Connecting Remotely to CAE Linux Machines from Windows (WSL and VNC)

How to create an SSH tunnel from a Windows computer to a CAE linux machine, and use a VNC Viewer to access a Linux GUI

1. Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux, and install a Linux distribution:

2. Install a VNC Client.  Options include, but aren't limited to, RealVNC, TightVNC, and TigerVNC
Note:  For TigerVNC, you'll want to click on the bintray link under "Binaries are available from bintray" and download vncviewer64-1.10.1.exe

3. Launch the Linux distribution you installed in step 1, run "ssh -L 5900:localhost:5900 <your cae username>", then enter your CAE password
Note:If you would like a different resolution for your Linux GUI window, please see
 If you do wish to change the size, the last two digits will change.  For instance, instead of "-L 5900:localhost:5900", you can provide "-L 5900:localhost:5976" for a higher resolution

4. Once the SSH tunnel is connected you can minimize the Terminal window.  Launch the VNC viewer you installed in step 2, and connect to "localhost:5900"

5. You can now log in like you were sitting at a CAE Linux computer

Keywords:vnc linux tux windows ssh   Doc ID:100399
Owner:Dan S.Group:Computer-Aided Engineering
Created:2020-04-09 13:13 CDTUpdated:2021-04-01 08:43 CDT
Sites:Computer-Aided Engineering
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