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Allowing incoming connections through SSH

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After you have either disabled or configured the firewall to allow incoming and outgoing communication, you must verify connections.

Specifically, you must verify that the Mac OS X computer allows incoming connections through the SSH protocol. The Apple Mac OS X operating system has SSH installed by default, but the SSH daemon is not enabled automatically. This means that a user cannot log in remotely until you enable it.

This task is a step in the process for installing the Symantec Management Agent for Mac.

See Installing Symantec Management Agent for Mac

To allow incoming connections through SSH

  1. On the client Mac, in System Preferences, under Internet & Networking, click Sharing.

  2. In the list that appears, check Remote Login.

  3. The SSH daemon starts immediately, and you can log in remotely using your user name.

    The Sharing window shows the name and IP address to use. You can also find this information by entering the following commands at the Terminal:

    whoami and ifconfig

    If the Mac client is located some distance from the platform server where you normally work, you have an alternative. You can work through an SSH session with the client Mac after you enable the SSH connection. You can use any SSH connection tool to enable and establish an SSH connection. One such tool is PuTTY. You can then perform actions on the Mac client computer through the SSH session instead of from the Mac terminal.