How To Install Telnet in Windows Server 2008 ?

Telnet is a windows based client, a network protocol that allows you to access remote computers using the virtual terminal connection. Upon logging in to the Telnet client the user is provided with a command prompt to perform actions on the server. Whatever commands are typed into the telnet command prompt (cmd) are conveyed and executed on the Telnet server. When the commands are executed there, output is sent back to your telnet client which you are able to view.

Telnet client is a feature that comes with MS Windows Server 2008, but by default it is disabled on  2008 server and needs to be installed or enabled manually. There are two different methods to install telnet client on the windows server 2008.

Let’s start with the first method.

How to Enable Telnet Client in Windows Server 2008 using Add Features Wizard in Server Manager ?

At the beginning, when you go and run a “telnet” command, windows will not recognize telnet as a command and will output you a message “ ‘telnet’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.


In order to Install Telnet on Windows Server 2008, follow the instructions shown below step by step:

Step 1: Login to your Windows Server 2008 and open the server manager as shown in the next step.

Step 2: Click Start >> Server Manager. (See image below).


Step 3: On the left panel of the Server Manager, simply click on the Features as shown in the image below.


Step 4: Now click on the “Add Features”, as you can confirm in the image below that there are no existing features installed on this server (0 of 34 installed).


Step 5: Go through the list of features available to install and select the Telnet Client by ticking the check box infront of it. Now, click on the “Next” button.


Step 6: Confirm Installation Selections – This is the confirmation page, where you need to confirm the features which you want to install. Since, there is only one feature to install, you can directly click on the “Install” button.


Step 7: The installation process of Telnet client feature will begin.


Step 8: Once the Telnet Client installation is successfully completed, hit the “Close” button.


How to Install Telnet Client in Windows Server 2008 using ServerManagerCMD ?

ServerManagerCMD is a command line utility available on Windows Server 2008, usually which is used to add or remove server roles and features. It offers the same functionality as the graphical version of Server Manager.

Step 1: Login into your Windows Server 2008.

Step 2: Open the ServerManagerCMD and run the following command through it.

servermanagercmd –I Telnet-Client


Step 3: Now, simply open the command prompt and run the “telnet” command.


Once you run the telnet command, you will see that Telnet is now recognized by the Windows Server 2008. You can use it to access your telnet servers. These telnet installation steps can be applicable on both windows vps and windows dedicated server.

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