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Command shell

License restriction: The Command shell feature is only available when using a WinGate Enterprise license.

The Command shell, located at Utilities > Command shell in the WinGate Management console, allows users to run the Windows command interpreter (cmd.exe) in any defined user context, on the WinGate server that they are connected to.

The Command shell in WinGate is similar to a telnet server, but is more secure, since all communications are made via the encrypted channel used by the WinGate Management console when it communicates with the WinGate Engine.

The Command shell allows users to execute console applications on the WinGate server they have connected to. This is useful for tasks such as:

  • Using ping and tracert to check basic connectivity from the WinGate machine.
  • Running route.exe to view or modify the Operating system route table.
  • Running ipconfig.exe to renew or release adapter addresses, and get TCP/IP configuration information.
  • Running ps.exe (part of the posix resource kit for Windows) to view and terminate running processes.
  • Using net.exe to browse networks, map drives etc.
  • Running shutdown.exe to reboot the WinGate server, or remote machines.

To use the Command shell:

  1. Use the WinGate Management console to connect to a specified WinGate installation.
  2. Navigate to Utilities > Command shell.
  3. From the Tasks menu select New Shell. This will open the Login dialog.
  4. Enter the user name and password of a Windows user that has permissions to access and use cmd.exe on the Windows machine that you have connected to with the WinGate Management console.


    These are credentials for a suitable Windows user on the machine where WinGate is installed, irrespective of the type of user database being used by WinGate.

    Logging in will display the Command interpreter in the Command shell panel.

  5. The command prompt will always appear in the directory where WinGate has been installed. Enter commands as you normally would from the command line interpreter in Windows.
  6. To exit and close the Command shell, simply type Exit at the command line prompt.


Some console applications which launch their own console window do will not work with this feature, notably telnet.exe, and ftp.exe.

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