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Running Graphical Linux Applications (X applications) Remotely

Graphical Linux applications are called X applications as they use the X Windows protocol to communicate with the display. Unlike the simple terminal (shell) interface for logging into Linux (using an SSH client), running graphical Linux programs remotely requires some setup and consideration. Running a single X application If all you need to run and [...]

2020-03-30T01:21:53+00:00March 30th, 2020|

MCECS Windows Terminal Server ( has been upgraded

We have upgraded the operating system of to a more modern version of Windows Server. As before, the resources on the terminal server are still rather limited (moving from old repurposed hardware to two virtual machines). It was designed as an alternative for students who may not have been able to come onsite to [...]

2020-04-08T20:00:11+00:00March 29th, 2020|

Using SSH from Windows

Connecting to a remote Linux machine using SSH from Windows Click here for instructions on connecting via PuTTY. Click here for instructions on connecting via MobaXterm. Click here for instructions on connecting via PowerShell.   Connecting via PuTTY PuTTY is a lightweight SSH client available for Windows, and is [...]

2020-09-28T12:31:05+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from Windows

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from Windows SFTP using WinSCP SFTP using Cyberduck SFTP using MobaXterm   Using WinSCP You can download WinSCP from the following link: When installing the program, it will ask you if you want to use the Commander or Explorer interface mode. Either option is [...]

2020-09-28T12:20:12+00:00February 21st, 2020|

Remote Desktop using SSH Tunnel with MobaXterm

RDP through an SSH tunnel   Note: If you are trying to use Remote Desktop to log into a remote Windows box, but are unable to successfully connect to the MCECS VPN, you can use SSH tunneling to accomplish the same goal. To set up an SSH tunnel to allow you to [...]

2019-06-04T13:08:11+00:00June 4th, 2019|

VNC from Windows to Linux

Connecting using VNC from a Windows computer to a Linux system Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, allows you to remotely control a Linux computer with another computer through a graphical interface. You will be able to observe a Linux desktop environment and interact with it using the mouse and keyboard from a different [...]

2020-10-01T14:10:54+00:00June 4th, 2019|

Windows Terminal Server

MCECS Windows Terminal Server MCECS provides a modest Windows Terminal Server ( for remote access to many Windows applications. It is not, however, meant to be a replacement for using the MCECS Windows labs. It mainly serves as a convenience for when you need to occasionally run something available in the labs. It should [...]

2020-09-15T16:19:21+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive File Stream Available on Tier 1/2 CAT supported Windows desktops. The Drive File Stream client cooperates with our roaming network user profiles and enables users to access their Google Drive storage as a mapped drive. To run it, look for “Drive File Stream” in the start menu.  If you want to [...]

2018-10-08T16:45:18+00:00October 8th, 2018|

X forwarding with Xming

X forwarding with Xming This tutorial will cover how to forward X11 applications from a remote Unix/Linux host to a local Windows machine. On a Unix/Linux machine, you can run remote applications via XForwarding with something like: ssh -X "gimp". In order to get this same functionality on a Windows machine, we [...]

2020-02-18T18:24:00+00:00August 30th, 2017|

S: and U: Drives

Understanding the S: and U: Drives Observant users of CAT supported Tier 1 or 2 Windows systems may notice that two of their drive mappings is mapped to their Linux storage space. What is the "Linux storage space"? The Linux Storage Space is the contents of your Linux home directory. While some [...]

2019-10-02T12:54:30+00:00August 30th, 2017|