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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by damned View Post
    Maybe - try it.
    Shell accounts don't allow you to edit sshd_config. So no, unfortunately.

    Found a VPS for US$6/year. I'll give it a try.


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    I got this working yesterday on an Amazon EC2 instance, you get a year of your first one free and after that if I only have it running when I’m going to play I will only pay a little more than a penny an hour.

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    Excellent Blacklamb
    I would appreciate it if you let me know of any steps in the doco that require refinement.
    Especially as things change over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacklamb View Post
    I got this working yesterday on an Amazon EC2 instance, you get a year of your first one free and after that if I only have it running when Im going to play I will only pay a little more than a penny an hour.
    How did you get a root ssh login/password to edit sshd_config in EC2?


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    I started with making a server off the Ubuntu image, during that they have you download a private certificate. You can follow Amazon's instructions on getting started and how to log in with it. I did not create a second account so I skipped over all that and Nano was already installed. When you create the image you can also make the security rule to open TCP 1802. Then I used "sudo nano/ssh/sshd_config" to edit that file. They don't use password for anything it's all certificate authentication. I did not mess with IP tables at all, so from the doc I only used the Port Remapping part and the Client Side part changing the -pw to -i and the key file location, of you can just set it up in the graphical putty interface,that's what I decided to use. The other thing I did because Amazon charges you for having your instance down when you have a static IP was to install a Dynamic DNS client and set it up using my DNS providers instructions for setting up Dynamic DNS.

  6. #16
    Another quick note when I setup the access security policy for Amazon's instance I set SSH to only work from my Office IP range and Home IP. I set the TCP port 1802 to work from all IPs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacklamb View Post
    I started with making a server off the Ubuntu image, during that they have you download a private certificate. You can follow Amazon's instructions on getting started and how to log in with it. I did not create a second account so I skipped over all that and Nano was already installed. When you create the image you can also make the security rule to open TCP 1802. Then I used "sudo nano/ssh/sshd_config" to edit that file. They don't use password for anything it's all certificate authentication. I did not mess with IP tables at all, so from the doc I only used the Port Remapping part and the Client Side part changing the -pw to -i and the key file location, of you can just set it up in the graphical putty interface,that's what I decided to use. The other thing I did because Amazon charges you for having your instance down when you have a static IP was to install a Dynamic DNS client and set it up using my DNS providers instructions for setting up Dynamic DNS.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blacklamb View Post
    Another quick note when I setup the access security policy for Amazon's instance I set SSH to only work from my Office IP range and Home IP. I set the TCP port 1802 to work from all IPs.
    Good stuff Blacklamb.

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  8. #18
    Go to https://www.noip.com/
    create a free account and copy "your noip username" and "your noip password" to a notepad text file for later use below
    create a free dynamic dns hostname and copy "your noip hostname address" to your notepad text file for later use below


    Go to https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~...ty/latest.html
    download putty.exe (preferably 64-bit)
    download plink.exe (preferably 64-bit)
    download puttygen.exe (preferably 64-bit)


    Go to https://portal.aws.amazon.com/billing/signup#/start
    create your account (credit card required, charges apply after 1 year)


    Go to https://aws.amazon.com/
    sign in to the console
    EC2
    instances
    launch instance
    Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS (HVM), SSD Volume Type - ami...
    select
    choose one with "Free tier eligible"
    next: configure instance details
    next: add storage
    next: add tags
    next: configure security group
    add rule / custom tcp rule / TCP / 1802 / Custom / 0.0.0.0/0
    review and launch
    launch
    create a new key pair
    key pair name: server-key
    download key pair
    save as: C:\Users\Public\server-key.pem
    launch instances

    click on View Instances at the end of the page
    copy "your IPv4 Public IP" to your notepad text file for later use below
    (you may now close your browser)


    run puttygen.exe
    load
    C:\Users\Public\server-key.pem
    ok
    save private key
    yes
    C:\Users\Public\server-key.ppk
    close puttygen


    run putty.exe
    On the Session tab:
    Host Name: [email protected]"your IPv4 Public IP"
    Port 22
    SSH
    On the Connection/SSH/Auth tab:
    click on "Browse"
    C:\Users\Public\server-key.ppk
    On the Session tab again:
    name and save your session
    click on "Open"
    yes

    login as: ubuntu
    [Enter]
    type: sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    [Enter]
    add those lines to the end of the file:

    AllowTcpForwarding yes
    GatewayPorts yes

    hold Ctrl+X
    (Y)es
    [Enter]
    type: sudo service sshd restart
    [Enter]
    type: sudo apt-get update
    [Enter]
    type: sudo apt-get install ddclient
    [Enter]
    (Y)es
    [Enter]
    use Esc to skip everything until the installation stops
    type: sudo nano /etc/ddclient.conf
    [Enter]
    change the file as follows:

    protocol=dyndns2
    use=web, web=checkip.dyndns.com/, web-skip='IP Address'
    server=dynupdate.no-ip.com
    login="your noip username"
    password="your noip password"
    "your noip hostname address" (ex: yourname.ddns.net)

    hold Ctrl+X
    (Y)es
    [Enter]
    type: sudo /etc/init.d/ddclient restart
    [Enter]
    close your PuTTY session
    ok


    Create a batch file in the same folder where you saved plink.exe with those lines:
    plink.exe -ssh [email protected]"your noip hostname address" -i C:\Users\Public\server-key.ppk -R "your noip hostname address":1802:localhost:1802 -v
    pause


    Run the batch file and keep the prompt window open
    (store key in cache the first time)
    (if you see "1802 enabled" at the end of a line, it's probably working!)
    (run it again each time before you host a fantasy grounds game, and keep it open for the whole session)
    (your players must use "your noip hostname address" as the Host adress to join game)


    Remember to confirm your noip hostname every 30 days by clicking on the link on the e-mails you receive
    This should be enough to host your games for 1 year

    After one year amazon will charge you for the service
    It will cost you a lot less if you stop (not terminate) your aws EC2 instance after hosting each game
    You will need to start it again each time before hosting a new game
    "your Public IPv4 IP" will change everytime, but noip and ddclient should help you to not worry about that

    You can stop or start your instance on https://aws.amazon.com
    sign in to the console
    EC2
    instances
    select your instance
    actions
    instance state

    You may also want to terminate your free tier instance (micro) and launch a cheaper one (nano) to replace it
    The tutorial should help you again with that
    (24 sessions of 6 hours each in a year should cost you a total of less than US$1,00 if you do it right)
    Last edited by gandhi39; May 24th, 2020 at 08:18. Reason: updated


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    Thank you gandhi39

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  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Blacklamb View Post
    I started with making a server off the Ubuntu image, during that they have you download a private certificate. You can follow Amazon's instructions on getting started and how to log in with it. I did not create a second account so I skipped over all that and Nano was already installed. When you create the image you can also make the security rule to open TCP 1802. Then I used "sudo nano/ssh/sshd_config" to edit that file. They don't use password for anything it's all certificate authentication. I did not mess with IP tables at all, so from the doc I only used the Port Remapping part and the Client Side part changing the -pw to -i and the key file location, of you can just set it up in the graphical putty interface,that's what I decided to use. The other thing I did because Amazon charges you for having your instance down when you have a static IP was to install a Dynamic DNS client and set it up using my DNS providers instructions for setting up Dynamic DNS.
    What do you mean with "Amazon charges you for having your instance down when you have a static IP"?

    Could you then please explain how to install the Dynamic DNS client and set it up?
    Last edited by gandhi39; February 18th, 2018 at 05:48.


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