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Remote Linux Desktop Access

Remote desktop access for Linux workstations is available using NoMachine software and the Vanderbilt VPN.  NoMachine is installed on all CSB-maintained workstations.

First, install Pulse VPN using the instructions at the Remote Access – SSL VPN webpage. The VPN client software is available for MacOS, Linux, and Windows.

Also, Duo Multi-Factor Authentication is required to use Pulse VPN. For more information and to enroll in Duo,  visit Multi-Factor Authentication.

To install NoMachine on your remote system, download the proper package from the NoMachine website.  Versions are available for MacOS, Linux, and Windows.  Note:  Some Windows users get a “green screen” an are not able to connect.  The fix is to install version 6.4.6.

Follow these instructions to connect remotely to your workstation:

  1. Connect to the Vanderbilt network using the Pulse VPN.  You will need use the Duo MFA app to get a secondary password.
  2. Start the NoMachine client on your local (home) system.
  3. Click ‘New’ to create a new connection.
  4. Verify that the ‘NX’ protocol is selected in the drop-down box and click ‘Continue’.
  5. Enter the fully-qualified host name in the ‘Host’ text box (e.g.  Verify that the value in the ‘Port’ text box is ‘4000’.  Click ‘Continue’.
  6. Verify that ‘Password’ is selected.  Click ‘Continue’.
  7. Verify that ‘Don’t use a proxy’ is selected.  Click ‘Continue’.
  8. Give the connection a name and click ‘Done’.
  9. Double-click your connection icon.
  10. Enter your CSB username and password.  Optionally check ‘Save this password in the connection file’.  Click ‘OK’.
  11. You should be connected to your workstation desktop where you can log in, or resume an existing session where you left off.