VNC conections from multiple remote achines

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Mar 12 17:56:51 UTC 2008

On 03/12/2008 05:20 AM, stan wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 12:08:13AM +0000, Bernard Peek wrote:
>> stan wrote:
>>> On Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 11:09:14AM -0500, John DeCarlo wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM, stan <stanb at> wrote:
>>>>> I would like to set up a machine so that multiple remote
>>>>> machines can connect and use VNC sessions on this machine. To
>>>>> do this I need some way of managing then "session ID" (as in
>>>>> machine_name:1 where 1 is the display number) dynamically.
>>>> I am also not sure what you want to do.  You don't want the
>>>> remote machines to have to know their session id?
>>> The remote machines are windows boxes, and are administered by
>>> people who are not all that familiar with what they are ding. I
>>> want to be able to just tell them run (for example) vncviewer
>>> machine_name:10 and accept multiple simultaneous connections,
>>> each of which will get their own desktop but as a defined
>>> "guest"user.
>>> Does this make it clearer?
>> Let me see whether I understand the requirement clearly.
>> As I understand it you want a number of Windows users to be able to
>>  connect to a multiuser Ubuntu server system. Users would be able
>> connect at any time and would have access to a GUI desktop. You
>> don't want these users to have their own login ID on the Ubuntu
>> machine, but you do want each logged in user to see a different
>> desktop rather than all of the users sharing access to a single VNC
>> display.
> Yes, your application differs from mine. In my case I want the
> windows users to access a generic login ID that will provide certain
> services for them. These will be started up on the host machine
> automatically when that generic user logis in.

So what you are looking for is a terminal server client for windows that
will connect into your Ubunutu server... no problem, use NX (or FreeNX):

You need NX Free Edition for Linux for the server, NX Client for Windows
& Linux (it's also free), NX Server Manager for Linux (also free).

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