Linux Remote Desktop Software

If security is your top priority, you can't go wrong with Linux. Linux is an open-source and free operating system that offers an incredibly flexible and customizable software kernel. Because of its open-source nature, Linux is considered one of the most secure OSes in the market. It boasts a global community of users who review the code and make sure there aren't any backdoors present. This is one of the reasons why Linux is the third most popular operating system after Windows and Mac. [ Also check how remote desktop connection is made seamless for Windows and Mac computers with Remote Access Plus ]

Linux also offers a ton of distributions (distros) that combine different kernels, shell utilities, and package handlers to provide different feature sets to different users. However, when it comes to managing Linux remote desktops, IT technicians face issues with having the devices aligned for seamless remote connections.

ManageEngine Remote Access Plus is enterprise remote access software that helps IT technicians to access and troubleshoot remote computers irrespective of their OS. It comes with next-gen remote desktop sharing tools to enable seamless access to other machines.

Here's how you can connect to a Linux remote desktop with Remote Access Plus in three simple steps:

Setting up Remote Access Plus

The first step is to set up Remote Access Plus by downloading the product server. Remote Access Plus supports all the major flavors of Linux from Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora to Mandriva.

Linux remote desktop software - ManageEngine Remote Access Plus

Adding workgroups and domains

The next step is adding workgroups or domains. Once the application is downloaded, Remote Access Plus fetches all the domains and workgroups available in the network under Admin > Computer Settings > Domains > Discovered Domains. You can either add from the Auto-discovered list of domains and workgroups, or manually search domains from Admin > Scope of Management > Domains > Add Domain.

You can auto-discover workgroups or manually search for them from Admin > Scope of Management > Workgroups > Add Workgroup.

Initiating Linux remote desktop connection

The final step is to ensure the TCP ports are configured as detailed in the steps in the prerequisites section of this webpage. You can then establish a new remote desktop connection via the home page of the web console by entering the name of the computer in the search field. If you have recently established a remote connection with the computer, you can navigate to the Recent sessions view to easily access it again.

What is Linux Remote Desktop?

A Linux Remote Desktop software lets users access and control Linux devices remotely. This enables quicker troubleshooting, lesser turnaround time and minimal interference to the end user's productivity.

Key features of a Linux remote desktop software

A Linux Remote Desktop software should enable IT administrators to remotely control any Linux device without location dependency and without compromising on security. It also benefits the administrators if the software has minimal system requirements to perform a particular task on the remote device. Here are a few key features to look for in a Linux Remote Desktop software:

  • Remote Control - The technicians can take remote control and troubleshoot
  • Multi-user collaboration - Many technicians can connect and collaborate to immediately solve a problem remotely.
  • Support for multiple monitors - The technician can view and control any of the end user's monitor.