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I aim to connect my fedora host running some matlab code and check its status at present. Is is it possible to connect to the host from Windows 7 machine and see the curret desktop environment as remote desktop? If it is, how could I do it? I know Putty works fine for ssh but does it for remote desktop too ?

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It's feasible - you'll need an Xserver on Windows ( Xming, for instance) to handle the Xserver display. You'll also need to configure putty to enable X11 forwarding.

This post explains how you can piece the two parts then. To summarize:

Enable X11 forwarding:

  • Add Unix hostname
  • Switch Protocol to SSH
  • Type name of session in saved sessions
  • Click 'Save'
  • Expand the 'SSH' tab from the 'Category' list
  • Choose 'X11' from 'SSH' list
  • Check 'Enable X11 Forwarding'

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  • Choose 'Session' from 'Category' list
  • Click 'Save'


  • Start Xming
  • Start Putty
  • Double click on the saved session you want
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Thanks for the answer but I need full desktop access not just programs. – Erogol Dec 30 '12 at 17:04
this is pretty much the only way with Putty, afaik. @ero – Sathya Dec 31 '12 at 1:59

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