Earlier, I was trying to find a way to connect to Ubuntu from Windows 7: http://ubuntu.stackexchange.com/questions/3934/is-it-possible-to-use-remote-desktop-from-windows-7-to-ubuntu-10-04
The solution was simple enough, I installed TightVNC Viewer on Win7 and I can see/control the current Ubuntu session. The problem is, if there's no active session, I cannot connect to Ubuntu using TightVNC.
My goal is to be able to use Ubuntu that is installed on a computer in the basement from my Windows computer that is on another floor. Both computers are on the same LAN. Ubuntu PC will not have a monitor, keyboard or mouse plugged on it. (Currently, while I'm configuring things, it does have those but I want to get rid of it as soon as possible.)
Is there anyway to get Ubuntu to start a session from my Windows 7 PC without having to log in directly on the PC first? Like I can do with two Windows PC using Remote Desktop, I can open a session on a remote computer and the desktop take the same screen resolution as the "host" computer.
By the way, I'm a total noob with Linux and Ubuntu. I got my "For Dummies" book, but it seems that I'm already trying to do things that are not discussed in the book! Thanks for your help!