Accessing multiple VNC servers using only one SSH port?
Mon Nov 18 22:52:00 2002
At 04:39 PM 11/18/2002 -0500, William Hooper wrote:
>You don't mention what operating systems are involved
No, because I didn't think it was relevant. In my particular case, the
machines can be any combination of Windows, Linux, and Solaris boxes that
you want. Does that help?
>, but I believe
>this is answered on the "Using VNC with SSH" page (
>http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/sshvnc.html ) under "more advanced
>use". All communication over the Internet is handled by SSH port
Unfortunately, that page does not deal with my usecase at all. It shows you
how to forward a port in longer and longer chains of machines, but it does
not (according to my reading of it) say anything about accessing multiple
machines with a single forwarded port. In each case, the port is being
forwarded to only one possible ultimate destination.
Let me describe the usecase in text instead of using a diagram, it may be
From home or on the road with my laptop, I often need to get access to one
of several machines in my office, not just a terminal but the whole
desktop. I may need to get at my workstation or a machine running automated
tests or one of several servers. I don't know ahead of time exactly which
of several machines I will need access to. There are several other
developers in my office with the same need. What we all have to work with
is a single SSH port that has been opened up in the firewall for remote access.
I think this scenario is probably fairly common. Running gotomypc on each
of the machines would be a solution, but the company frowns on that as a
security breach and is not willing to pay for subscriptions to it. So I am
trying to find another way, and I was hoping that the combination of VNC
and SSH might give it to me.