Enter your Ubuntu credentials

This is an update of a previous post, found here. I’ve added a section to the bottom which explains how you can connect to the same session each time.

If you need to connect to a Linux machine, and in the scope of this guide, Ubuntu 14.04 (I’m sure this guide should be fine for earlier versions as well), then your options include:

  • Pure and simple SSH – The admin’s super tool! (just install openssh-server – works every time!)
  • VNC – I don’t like this method because you need to install software on your client AND server
  • XRDP – This still involves VNC to some degree but you can use the normal Windows Remote Desktop Client

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On all my previous Windows Server installations, I was able to have multiple (mostly 2, 3 if you add the ‘console’ user as well) Remote Desktop sessions to the same server. In Windows 2008 R2 however, it seems the existing sessions get disconnected and reconnected to the new RDP Client when you use the same username.

Like most things in IT however, there is a workaround. It involves a simple regedit and you should be able to connect to the same system with the same user on multiple sessions.
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Remote Desktop (RDC, Remote Desktop Connection or Microsoft Terminal Services Client) is an useful multi-channel protocol that allows user to connect to and administer remote computer with full screen support. However, as the Remote Desktop Connection screen is effectively running within the host Windows system desktop, users who use keyboard shortcuts frequently may get confused with keyboard shortcuts to use when working on remote PC’s desktop, or getting incorrect, erroneous or unexpected behavior with keyboard shortcuts and accelerators.
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