channel.

Is there any sort of Windows-native equivalent for this sort of thing on Windows other than using Cygwin? I'm aware of a feature of Windows called Windows-Vault, but I don't think that's quite the same thing.


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If you use PuTTY, the associated Pageant program performs this function.

  • I'm aware of PuTTY...but what if you work in an environment where you're connecting to a Windows box? I have psexec, but I don't like the security on it. What of powershell remote commands, are they secure?
    – leeand00
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 1:18
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    Pageant is a client-side thing, just like ssh-agent, it doesn't matter what kind of server you're connecting to. Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 1:19

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