[dba-Tech] Remote take over programs

Jim Lawrence accessd at shaw.ca
Fri Dec 18 02:18:38 CST 2015

Hi John:

That is right, there has to be a Linux server BE but that said, the cost of running up Linux server, like Mint is nothing but half an hour of your time. It can of course be just run off a virtual drive. The only other items that must be setup is that it is running on a 64bit motherboard, appropriate address setup on the router (default port 22 but you can assign any port you want) and having SSH installed. Note: X2Go will only run on a 2D distro GUI...the excellent distro is MATE (http://mate-desktop.com/), which uses very little memory, can be installed on the server and X2Go can be set to call the appropriate desktop session. (Wouldn't it be cool if, at the login prompt, you could pick which FE you would like, at any time, Windows7, 8 or 10 and then login.)

There is three lines of code at the command prompt to setup a SSH server:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server   # install the server version of the SSH software
sudo gedit /etc/ssh/sshd_config       # if needed, change the default port number
sudo service ssh restart                  # Restart of the SSH service

You don't have go in and setup SSH security as it defaults to an auto-generates 1024 bit RSA encryption. Once you have everything installed you can test it from another computer using the program PuTTY (http://bit.ly/1YlLNhx).

For me the X2Go is working flawlessly. I have not tested the server with more than three consecutive sessions so I am not sure of any issues but my server has 16GB RAM. ;-) 

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Colby" <jwcolby at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of Hardware and Software issues" <dba-tech at databaseadvisors.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 5:21:00 PM
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] Remote take over programs

It's odd that this should come in today.  I just spent much of the day 
trying to get Wippien to actually connect the tunnel.  I then resorted 
to Chrome Remote Desktop, which does work but is... basic. Then played 
some more with Wippien and finally got a connect between the two ends, 
whereupon Remote Desktop worked.  RD through Wippien is fast.

Reading about X2Go it seems that it really wants one end (the server) to 
be Linux?

I am interested if in fact it does not require the third-party server.  
I wonder how they establish the initial connection.

On 12/15/2015 4:28 PM, Jim Lawrence wrote:
> I am sure I mentioned this before but after installing and using the said application for a number of weeks can speak assuredly that the program is brilliant.
> The application is X2Go which runs on all platforms and most devices. It is completely secure using an SSH tunnel, uses a variety of protocols, can connect across the network or across the internet and unlike other applications like GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, TeamViewer or even Plex or Kodi, it does not require a third-party server to make it all operational. Not only can you print and do file transfers between the host and remote but you can also play music and movies through the connection.
> http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php/start
> (One word of note; is that the documentation, though extensive is not very complete and may take a few minutes to get everything you want working, working.) ;-)
> Jim
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