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I am following the procedures in the link you provided for installing openssh on windows 2003 server. I am using the older version because the compiling your own seemed to involved for a non-unix person. Anyway I am almost done but I am stuck at:

¦If you're not using the full Cygwin install you probably won't have bash so you will need to change the shells in the passwd file to use /cygdrive/c/Windows/system32/cmd.exe.

I do not find where in the passwd file I would change this.

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in cygwin it should be in .etc/passwd
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you generally put it after the home directory.  Here is a link that shows a typical format

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/understanding-etcpasswd-file-format/
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Great. Thanks for the info. When I ran the mkpasswd command I used the -d switch because it was a domain user but it created accounts for all my domain users. Can I just delete the the other users?
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you should be able to remove the domain user accounts you don't need.
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Ok. Thanks for the info. One last question. In the command below where it says "/cygdrive/"
would I change that to c: or do I use the syntax as is?

¦If you're not using the full Cygwin install you probably won't have bash so you will need to change the shells in the passwd file to use /cygdrive/c/Windows/system32/cmd.exe
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I cannot start the openSSH service. I get these two errors:

-starting service `OpenSSHd' failed: execv: 1, Operation not permitted.
-starting service `I' failed: redirect_fd: open (1, /var/log/OpenSSHd.log): 13, Permission denied.

The "logon On" in the service properties is set to the SSH user I created. The log file in the C:\Program Files\OpenSSH\var\log is empty. Can I enable this somewhere so that I can get error info?
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Trying opening the cygwin prompt on the system so that you have a LINUX style shell and go to /var;log.OpenSSHd.log and see if there is info there.

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I am not unix savvy at all. How do I do that with my version of openSSH? From what I read openSSH installs a partial version of Cygwin.
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Ok. I reinstalled it. I got the service to start, generated the public/private keys and I make the connection but I do not see where I can download anything.
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