Ubuntu Vnc Server

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In this tutorial I am going to show you how to setup an Ubuntu vnc server. This will allow you to use your Windows pc or any other operating system running a vnc client, to control your Ubuntu vnc server.  To start this off you will first need to enable the Ubuntu vnc remote desktop server.  You can enable the remote desktop service by navigating to the following:

  1. System
  2. Preferences
  3. Remote Desktop

Once the Ubuntu remote desktop server settings screen opens up make sure you have the following selected.

Sharing

  • Allow other users to view your desktop
  • Allow others users to control your desktop

Security

  • Require the user to enter this password (Make sure you set your remote desktop password)
  • Configure network automatically to accept connections

Make sure you untick the “You must confirm each access to this machine, since this would be a pain in the ass for you to have to get up from where you are and confirm access on the pc you are trying to connect to.  Plus this defeats the point of allowing the remote desktop feature in the first place.

Now that you have set all the options for the Ubuntu remote desktop server program, you will now need download and install a vnc client program on your Windows pc. I prefer to use UltraVNC viewer, but you can use any of the following vnc client programs.

Once you have chosen what vnc client software program that you want to use, all you have to do is type in the ip address of your vnc server.  You may have to adjust different settings such as your network connection and the resolution of the screen, to optimize your experience with your Ubuntu vnc server.

Enter the password that you set on your Ubuntu remote desktop server program.  You should now be connected to your Ubuntu server using the UltraVNC Viewer client program.

5 Responses to Ubuntu Vnc Server

  • Alejandra Fleishman says:

    I have a project due for my computer class. my topic is the “switch to Linux”. I want to show my class some differences between windows and Linux, but don’t want to bring in my whole desktop into class. I used to use LogMeIn for Win to Win remote access, but I need a way for Win to Lin. I know this is possible, But the links i found in forums where all 404 errors. I am running Ubuntu Hardy.
    I was thinking about the whole Live CD thing, but wanted to have it setup already.

  • Tia Zuehlke says:

    Ok so I have vnc to remote connect to my pc via work. I use two OS Ubuntu Linux, and Windows XP. The integration with Ubuntu is amazing, no problem there, however running the server in Windows pops it up with a MS-DOS windows with the server running in it. I was wondering if i could hide that window to eliminate the possibility of my accidentally closing it ending remote connection while im at work.

  • Maricela Rothrock says:

    Alright, the title is a little misleading. I don’t mean syncing and everything, because Android is pretty much drag-and-drop. I have two pretty specific things I’d like to do on my Droid, which I’m sure can be done. But I’m tired of Googling. So, I want to be able to play my videos on my Droid over my network. And I want to be able to control video and music playback on my Ubuntu computer. I’ve found the opposite for the first one, where you can play video on the android from your computer, but that’s useless. And I’ve found a lot for Windows/Mac, but that isn’t very helpful.

    One last thing, for the second wish there, I’d be cool with just video/music control, but ideally it would include mouse and keyboard. Even VNC.

  • Kelli Shanklin says:

    I have a project due for my computer class. my topic is the “switch to Linux”. I want to show my class some differences between windows and Linux, but don’t want to bring in my whole desktop into class. I used to use LogMeIn for Win to Win remote access, but I need a way for Win to Lin. I know this is possible, But the links i found in forums where all 404 errors. I am running Ubuntu Hardy.
    I was thinking about the whole Live CD thing, but wanted to have it setup already.

  • Harriett Legler says:

    I’m trying to connect via VNC to my ubuntu 10.10 from my ipod touch, but firstly i’ve gotta tell ubuntu to allow connections from anywhere:
    “Your desktop is only reachable over the local network. Others can access your computer using the address localhost.”

    this is what I found on the ubuntu site :https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VNC/Servers
    but it doesnt work.

    Thanks in advance!

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