Windows – How to graphical remote control an Ubuntu server

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I've tried googling and store my research here.

I'm connecting my Windows 7 SP1 machine to an Amazon EC2 Ubuntu cloud server, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. What I have done is

  1. Enabling Remote Desktop in Ubuntu (link1, link2)
  2. Connect to my server using 1) TightVNC and 2) RealVNC – I don't use uVNC since it contains viruses.

But all of those result in Connection failed. I'm giving up!

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Ubuntu server to remote to: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (codename lucid)

My Windows: Windows 7 SP1

Best Answer

Although I am not familiar with EC2, you have to check a few things.

First of all, make sure that your Ubuntu installation has a desktop manager installed (Gnome/KDE/iceBox...)

Then, make sure that Amazon allows for remote access using VNC and that they haven't blocked the necessary ports. You can probably find this information in EC2's FAQ.

A connection failed may be because the remote desktop connection in ubuntu isn't configured correctly, either because of networking and blocked ports, or simply because VNC is unable to connect to the desktop manager and thus has no virtual screen to send to your machine.

This is a brief guide to installing a GUI on an Ubuntu Server:

Ubuntu Server GUI Install Guide

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