phpmyadmin ssh tunnel

I have multiple webservers running a debian jessie LAMP installation. I do not want to install phpmyadmin on all of them so a central installation is necessary. I chose to set up a ssh tunnel to each server that is opened at boot and uses autossh for persistance. phpmyadmin is then configured with the additional servers to enable simple connectivity.

To /etc/rc.local I’ve added a line for each server (with an increasing local port, here 3307) for the persistent tunnel.

/usr/bin/autossh -M 0 -q -f -N -o "ServerAliveInterval 60" -o "ServerAliveCountMax 3" -L 3307:localhost:3306 root@domain.tld.

I also added a corresponding section to /etc/phpmyadmin/ at the end of the server section.

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['verbose']       = 'domain.tld';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host']          = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port']          = '3307';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type']  = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension']     = 'mysqli';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress']      = FALSE;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type']     = 'cookie';

In this way I have set up a centralized phpmyadmin without opening up any additional ports on any server.

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