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SSH tunnels and port forwarding

Hi everyone, Today, we will try to give you a simple explanation of a life-saver feature: SSH tunnels and port-forwarding! There are many cases in which you will find SSH-tunnels very useful: when your remote server is not directly accessible (behind a firewall or in a DMZ) when your remote program only binds to (if you are using a mysql instance only bound to localhost on your web server for instance) when you want to secure a protocol (like VNC or X11) by transporting it through an encrypted SSH channel when you connect to a home computer, NAS or Raspberry Pi from the Internet when you need to get through a network equipment where only SSH protocol is allowed when you open a connection to a remote server and need to easily open a reverse communication channel from the remote server to your local computer In all these situations, you will be able to achieve your goal easily thanks to SSH-tunnels. Read more »

Raspberry Pi without monitor or keyboard

Hi everyone! So you have a new Raspberry Pi device and you just want to unleash its potential, but you do not have any monitor, keyboard and mouse to connect it? In this article, we will show you in 3 simple steps how to set up and control your Raspberry Pi device without any monitor, keyboard or mouse! You will only need to download MobaXterm on your Windows desktop. Step 1: Find my Raspberry Pi IP address We assume you have a Raspberry Pi with a distribution already installed on SD card. Read more »

How to keep X11 display after su or sudo

Hi everyone! We receive a lot of emails asking how to keep X11-forwarding working after changing user to root inside a SSH session in MobaXterm. This is by default not allowed on Unix/Linux systems, because the X11 display connection belongs to the user you used to log with when connecting to your remote SSH server. X11-forwarding mechanism does not allow anyone to use the open display. However, in some cases you may need to start a graphical application like nedit or firefox in a sudo or su context. Read more »

MobaXterm configuration settings

If you have to set some configuration options in MobaXterm, you would probably go to the MobaXterm configuration window. However, in order to keep a clean and simple graphical interface, some advanced settings are not displayed in the main configuration window: Some options can be set in MobaXterm Customizer program Some settings can be specified using commandline parameters Some advanced settings can be set manually, directly in MobaXterm configuration file MobaXterm.ini We previously discussed about MobaXterm command-line parameters and MobaXterm Customization capabilities in another post, so we will now introduce some ways to modify MobaXterm settings directly into its “MobaXterm.ini” configuration file. Read more »

MobaXterm commandline parameters

If you use MobaXterm extensively, you may need to know some advanced commandline settings in order to specify how MobaXterm should be started and to specify if it has to perform some automatic actions just after startup. This can be useful in order to automate some repetitive tasks or in order to include MobaXterm in a script. Here is an exhaustive list of commandline parameters you can use: You can run a shell script directly at MobaXterm startup. Read more »