Reverse SSH Tunneling to UF Server

Step 1: Install autossh on the local node:

Step 2: Run the following script on the local node (You need to change the LOCAL_PORT for each node, if there are more than one node to connect to the server.):


# This forwards all requests to the local port to the remote port on the server.
LOCAL_PORT=20001 #pick a different `LOCAL_PORT` for each node, if they are more than one. `20001` for the first node, `20002` for the second node, etc.
BASE_PORT=30001 #BASE_PORT and BASE_PORT+1 will be used for monitoring and echo service on the local node.
REMOTE_PORT=22 #Server SSH Port
NAT_PORT=2222 #Server NAT Port
SERVER= #Server Public IP Address
USER=rpicluster #Server Username
LOGFILE=autossh.log #Path to the Log File
AUTOSSH_DEBUG=1 AUTOSSH_LOGFILE=$LOGFILE autossh -f -M $BASE_PORT -N -R $LOCAL_PORT:$LOCALHOST:$REMOTE_PORT $USER@$SERVER -p $NAT_PORT -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no
echo "Reverse SSH Tunnel has been established. autossh tries to keep the tunnel alive while the machines are up..."

To make sure the SSH tunnel stays open, you should run the following script as a cron job frequently, like every 10 minutes:


crontab -e

Add this:

*/10 * * * * <path_to_script>