I have been trying to set up a RDP terminal server on precise using xrdp and have been having significant trouble getting a working configuration. When a user logs on, I need it to connect to that users existing session if it exists, otherwise starting a new session, and any started session must start LXDE. What changes to the default configuration do I need to make in order for this to work?
I had this same problem, and I just found an easy solution. I originally just installed xrdp using the standard proceedure:
apt-get install xrdp
After that, its all about your xrdp.ini file, which is located here:
To open and edit the xrdp's configuration file use:
sudo nano /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini
by default the first xrdp session handling script looks like this:
[xrdp1] name=sesman-vnc lib=libvnc.so username=ask password=ask ip=127.0.0.1 port=-1
The important line is
port=-1, this makes xrdp always look for a free port to connect. If you set a fixed port here, the xrdp will always go back and connect to the same session. I changed mine so it looks like this:
[xrdp1] name=customsessionname lib=libvnc.so username=myusername password=ask ip=127.0.0.1 port=5912
Thats it, I think you could get away with just changing the
port=5912. My xrdp always re-connects to existing session always using the same port.
I'd like to improve on an existing answer. The top voted answer was to edit the
xrdp.ini file to change port to a fixed value in place of the
-1 wildcard to find an open port.
I tried that, but got an error connecting the first time, so ended up switching back to the
-1 value. Frustration quickly set in though with the issue remaining of not resuming so I looked at the ini file again.
What worked for me, and was really just something I was curious about was this:
port=-1 I noticed user name and password were set to ASK. If you set
port=ask you will be given the option at the login prompt with username and password to choose a port.
Rather than install additional packages I found the easiest fix to be to set the ask option, connect the FIRST session (if I don't have one running already) on port -1 at the login with username and password.
After disconnecting the session, to resume an existing session always log in on the default port: 5910 and you will resume your existing session until you restart the remote computer or end the session when logging off.
- Edit the
port = ask
- connect from the remote machine, and at login if you have no existing session, specify port
- to resume a session enter the default of
I hate to be the guy who just drops a link, but I followed the guide here and it worked really well. I can now log into an RDP session from Linux and Windows hosts and reconnects me to my old session if I've logged in before. This is the best guide to the install I've found. Unfortunately, the standard package install causes a lot more problems than doing it from source.
The author of that link has also made an automatic tool to install and configure it, but I haven't tried it, so be careful.
Hope that helps you out.
Problem is that xrdp does not always connect to the same port. In case it didn't and you forgot the port number, you could login a ssh session and find out the number by
netstat -tulpn | grep vnc
and you will get something like the following
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:5911 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 5365/Xvnc
and then you know 5911 was the port you connected to.
I ran into this problem on a Debian machine. Used X11RDP-o-Matic to build xrdp 0.7 packages. Prior to upgrading to systemd, xrdp session reconnect worked fine.
Looking at the process tree I could see that the sessions were no longer children of
xrdp-sesman. Turned out to be a permissions issue when using systemd. Google found a patch that fixes the problem.
How do you identify a working reconnect? Run
ps axf and look at the process tree for
X11rdp, xrdp-chansrv, xrdp-sessvc should all be running as a child. If they are not,
xrdp-sesman will not know how to reconnect to the session.
Here's what it looks like when working:
If you encountered the problem of "password failed", you might take a look at the two issues in GitHub
In short, they mention that specifying port number no longer works in latest design.
This UbuntuForum thread looks useful - I havent tested this myself - however I've copied the solution given here to complete this answer.
1. Uninstallation of the default Ubuntu VNC server (Vino):
Go to: System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager Search for the "Vino" package, Mark For Removal, Apply.
2. Installation of TightVNC and XRDP:
While you are using Synaptic Package Manager, seacrh for "tightvnc" package (be careful, not "xtightvnc") and Mark For Installation. Likewise, search for the "xrdp" package and Mark also For Installation. Apply. PS: if you want, you may discard any other "vnc" package that you don't need!
3. Configuration of XRDP (Optional)
Open a terminal and type the three following commands:
cd /etc/xrdp cp xrdp.ini xrdp.ini.bak sudo gedit /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini
Remove Xrdp2-Xrdp6 sections, leave only the Xrdp1 section. Your xrdp.ini should look like this:
[globals] bitmap_cache=yes bitmap_compression=yes port=3389 crypt_level=low channel_code=1 [xrdp1] name=RDP_To_TightVNC lib=libvnc.so username=ask password=ask ip=127.0.0.1 port=-1
Restart the system and you are ready to connect!
To connect from another Ubuntu machine, use: Applications --> Internet --> Terminal Server Client, type the IP of your Ubuntu VNC machine, use RDPv5 or RDP, click Connect!
To connect from a Windows-based machine, use: Start --> Run --> mstsc, type the IP of your Ubuntu VNC machine, click Connect.
When connected, use your Ubuntu user account credentials (u/n and p/w) and remotely login to your desktop.