Telnet has been available on UNIX servers for years, but the more protected Secure Shell (SSH) has largely supplanted it. However, if you want a remote command-line option for your Windows server and you're working in a relatively secure environment, Telnet can fit the bill.
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There are two available methods to activate Windows' Telnet Server: via the GUI or the command line.
To activate Telnet via the GUI, follow these steps:
To activate Telnet from the command line, enter the following at the command prompt when logged in as administrator:
sc config TlntSvr start=auto
sc start TlntSvr
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