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I have created a ssh connection and it displays the clock in the client if I type xclock. Now what I would like to do is to see the server's entire desktop (running ubuntu). Is there a way I can easily do that, maybe using some sort of 'startx', or do I need x11vnc ? If I do, how to actually use x11vnc (I've read about it, but I don't know how to use it) ?
I also have a (somehow unrelated) question. Where is the ssh_config file in cygwin?
Last edited by AncestorZG; 12-06-2011 at 07:50 AM.
why would vnc be unsecure if it is inside the ssh tunnel ?
So am I to assume that it's not possible to see the server's desktop just using X capabilities, such as startx or something like that (I don't really understand how X works) ?
Although you run X applications over the SSH tunnel, I'm not sure that you can access the entire desktop like with a remote desktop application like NoMachine NX. When I referred to VNC I was pointing to the 'vncserver' and 'vncviewer' application, not the x11vnc you are referring to, which I never used. I've had security issues with VNC in the past and therefore prefer NX. I assume that if you run it through a SSH tunnel it doesn't matter that much but why use another application/protocol in order to have the same security that comes included in NX? In my opinion it's worth the time to look into it, but hey, it's your decision, not mine, just pointing out to what in my opinion is a better solution.
The www.nomachine.com website has pretty good documentation. I'm sure you'll find your way around the server and client guides. When you encounter trouble don't hesitate to post. There's also a Windows client as you'll see when visiting their site.