Bastion Setup

It is common to secure your network setup by restricting access to your servers by placing them in internal subnets. In this case you will have a bastion host server that you must use to jump through to get to your instance. Sonic provides built-in support for a bastion host.

You can configure the settings.yml file to use a bastion host. Here’s an example:

  host: ec2-user@
  host_key_check: false
  user: ec2-user # user for 2nd level servers

The settting directs the sonic ssh to jump through the bastion host. This works transparently. The sonic commands are exactly the same as if there is no bastion host. Examples:

sonic ssh i-0f7f833131a51ce35

You should notice that the built up command now includes the bastion jump host.

$ sonic ssh i-0f7f833131a51ce35 uptime
=> ssh -At ec2-user@ ssh ec2-user@ uptime
 18:35:18 up  1:14,  0 users,  load average: 0.24, 0.07, 0.02
Connection to closed.

You can also specify the bastion host as a CLI option with --bastion, though it is recommended that you configure it in a settings.yml file so you do not have to repeatedly type it.

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