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6 essential SSH guides for sysadmins

SSH continues to be a go-to command line tool for system administrators. These six guides reveal key ways that SSH plays a crucial role in getting the job done.
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2020 has been a life-changing experience for all of us. Whilst we struggled with the pandemic and adjusted to new ways of life, IT administrators had to adapt, not just to keep the lights on but also provision new services at a much faster pace, all the while connecting remotely. One of the most under-rated tools in the IT administrators’ toolbox, the SSH server, played a crucial role supporting them.

Whether the requirement is to quickly troubleshoot an issue over a low bandwidth connection to a data-center, provision a new set of applications in a cloud environment for supporting business changes, or access a remote desktop securely over the internet, an SSH server always comes in handy. Using the SSH protocol, administrators could safely connect to the remote systems and ensure that the businesses could adapt to the rapidly changing needs of their customers.

Throughout the year, we shared with our readers some interesting tips and tricks related to SSH contributed by our experts. These were related to securing SSH servers, using the sshpass utility to easily manage SSH connections in scripts, using ssh-keygen to generate and share SSH keys securely, mounting a remote filesystem locally using sshfs, containerizing SSH servers, and enabling session recording for SSH sessions.

We highlight the top 6 SSH-related articles for 2020 below and hope that SSH continues to be the Swiss army knife for IT administrators going forward.

Wishing you all a healthy and safe 2021.

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Vishal Bhatia

Vishal Bhatia is part of Red Hat’s Cloud Architects team for the MENA region. He is based in Dubai and is responsible for helping organizations with their digital transformation journey and adoption of open source technologies. More about me

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