crankat the prompt. This will start your VNC server, which will remain running as long as you keep the SSH window open. When you're finished using VNC, please disconnect from the SSH session by typing
exit, hitting CTRL-D, or similar. Just closing the PuTTY? window will keep the VNC server from shutting down correctly and is a drain on system resources. When the VNC viewer is run, the following screen will appear: Log into the VNC server using the format (server_name):(display) in the 'Server' field, where server_name is
ebpg.mnc.umn.eduin this case and display is the 2-digit display ID you were assigned in the email you received when your account on the server was created. A typical server string would look like
ebpg.mnc.umn.edu:10. Leave Encryption set to "Let VNC Server choose." If you've forgotten your display ID, you can log into a text-only terminal using SSH and type
showvncto see the full list of users and their IDs. Alternately, you can just email Bryan. After typing in your server string and hitting 'OK' a warning about unencrypted connections will pop up. Ignore it, check "don't warn me again," and hit OK. You should then be prompted for a password. Unless you've changed it, the default password for all VNC accounts is your username twice (e.g. bcordbcord). It's suggested that you change this using the
vncpasswdcommand ASAP. Once you type in your password, you should see a virtual desktop on the CAD server. Your account password (different from your VNC password, although they're initially identical) can be changed using the
passwdcommand; for sanity's sake, it's recommended that you keep it identical to your VNC password. Right-clicking anywhere on the desktop will bring up the main menu, which you can use to execute LayoutBEAMER?, CJob, CView, and other useful programs. Version 5.x of the VNC viewer has a handy drop-down toolbar at the top of the desktop with some useful functions. Mouse to the top center of your window to see it. Hitting "F8" will also bring up RealVNC?'s main options menu.
restartvncYour VNC desktop's resolution is defaulted to 1440x900, for no particular reason. If you'd like to change this, use the
setrescommand at any prompt, then restart your display by re-running crank from the SSH window.
ebpg.mnc.umn.eduPort: 2222 (Not the default port 22!) Connection Type: SSH Give the session a name and click 'Save' to save it for future use. Highlight the session you just created in the 'Saved Sessions' box and click 'Open' You should get a DOS-style text window with a login prompt. Log into the system and you'll get a command prompt. Use the
crankcommand here to start your VNC server, if so desired. Keep in mind that if you use a PuTTY? terminal to start a VNC session, you have to keep the PuTTY? window open for as long as you're using VNC. Linux and Mac users can ssh from any command line. In OSX, the command line interface is most easily reached by running the Terminal from the Applications->Utilities folder. Use the following command line to connect:
ssh -p 2222 email@example.comWhere
usernameis replaced by your user name on the ebpg server. Once connected use the
crankcommand to start your VNC session per usual.
ebpg.mnc.umn.eduPort: 2222 (Not the default port 22!) Connection Type: SFTP Once you've done that, hit 'Connect' to connect to the site (in the future, you can just press the arrow to the right of the Site Manager button on the main screen to connect to any of the profiles you have set up). The right pane should now be displaying your home directory on the CAD server. Drag and drop files into it as needed; you can even drag and drop files from outside applications, like Windows Explorer.
clewinat any prompt or choose it from the main menu. It runs in the Wine windows emulator so it's a bit kludgey, but it generally seems to work.
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