Port Forwarding Overview

Port forwarding, also known as tunneling, provides a way to redirect communications through the Secure Shell channel of an active session. When port forwarding is configured, all data sent to a specified port is redirected through the secure channel. Port forwarding is configured by the Secure Shell client, not the Reflection for Secure IT server. However, you can configure the server to enable or disable requests made by the client.

The client can request two kinds of port forwarding: local and remote.

Local Port Forwarding

In most cases, local port forwarding is used to forward data securely from another client application running on the same computer as the Secure Shell client. The Secure Shell client is configured to redirect data from a specified local port (on the same computer as the Secure Shell client), through the secure tunnel to a specified destination host and port. You can configure any other client running on the same computer to connect to the forwarded port (rather than directly to the destination host and port). After the Secure Shell connection is established, the Secure Shell client listens on the specified port and redirects all data sent to that port through the secure tunnel to the Secure Shell server. The server decrypts the data, and then directs it to the destination host and port.

Remote Port Forwarding

Remote port forwarding is used to forward data securely from any client application running on the same computer as the Secure Shell server. In this case, the client session requests that a specified remote port (on the same computer as the Secure Shell server) be used to redirect the data. You can configure any other client running on the same computer as the Secure Shell server to connect to the forwarded port (rather than directly to the destination host and port). After the Secure Shell connection is established, the Secure Shell server listens on the specified port and redirects all data sent to that port through the secure tunnel to the Secure Shell client. The client decrypts the data and then directs it to the destination host and port.

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