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Introduction to Administering Telnet

Updated: March 24, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

This guide explains how to administer and use Telnet. These administration activities are part of the operations phase of the information technology (IT) life cycle. If you are not familiar with this guide, review the following sections of this introduction.

Use this guide when:

  • You want to install and configure the Telnet Server service on a computer running Windows.

  • You want to configure a Telnet server and a Telnet client to communicate with each other reliably and securely.

  • You want to know the best practices that are associated with administering the technology.

This guide assumes a basic understanding of what Telnet is, how it works, and why your organization uses it. It also assumes a thorough understanding of how Telnet is deployed and managed in your organization. This includes an understanding of the mechanism that your organization uses to configure and manage Telnet settings. For a basic overview of Telnet, see the Understanding Telnet and Using Telnet.

This guide includes information that is relevant to different roles in an IT organization, including IT planners, administrators, and operators. This information includes management-level information about Telnet and administrator-level information about the IT processes that are required to operate it.

This guide contains detailed procedures that are designed for operators (or designated users) who have varied levels of expertise and experience. Although the procedures provide operator guidance from start to finish, operators must have a basic proficiency with Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and MMC snap-ins. Operators must also know how to start administrative programs and access the command line. If operators are not familiar with Telnet, it might be necessary for IT planners, managers, or administrators to review the relevant operations in this guide and provide the operators with the parameters or data that they must enter when they perform the operation.

This guide includes the following types of topics:

  • Objectives are high-level goals for administering Telnet. Each objective consists of one or more high-level tasks that describe how the objective is accomplished. In this guide, Managing Telnet Client is an example of an objective.

  • Tasks contain groups of procedures for achieving the goals of an objective. In this guide, Connecting to a Telnet Server is an example of a task.

  • Procedures provide step-by-step instructions for completing tasks. In this guide, Connect to a Telnet Server as a Standard User is an example of a procedure topic.

If you are an IT manager who is delegating tasks to operators in your organization:

  • Read through the objectives and tasks to determine how to delegate permissions.

  • Determine whether you need to install tools before operators can perform the procedures for each task. Before you assign tasks to individual operators, ensure that all the tools are installed where operators can use them.

  • When necessary, create “tear sheets” for each task that operators perform in your organization. Cut and paste the task and its related procedures into a separate document. Then, you can either print this document or store it online.

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