January 27, 2017

How to Setup VNC Server (Linux Remote Desktop Access) on CentOS/RHEL 7 and Fedora

See also:
How to Install xrdp on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

Install vnc package:
sudo yum install tigervnc-server
Add user: ( or just use existing linux user)
sudo useradd
Set VNC password for that user

sudo cp /lib/systemd/system/vncserver@.service /lib/systemd/system/vncserver@:1.service
(1 is the display number, you can setup 2, 3 ...)

sudo cat /lib/systemd/system/vncserver@\:1.service

Description=Remote desktop service (VNC)
After=syslog.target network.target

# Clean any existing files in /tmp/.X11-unix environment
ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/vncserver -kill %i > /dev/null 2>&1 || :'
ExecStart=/sbin/runuser -l <USER> -c "/usr/bin/vncserver %i"
ExecStop=/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/vncserver -kill %i > /dev/null 2>&1 || :'



sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable vncserver@:1.service
sudo systemctl start vncserver@:1.service

Check the server is listening on the port: 590D (D is the display number corresponding to the one you set up )
$ sudo ss -na | grep 590
u_seq  LISTEN     0      128    /run/udev/control 15907                 * 0    
tcp    LISTEN     0      5                      *:5900                  *:*     
tcp    LISTEN     0      5                     :::5900                 :::*     

Make sure your firewall allows to connect to port 590D

sudo -i firewall-cmd --list-ports | grep 590
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=5901/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

See also: How to configure firewall on CentOS /Oracle Linux/ Red Hat 7

Connect from the client:

To access from remote Linux system use following command.

$ vncviewer
$ gvncviewer
$ jvncviewer

To access remote desktop on vnc-server from windows system, you must have vnc-viewer installed on your system. There are various vnc viewer available to use. Download any one and install on your system, for example:

You may want to use SSL tunnel to connect to remote VNC server. See also
SSH Port Forwarding (tunnel) in Linux
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