accessing my ubuntu computer remotely from a Windows PC
jason.ribeiro at gmail.com
Wed Apr 19 15:29:39 UTC 2006
On 4/19/06, John DeCarlo <johndecarlo at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/22/05, Jeff Co <hanzjordan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm looking for a no-cost easy-to-do way to be able to access my Ubuntu
> > PC remotely. The other computer will be running Windows OS. I believe it's
> > Windows XP. But just in case, I'd like to have a software that can work on a
> > a version of Windows older than XP (for example: Win 98)
> > I'd like to access my files on my Ubuntu PC. Stuff like my pictures, and
> > maybe some text documents that I've saved. I want to be able to retrieve
> > them, and also have the ability to do things as though I were sitting right
> > in front of my Ubuntu PC. For example, saving new files on my Ubuntu PC.
> > Deleting stuff (in my home directory)
> > I want something that is secure. Something that only I, with some sort
> > of password, can access, and that nobody else on the internet can access.
> > What must I do to my (Ubuntu) computer before I leave it? (What's the
> > terminology for this computer?)
> > What must I do to the _other_ computer, the computer on the other end?
> > (What's the terminology for this computer on the other end?)
> Because you only want to manipulate files (I think), your best bet is to
> simply enable an ssh server. I would install openssh-server (sudo aptitude
> install openssh-server). This will allow secure access to your account on
> your Ubuntu machine.
> Really, that is all you have to do. ssh will take care of the security
> aspect. There are fancy things you can do to lock it down even more, if you
> want to, but this is really good enough.
> Windows. It has been awhile, but I used to do this regularly myself,
> since I was using Ubuntu in part as a file server. You need a Windows ftp
> program that supports "sftp" (secure ftp). This will use ssh to transfer
> files. Then you get a nice graphical interface - I had one free program
> that showed two panels, one for local files and one for remote. Maybe
> It isn't clear what you mean by your side comment ("also have the ability
> to do things as though I were sitting right in front of my Ubuntu PC"),
> because your examples are all manipulating files. If you really want a
> graphical interface that lets you launch programs graphically (like Open
> Office), then I recommend installing the "x11vnc" package. It gives you
> remote access to the current desktop (if you stay logged in and just lock
> the screen). vnc is a good package that will give you one or more separate
> desktop sessions you can access remotely, and there are plenty of Windows
> John DeCarlo, My Views Are My Own
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WinSCP will also give you a nice gui interface on windows once you setup ssh
on your ubuntu machine.
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