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SSH Tectia

Installing on Windows

The Windows installation packages are provided in the MSI (Microsoft Installer) format. The package is also compatible with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64.

The online installation package is a zip file containing the license file and the the executable Microsoft Installer (MSI) package.

On the CD-ROM, the installation package for Windows is located in the /install/windows/ directory.

You must have administrator rights to install SSH Tectia Server on Windows.


SSH Tectia Server cannot be installed on file systems that do not support permissions (for example, FAT16 or FAT32). The hard disk partition where SSH Tectia Server is installed must use the NTFS file system.

SSH Tectia Server includes support for Entrust certificates on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The necessary libraries are automatically included in the installation.

The installation is carried out by a standard installation wizard. The wizard will prompt you for information and will copy the program files, install the services, and generate the host key pair for the server.

To install SSH Tectia Server on Windows, follow the instructions below:

  1. Online package: Extract the installation zip file contents to a temporary location.


    The license file will be imported automatically, if you extract the contents of the online .zip package before running the .msi installer, or if you are installing from a CD-ROM.

    You have to manually import the license file (sts53.dat) after completing the installation, if you run the .msi installer directly from the online .zip package.

  2. Locate the installation file ssh-tectia-server-<ver>.msi (where <ver> shows the SSH Tectia Server version and build number, for example

  3. Double-click the installation file, and the installation wizard will start.

  4. Follow the wizard through the installation steps and fill in information as requested.

    The server host key is generated during the installation. The key generation may take several minutes on slow machines.

  5. When the installation has finished, click Finish to exit the wizard.

  6. The installation should (re)start the server automatically.


    If SSH Tectia Server does not start (for example, because of a missing license or because some other software is already using port 22), correct the problem and start the server from the Windows Services console:

    1. From the Windows Start menu, open the Control Panel and double-click Administrative Tools.

    2. Double-click Services. The Services console opens.

    3. From the list, right-click on SSH Tectia Server. From the shortcut menu, you can now Start, Stop, Pause, Resume, or Restart the server.

      Pausing the server means that the existing connections will stay open but the server will not accept any new connections.




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