"How To" Guides

Remote Desktop to Linux Machine from Windows


  1. Visit https://netid.rutgers.edu/ and choose the link for Service Activation in the left-hand navigation.
  2. Choose Remote Access VPN, Cisco AnyConnect Access for Rutgers. If you are not already signed up for two-step login with Duo, instructions will be provided to sign up as part of this process.
  3. Download the Cisco AnyConnect software at https://vpn.rutgers.edu.


Establish a VPN connection and follow the below steps.


Enabling remote desktop on your office linux computer

  1. Open putty
  2. For Hostname enter the full hostname of your office computer
  3. Enter the same for Saved Sessions
  4. Click Save
  5. Click Open to start an ssh session to your office linux computer
  6. Run the following commands. Say no to View-only password
    • vncpassd
    • vncserver :1
  7. If the computer is rebooted you only need to rerun the vncserver command.

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Creating an ssh tunnel from remote machine to office linux machine

  1. Open putty
  2. Under Category go to Connection, SSH, Tunnels
    • Enter 5901 for the Source Port
    • Enter for the Destination
    • Click Add

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  3. Under Category go to Session
    • Enter the Hostname or IP of your office machine
    • Enter Hostname_Tunnel in Saved Sessions
    • Click Save to save the tunnel configuration
  4. Click Open
  5. Log in as you normally would. Leave this session running as it the ssh tunnel for VNC.

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Viewing the remote desktop of your office linux computer

  1. Install and start your vnc client software (tightvnc, vncviewer, etc)
  2. Enter the as the remote host and click connect
  3. Enter the password when prompted.
  4. Your desktop should now be visible.

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