I have "Ubuntu Dekstop" installed in VirtualBox in a Windows 7 PC. How can I configure it to provide a GUI interface to every user I create in the Ubuntu?
Should I install "Ubuntu Server" to accomplish this?
Can this be done in Ubuntu? I remember working in a place where solaris was intalled in a server and every user used to login using cygwin and get a solaris GUI desktop.
Can this be done? And what is this feature called?

I am asking this for an event for the following purpose.
I want to install ruby on rails in an ubuntu machine and create 5 users in the ubuntu.
These 5 users will have their own Windows 7 laptops.
These 5 users should be able to get their own GUI desktop on their Windows 7 laptop. And can this be done by installing Ubuntu in Virtual Box in a Windows 7 PC? Please help.


There are a few ways to accomplish this:

  • You can use a tool such as UltraVNC to remotely connect to the Ubuntu machine. Thanks to Google I found this IBM page explaining what you have to do to set everything up.

OR, if your company has any restrictions regarding VNC tools,

  • You could use X Forwarding when establishing an SSH connection, along with a tool such as Xming or Cygwin's own Xwin X server. This has to be explicitly allowed on the Ubuntu machine's /etc/ssh/sshd_config by adding

    X11Forwarding yes

This will allow you to start a gnome-session via ssh.

Hope it helps :)

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