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Remote access Kali 2017 desktop

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I have a lab environment based on vmware ESXi. Part of that is a number of virtual Kali 2017.2 machines that needs to be remotely accessible. Users on internet must be able to access the console GUI of the Kali, the desktop. Security is not an issue since they will use VPN.

I have tried using the built-in tightvncserver but whenever I connect the VM will freeze. I have reinstalled Kali numeous of times but it´s still the same issue. Probably something inside of the Kali distribution and/or my vmware environment that behaves strangely...

I have also tried installing xrdp but it seems not to be available for Kali 2017.2. Also, when reading about it I see that it depends on the same tightvncserver and I don´t think that´s the solution for me.

What other options do I have? I want inbound connection from the clients, which means that all cloud based solutions like Teamviewer is out of the question.

vmware has its built-in remote console application that can be used from vcenter web frontend but it requires both installation of the client software as well as flash in order to work properly so I have ruled that out aswell.

What other options do I have?
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