Remote access setup

Fred Roller froller at
Thu Jun 11 13:25:05 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-06-09 at 02:53 +0200, arnaud mezenga somaunn wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I'm having a this case i want to solve:
> I got one central PC running jaunty that store everything i have
> (docs,music etc...). I actually want to setup a kind of remote access
> that will allow me to access the content of that pc when i'm far from
> home. Is there any application that can allow me to that (thinking of
> something like radmin on wan setup - if i'm right) then i'll store and
> browse the content of my home pc from anywhere in this world,through
> the internet. Is a VPN a right solution for doing that or just an
> additional fonction or stack to the global structure.
> Thanks for help
> PS. All of this must allow me get connected on the central home PC
> throught the internet
> -- 
> Sent from my mobile device

My solution was to install and use ssh.  For security I did the

sudo apt-get install ssh

vi /etc/network/interfaces
	# The primary network interface
	iface eth0 inet static

# Since this is on the net change ssh listening port.

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
	# What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
	#Port 22 	<------ add pound sign to rem out this line.
	# Use these options to restrict which interfaces/protocols sshd will bind to
	#ListenAddress ::
	ListenAddress   <----- Add this line.

# I am assuming you know how to use vi, if not use any text editor as root.

sudo /etc/init.d/ssh restart

Once this is done set your router to forward to this new port (225 in this example) to your IP addy.

On your remote system simply click 
Places->Connect to Server.
	Service type = SSH
	Server = [routable IP of your router] <--- Get this from your router status section or similar. (A static IP is best)
	Port = 225 (or whatever you selected)
	Folder = [I leave blank]
	User Name = Your username
	Add bookmark = checked (if you don't want to retype the above)
	Bookmark name = server name
Click -->Connect

you should be prompted for a password and then see your server in a file manager.  Looks like a lot but is quite easy.

Fred R.

"Life is like Linux, simple.  If you are fighting it, you are doing
something wrong."

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