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Old 06-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question This is a "no brainer" for most of you, but...

I need a detailed description of how to setup remote login to my Linux machine from my Windows XP Pro machine. I am running CentOS 5 64 bit on a AMD platform. I would like to be able to remote login to the linux box and have my full linux desktop. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. If this is already in one of the forum threads already, I can't seem to find it. If anyone knows of a thread, please direct me! Thanks in advance for all of the help!
Old 06-04-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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Do you know about the keyword "ssh" here? If not, look it up. If you do, ask for details

edit: oh wait, desktop. let's see... it depensd on what you want. gdm seems to have some support for "remote login".

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Old 06-04-2008, 01:16 PM   #3
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The way I connect from my windows pc to my linux box is by enabling remote admin on Linux and use VNC to connect from Windows. go to for a free edition of vnc.
Old 06-04-2008, 01:17 PM   #4
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If you're interested in connecting to the Linux box from XP over an internal network, it's as simple as setting up a VNC server on your Linux box, and then using a VNC client from XP to connect to the IP of the Linux box (you may need to open the relevant port on your firewall, if you have one).

If your two machines are separated by the internet, it gets a bit more complicated. Please let me know if you need more information.
Old 06-04-2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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did you try this ? it has step by step instructions.
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I use X-Win32 at work for this. Xming should work too (and is Free).

Old 06-04-2008, 05:47 PM   #7
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To set up a vncserver on your Linux box, install it through your package manager, then type vncserver into a terminal. If memory serves, it should prompt you to generate a password, then you can access that VNC session from XP with tightvnc, for example, by typing in the Linux machine's IP address followed by :1 e.g. You'll be prompted for the password you specified when typing in vncserver on the Linux box, and then it should connect.

Be warned, the default VNC desktop environment is TWM, which is pretty lightweight. I modified the ~/.vnc/xstartup file on my Linux box to be as follows:
startkde &
This launches KDE rather than TWM, and results in a much more pleasant experience, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know how you'd get Gnome to start, if that's what you're used to.

Hope this helps.
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Your best bet would be to use FreeNX on your CentOS server, details in the wiki here: You should find it easy to set-up and secure, there's also a free Windows client.


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