Connecting to an Ubuntu Server using VNC. Note*:
If you haven’t done it from the portal, you can use the Azure CLI to deploy an Ubuntu Server 16.04. You will need to run this command from a terminal that has SSH installed and your SSH keys already generated because it will try to obtain
~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub. Also, the username you have in your terminal will give you access to the VM.
az group create --name tests --location southcentralus az vm create -g tests -n bubulubuntu --image canonical:ubuntuserver:16.04-LTS:16.04.201612210
Be patient, the creation of the VM could take some minutes. After it’s done you will obtain a public IP that you can use to SSH into your VM
ssh <<VM PUBLIC IP>>
Inside of the VM you should be seeing this output.
Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-57-generic x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com * Management: https://landscape.canonical.com * Support: https://ubuntu.com/advantage Get cloud support with Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Guest: http://www.ubuntu.com/business/services/cloud 0 packages can be updated. 0 updates are security updates. Last login: Wed Dec 21 21:49:06 2016 from 22.214.171.124 To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>". See "man sudo_root" for details. bruno@bubulubuntu:~$
Lets start by installing TaskSel, which will manage the installation of the Desktop Environment.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt install tasksel
Here you should put the cursor on the package “Ubuntu Desktop” and press
spacein your keyboard to mark it for installation, then press
tabto go to
enterto start the installation.
While this is installing in your server install a VNC client like VNC Viewer from RealVNC
Back to your Ubuntu 16.04 server in the cloud, when the installation is done, install the Vnc Server you have to reboot the VM.
sudo apt-get install vnc4server sudo shutdown -r now
In your terminal you would see something like this:
Connection to 126.96.36.199 closed by remote host. Connection to 188.8.131.52 closed.
Give it a couple of minutes before trying to going back in again.
SSH back into your Linux box and configure
vncserver, don’t forget the password you choose (only 8 chars)
xstartup. First lets stop the server
vncserver -kill :1
~/.vnc/xstartupso it looks like this:
#!/bin/sh # Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop: unset SESSION_MANAGER exec sh /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc [ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup [ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources xsetroot -solid grey vncconfig -iconic & x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" & x-window-manager &
And now restart the vncserver
Make a tunnel
ssh -L 5901:127.0.0.1:5901 -N -f -l
Open VNC viewer and connect to