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Are there any examples, using PowerShell (or perhaps something I can interpret - not a programmer... :( ) that I can use for SSH Private key authentication + passphrase to an SFTP server?

Thanks in advance!

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There are two samples on our blog, and I'm adding additional samples here.

This connects to our demo server, lists the root directory contents and downloads the readme.txt file:

# load Rebex SFTP assemblies
Add-Type -Path "c:\Program Files (x86)\Rebex Components 2017 R4.1\bin\net-4.0\Rebex.Common.dll" 
Add-Type -Path "c:\Program Files (x86)\Rebex Components 2017 R4.1\bin\net-4.0\Rebex.Networking.dll" 
Add-Type -Path "c:\Program Files (x86)\Rebex Components 2017 R4.1\bin\net-4.0\Rebex.Sftp.dll" 

# create an instance of Sftp object
$sftp = New-Object Rebex.Net.Sftp

# omit this if logging is not needed (or use FileLogWriter to log into a file)
$sftp.LogWriter = New-Object Rebex.ConsoleLogWriter([Rebex.LogLevel]::Info)

# connect and authenticate
$sftp.Login("demo", "password") 

# display contents of the root directory (use GetList to get a parsed form)
Write-Output $sftp.GetRawList("/")

# download a file into the current directory
$sftp.Download("/readme.txt", ".")

# disconnect from the server and dispose the sftp object

To authenticate using a private key instead of a password, use create an instance of SshPrivateKey and use another overload of the Login method:

$key = New-Object Rebex.Net.SshPrivateKey("C:\MyData\Key.ppk", "keypassword")
$sftp.Login("username", $key) 

And to use both a key and password, use this:

$key = New-Object Rebex.Net.SshPrivateKey("C:\MyData\Key.ppk", "keypassword")
$sftp.Login("username", "password", $key) 

Most methods of the Sftp object are simple-to-use and quite suitable to be called from PowerShell scripts - converting the sample code from our features pages should be quite simple.