How to set up key-based authentication for connecting to Windows

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    There are other questions and answers on the site related to this question, but none of them address this specific situation.

    I am connecting from my Mac (or from any system), to a Windows machine; and the user account on the Windows machine has no password. Putting a password on the user account is not an option.

    So I need to configure key-based access. How do I do this on the Windows side? There are no instructions for this on the site, no options or settings for this in the application, and no obvious settings files in Users\User\AppData to edit.


    I made a quick search of the KB to make sure what we were missing: ‘key-based authentication’. Perhaps the results were a little overwhelming 😉

    Anyway, the following will help you with your question:

    and this:

    Let me know how you get on.



    Neither of these articles address my problem, which is to configure the Windows server to accept an SSH key.


    Hi Stugol,

    I don’t understand why you wrote that neither of these articles address your problem ? Did you read the second article (‘How to set up key based authentication with NX protocol’) and follow the procedure step by step ?

    You can easily use SSH keys in NoMachine and log (via NoMachine) to the server on Windows just by following the instructions from the link provided previously.

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