Enable remote NetApp Support connections

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If you require technical support for your NetApp Element software-based storage system, NetApp Support can connect remotely with your system if you enable remote access. To gain remote access, NetApp Support can open a reverse Secure Shell (SSH) connection to your environment.

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You can open a TCP port for an SSH reverse tunnel connection with NetApp Support. This connection enables NetApp Support to log in to your management node. If your management node is behind a proxy server, the following TCP ports are required in the sshd.config file:

TCP port Description Connection direction


API calls/HTTPS for reverse port forwarding via open support tunnel to the web UI

Management node to storage nodes


SSH login access

Management node to storage nodes or from storage nodes to management node

  • Log in to your management node and open a terminal session.

  • At a prompt, enter the following:

    rst -r sfsupport.solidfire.com -u element -p <port_number>

  • To close the remote support tunnel, enter the following:

    rst --killall

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