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Setting Up Remote Graphical Desktops on Linux - page 2

Setting Up an RDP Server and Client in Linux

  • December 20, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

Now users should be able to connect. They can use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection program in Windows or rdesktop and tsclient in Linux, which we'll install in the next section.

Users can specify the desired port number (computer) by entering a colon and the custom port number after the IP address or domain name. For example: 192.168.0.100:3390. If you don't have custom ports setup, or to connect to a connection with the default port of 3389, just enter the IP or domain and omit the colon and port number.

Once connected via RDP, users will see the login screen of xrdp. Then enter a username and password of a user account on the Linux machine. If you have other remote desktop servers installed on the same local network, you can actually connect to them by selecting the other Modules.

Setting up the rdesktop client with the tsclient frontend

If you want Linux users to be able connect, you must install a RDP client, such as rdesktop. Then you can also install a GUI, such as tsclient. Search the packages of your Linux distribution for these and install. Once installed, you can open and connect with the Terminal Server Client application. You'll type the IP address or domain name of the connection and optionally enter the colon and custom port number, just like with the Microsoft client.

Getting additional help

If you need help, check the xrdp, rdesktop, and tsclient websites. Plus you can get more information from the man pages via Terminal in Linux:

  • man xrdp
  • man rdesktop
  • man tsclient
Eric Geier is the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise mode of WPA/WPA2 encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS service. He is also a freelance tech writer, and has authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press.
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