Why is there no CLI Telnet in Windows Server 2008?

by David Davis [Published on 11 Dec. 2007 / Last Updated on 11 Dec. 2007]

Like me, I am sure you are used to running telnet in Windows. it isn't there anymore in Windows Server 2008. Find out what to do in this article...

If you are like me, you are used to going to a Windows command line and telnetting to a host. I was flustered when, in Windows 2008, I typed telnet and just got an error message. So, how do you install Telnet in Windows 2008 Server? Either use the “Initial Configuration Tasks” screen or open Server Manager by going to Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager. From there, click on Add a Feature. You want to add the Telnet Client. This will get your CLI telnet application working again.


David Davis has served as an IT Manager for over 15 years. He has a number of certifications including CCIE #9369, MCSE, CISSP, & VCP. Additionally, David has authored over one hundred articles, a number of video training courses including Windows XP, Wireless Networking, Linux Administration, ISA Server, A+ Certification, Microsoft Virtual Server, & VMware Server & Workstation. David publishes Cisco Networking how-to articles & videos at his website, HappyRouter.com.

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