OpenSuse and Remote desktop

22/01/2011 at 8:47 am 1 reactie

Concerning xrdp, this article is outdated.

 

These last weeks, I’ve done a couple of Nagios installs for some customers. Nagios is, by far, the very best monitoring and alerting system for all kinds of computer networks. Now the goal of this blog is not to enter into details of Nagios. These can be found anywhere on the Internet, and, if you’re interested, just visit the Nagios site .

I always do the installs of Nagios on the most recent version OpenSuse. I like the Gnome graphical environment of OpenSuse a lot, it’s as just as easy to use as the Gnome environment of Ubuntu. Now yesterday I had a customer who not only wanted the graphical enviromnent of OpenSuse, he also wanted to have an RDP session from his Windows machine to the OpenSuse desktop. In the past, I had experimented with a program called Nomad, so I googled for OpenSuse and Nomad. Guess what: the installation just has become more easy! Just do the following to allow machines to RDP to your OpenSuse machine:

Login as root on your OpenSuse machine, and open a  terminal window. Now enter:

zypper install xrdp <-  this installs the xrdp package
service xdrp start <- this starts the package
chkconfig xrdp on <- this ensures that xdrp program is started each time you restart your OpenSuse machine

After installation, test it with a Windows machine, (or with a Linux machine: Terminal server Client) . In your Windows RDP settings for that session, be sure to use a color depth of at least 24 bits, and an RDP windows of at least 800 x 600.

As a sidenote: if you want to enable RDP sessions to your Ubuntu machine: have a look on this page, I tested it, it works like a charm.

Have fun!

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