Connect to a VNC server
To access a graphical environment on a Linux server you require SSH access to a server with VNC Server installed, plus a device with a VNC client installed.
1. Connect to VNC server host via ssh (eg using PuTTY)
2. Start youself a VNC server desktop:
New 'X' desktop is ada:1
(the very first time you start a VNC server it will prompt you for a VNC password which you need to remember)
3. Take note of the new desktop’ name (eg ada:1)
4. Install a VNC client on your device (eg the free viewer from RealVNC – https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/viewer
5. Configure your VNC client to connect to the ‘desktop’ using the fully qualified name for the desktop server (eg ada.science.mq.edu.au:1.
To terminate a VNC server desktop use the following:
vncserver -kill :
Some servers are firewalled and will require SSH port forwarding to allow access to the VNC server ports. In this case you can use a tool like http://ssvnc.sourceforge.net/ or manually configure your ssh client. Search something like “ssh port forwarding vnc” for lots of how to’s