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I am trying to use a free (Demo) version of Winaxe (x-windows) to manage some of my Solaris 8 (Sparc)Servers. I am famaliar with transporting displays etc but I am very interested in getting the entire desktop brought to my Windows 2000 desktop. I have tried to enable XDMCP and use a spedific Solaris Host. This Brings the Solaris Login GUI directly to my desktop (very cool) but when I login the Welcome to Solaris Screen either hangs or when the welcome screen completes thats all I get or it loops back to the login screen. Has anybody sucessfully used XDMCP with Solaris CDE before and if so what are the appropiate settings (tweaking) that I am missing.

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by:yuzh
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There is nothing wrong to use XDMCP with Solaris CDE (my users and I use it)!

Now get backup to your question, if you try to login as root, your should get a complain about it is not a console screen and loop backup to the login screen (because in /etc/default/login does not allow remote login by root). for security reason, don't change it. if you have to remote login as root use ssh.

If you login as a normal user, and after you type in your user name and password, it seems to hangs then you might have a problem with NFS (home dir not mount).

If you are trying to use XDMCP with Solaris CDE via a line MODEM, forget about it, the modem is not good enough for the images transfer ! try to just start an xterm/dtterm instead !

Cheers!



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by:coach_mcrackin
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Thanks for the comment, at least I know it does work. I have the /etc/default/login (console line) setup just as you mentioned. All my home dirs are mounted so thats not the issue but I will try again with a little more patience this time (let it sit for a while and see what happens)
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by:yuzh
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Did your commemt out :
    CONSOLE=/dev/console
in the /etc/default/login ? it will create a security hole in your system, please make sure that you have it enable. it only apply to "root", not the normal users.

Cheers!
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by:coach_mcrackin
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No the CONSOLE=/dev/console is still there (no remote root login).
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by:goodatunix
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It sounds like you have a problem with the login you are using.  The most common problem is that you created the username and password, but failed to create the login directory for the user.  You can test this by logging in via telnet/ssh and then doing 'pwd'.  If it reports back as '/' then you need a homedirectory for that user.  Type 'grep <username> /etc/passwd'  It should say something like /export/home/<username> for the home directory.  Check to be sure that it exists and that the permissions are set so the user can access and create files in the directory.

Good luck.  Let us know if you find any of the above useful or irrelavent.

--goodatunix
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by:coach_mcrackin
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I am actually trying to login as myself (my user account) which does have a /export/home/"myaccount".

I tried it again and let it sit for a while this time. It was a little slow but while the CDE welcome screen was sitting there spinning the CDE start up applications (a command tool window and file manager that I have setup to start up when I login) did infact open. After a few minutes the welcome  screen dissappeared. My next question is am I supposed to get the whole CDE Environment (Background, workspace manager for switching etc) or just those default applications??? In my experience I only had those default apps.

Thanks to you guys for the info though. Its good to have a peer group to discuss things like this. All the other Server Admins at my work are mostly Windows Experts so for the most part I am usually on my own to figure this stuff out.
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by:argo
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CDE login will hang if the correct fonts can not be found.

You can run XSettings, press the "FontPath" button and directly add the Font Server by using the "Font directory" box, to tell Winaxe to use the fonts from the font server on your solaris machine.
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by:coach_mcrackin
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I seem to have found the problem. By default under the Start up Section (in winaXe) the "Window Mode List" was set to Multiple. Once I set this to Single everything worked great. I now get the entire CDE Environment from my desktop, this is great. I had no Idea what I was missing, Unfortunately because I am running a demo version of winaxe it times out every so often.

Thanks to all for the comments
Coach
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by:argo
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Not sure what your demo time out is - I think some I looked at were 20 or 30 minutes, but Xsecure Pro http://www.labtam-inc.com/ runs for an hour in demo mode which is quite a decent time for a demo program
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