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I am struggling with X11 forwarding ....

I use a Windows 7 laptop to Putty onto a Sun T2000 running Solaris 10. I have got ssh -> X11 -> X11 Forwarding ticked but nothing in the the X display location box..... apparently we don't need it....

I then use vncviewer on the T2000 to get to a Windows server , but get

VNC Viewer Free Edition 4.1.3 for X - built Dec 3 2008 23:11:23 Copyright (C) 2002-2008 RealVNC Ltd. See http://www.realvnc.com for information on VNC. X connection to SATURN2:10.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).

My understanding is I'm trying to Display back to the T2000, not the Windows 7 laptop so therefore shouldn't need Xming or similar. Or is that wrong?

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If you tick X11 forwarding in PuTTY it will try to display on your windows machine. VNC viewer on the Sun machine tries to open that display via X.

I am not sure what you want to achieve, but if you want to start an X based program without it displaying on the Windows machine you want to look at xvnc. Once that is running you can (optionally) run vncviewer from your Windows machine and connect to xnvc

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  • ah.... sorry I'm new to this site and not really familiar with the processes here ..... let me have a think.... – singlespeedbeard Dec 9 '14 at 14:07
  • I'm trying to display the Windows GUI on the remote server back onto my laptop.... but go in via a Solaris box. Is the Solaris box irrelevant as Putty (with X11 Forwarding set) is being run on a Windows laptop? Another fella here has a Windows desktop machine and it works on there, albeit V....E....R....Y.... slowly. He gets a window opening up on his workspace. – singlespeedbeard Dec 9 '14 at 14:19
  • Sorted. I downloaded Cygwin and eventually got it going. used startx and ssh'd on from there.... works pretty well so far. I'm looking into getting Exceed 9 and trying that out too. Thanks for the pointers. – singlespeedbeard Dec 17 '14 at 14:57
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Sorted. I downloaded Cygwin and eventually got it going. From there I used startx and ssh'd on from there.... works pretty well so far. I'm looking into getting Exceed 9 and trying that out too

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