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Old 07-26-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
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VNC Client to connect from Windows to My SuSE Box

Hello people my home pc which has installed SuSE 10.1 is 24x7 open.
Since it happens to be at work most of the daylight time I would like to know if it's possible, I know it is but not how, to connect with a VNC program from my windows pc at work to my linux box at home.

I know that from ssh and cli only it would be easier but I wan't to have X also..
I've puzzled my self through YaST and I found that I can Allow Remote Administration but would that work with windows xp program?or should I find another one?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Old 07-26-2006, 02:16 PM   #2
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It shouldn't matter which program you use at the Windows end. The two things that do matter, are 1) your SuSE can provide VNC services, i.e. let you log in and will "send X over", and 2) you have a VNC client for the other (Windows) machine. If both use a normal VNC protocol and work like they should, you should be fine.
Old 07-27-2006, 01:46 AM   #3
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thanks man, that cleared up things.
Old 07-30-2006, 05:01 PM   #4
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I use putty and firefox(or anything which has java) if i want to get to my home computer..

first i download putty and then i connect to my computer with ssh so i can tunnel that vnc .. (there are many good pages for ssh tunneling. but it goes something like that: do like you normally do when connecting to ssh server but don't push connect. go to ssh page and but that enable compression on, then go to tunnels and add couple tunnels source port:5801 and destination yourintranetmachineiphere:5801.. im not sure if it needs that 5901 port too but i usually put it too) and then i run firefox and type there localhost:5801
and it works very nice and i dont need to install anything on that other computer

ps. sorry for my bad english
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You can have an X session remotely via SSH, without using VNC. However if you do this you can't access the desktop that is up and running on the local machine; instead you will be given a new desktop on the remote machine.

To use ssh to have an X session, make sure that sshd is set to forward X windows. Your client machine will need to have an X server available.

Then, from the client at a command line enter this line:

ssh -y -F myuserid@myhost xterm

An xterm window that is X enabled will open with userid myuserid connected to myhost. You can then do a startx from that xterm window and you'll have a complete X session. Alternatively, you can just use that command line window (or open other ones) and start/stop any X applications that you need.

I do this as a matter of routine, with my Windows XP laptop (running Cygwin) as the client and my Linux workstation as the server. I do it from all over the country. Presently I am sitting in my living room typing this message in Windows Mozilla, but I have an X session and several windows open and running, connected to my workstation which is upstairs.


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