Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to configure VNC on Redhat Linux 6?

I was trying to configure VNC on my RHEL6U1 test machine using my old method of editing /etc/xinetd/vncservers file when I came across the difference between RHEL6 and previous versions of RHEL. In RHEL6, the VNC Server configuration is rather easy than previous versions of Linux. Here is what I had to do:
# cat /etc/sysconfig/vncservers 
# The VNCSERVERS variable is a list of display:user pairs.
# Uncomment the lines below to start a VNC server on display :2
# as my 'myusername' (adjust this to your own).  You will also
# need to set a VNC password; run 'man vncpasswd' to see how
# to do that.  
# DO NOT RUN THIS SERVICE if your local area network is
# untrusted!  For a secure way of using VNC, see this URL:

# Use "-nolisten tcp" to prevent X connections to your VNC server via TCP.

# Use "-localhost" to prevent remote VNC clients connecting except when
# doing so through a secure tunnel.  See the "-via" option in the
# `man vncviewer' manual page.

# VNCSERVERS="2:myusername"
# VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 800x600 -nolisten tcp -localhost"

VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 1680x1050 -depth 24"

# cat /etc/sysconfig/iptables 
# Firewall configuration written by system-config-firewall
# Manual customization of this file is not recommended.
-A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5902 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 5902 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited
-A FORWARD -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

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