How to Connect to Ubuntu 20.04 Server using Remote Desktop
- Root access to your Ubuntu 20.04 server.
- Minimal Gnome desktop configured. Learn how to configure Gnome desktop
Update your server to the latest,
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Installing Xrdp is easy and requires just 1 command line,
apt install xrdp
root@vps:~# apt install xrdp Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: xorgxrdp Suggested packages: guacamole xrdp-pulseaudio-installer The following NEW packages will be installed: xorgxrdp xrdp 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 45 not upgraded. Need to get 488 kB of archives. After this operation, 3,212 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Xrdp service and enable
Xrdp to start up during boot, use the commands below.
systemctl start xrdp systemctl enable xrdp
root@vps:~# systemctl enable xrdp Synchronizing state of xrdp.service with SysV service script with /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install. Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install enable xrdp
Next, add the user
xrdp in to the
ssl-cert group with the below command,
adduser xrdp ssl-cert
and restart the
systemctl restart xrdp
Xrdp status using the command below.
systemctl status xrdp
root@vps:~# systemctl status xrdp ● xrdp.service - xrdp daemon Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/xrdp.service; enabled; vendor preset: > Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-05-08 20:48:58 UTC; 1min 17s ago Docs: man:xrdp(8) man:xrdp.ini(5) Main PID: 45020 (xrdp) Tasks: 1 (limit: 1074) Memory: 1.1M CGroup: /system.slice/xrdp.service └─45020 /usr/sbin/xrdp
RDP client connects to your server via port 3389, you will need to allow this in firewall with below command,
ufw allow 3389
Connect via Windows RDP client
Open Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) client software on your Windows system, login to the Ubuntu server using the IP address or domain it is configured with.
Enter the username and password to connect using Xorg.
GUI welcome page will appear and you can access the ubuntu server.