It would be really convenient if I could setup a network between my home and office PCs so that I could access files at home. It would be even more convenient if I could run programs installed on my office PC from home. Both PCs are running SUSE 11.1. Is this possible to do?
I found a nice looking instructional piece on setting up computers for remote access (Remote Access to SUSE - openSUSE), but it says a prereq is having a network already setup between the PCs, so I stopped there since I don’t know how to do that.
The only thing I recognized there was VNC, but that’s not as secure as SSH, right?
Anyways, I read chapter 34 of Beginning SUSE Linux: Accessing Linux Remotely, and learned a few things. It looks like I could just type
to run bash on the remote pc and use the sftp command to transfer files. The chapter also talked about using the GUI remotely, which pretty much covers everything I want to do, but the book isn’t up to date for SUSE 11.1, so his instructions aren’t completely accurate as far as I could see. Before I could do anything like this, I have to configure the firewalls of both PCs. So, I need to go into yast>security and users>firewall>allowed services and enable secured server shell, right? Then I need to click advanced and open up a port through which to communicate? Here’s a screenshot of the screen I wound up at. I believe I should type in 5900 for the port, but which box do I type that in? There are three entries for ports and one for IP protocols. Do I need to enter anything else to make ssh possible between these two machines?
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So I kind of got SSH working. I configured the firewalls on both computers to allow SSH and VNC and then I selected ‘advanced’ and typed ‘22 5900’ in the UDP Port box. After that, I got a hostname for my home PC since it doesn’t have a static IP address using the tutorial given at HOWTO run an ssh server without a static IP address [Archive] - Ubuntu Forums.
I tried using
ssh <home domain>
from my office and it worked perfectly. I was even able to start up the X window remotely (although it was unbearably slow). However, now I tried the same thing from home and I can’t access my office PC. The PC is turned on but I’m logged off of it. When I try it, the connection just times out after a while. I pinged the PC and everything goes well, but I can’t connect via SSH. What could the problem be that’s causing this? Router settings set by IT?