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autossh-tunnel-windows

Setup

  1. Install Cygwin64 for Windows: https://www.cygwin.com/ (alternatively, you could possibly use the Linux Subsystem for Windows now for Win 10+, but I've not tried this).
  2. Enable AutoSSH module in Cygwin: https://support.chartio.com/docs/data-sources/autossh-windows.
  3. Copy the .ssh/ folder to your Windows user directory (e.g. C:\Users\<USERNAME>\.ssh)
  4. Create your SSH public/private key pair (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/ssh-from-windows). Ensure the private key is saved as C:\Users\<USERNAME>\.ssh\id_rsa, and the public key is saved as: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\.ssh\id_rsa.pub.
  5. Modify the SSH config file using the example C:\Users\<USERNAME>\.ssh\config, to setup your port forwarding tunnels and hosts.
  6. Copy your public SSH key to the server you wish to connect to via SSH. The private key remains on your local computer only.
  7. Install the Non-Sucking Service Manager (NSSM) for Windows: https://nssm.cc/download to the following location: C:\Program Files\nssm-2.24\win64\nssm.exe.
  8. Copy the Autossh folder to C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Autossh.
  9. Run the C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Autossh\nssm-install-autossh.bat file as an Administrator. When prompted to choose the executable, select C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Autossh\run-autossh.bat. Also, enter a name for the new service.
  10. You should now find the service in the services.msc dialog. Change the startup type to Automatic (delayed) and test!
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