I've installed a Dell Precision M4700 with Ubuntu 18.04.2 Desktop in a minimal installation. I want to now set this up so I can remote login via vnc, using the same desktop environment that comes with the default installation.
I will be VNC'ing from a Windows machine using UltraVNC. It is on the same network as the Ubuntu machine, and I do not need to ssh into the Ubuntu machine - however still want to have remote login via VNC.
What I have tried so far is:
Installing vnc4server, and using the default setup for "xstartup" - This results in my Windows machine connecting however I just get the grey screen with options for vnc configuration ("Accept clipboard from viewers", etc.). Looking at the remote log, I can see that multiple errors occur due to a folder missing - /etc/x11/xserver. I've not been able to determine if this is a warning I can ignore. I've attempted to modify the "xstartup" file as per the link below, but it doesn't change the result - How to change to other desktop environment on VNC sessions?
Have also tried switching to xrdp/vino - so now connecting via Windows Remote Desktop - this gives me a login window, but when logging in nothing happens (as in the login GUI disappears, and I have a blank screen).