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Linux/Unix/SSH Guides

SSH Connection
VNC Viewer Server Setup
VNC Viewer Client Setup

SSH Connection

  1. Download the SSH SecureShell client from our file servers at this address:

SSH Secure Shell Download

  1. Install the program
  2. Find the program on your computer and run "Secure File Transfer Client"


  1. Select "Quick Connect"


  1. Type the host name and your X500 ID.  Do not change the port number and authentication method.  Click connect.  You will now be connected.



VNC Viewer Server Setup

To connect to a departmental Red Hat Linux computer using VNC viewer, you will need to complete these steps (Skip steps 2-12 if using Red Hat 6)

  1. Use SSH to remotely connect to the computer that you wish to connect with using VNC.
  2. Type vncpasswd and create a password for your connection. Ensure that your password is strong (at least 10 characters, using numbers, letters, symbols, and both cases).
  3. Navigate to your home directory (use the cd command to do this).
  4. Navigate to .vnc from your home directory (use the cd command to do this).
  5. Type vi xstartup (this opens the text editor so you can edit the 'xstartup' file)
  6. Type i (this enables text editing)
  7. Delete the # before "unset SESSION_MANAGER"
  8. Delete the # before "exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc"
  9. Place a # before the last line and add one additional line so it looks like this:

#twm &
gnome &

  1. Press the escape key (this leaves text editing mode)
  2. Type :w (this saves the changes you made)
  3. Type :q (this quits the text editor)
  4. In the terminal, type the following, replacing the "#" with the appropriate number as described below:

vncserver :# -depth 24

The # may be replaced with any number between 1 and 49.  The number corresponds to the port number which VNC uses to connect to you.  The number corresponds as follows: number 2 would be port 5902.  Number 3 would be port 5903.  And so forth.

The system is now ready to accept VNC Viewer Client connections. To connect, install VNC Viewer on another computer, type the IP address or name of the server computer, and you will be prompted to enter the password that you created.

VNC Viewer Client Setup

Click here for information on VNC client setup for Windows (you will be leaving the ECE Support Site).


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Primary support line: 612-625-5013.

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