I have had many problems trying to get access to a SuSe 10.5 server in our server room reomtely.
Within the YaST Control Centre there was an option under Network Services for Remote Administration. Within this tool an option to allow remote administration for VNC on port :5901.
When using this in conjunction with TightVNC 1.3.9 I could remote control the server but all I could see was the Terminal
. I was able to access programs such as FireFox but I really needed the GUI interface.
The best resolution I could find for this was to install x11vnc
, to install this you need to download the compatible version for your machine and place in the /usr/src directory, I found the next series of commands install this for me:
# cd /usr/src/
# tar -zxvf x11vnc-x.x.x.tar.gz
# cd x11vnc-x.x.x
# make install
Once this has finished use the command to start the VNC service
# x11vnc -display :0 -forever -bg
(-forever will keep the VNC connection running even if the first VNC user disconnects) (-bg will make x11vnc run in the background so you can close the terminal) (refer to readme documentation for creating a password)
Then from any machine on the same network open VNC viewer and connect to the IP address followed by port 5900 (e.g. 192.168.x.x:5900)
I hope this helps someone out there!