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x0rfbserver allows you access to a VNC service running as an X client and pushing it out over a network. It is not particularly quick, and does not allow you to view what someone else is doing, it only allows you to run a remote system in GUI. You cannot (to the best of my knowledge) run a VNC server on one machine and have others log in as if it had a login prompt... VNC is run as a user and anyone that connects to the server (over the network) will therefore be running as that user. This might sound complicated, but if you take this as an examlpe: Remote server computer run VNC as the user thymox. Local machine logged in as grant would connect to the VNC server and the VNC session being used would act as if the user was thymox. Makes sense? If the remote system is powerful enough (and most moden machines are), you should consider connecting an X client on the local machine to the X server on the remote machine. Details can be found in the X docs.
As for running it at startup... do you mean you want to be able to log into your local machine (in KDE, say) and have x0rfbserver run once you're logged in? If this is the case, then you'd want to put it either in your X startup script (~/.xinitrc) or in your KDE/Gnome autostart folders.
I am breaking away from windows but some of my habits are stuborn ones.
I used to use PCAnyWhere to connect to my remote servers, now I use VNC to connect to my remote win32 Servers from my Linux Workstation.
I guess what I want is the best solution for remotely accessing my Linux Servers that I am launching. If the server reboots fopr some reason and I need to connect to it to make sure all is fine with the world, what is the best way to log into it and make sure all services etc are running.
Also, if I want to remotely access a Linux Server and upgrade Apache for example, what method of remote access is suggested for this?
you're better off using an XFree86 client to connect to the remote Linux boxen. way easier. cygwin makes one I do believe
or you can just SSH into the box, which really *should* be your perfered method of remote administration, VNC, while it makes sure you setup a password, isn't particularly secure, looks around for the shatter class of attacks....anyhow
if all you are doing is checking to see services running, and you are using Linux, well, hey. this is why Unix system admins get paid more. Just like Cisco gear sometimes isn't the worlds most friendly (I agree its a far cry from unfriendly too).
anyhow, back to the point. for remotely upgrading software, again, easy under SSH as long as you can stand a command line, which, in all honesty, is part of Linux and you should be using it. GUI tools are notorious for frogging things up, and you'll never know how things really work, configuration options the GUI tool doesn't have you'll never know about.
If all you want is to check that your remote system's services are up and running, may I suggest you take a look at Webmin? It's an http based control type thing. Although you can do a lot of damage with it (if you log in as root), you should be able to just view stuff if you log in as a normal user. A note though... the normal user that you'd be logging in as has to exist on the server.
I am using webmin already, just want to better understand how to do this so that when webmin is unavailable I am not SOL. I tried using ssh and I agree that is the best way with the most functionality.
Thanks for all the help... If you guys have any ideas on networking with Linux, I have a problem listed here that I have had no help on so far.