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Old 12-29-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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accessing linux box remotely


I would like to be able to remotely access a redhat enterprise server box on our lan. First of all I would like to be able to telnet to the box and also I would like to be able to use some sort of remote desktop software to get to the box. Also is telnet the normal method for accessing a linux or should I be looking at something else? So could some please point me in the right direction for setting this up.
 
Old 12-29-2005, 08:46 AM   #2
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Hi

Telnet is legacy protocal - it's unencrypted for one. Most people use ssh these days and it should be already installed on your system. If you need to connect from a Windows machine, I'd suggest using the Putty client http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/.

As for remote desktop admin, you could use vnc, but that again is generally pretty insecure unless you take the right steps. I guess if it's a small secured LAN you could get away with it. You could use the Tightvnc client for Windows http://www.tightvnc.com/

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Old 12-29-2005, 08:13 PM   #3
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Are you going to be using GUI programs on the box? If you just need a commandline to service your server, ssh is it. There is a way to tunnel X over ssh (google for ways), but your current desktop has to have an xserver, which is easy to do on linux, but I'm not sure what xservers exist for Windows or Mac.
 
Old 12-30-2005, 08:38 AM   #4
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Cygwin has an X server, and is dead easy to install and use.http://www.cygwin.com/

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Old 12-30-2005, 12:09 PM   #5
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watts3000,

Here's a website that outlines x over ssh: http://www.cag.lcs.mit.edu/~wentzlaf/faq/ssh_X.html

I do most of my server admin stuff just via the CLI, but I also use Cooperative Linux if I need an x server. It is a full linux environment that runs on top of windows (if you do too much gui, you'll need to allocate a significant amount of ram to coLinux). It was pretty easy to install as well.
 
Old 12-31-2005, 06:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the help guys I was able to get putty up and running. I also was able to get webmin installed and vnc. I found a link that expalined you can tunnel connections through ssh so thats what I did with putty and vnc. Yes I'm running a gui program on that redhat server something for the marketing department. Soon I will have to put websphere on a redhat box.
 
  


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