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Connecting to SSCC Linux Computers using X-Win32

X-Win32 is the SSCC's suggested Linux client for Windows PCs.

To install X-Win32, first download it from the SSCC web server. You'll need to give your SSCC user name and password, as X-Win32 is only licensed for UW faculty, staff, and students. Save the file in a convenient location, and then double-click on it. It will install and configure itself. The first time you run X-Win32 you will probably get two messages saying that the Windows Firewall has blocked features of the program. Click Allow Access for both of them so that X-Win32 can function properly.

If you are not on the UW-Madison campus you must establish a VPN connection to campus before using X-Win32. Connecting to the SSCC Network via VPN  has instructions.

To start Linstat after installing X-Win32, simply click the "Linstat" icon in the Start menu. To see all X-Win32 connections and change settings, select X-Win32 19 from the start menu.

Setting up New Sessions

If you need to connect to a particular Linstat server (most likely to monitor a job you started previously—see  Using Linstat) or if you want to connect to some other server, you'll need to set up a new session. This is easy to do:

  1. Launch X-Win32 19 from the Start menu to start the X-Config program. Click the folder named "My Connections" to select it, then click the Wizard button under  New Connection on the right sidebar.

  2. Give the session a  Name  (for your own purposes—the computer doesn't care what it is). Choose  SSH  as the  Type  . Then click  Next  .

  3. Give the address of the server you want to connect to and click  Next. There are six Linstat servers available.  The address is the same for each Linstat server that you want to connect to, only changing the number in the address based on the Linstat server you are connecting to.  For example, if you are trying to connect to the server Linstat 1 you would enter the address  

  4. Type in your username and password. Click Next.

  5. The next screen allows you to choose which terminal program to run. Our suggestion is that you use the GNOME Desktop, and that is what the pre-defined sessions use.

  6. Click  Finish, and your session will be ready for use.

Keywords:linux linstat xwin x-win x-win32 xwin32 connect   Doc ID:102646
Owner:Dan B.Group:Social Science Computing Cooperative
Created:2020-05-31 10:18 CDTUpdated:2021-03-18 16:50 CDT
Sites:Social Science Computing Cooperative
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