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silent ssh is setup from server A to server B (and some 500 other servers)
I have written a script on server A (shell and perl) that I want to execute via ssh on server B (and the other 500 servers). Is this possible ? I am able to run commands using silent ssh but not sure how to run entire scripts.

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If Server A is a Unix/Linux-based system, you can use:

ssh root@MachineB 'bash -s' < local_script.sh

You shouldn't have to copy the script to the remote server to run it.

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Use this command:

ssh user@host <<'my.sh'
#script to run on remote host
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You can execute remote commands over ssh like

ssh user@serverA /path/to/your/script

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This will execute the script on serverA ! Its not what I want. –  user1074593 Aug 5 '14 at 5:52

Since silent ssh is already setup is already setup as you say, I would scp the file the file and execute it locally


while read line
  echo Trying to configure server [IP]: $line >> error.log
  scp my-script.sh $line:/root/scripts/ &>> error.log
  ssh root@$line 'cd /root/scripts && ./my-script.sh' &> error.log
  echo Finished working with [IP]: $line >> error.log
done <client-ips.txt

Running the script on client site is less error prone than parsing it with < << operators.

Something similar to the script above should do most of the work for you (hopefully all). Also it will keep track of anything ( &> forwards error messages) that went wrong so you know which IP addresses you need to attend manually.

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As clearly mentioned, I do not want to copy the file over. –  user1074593 Aug 5 '14 at 5:53

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