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I have a Jenkins master on a Linux machine and I would like it to be able to connect to a Windows 10 agent, how do I do that?

I can't find much in the official documentation about agents in general, and as for searching the web, the results show how to do it using JNLP, which only works on Java 8 and not on 11, and I don't want to downgrade from 11 to 8.

I've been able to set up Linux agents, to which I connect using ssh (like this), but the same process doesn't seem to work for the Windows agent.

I am at wits' end here, do you know or have any up-to-date resources on connecting to Windows agents? Thanks.

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Have you checked the following link: https://wiki.jenkins.io/display/JENKINS/Step+by+step+guide+to+set+up+master+and+agent+machines+on+Windows I advise you to configure a node on the master ( manage --> manage nodes ) and set the launch method to launch agent by connecting it to the master. After that you have three methods to connect the Windows agent to Jenkins master, the easiest way will be to lanch it from a browser. enter image description here This should work enven with jdk 11.

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  • Link seems to be about Windows master to Windows agent. Would it work for Linux master to Windows agent as well ?
    – erik
    Jan 8 at 16:38
  • that's what i'm using for a Jenkins Master on Linux <--> Jenkins agent on Windows. if you encounter a specific error please share the details with jenkins version.
    – aniskh
    Jan 8 at 16:41
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I've added a Jenkins windows slave to a Jenkins master running on Linux not too long ago and wrote the steps I've taken for future use.

Here's what needs to be done:

Jenkins service on the windows slave needs to be started with a dedicated user rather than local system account.

Then I had some problems when I tried connecting from the master jenkins to this windows-jenkins-slave of "Access denied" - when the master tried to start the local service.

In order to avoid "Access denied" errors when the master tries connecting to windows slave, follow these steps:

  • Create a dedicated user for jenkins which is a member of the local administrative group on the windows-jenkins-slave.
  • Allow the local administrator group full control over the following registry values:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID{72C24DD5-D70A-438B-8A42-98424B88AFB8}

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{76A64158-CB41-11D1-8B02-00600806D9B6}

And then reboot the windows agent to apply the changes to the registry.

Then, Configure the node in master Jenkins like so: enter image description here

this jenkins user is the local user I've created.

  • Add this local jenkins user to the jenkins service as the log on user.

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