The Telnet client is one of the most basic connectivity and management tools that any IT professional needs, and this article will show you how to enable Telnet client in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Telnet client not only lets you connect to a remote Telnet server and run applications on that server, but is also useful for testing connections to remote servers, such as ones running web services, SMTP services and others.
Telnet Client Options
Note: There are many Telnet client tools, where many of them are freely available on the Internet. There are even smartphone and tablet versions that you can download from Google Play or the Apple Store, depending on the OS version on your mobile device. For example, PuTTY is one of the most used apps, as it can perform many types of remote connections, including to Telnet servers.
How to install the Telnet Client for Windows 8 and Server 2012
The Telnet client is a feature that has been included with Microsoft operating systems since Windows NT. However, it is not enabled by default for later OSs, where this started back with Windows Server 2008/Vista. So unless you are going to use a third-party tool to assist you when you perform your remote connection and connectivity troubleshooting work, you want to enable Telnet client on your machine. Just in case you need it.
There are several methods for installing or enabling the Telnet client in Windows Server 2012/R2/8.
Install the Telnet client from the GUI
There is a difference between Windows Server 2012/R2 and Windows 8.
1. In Windows Server 2012/R2, open Server Manager from the taskbar icon or from the Start page.
2. Click “Manage” and then “Add Roles and Features”.
3. Click “Next” four times until you get to the “Select Features” page.
4. Click to select the “Telnet Client” feature. Click “Next”.
5. Click “Install”.
6. You can click “Close”. No need to wait for the installation to complete.
7. In Windows 8 open Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program” under “Programs”.
8. Click on the “Turn Windows features on or off” link.
9. Click “OK”, and the feature will be installed.
Install the Telnet client from the Command Prompt
1. Open the Command Prompt window with elevated permissions (Run as Administrator).