How to setup Xming X Server

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Abstract[edit]

The following document explains how to install Xming free X Server for Microsoft(tm) Windows XP, 2003 and Vista. If you are running on older windows servers, you can use to old xwinlogon (circa 2004).

Obtain the software[edit]

Installation[edit]

Install the Xming Server. If you already use PuTTY as your default ssh client please select no to install a new version of PuTTY. If using Windows XP SP 2 or Vista, the firewall will request to enable access to the application. Please allow any clients to connect to the X server.

Install the Xming fonts. This font package provides additional fonts to improve the appearance of X based applications.

Enable X11 forwarding[edit]

To set the DISPLAY enviroment variable after ssh login, please check the "Enable X11 forwarding" box at PuTTY Connection - SSH - X11 - X11 forwarding. The variable will be set to <IP Address>:0, where IP Address will match the desktop computer that start the ssh connection.

PuTTY X11 forwarding.png

Example:

login as: root
Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
Password:
Last login: Thu Jul 10 20:56:42 2008 from 192.168.2.103
You have mail.

Value of TERM has been set to "xterm".
WARNING:  YOU ARE SUPERUSER !!

# echo $DISPLAY
192.168.2.107:10.0

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