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The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft. RPD is not standard on Enterprise Linux and you will have to install 3rd party software. You can however use a VNC client under Windows and enable the VNC server to allow Remote Desktop connections. Mac OS X client can use standard screen sharing. To be able to use Remote Desktop using VNC, you must have the X Window system and minimal Desktop installed on the server, which is not default in Enterprise Linux 6 anymore. What do you have installed?
If you have the Gnome Desktop installed on Oracle Linux you can use the "Remote Desktop" control panel to setup VNC access from the System:Preferences menu.
Here is a previous post where I explained who to establish a VNC session through a SSH tunnel, which is the most secure and will work with NAT and provided a Firewall that allows ssh connections: problems w remote access of gnome desktop
Automatic login is not recommended unless you don't have to worry about security.
For Gnome desktop autologin:
edit */etc/gdm/custom.conf* and add the following:
For automatic text based login:
edit */etc/init/tty.conf* and change:
exec /sbin/mingetty $TTY
exec /sbin/mingetty –autlogin username $TTY
Edited by: Dude on Aug 12, 2012 8:54 AM
The Gnome Desktop autologin was what i was after. (The RDP part was in case there was no autologin available).
Since it's just a local test bed with no confidential info/configs etc, there is no security issue around it autologing-in.
Cheers and thanks.