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bring up install GUI on windows machine from solaris 10 container

Hi Experts,

I am trying to do a remote installation on a solaris 10 zone from a windows XP machine.
I exported the display on the solaris zone then used putty to run ./installer, the GUI does not come up on the windows machine where putty is installed. How can I achieve this? Is there any software I need to install on my XP box?
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NukfrorCommented:
You need a software package for X11 on your XP machine.  Several exist:

- Cygwin - FREE - http://www.cygwin.com (has XOrg in it now)
- Exceed - http://www.hummingbird.com/products/nc/exceed/
- X-Win32 - http://www.starnet.com/products/
- ReflectionX - http://www.attachmate.com/en-US/Products/PC+X+Server/rsx/

There are others.  Of the above, only Cygwin if free.   At least I'm pretty sure none of the others are free these days.  The majority market share easily goes to Exceed.
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mwariAuthor Commented:
Hi Nukfror,

Is there any other way of achieving this besides installing X11 packages??
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arthurjbCommented:
No.

Without X11 you cannot use the Sun gui remotely.

Well, as I think some more, my answer may change to maybe.  If you install vnc on the Sun you may be able to use a vnc connection to accomplish your task.
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NukfrorCommented:
mwari, as aruthurjb suggested, VNC would actually work nicely.  Nice thing about VNC is its very much lighter weighter network wise compared to X11 which is a HHHHOOOOGGGG.  Also, your "desktop" under VNC stays up for as long as you need it.  So if you have something running on your Solaris 10 desktop but say you need to disconnect for XP workstation for some reason.  With X11, you must shutdown the desktop completely killing all your running applications.  With VNC, you disconnect and come back at your leisure with your desktop exactly where you left it.

The reason is VNC its specialized X11 server on the remote server.  You connect to the VNC server using a VNC client.  So all you are seeing on your XP system is display updates so killing the VNC client does nothing to the VNC server.
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mwariAuthor Commented:
Nukfror and aruthurjb,

I installed vncserver on my solaris 10 box, but I cannot connect to from my windows machine.
The server is listening on port 5900, how do I access the server from my windows client, I tried to enter the IP address of the server and I get the following error: unable to connect to host: Connection refused (10061).

How can I get around this, did I miss something.
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NukfrorCommented:
Yep, you missed one minor thing - you need to install a VNC client on your XP machine :)

There are several but the one I usually use is TightVNC - http://www.tightvnc.com.

Just take note that by default on Solaris, the "desktop" you get will be based on twm which is a VERY simple and light weight display manager.  All the usual Sun desktop menus you hoping for won't be there but it is a desktop and it works just fine.

You can use other desktops besides twm. Take a look here:

http://www.softpanorama.org/Xwindows/VNC/vnc_on_solaris.shtml

Look specifically at the "The vncserver script modification" section.

HTH
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mwariAuthor Commented:
Hi Nukfror, Realvnc is becomming a nightmare, I managed to resolve the problem with xauth, I managed to put xauth onto my PATH. Now when I try to connect it requests a password, when I enter the password I configured using vncpasswd, it rejects it with the following message: "No password configured for VNC Auth"
How do I get this thing to work, I have been struggling for almost two day now.

I have vnc viewer running, and I do not know if changing the client would make a difference. however I am downloading tighvnc.

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zzzztjCommented:
Hi - another route on this is once you have the VNC server running on the solaris box you can point your webbrowser at :

http://hostname:5800    (this is the default port for web access, it's 5900 for the client)

I use this to play eve-online from work and get better performance from the browser than using the VNC client.

Sadly I can't work out if I'm using tight or real vnv. Try them both and use the one with the most config options.

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arthurjbCommented:
On a related note, but a little off topic, you may want to think about using packages from blastwave.org .

Everyone knows about sunfreeware.com, and they do a good job, but they don't track the dependencies.  The blastwave packages actually automatically install the dependencies, making your job a lot easier.

As a result of your question, I installed vncserver using blastwave and have been using it for several days now, with tightvnc on my windows box.

It took a little while to tweak the vnc to my taste, but it worked the first time I fired it up...
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mwariAuthor Commented:
Thanx Nukfror ;-)
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