remote desktop from Win7 to Ubuntu

Does anyone know the easiest way to RDP from my WIN7 machine to a Ubuntu new installation?
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arnoldCommented:
Any ssh client will do.  If you want graphical apps to run on your windows 7 system from the Ubuntu system, you need to install X-windowing system such as xming, or you can use cygwyn .

Putty and xming are simpler to setup and do not take as much as Cygwin which is a Unix like system running within window.

Ion e xming is running, putty/ssh client needs to be configured for X11 forwarding pointing to localhost:x.y that matches the info on the xming takbar item, likely 127.0.01:0.0
Once the ssh connection is established, you can confirm by issuing echo $DISPLAY
Which must be set (you can not manually set it in hopes of making it work) for any X/graphical windows/tool to be sent through the ssh connected tunnel to xming for display.
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barl009Author Commented:
What do I have to allow on the Ubuntu side.  I am not real familiar with that the Linux, but I can use Putty for the connection.  What command do I have to run to allow the ssh for the putty?  I am not totally following your instructions.
Thank you.
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
there is a much more easy way. Use xrdp. Install it includint all dependencies. Then allow it in the firewall its the well known RPD port 3389 TCP.

Afterwards just ude remote esktop client on any windows box to connect to the ubuntu box.
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serialbandCommented:
For ssh on ubuntu, you may have to install ssh server.  Apt-get or apttitude install ssh-server.  Ubuntu starts with just the client.  You should already have X insatlled.

It's about the same or similar complexity as installing xrdp.

putty starts without X forwarding tunneling enabled.  You just have to configure it by going to the checkbox.  Once that's done, if you're running Xming, you'll get access to X.

I haven't used xrdp, but I have used nomachine, that's another one to try out too.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I think I played with LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) a couple years back and it was pretty cool.
http://www.ltsp.org/
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barl009Author Commented:
Have installed xrdp.  having trouble creating the .xsession in the home folder.  Can not get command to work.  Then there is a little bit of problem with the next command
chkconfig --levels 5 xrdp on

So I am stuck
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
Here is a nice tutorial how to set up xrdp on ubuntu.

http://c-nergy.be/blog/?p=5305
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barl009Author Commented:
thank you checking this out, this might do it
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serialbandCommented:
That xrdp tutorial actually looks more involved then tunneling X over putty or setting up nomachine.
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barl009Author Commented:
this is your post serialband

For ssh on ubuntu, you may have to install ssh server.  Apt-get or aptitude install ssh-server.  Ubuntu starts with just the client.  You should already have X installed.  (What do you mean by this?)

 It's about the same or similar complexity as installing xrdp. (my problem with this is getting the .xsession file to work in the home directory)  (Maybe you have some suggestions about that?)

putty starts without X forwarding tunneling enabled.  You just have to configure it by going to the checkbox.  Once that's done, if you're running Xming, you'll get access to X.
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barl009Author Commented:
Will be back tomorrow morning...
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
The advantage of Xrdp is that you need to install it only once, putty and xming need to be active on every device you want to connect from.

RDP-client is out of the box in any recent windows, even there are some apps for phones and tablets.

Furthermore ssh with x tunneling needs a decent connection to the server. over a domestic ADSL od cable connection it can be troublesome to use.
RDP is much faster on slow links.

Nomachine ive no experience.
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serialbandCommented:
@balr009 Can you ssh to your ubuntu box already?  If not, run this on the command line on your ubuntu
aptitude install openssh-server
It also doesn't matter if it's already installed.  You can attempt to run it any time.  If you're asking about X, I meant the X Windows graphics server.

Then install putty and xming and xming-fonts on your client Windows machine and you can connect.  If that X tunneling is confusing you, you can also just install MobaXterm instead and not worry about setting up any X tunneling configuration.  This is the easiest to implement if you're unfamiliar with linux setup.  It's also just one step.
http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/


@andreas
putty and xming need to be active on every device you want to connect from
Ummmm.  Those are client programs.  Once installed, you just run them.  You could technically say the same about the RDP client.  They just happen to include it and put it in the path.  "RDP-client needs to be active on every device you want to connect from"  I could say the same thing.  Yes it's true that RDP runs better on a slower network, but the question asks for the easiest to set up.

As for nomachine, it's just another client-server program like the other 2.  They all need a server program to accept connections and a client program to initiate connections.  There's the commercial version, which allows 2 free connections and a free, open source version, which allows for unlimited connection.
https://richbradshaw.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/installing-nomachine-nx-on-linux/
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX
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barl009Author Commented:
thank you. will be back to this when I return from vacation.
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