VDI to Linux

This assumes you already logged in to VDI and selected the CS Standard profile.  If this is your first use, jump to First time using Linux from VDI.

Some important assumptions:

> UTSA VDI has three drives:  C, E, and V.   Anything written to C or E is lost when you logout.

> Your My Documents is on the C drive so the files are lost when you logout.

> UTSA does not backup your V drive.  You should copy anything important to a USB memory stick.

 

Subsequent Uses of Linux from VDI

1. Open your v:\LaunchConfig folder.

2. Double click on the  config.xlaunch file.  This will cause the Xming Server icon in your tray on the right side.  You can see if it is hidden by clicking the double up arrow in the tray.

You don't need to do anything else with it.

3. Double click on the default.ssh2.  You can either key in the linux server and your user id in the Quick Connect Window or use a Profile you saved.

 

 

 

First time using Linux from VDI

1. Launch the Xming X-Windows server using the following steps. 

1.1 Assuming there isn't a desktop icon:

1.1.1 Press the Start button on the screen.

1.1.2 Select All Programs.

1.1.3 Select the Xming folder which may be at the bottom of the list.

1.1.4 Select XLaunch

1.2 The Xming Display Settings window will appear.

1.2.1 Select Multiple Windows option and press the Next button.

1.2.2 Select Start no client and press the Next button.

1.2.3 On the Specify parameter settings, simply press the Next button.

1.2.4 Press the Save Configurations button.

1.2.5 Within the explorer portion of the Save Configuration window:

1.2.5.1 Click on Computer

1.2.5.2 Select your V: drive

1.2.5.3 Create a New folder named LaunchConfig

1.2.5.4 Open that folder.

1.2.5.4 Save the config.xlaunch file by pressing the Save button.

1.2.6 Select FInish.

1.3 You should notice the Xming Server icon in your tray on the right side.  You can see if it is hidden by clicking the double up arrow in the tray.

You don't need to do anything else with it.

2. Invoke ssh

2.1 Assuming there isn't a desktop icon:

2.1.1 Press the Start button on the screen.

2.1.2 Select All Programs.

2.1.3 Select the SSH Secure Shell folder.

2.1.4 Select Secure Shell Client. 

2.2 The SSH Secure Shell window should appear.

2.2.1 Press the settings button (  ) n the tool bar.  This causes the Settings Window to appear.

2.2.2 Select the Tunneling options on the left side and then turn on the check box for Tunnel X11 connections.

2.2.3 Press the OK button.

2.3 Select the Quick Connect Button.  This window will appear.

2.3.1 Specify the Host Name as YYYYY.cs.utsa.edu where YYYYY is replaced with the name of one of the UTSA servers. (Please ask your instructor the name of the servers.)

2.3.2 The User Name will be your abc123 ID.

2.3.3 Press Connect.

2.3.4 It will probably show an Host Identification window.  Press Yes.

2.3.5 Enter your password which will be defaulted to your 8 digit banner id without the"@".

2.3.6 You will see it flashing to Add a Profile.  Save the profile and give it a name like YYYYY.

2.3.7 You will see the  ssh terminal session on linux.

2.4 Press the save settings tool bar button.  It will save the file default.ssh2 in

c:\Users\abc123\AppData\Roaming\SSH  where abc123 is your ID. Note that many of these folders are hidden.

2.5 Copy that file to your v:\LaunchConfig folder.