Adding Remote Desktop Access to Ubuntu
29 January 2014 02:29 PM

In some instances, you may want to add remote desktop access to an Ubuntu server.  This can be done by installing a GUI and VNC service.


1. Install ubuntu desktop, this is done by running the following command:

$sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop


2. Install the vnc server, we recommend x11vnc.  You will also need to set up a password for access via a vnc client (such as TightVNC).  

$sudo apt-get install x11vnc

$x11vnc - storepasswd


3. Add a startup script to rc.local.  

$sudo nano /etc/rc.local

add "/etc/rc.vnc" to the end of the file:


4. Create the startup script with:

$sudo nano /etc/rc.vnc

and add the following line:

/usr/bin/x11vnc -forever -rfbport 5900 -rfbauth /home/YourUsernameHere/.vnc/passwd -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -bg

Then run:

$sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.vnc

5. Finally, reboot the server, and you will be able to access your remote desktop via a VNC client.

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