VNC Server setup

yonas Abraham yabraham2 at
Mon Nov 12 19:53:17 UTC 2007

On 11/12/07, Tom Spec <samag70-ignore at> wrote:
> I'd like to setup my Fedora 8 machine as a VNC server so I can login to the
> Gnome desktop from a Windows XP machine using RealVNC.  Does anyone have a
> simple guide for this?  For some reason I can't get it to work. I'm not
> looking for anything complicated, I just want this setup for ONE user
> (preferably without an additional password in VNC if possible.)

1) do yum innstall vnc-server (if it is not installed yet)
2)edit  /etc/sysconfig/vncservers append/add the following two lines
   2-b) VNCSERVERARGS[1]="-geometry 1260x1000 "

where USERNAME is the username of the person you want to enable (that
user must have account on that box)
change the geometry to match your screen dimension (like 1024x768 or
800x600 etc)

3) now login as a USERNAME and run vncpasswd (I don't know if you can
have an empty password, this password is a different password that is
used to login the box)
4)run 'service vncserver start'

5)if you want the vnc to always start at boot time do 'chkconfig vncserver on'

6)from windows try to login to vnc

NB. with the exception of step 3, should be run as root.


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