Friday, March 31, 2017

Setup XRDP Server with Ubuntu Mate

I want to setup a server that runs Ubuntu Mate (not Ubuntu Server). Although I will usually only connect via ssh, sometimes I may want to remote into Mate desktop. Here is how to configure the server.

First, fresh install Ubuntu Mate. You can download it from here. I used unetbootin to create a bootable USB drive using the downloaded iso file (16.04 LTS).

Once Ubuntu Mate is installed on your server, you will need to update packages first:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Next, install xrdp:
$ sudo apt-get install xrdp

That's it! You can now connect to your server from Windows/Mac/Linux clients.

From Mac clients, install Microsoft Remote Desktop from here. Add a desktop with IP and username and password to connect to. To find your server's IP address, type the following from the server:
$ hostname -I

If you are not going to use the server locally, you may want to run the server int he console mode to save some system resources. Take a look at this post for how to do so.

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