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Most of the times after installing ubuntu, we forget to enable Remote Desktop. How ever we have installed ssh in all the ubuntu systems. Is it possible to enable Remote Desktop remotely? It will be helpful for us if it is possible.. I hope someone will write a possible solution, thanks in advance..

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If you want the vino-server to be running at system startup - do you run vino-server directy? – sbarlster Oct 31 '12 at 15:37
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The GNOME VNC-server vino is started from the command line with:


This can also be done remotely in a SSH session.

Settings for vino need to be made on the remote, e.g. by editing /desktop/gnome/remote_access with gconftool-2, from the GUI, or by using gconf-editor, or in a GUI with


This can also be done from an X-forwarding enabled SSH session.

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vino-server shouldn't be called directly from the user. It is activated/deactivated automatically from vino-preferences. Moreover, vino-preferences do not require root privileges. – enzotib Jul 31 '11 at 20:19
@enzotib: ty for this. I erroneously thought this was for a root access (which it is not of course) - corrected :) – Takkat Jul 31 '11 at 20:36

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