Windows Jump Server Application Build

By | 13 Apr 2016

I recently needed to setup a new Windows jump server¹ for accessing and managing servers and clients in a remote environment.  As I started to configure applications on the host I quickly realized I have a default set of applications I use for management tasks.  While this list driven somewhat by need and somewhat by personal preference these are the applications I use (alphabetical order for no reason):


Compression tool of choice, mostly for the ability to expand just about any file type.

Bitvise SSH Client

A robust and personal preference for SSH connections on Windows.

Alternate: PuTTY –


FTP/SFTP client of choice, seems to be the enterprise standard these days.

Remote Desktop Connection Manager (Microsoft)

If managing multiple Windows Server/Client machines Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection Manager is a must have.


Window’s Notepad just doesn’t cut it for working with large (multi-GB) log files.


VNC clients are a dime a dozen, this one boils down to compatibility and personal preference.


X Window System Server for Windows used for viewing certain Unix/Linux applications exported via SSH.

Alternate: Xming


Command line text editor for Windows, keeps things consistent across managing Unix/Linux and at least this one Windows host.

VMware vSphere Client

Used for legacy and stand-alone ESXi servers. Slowly dying in favor of the vSphere Web GUI.


  1. A jump server or jump host or jumpbox is a (special-purpose) computer on a network typically used to manage devices in a separate security zone. The most common example is managing a host in a DMZ from trusted networks or computers.

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