Ubuntu – Step by step copy paste tutorial for configuring VNC/RDP without a reboot

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I have an existing ssh connection between my computer (A:12.04) and a remote computer (B:10.04) (from A I just type ssh B). I have root access on both. Both use ubuntu desktop edition. I am struggling to set up a remote desktop solution. After a lot of different software and tries, the closest I got was to be able to connect to the vnc server with vinagre, but the screen remained black, for an unknown reason.

Best Answer

  • Here is the setup I have working in VMs:

    A:12.04 Desktop i386, Unity2d and 3d both tested, client, xvnc4viewer
    B:10.04 Desktop i386, standard GNOME, server, x11vnc, openssh-server

    From out of the box fully updated with nothing new installed

    On A:
    sudo apt-get install xvnc4viewer

    On B:
    sudo apt-get install x11vnc openssh-server

    Now on A:
    first terminal:
    ssh -t 'x11vnc -localhost -display :0'
    starts the x11vnc server

    second terminal:
    xvnc4viewer -via
    connects the viewer

    verification it's only on port 22:
    netstat -an | grep *insert far end ip address here*
    enter image description here

    You should get results like that--^