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I've setup an Ubuntu Server (I plan on using it as one), and I have already set it up to start in command line so it runs more efficiently.

I still want to have access to the GUI if I need it, because I am fairly new to this.

Basically, I want to make it so that I can press the power button, and when it starts up, I want to be able to access the command line from my windows machine WITHOUT having to put in the root password into the Linux machine.

I would still like it to be locked when I access it from the windows machine though, for security. I would also really like to start the GUI if I absolutely need it for something, but since I have file access through the network, I don't think I will be using it much.

I need to know what I need to do with both my Windows machine and my Linux machine (obviously), so if someone has a solution to all of these, that would be great.

I also want the machine to run as efficiently as possible, so as long as I can control everything from my Windows machine.


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closed as unclear what you're asking by Radu Rădeanu, Avinash Raj, BuZZ-dEE, mikewhatever, Braiam Mar 5 '14 at 16:59

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Sincerely, nothing clear about what exactly do you want... Please ask one question per time and make it clear. – Radu Rădeanu Mar 4 '14 at 16:16
Standard "destop" interfaces are, IMO, of little to no valuse on a server. Most of server managemnet involves editing files, installing packages, or starting / stoping services, all of which can easily be done from the command line using PuTTY. If you "need" a graphical interface, I highly suggest you use a web interface such as webmin. – bodhi.zazen Mar 4 '14 at 16:18

You don't need a GUI for the usages you describe. You definitely don't need X or GNOME or anything like that. I recommend that you enable an SSH server on your Ubuntu box by typing sudo apt-get install openssh-server.

Then, install PuTTY on your Windows box Link. With this configuration you can remote into your server from your windows box.

If you absolutely need X access, you can configure PuTTY to forward X to your Windows machine, but you'll need to install an X server like Xming for this to work Link

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