If you have a closed machine that doesn’t allow MySQL connections from the outside world but does allow SSH access in to the box, say hello to the world of SSH tunneling.

The concept is simple. Bind one of your local machine’s port via a SSH connection to another box on the outside. For example:

ssh -N -L 3307: userName@remoteHost &

The above is simply linking the remote machine’s MySQL server on port 3306 to your local machine’s port 3307. In other words, you can now connect to the MySQL server on the remote machine by connecting to localhost:3307.