HOWTO: Install VNC server on RHEL5

Install a desktop environment and the VNC server:

yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"
yum  install vnc-server

Change to the user who will be owning the session and run `vncserver’ to set up their password and create the default files

su kale -
vncserver

Edit the xstartup file for that user to point to GNOME:

vi /home/kale/.vnc/xstartup

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
 unset SESSION_MANAGER
 exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

Kill that VNC session

killall Xvnc

Edit vncserver’s config file

vi /etc/sysconfig/vncservers

VNCSERVERS="2:kale"
VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 800x600 -nohttpd"

Start VNC

service vncserver start

And connect! Since it’s specified in /etc/sysconfig/vncservers that kale’s session is on display 2 (the 2:kale bit), the port for this connection is 5902. Connect to this port and enter in the password you specified earlier and voila!

One Comments

  • Greg

    May 27, 2014

    You’re the man.

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