- Open a terminal window.
- Enter this command to install xrdp and start it when it completed (the -y switch will suppress the “Do you want to continue?” prompt that you normally get when installing with apt-get install:
sudo apt-get install -y xrdp
On a Linux system, install Remmina with the separate RDP plugin. As of 2017, it was included in the official repositories of most of the mainstream Linux distributions so you should be able to enter this on Debian derivative distros:
sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-
yum install remmina remmina-plugin-*
Quick Connect with Remmina
You can also create a saved connection in Remmina so you don’t have to re-enter your information every time you want to open a window to your Pi. Click the NEW button in the main Remmina window, and you will see the window below.
- In the NAME field at the top, enter a value that designates the machine you are connecting to.
- You can have groups defined in Remmina to organize the various connections, but in this example, we’ll just leave it empty.
- Select RDP in the Protocol drop down box.
- Enter your Server name or IP address in the Server field.
- In the user field, enter the user account you will be connecting with (pi is the default).
- Leave the password field empty unless you want to store the password (not recommended) and the domain field can be left empty as well. Its used for authenticating to Windows Active Directory.
- For resolution, leave the “Use client resolution” option selected. You can switch it to a different value if you want the Remmina window to be a different resolution from the machine you are using, but for my purposes I leave it to the default.
- Color depth – choose a value that will make it easy for you to view your remote computer. 256 colors will appear washed out and the higher values may impact performance, so I generally use High Color (16bpp).
- Leave the Share folder option unchecked, and click the SAVE button. You’ll be returned to the main Remmina window. Now just double click the entry you just made and a new window will open. If you didn’t enter a password you’ll be prompted to enter it, and then the window will open showing your your PI’s desktop.
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