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In our Company we have an internal-wikipedia-like help site. The Problem is, the MindTouch-Wiki is out of date, so I have to update it!

The Problem is, it's running virtual. It's Ubuntu 7.7

In Microsoft Server 2003/2008, I can't connect to the machine using "Connect to virtual machine"

I'm not familiar with Linux, is there a way to connect to the Ubuntu that is open by default?

Like RDP over VNC in Windows?

  • Please type the title of your question in Google before asking here, there's tons and tons of information about this available already. – Mat Aug 22 '14 at 8:13
  • ssh for non-root users works by default I think. If you find any other such a way to connect that is open by default, let us know, so we can report it as a bug. – Volker Siegel Aug 22 '14 at 8:33
  • @Mat No offense, but isn't Unix&Linux a good place to list the different ways to remotely connect to a Linux? – Emmanuel Aug 22 '14 at 8:40
  • @Emmanuel: repeating information that's already widely available all over the place just adds noise. If the question was more specific in any way, including perhaps something the OP tried but didn't work or wasn't satisfactory, could be interesting. As it is, it's a question that search engines already address. (Also note the tooltip on the downvote button.) – Mat Aug 22 '14 at 8:42
  • @Mat I think there is some value in repeating that information here. It's because the StackExchange system works very good in terms of keeping the important information - which may technically be trivial (!), and seems to be able to create a very high quality over time for the important information - which is refined often, and has competition in cuality by duplicates. So we can hope that the this "some value" will become a "substantial value" over time. – Volker Siegel Aug 22 '14 at 10:03
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If you would rather use a GUi then you can install VNC in the same manner as ssh see Volker's answer for command. Tightvnc Server is a nice light choice. Of cause this assumes your virtual Ubuntu has a DE installed. If you want to see what packages are available use apt-cache search string

  • But these are not running by default, right? That seems to be the OP's problem: He needs to connect before he can install something. But the idea is useful anyway, because it could be done if the my answer worked to get ssh access, that could be used to get a gui connection service installed and running. Could make it much nicer for him. – Volker Siegel Aug 22 '14 at 9:26
  • I don't think anything is available by default not even Telnet. As you pointed out this type of behaviour would be considered a bug by most if not all *nix users. Perhaps the OP could tell us what exactly he/she can do. I assume they have some kind of access to a CLI/GUI locally. – mintyfreshpenguin Aug 22 '14 at 9:47
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If ssh is installed, it works by default for non-root users I think.

If you find any other such a way to connect that is open by default, let us know, so we can report it as a bug. :)

For 'ssh' to work, you need the package openssh-server. The remaining question is whether that is installed by default.

I did not check, but I woud expect that it is not installed on a desktop install of Ubuntu, but it will be for sure on a server install.


The ssh server can be installed with:

sudo apt-get install openssh-server


There may be no ssh client available on Windows by default, as @mintyfreshpenguin pointed out. It's the program you need to make the connection. There is a very good ssh client that runs on Windows, named putty.

It's free (as in "freedom", and as in "free beer" too) and easy to handle:

You only need to download one exe file, and run it, without installing anything.
(It will look complicated if it's new to you. You know where to ask if the manual and google did not help.)

There is also a installer package with some related tools that you may need later (except puttytel).
Install that if you can, or choose the separate putty.exe:

On http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
In the section "Binaries", either choose the "Installer" with a version number in the name, like
putty-0.63-installer.exe at the time of writing, or the PuTTY: at the top of the list,
putty.exe.

  • Don't forget you will also need an ssh client to connect to the server, once installed. – mintyfreshpenguin Aug 22 '14 at 8:50
  • So, do you mean Windows does not have a ssh client installed by default? That's irritating. You must be joking ;) But he can install putty, it does ssh plus a whole lot more he may need. – Volker Siegel Aug 22 '14 at 8:54
  • As far as I remember windows doesn’t have an ssh client out of the box. Ubuntu does. It's been years since I've used Win now. Thought it worth a mention. – mintyfreshpenguin Aug 22 '14 at 9:01
  • Of course you are right - that's why I tried to sneak in a clear hint to use putty in the last comment. Will add it to the answer. – Volker Siegel Aug 22 '14 at 9:06

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