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    Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    I have a Ubuntu 12.04 server hosted in another country.
    I'm using Windows and I connect to it using Putty, but I only see a terminal window.

    I installed Xfce on my server with 'sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends' through Putty.

    How can I connect to the server and see the desktop environment?
    If you could answer in detail it would be great, because there are a lot of guides on the net but they are outdated or very brief.

    EDIT: Absolutes an suggested I use Xming but it only lets me 'stream' programs individually, I want to see the full desktop environment.
    Last edited by wakary; August 3rd, 2012 at 08:04 AM.

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Install xming on your windows box then enable x11 in putty
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Absolutes an View Post
    Install xming on your windows box then enable x11 in putty
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/
    I installed Xming and enabled X11 forwarding (http://i.imgur.com/u742s.jpg)

    What's next? I connected with Putty and it's the same terminal.

    EDIT: Xming only lets me 'stream' programs individually, I want to see the full desktop environment.


    * If the link doesn't work: http://imgur.com/u742s
    Last edited by wakary; August 3rd, 2012 at 08:07 AM.

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Sorry, off topic. How do I post on this forum. I need support, and I can not figure out how to post a question. sorry for my ignorance. Please help me
    Last edited by 510carl; August 3rd, 2012 at 07:56 AM.

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by wakary View Post
    I installed Xming and enabled X11 forwarding (http://i.imgur.com/u742s.jpg)

    What's next? I connected with Putty and it's the same terminal.

    EDIT: Xming only lets me 'stream' programs individually, I want to see the full desktop environment.


    * If the link doesn't work: http://imgur.com/u742s
    In the open terminal window, type the following command:
    Code:
    startx
    This should open the graphical desktop in Xming.
    Can't think of anything profound or witty.
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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by 510carl View Post
    Sorry, off topic. How do I post on this forum. I need support, and I can not figure out how to post a question. sorry for my ignorance. Please help me
    You click on the New Thread button at the top of each forum or sub-forum. This lets you start a new thread to ask your question in.
    Can't think of anything profound or witty.
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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by spynappels View Post
    In the open terminal window, type the following command:
    Code:
    startx
    This should open the graphical desktop in Xming.
    This is the response I get: file /root/.Xauthority does not exist
    (plus a lot of information about the server).

    And the username:~# doesn't appear anymore, so I guess it's doing something.

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Is there a specific reason you are trying to startx as root? can you try as your normal user?
    Can't think of anything profound or witty.
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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by spynappels View Post
    Is there a specific reason you are trying to startx as root? can you try as your normal user?
    I don't know any other user, these are the instructions I've been given to connect:

    hostname: username.asd.asd
    login as: root
    password: ***

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    Re: Remote GUI Access to Ubuntu Server from Windows

    startxfce4

    if you need help configuring putty and xming theres a short guide at
    http://qiu.bioweb.hunter.cuny.edu/in...rticle&id=110/
    I use xlaunch (part of xming in the programs group) to use the full screen option over multiple windows (default)
    Last edited by Absolutes an; August 3rd, 2012 at 04:38 PM.

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