I have two computers at college, my custom desktop, and my laptop. Both are running Windows 10, but what’s important to this guide is the desktop is running Windows 10 as the client configuration here is trivial to replicate on OSX or Linux, probably even easier. The desktop is definitely the powerhouse, and I do all of my heavier applications and processing on it. However, I’m out and about on campus most of the day, and am sometimes unable to access my desktop when I need to. I was reluctant to just open up RDP on my firewall given the security risks, and I thought setting up a personal VPN to access one port on one computer would be overkill, so I decided to go with SSH port forwarding.
The sshd_config file on windows is located at
I recommend adding this line:
PasswordAuthentication no to disable less secure password authentication and only rely on more secure pub/priv keys. If you do this, run
ssh-keygen on the client, go to
%userprofile%\.ssh, and copy the contents of the
id_rsa file on the client to a file on the server in the same location called
You can change the port from 22 if you want security through obscurity with this line in sshd_config:
Port [port number]
Make sure to allow the port through on your firewall and forward through your router if necessary.
$ArgumentList = '-L 4000:localhost:3389 ' + $content + ' -p 31825' Start-Process ssh -ArgumentList $ArgumentList -NoNewWindow Start-Sleep 5 mstsc /v localhost:4000 wait-process -name mstsc exit