Access from within the Durham University Network
From a PC with NPCS or MDS installed
- To display the Gnome desktop: Click Start on the Windows toolbar and from the pop up menu select Programs > Durham University Network > Connect to CIS linux > Vega hi res or Vega lo res. A window will be opened at which you can enter your CIS username and password and after succesful authentication, the Gnome desktop will be displayed.
- Using Putty: To begin click Start on the Windows toolbar and from the pop up menu select Programs > Durham University Network > Putty. Putty is a secure and easy to use client but if you have trouble connecting using the Putty software, please see the FAQ.
From a PC with Windows that is connected to the Durham University Network
- Using VNC: VNC(Virtual Network Computing) is a graphical desktop sharing system which enables the display of the Gnome desktop on a local PC. Details of how to install and using VNC are given in the section Connecting from outside the University in InfoSheet 42: How to access the Durham Linux and Unix services
- Using Putty: if Putty is not installed you can download it. Enter the Host Name as vega.dur.ac.uk, select the Protocol to be SSH and select Connection > SSH > Preferred SSH protocol version to be 2. You can save this set-up as Vega. Click Open and enter your CIS username and password.
From another Linux or Unix computer that is connected to the Durham University Network
- Type ssh -X vega
The -X option enables X11 forwarding which is necessary for graphical applications.