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Remote Desktop for unix/linux: a simple solution

Many people asked me what would be the best solution to get a remote desktop on an *nix system. So I decided to write this blog clearifing this avaible to all. One solution is to install the visual administrator on a client computer and then connect to the remote was. This is a good solution, but if you need to connect to a different version of was, you probabily need to have also different version of visual administrator.

The real alterative is to install an “X” server on your pc. There are many professional software packages permitting a connection to a remote desktop on various *nix systems. One of the big products is hummingbird eXceed: a compete, professional and expensive solution. Otherwise you can take a look to Starnet XWin32, a more economic solution. It’s not my scope to make a comparative analisys here. In the open source scenarios the most famous product is Cygwin/X. This is a good solution but is too heavy and gives more than we need for our simple problem.

The solution I prefer is to use 2 simple (open source) software packages:

  • putty: an eccellent ssh/telnet client that support X11 forwarding
  • XMing: a simple X11 server for windows

With this we can get a complete X server. So let we start with installation:
1) download putty
2) download XMing
3) Install Xming
4) Start Xming (not Xlaunch!)
5) open putty
6) specify your *nix server and choiche ssh protocol.
7) on tab Connection->SSH->X11 mark X11 forwarding
8) connect
9) launch xclock. if all is ok you can see unix/linux clock on your pc
10) go under /usr/sap/sid/j2ee/admin and run ./go!
You are now ready to work! Simple… isn’t it?

I know that this is not the only one solution avaible. If you want to have a choice take a look at xWinLogon.

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      Author's profile photo Paul Tomlinson
      Paul Tomlinson
      Very useful for having access to X.

      Useful other thing though - if you want to run Visual Administrator, copy the admin directory to your PC, download and install java on your PC and run it from there.  Works great.


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      Former Member
      I've tried the tips but nothing happened when i opened my putty session.
      - open XMing
      - configure putty for x11 forwarding
      - open putty
      Nothing happened. No GUI or X windows

      Anything that I missed?