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cf ssh command not working in Windows


Product Version
Pivotal Cloud Foundry® (PCF)  1.9.x, 1.10.x, 1.11.x 


When using the cf ssh <application>, it fails and gives the error message shown below:

Error Message:

Error: SSH session allocation failed: ssh: rejected: administratively prohibited
(SSH is not supported on windows cells)


This is a known limitation with Windows. Currently, Diego for Windows does not support access to applications via Secure Shell (SSH).


An alternative is to use Remote Desktop to connect to a computer running Windows from another computer that's connected to the same network and is also running Windows. Remote Desktop is not a function of PCF, but a core functionality of Microsoft Windows.  As such, you would configure Remote Desktop access in accordance with your company's procedure and policies for remote access of the Windows server.


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