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Connecting to OpenIndiana by XDMCP

Enabling XDMCP in OpenIndiana

I have a small NAS which I have built which run's OpenIndiana oi_151 and I wanted to be able to headlessly administer it, whilst I have SSH and thats all I really need, sometimes its nice to use a remote desktop environment.

XDMCP is a fundamental part of the X Window System, and one feature it offers is the ability to export your display across a network.

To enable XDMCP on OpenIndiana simply modify the XDMCP section in the file /etc/gdm/custom.conf so that it looks something like this -

# GDM configuration storage







Now you just need to restart the GDM service -

$ sudo svcadm restart gdm                

Thats all there is to it!

Testing the XDMCP Connection

To connect to the XDMCP server, you need an X Server for your client machine, for Windows you can use Xming, or if you are on a Linux/Unix like platform you could use Xephyr, Xvfb, Xnest or similar. Personally im on MacOSX and Xephyr works very well for me -

$ Xephyr -query mnemosyne                

Screenshot of MacOSX Xephyr connected to OpenIndiana

Adam Retter posted on Saturday, 23rd July 2011 at 17.02 (GMT+02:00)
Updated: Saturday, 23rd 2011 at July 17.02 (GMT+02:00)

tags: OpenIndianaXDMCPMacOSXXephyrSolaris

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