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I have subscribed to a VPS service for the purpose of running some remote applications. To do this I'm going to need a remote desktop of one sort or another.

With this in mind it was suggested that I try Ubuntu. The installation that was prepared for me was Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit (Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 2.6.18-348.4.1.el5.028stab107.1 x86_64))

From here I used apt-get install ubuntu-desktop which completed successfully. I rebooted the machine and reconnected via ssh.

When I attempt to connect from TightVNC on my Windows machine I get a message about the session being actively refused.

What should I do to confirm the service is running? Do I need to setup a firewall rule to allow the ports to pass through?

(I am a linux newb so explicitness is appreciated)

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Try adding the session id to the target-ip. that should do it. – M.Bennett Nov 12 '13 at 20:48
@M.Bennett: How do I go about finding the session id and what format would I then use as the input for target ip? session-id@target-ip? – Stephen Nov 12 '13 at 20:51, probably :1 – M.Bennett Nov 12 '13 at 20:53
@josten what do you mean by tainting? slowing it down? making it insecure? – barlop Nov 13 '13 at 3:06

I spent a fair amount of time looking for an answer to this, and while I think that this is probably not the optimal way to achieve the goal, it certainly works.

In essence apt-get install ubuntu-desktop is insufficient.

We must add a vnc server, such as apt-get install tightvncserver which can then be started by using the vncserver command.

The source of the information is here

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