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Is it possible and if so how can I connect to a Red Hat server using the rdp protocol? Not interested in using VNC for a variety of reasons.

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Just curious - why not VNC via a SSH tunnel? I know you said you had a variety of reasons, just wanted to know what the show-stoppers were... – Avery Payne Jun 24 '09 at 5:56
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Well, there's xrdp. I don't get the impression that it's a mature project, but it's worth a try.

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+1 - xrdp is about the only thing out there for Linux. RDP is a pretty proprietary protocol, unfortunately. – Andy May Jun 23 '09 at 19:18

Another alternative to VNC is to export X11 apps from the server to your desktop.

Install an X server like Xming on your workstation. Now use putty to connect to the server. Make sure you Enable X-11 forwarding by checking the box in Settings > SSH > X11. (If you use a command line SSH client just type ssh -X)

Now, from the terminal on the server type the name of the command you'd like to use. The program should appear on your desktop.

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Like chaos pointed out a bit earlier there's always xrdp. However, have you considered NX (free as in beer for 2 connections, libraries free as in speech) or its fully free as in speech cousin FreeNX? I've been using NX for three years now and am fully satisfied.

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In windows the supported main supported rdp is called rdp. In linux, its called X11 forwarding.

ssh -Y


ssh -X
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