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I'm a newbie to Linux, I have installed Linux mint maya 13. I would like to connect to my office machine from this Linux version. I am actually an Intermediate level windows user, using it for the last 6 years. Very lately turned to Linux, at least now realized that Linux is worth working on.

Earlier in windows environment, this is how I would connect to office machine and do work.

  • Connect to Cisco VPN. I have put some VPN profile files in the cisco installed folder VPN profiles.
  • Do an mstsc from start->run
  • Login to remote machine.

How can I do a remote desktop connection from this Linux Esp. Linux mint maya. Is there a similar analogy or how can I achieve this?

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I'm guessing you're connecting to a windows machine? – Autumnal Apr 29 '13 at 17:17
Yes. I am connecting to windows box. – srk Apr 29 '13 at 17:19
Just read the answer below. – Autumnal Apr 29 '13 at 17:26
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Here is some reasonably recent documentation on the Cisco VPN client for Linux, which should explain what to do with profile files &c.; once you're on the VPN, you can use tsclient (which is probably available from your package manager, if not already installed) in place of mstsc.

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I have done as suggested, First installed vpnc and created a new VPn connection imported pcf files. When I try to connect, it's asking group password, I have checked my PCF file it's empty over there. So left blank. When I hover on network connection it says "user authentication required for VPN connection Ind_US(this is connection name)". And its refreshing continuously. What to do? – srk Apr 30 '13 at 17:30
You may need to check with your IT department for the necessary shared secret -- from the linked documentation: "Enter the group password you were given by the VPN administrator into this Web page, and use the result as your group password:"; If you're uncomfortable doing that (looks safe enough, it doesn't ask any other info so there'd be nothing to tie that password to your VPN), you could always download cisco-decrypt.c (linked on the decoder page), compile it, and run it by hand to produce the same result. – Aaron Miller Apr 30 '13 at 17:43
An UPDATE: Somehow, I can now connect to VPN and can see a lock symbol out there. But cannot ping my machine Say But when I pinged the VPN connection ip address it resulted good.How to connect to our desired machine? – srk Apr 30 '13 at 18:14
Try pinging the IP address to which resolves. If you get an answer, the issue is with DNS resolution; try adding your company's internal nameservers to /etc/resolv.conf. Otherwise (and assuming the machine you're pinging is set up to answer pings), it's to do with your routing tables. Judging by… -- I'm not sure whether you're likely to get a good result... – Aaron Miller Apr 30 '13 at 18:22
OMG! It's working thanks. By giving Ip address it works. The look and feel is like as if I'm seeing new world :) – srk Apr 30 '13 at 18:42

One thing I'd change from the above answer: I'd personally recommend Remmina over tsclient.

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I haven't needed to do this from Linux in so long that I'd never heard of Remmina. In any case, this really belongs as a comment to my answer rather than an answer itself. – Aaron Miller Apr 29 '13 at 20:27
I agree that as a comment to @Aaron Miller's answer may have been more appropriate than as an answer but would anyone recommending deleting this care to explain why? – pnuts Apr 29 '13 at 23:28
@pnuts Because Jim Salter's response isn't actually an answer, i.e., it doesn't offer a solution to the problem posed in srk's question. Instead, it's an additional piece of advice offered as an expansion to the answer I gave, and that's exactly the purpose for which comments on answers are intended -- that's actually why they were added in the first place. – Aaron Miller Apr 29 '13 at 23:49
@Aaron, first, many thanks for the clarification. I feel it would be a shame to lose Jim's advice for the sake of a fine distinction (IF that is what this is). I do not want to 'have a go' at you and appreciate your answer but (as I see it) it is little more than a link (ie not an approach highly approved of), other than for mention of tsclient, for which remmina seems a viable, possibly better, alternative. I would not argue with "better as a comment" but am not sure that deletion is appropriate. However should something similar recur I will bear in mind what you have kindly explained. – pnuts Apr 30 '13 at 0:09
@pnuts Not having recommended the answer for deletion, I can't really answer your arguments here, other than to note that I also value the recommendation of Remmina. (I suppose that, not having recommended deletion, I shouldn't really have posted my previous comment -- that said, it does, I think, explain why the recommendations occurred.) – Aaron Miller Apr 30 '13 at 0:38

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