Originally Posted by email@example.com
Hello: I have a laptop at home and a Linux server running Oracle Enterprise linux. Both can connect to the internet thru a router. How can I ping the server from the laptop? I want to access some web server page on the server, from the laptop.
To just access a web page, if the linux box is running a server, you can just use the browser that comes with windows (or you can use a good one, like Chrome).
But you may want to log in to the Linux box. I suggest two things. One is that you should run an ssh server on the linux box - start the sshd service however your distribution runs it, if it is not already running.
To access command lines from your windows box (or smartphone) you need an ssh client that runs on Windows. I suggest putty, it is both free and good.
If you want to run X windows on your laptop so that you can run remote windows, tell putty to forward the X port and then use the X that comes with Cygwin. It used to be that X on Windows required an expensive product, now the freebie X server is perfectly good, and running the X protocol under ssh is a good way to secure it.