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I like to know how, if possible to remotely log into a brand new X session using a tunneled x11vnc e.g., after reboot? I've just recently upgraded ubuntu 13.04 and have only managed remote desktop vnc access only if I am locally logged into the server.

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marked as duplicate by Takkat, Eric Carvalho, Radu Rădeanu, Basharat Sialvi, Kevin Bowen Jun 1 '13 at 14:42

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Are you looking for something like this… ? – Takkat May 31 '13 at 18:48
+1 thanks for this. – Kambysese Jun 1 '13 at 7:20

Strictly speaking you cannot do this using VNC.

VNC just duplicates an already running session, so whoever logs on using VNC - everybody will see the same desktop. And there must be someone already logged in under which account VNC is running.

When you really need/want a new session then you need to install an X-Server on your client from where you are connecting (here I am assuming you are using Windows) and open a new session (e.g. using ssh). There are two things I can recommend: Xming and nomachine. If you do not need a new session with Desktop you might live with Xming. nomachine can give you more.

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I am not sure about any pitfalls but I was able to fire up new X session and access the user log in screen using the advice here kindly brought to my attention by @Takkat. – Kambysese May 31 '13 at 20:42

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