How to Access Centos GUI Remotely from Windows

A Brief Description of CentOS GUI

CentOS GUI is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the CentOS operating system. A GUI allows users to interact with the operating system using visual elements such as icons, buttons, and menus, rather than typing commands into a command-line interface. The CentOS GUI includes a desktop environment, which provides a desktop workspace and a set of applications such as a file manager, web browser, and text editor. It also includes a display manager, which is responsible for managing the login and logout process. CentOS GUI is designed to be easy to use and provide a familiar interface for users who are accustomed to using other popular desktop operating systems such as Windows and macOS.

To access the CentOS GUI remotely from a Windows machine, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the Windows machine has a Remote Desktop client installed. You can use the built-in Remote Desktop Connection client, or you can use a third-party client such as Remote Desktop Manager.
  2. On the CentOS machine, make sure that the Remote Desktop service is installed and running. You can check whether the service is installed by running the following command:
yum list installed | grep tigervnc

If the service is not installed, you can install it by running the following command:

yum install tigervnc-server
  1. Once the Remote Desktop service is installed, you will need to configure it. You can do this by editing the file /etc/sysconfig/vncservers. The file should contain a list of users and the display numbers that will be used for their remote desktop sessions. For example, to allow the user “user1” to connect to display 1, you would add the following line to the file:
VNCSERVERS="1:user1"
  1. Next, you will need to create a password for the user that will be used to access the remote desktop. You can do this by running the following command:
vncpasswd

Follow the prompts to create a password for the user.

  1. Once the Remote Desktop service is installed and configured, you can start it by running the following command:
systemctl start [email protected]:1.service

Replace “1” with the display number that you configured in the /etc/sysconfig/vncservers file.

  1. On the Windows machine, open the Remote Desktop client and enter the IP address or hostname of the CentOS machine, followed by a colon and the display number. For example, if the IP address of the CentOS machine is 192.168.1.100 and the display number is 1, you would enter the following in the Remote Desktop client:
192.168.1.100:1
  1. When prompted, enter the username and password that you created in step 4 to log in to the CentOS GUI remotely.