You can run graphical programmes including full sessions on your EC2 machine with VNC.

This is useful for testing packages or collaborative working.

  • set up a Security Group with port 5900 - 5950 open (and 22 for ssh)
  • run an ec2 machine using that Security Group with an Ubuntu image - e.g. you can copy and paste the command from here if you have an account set up

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

or you may prefer a lighter version

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends lubuntu-desktop

Install tightVNC server

  • sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
  • run vncserver and set a password
  • on your local machine run krdc and connect to the EC2 machine and the port reported when running vncserver e.g. vnc://
  • from your ssh login on the EC2 machine export DISPLAY=:1 and startkde

You can share the VNC details around if you want to work on something collaboratively such as running a tutorial.

EC2-VNC (last edited 2014-11-17 21:03:40 by lvnilesh)