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