How to connect from Windows to a Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop droplet

Posted April 21, 2013 12.7k views
Accessing from console is very laggy, is there a way to connect through, say windows's remote desktop connection?

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Download PuTTy for windows and use that to connect to SSH
(Other windows SSH Clients are available)

For File transfer (over SSH/SFTP) I recomment WinSCP
SSH isn't going to get him access to the desktop unless he also sets up x forwarding.

There's a tutorial to set up VNC (a remote desktop protocol) here:
by Bulat Khamitov
VNC will allow you to connect to your server remotely, as well as be able to use your keyboard, mouse, and monitor to interface with that server. Get it setup on your Ubuntu 12 cloud server.
nxterm from is a great tool and works great. One of these days i'll write a tutorial.
- for this process to work you should use at least a 2G droplet

- The gist is to follow: except for the part about allow users. nxterm will install a "nx" user, so its probably best not to do that step an fill it in later.

- You will also need to install gnome desktop:

apt-get install gnome-desktop
- Then download and install nxterm-cleint, nxterm-node and nxterm- server on the digitalocean box
- Finally install nxterm-client on the box you are using to connect

Ubuntu defaults to Unity for login. Hie me up if you want to use the "old" gnome interface.
by Etel Sverdlov
This tutorial covers how to login with root, how to change the root password, how to create a new user, how to give the new user root privileges, how to change the port, and how to disable root login in. This tutorial is written for Ubuntu. When you first create your server, this tutorial explains the first steps you need to take. This tutorial is written for Ubuntu 12.04.
@bill george it's 2014! so where's the tutorial ? :D