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Multiple CLI connections to CES

We are running 10 ESAs and 1 SMA in our CES environment. I am able to open up a CLI connection to each server independently using putty. Unfortunately due to the method in which you have to open up a 'proxy' connection first, then the connection to the server, I am unable to have multiple sessions open at the same time. Has anyone come across a method to do this?

 

Thanks,

 

Simon

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This questions has been answered in an AMA and applied successfully in our deployment. Thanks! See response below:

 

Hello,

 

Multiple connections can be accomplished by configuring multiple proxy tunnels on separate source ports. 

 

As an example, you would typically open up the first proxy tunnel connection using a specific source port (e.g. 2200) and destination (e.g. esa1.example.iphmx.com) and then connect to the ESA/SMA using the loopback and the configured source port. To connect to multiple devices simultaneously, you would need to configure additional tunnel forwards using different source ports. 

 

puttconfigexample.JPG

Using the example configuration in the screenshot above, you would then be able to connect to esa1 using 127.0.0.1:2200 and to esa2 using 127.0.0.1:2201. Though, keep in mind that the tunnel forwards connections need to stay active in the background to allow connectivity. Also, be sure not to utilize any ports in use on your system as that may cause conflicts.

 

Thanks!

-Dennis M.

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This questions has been answered in an AMA and applied successfully in our deployment. Thanks! See response below:

 

Hello,

 

Multiple connections can be accomplished by configuring multiple proxy tunnels on separate source ports. 

 

As an example, you would typically open up the first proxy tunnel connection using a specific source port (e.g. 2200) and destination (e.g. esa1.example.iphmx.com) and then connect to the ESA/SMA using the loopback and the configured source port. To connect to multiple devices simultaneously, you would need to configure additional tunnel forwards using different source ports. 

 

puttconfigexample.JPG

Using the example configuration in the screenshot above, you would then be able to connect to esa1 using 127.0.0.1:2200 and to esa2 using 127.0.0.1:2201. Though, keep in mind that the tunnel forwards connections need to stay active in the background to allow connectivity. Also, be sure not to utilize any ports in use on your system as that may cause conflicts.

 

Thanks!

-Dennis M.

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We currently have an Ask Me Anything event (Feb 1-12, 2021) and your question fits our theme:

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