mytue without VPN

On systems such as Linux where connecting to vpn2.tue.nl is difficult, accessing mytue can be a challenge.

Here is a workaround using SSH-tunneling:

  • add mytue.tue.nl in /etc/hosts to the entry for 127.0.0.1:
    127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain .... mytue.tue.nl
  • As root on your Linux system, start:
    ssh -v -4 -N -L 443:mytue.tue.nl:443 myaccount@sshserver.tue.nl
    • This sshserver may be any system that allows ssh sessions
    • The remote account can be a regular account
    • Keep this terminal open to watch the debug messages

  • On your browser, open
    https://mytue.tue.nl/mytue
    • Check that the ssh-session start producing some output, especially:
      Local connections to LOCALHOST:443 forwarded to remote address mytue.tue.nl:443
      If no output appears, something has gone wrong and you are not using the tunnel.

  • When done,
    • hit Ctrl-C to finish the ssh-tunnel
    • restore /etc/hosts, remove mytue.tue.nl

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