Suppose you have a database server (db.example.com) which only accepts connections from the web server (www.example.com). The web server accepts SSH connections from anywhere (so ssh email@example.com works). And you have 200 tables to update. Start by opening a tunnelled SSH connection in a terminal window like so: [shell]ssh firstname.lastname@example.org -L 31123:db.example.com:3306 [/shell] The command starts like a normal ssh connection. The extra syntax is -L <local port number>:<database host name>:<remote port number> MySQL normally uses port 3306.