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Thread: Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

  1. #1
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    Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

    Hi all,

    I have an Ubuntu 10.04 server to which I would like to connect remotely via VPN network.
    The VPN works fine (using PPTP), but I still have some problems configuring the Remote Desktop application:
    simply using System->Preferences->Remote Desktop allows me to connect from a Windows XP machine with TightVNC but not the Windows Remote Desktop application which I would like to use.

    But most importantly, I have now a situation where I could connect via Remote Desktop (so far with TightVNC only) either using the VPN or not. I would like the Remote Desktop server to allow incoming connections ONLY from the private LAN (i.e. VPN network) and NOT from the public internet.

    How do I achieve that?

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

  2. #2
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    Re: Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

    I love googling! First result from "how to windows remote desktop into ubuntu" yielded this:

    http://xrdp.sourceforge.net/
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    Re: Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

    xrdp is a nice, lightweight package that allows you to natively use the RDP program that comes with Windows.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xrdp
    That should find it for you, or you can look in the software center.

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    Re: Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

    Quote Originally Posted by natravis View Post
    I love googling! First result from "how to windows remote desktop into ubuntu" yielded this:

    http://xrdp.sourceforge.net/
    I had realized that I need xrdp, but I was wondering why... (which I eventually understood).

    The big question still remain unanswered though: how can I restrict xrdp (or the underlying vnc server - i'm using tightvncserver) to ONLY grant access from the VPN?

  5. #5
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    Re: Remote Desktop via VPN tunnel

    Have you looked if it's possible to firewall the LAN from being able to access the port that vnc is using?

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