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No any useful tools for Linux communication included into Windows 7, whereas in Windows 10 Microsoft added some more or less useable support of Linux, e.g. bash, and even apt package manager.

SSH client

For a Windows PC there are several third party tools available.

You can use [PuTTY] to access a server via ssh. The putty terminal however does not support graphics. Also there is a fork of Putty -- [KiTTY] with a lots of improvements.

[Cygwin] installs a linux-like environment on your PC. This includes linux commands such as "ssh" which it is necessary to use to connect to a linux server. Cygwin also includes an X11 server, this gives you a graphical user interface with terminal windows in which you can connect to the linux servers. If You found Cygwin too clumsy for your desktop, you might have a look at [VcXsrv] or [Xming] (the latter became a paid "DonateWare" recently: [[1]] - for downloading the software you have to send them a £10 donation)

For access to files only (copy,move,delete) via SSH you might use [WinSCP]

Remote connection to Linux graphical session is possible via [x2Go]

NFS client

Is mostly useless for ordinary users as it's not integrated into Windows desktop environment. However you can mount NFS shares from command line.

(Based on [Answers])

In order to activate the Client for NFS, go into the Control Panel, and go to "Programs and Features". In the left hand column, you'll see a link for "Turn Windows features on or off".

Select that, and it will open a list box that shows all of the optional components built in to Windows 7. Some are already activated. Find the one labeled "Services for NFS". Click the "+" box to display the two sub-features, "Administrative Tools" and "Client for NFS". Check all three boxes and then click "OK".

Windows will install those components and ask to reboot your system. Once you have rebooted, Client for NFS will be installed.

To use it, go to Administrative Tools->Services for NFS to configure it. Alternatively, you can use the command line program 'nfsadmin' to configure.

Hope this helps!

If you have no "NFS Services" feature, installation of [SDK] could help

VPN client

Follow the [ITS instructions]

Run client and connect to vpn.vuw.ac.nz

Far Manager

Very nice textmode file manager [Far]

Far Manager is a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions:

 * viewing files and directories;
 * editing, copying and renaming files;
 * and many other actions. 
 * Plugins present an almost limitless expansion of the features of Far http://plugring.farmanager.com/

With [NetBox Plugin] (already included into recent FAR releases) you'll have got a full-functional SFTP/FTP(S)/SCP/WebDAV client