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Access to a remote mongodb with mac OsX client

I needed to access a mongodb instance to manage my collections. I was looking for something like phpmyadmin for mongo but the first tool I found was mongoclient.

This tool is an application for desktop provided for many OS including mac OsX. The quality of the tool is really good.

The mongodb was installed on my server remotely and protected by a firewall so the easiest way to access it was to open a ssh tunnel. Mongoclient is supposed to manage the ssh tunnel in the application but it was not working for me so I had to manually connect the tunnel :

ssh -L 27017:localhost:27017 -p 22 user@mongodb.server.com

Once connected it is possible to create a localhost connection with mongoclient.

 

 

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How to avoid ssh session closing on inactivity

CentOs 7 have a built-in configuration to close the inactive ssh session. In term of security it is a good thing but when killing a session after 1 minute of inactivity start to be a mess when you have multiple session opened in parallel.

This can be avoid on the client side by configuring a keep-alive period on the client side. To activate a such keepalive, you just have to connect with the following command line:

ssh -o ServerAliveInterval=5 login@server.com

This will configure client to send a NULL packet every 5 seconds to keep the session opened.

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Install GateOne – an HTML5 ssh client

gateone_loginWith the growing firewall constraints accessing a server over ssh is not always a pleasant journey ; I’ve read a korben post on GateOne html5 server side ssh client and I just got an opportunity to deploy it for a test. This post will detail how to install it and secure it a little bit.

 

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