Are there any instructions how to install a VNC-Server on CentOS? Some of them explain how to setup a terminal server, but I primarily want to use the currently logged in desktop.

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    Did you search anywhere, this topic is very easy to find information on.
    – mdpc
    Jun 22, 2013 at 5:18

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Here is a link for detail instruction on how to install a VNC-Server


     yum install vnc-server

if you windows manager is not already installed then :

     yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"

Start vncserver serivce

     /sbin/service vncserver start

configure your ~/.vnc/xstartup file according to your preference of desktop settings:

to start vnc session : vncserver

connect a vnc viewer by pointing to the session ID you received when start the vnc session

  • Well, I've found this instruction, but unfortunately it's not working. I've copied the configuration and logfiles to pastebin.com/BXe5KcWn. When started as root, I get a new desktop, not the one currently shown on my real display. When run as chris, I just see a blank X11 screen with cursor without window manager.
    – chris
    Jun 22, 2013 at 15:20
  • I didn't read the article until the end. It's working now. Thank you.
    – chris
    Jun 22, 2013 at 17:03
  • you might have configured ~/.vnc/xstartup to resolve your black X11 screen issue. I will update this in the summary as well
    – Raza
    Jun 22, 2013 at 17:57

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