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  • #39854
    subricky
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    Have virtual Linux box (ubuntu 20.04) with NX running. If I log in at the virtual console, I can connect by NX and am connected to the console desktop. However, if the start screen is visible, I can’t gain access to NX even though it’s running as a service and, as far as I can tell, should allow authenticated login.

    The second question is how can I have multiple people login and if I’m reading the documentation correctly I need workstation and that would allow for independent users to login.

    Also have a question about the remote machine running  with multiple monitors and having the client machine make them available for use.

    #39857
    Britgirl
    Keymaster

    Hi

    Have virtual Linux box (ubuntu 20.04) with NX running. If I log in at the virtual console, I can connect by NX and am connected to the console desktop. However, if the start screen is visible, I can’t gain access to NX even though it’s running as a service and, as far as I can tell, should allow authenticated login.

    Please see this topic which looks similar to your issue.

    Can’t connect from Windows client to Ubuntu login screen

    That user found this article useful:

    Connecting to a Wayland-based desktop running in a Linux virtual machine
    https://kb.nomachine.com/AR04R01083

     

    how can I have multiple people login…I need workstation and that would allow for independent users to login.

    Correct, you need Workstation for Linux or one of the other products in the Linux Terminal Server suite. Check out this article: https://kb.nomachine.com/AR10K00702

    “Workstation allows you to run up to 4 virtual desktops (including custom sessions/single applications) on a Linux host. These virtual desktops are replicas of the operating system residing on the host e.g. Ubuntu. Each virtual desktop is separate from the physical OS, and each other.”

     

    the remote machine running  with multiple monitors and having the client machine make them available for use.

    If you have multi-monitors on the server side and are connecting to the physical desktop, you will be able to switch between the available monitors on the client side using the multi-monitor switch. I’m not sure if this answers your question 🙂

    https://www.nomachine.com/switching-the-view-between-multi-monitors-during-a-remote-desktop-session

    #39865
    subricky
    Participant

    Thanks for your replies. It all looks very helpful. On the last question about remote machines with multiple monitors, I should’ve been more careful might description. The scenario is a remote VM. If we create a virtual desktop such as with the workstation for Linux, can we define multiple virtual screens/monitors and display them through NX.

    I imagine a working solution would be to have two separate NX windows, one to each virtual screen roughly replicating a dual monitor environment.

    #39978
    Britgirl
    Keymaster

    If we create a virtual desktop such as with the workstation for Linux, can we define multiple virtual screens/monitors and display them through NX.

    Yes. Workstation, like all of the products from the Terminal Server family, lets you run multiple instances of a Linux desktop on the same server. NoMachine terminal server products for Linux will also treat multi-monitors on the client as separate monitors in virtual desktop sessions. This means that when the user chooses to span the NoMachine player window across all client-side monitors, remote applications will see the same layout of monitors and can be maximized to a single monitor. See more about this here:

    How multi-monitors on client side work when connected to a remote desktop
    https://kb.nomachine.com/AR06S01131

    If you have multi-monitors on the server-side and connect with NoMachine to the physical desktop (whether it’s a VM or physical hardware), it’s not currently possible to have each of those monitors display to an individual screen on the client side. It’s planned, but we can’t give you a specific version of when this will be available.

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