Connecting via VNC to the graphical interface
There are many reasons why you may need a Linux with an graphical interface, some examples:
- Developers that need a cloud developer desktop.
- SysAdmins that need an instance in the cloud to open web tools.
- Users that just prefer to work with a Linux as their main desktop environment.
- Users of applications that requires graphical interface
Also, there are reasons to keep your desktop environment on the cloud:
- Cost effectiveness
The steps below will help you easily set up a Cloud Desktop based on Linux Ubuntu.
- Log into you AWS Account , if you don’t have one follow this link to create one: https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/knowledge-center/create-and-activate-aws-account/
- Arara Solutions provide an image ready to go: “Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - GUI Gnome VNC”
- In the top right, click Continue to Subscribe.
- Review the Terms and Pricing and click Accept Terms.
- It might take a few minutes to process the request. Once is completed you will see the image below, click Continue to Configuration
- Review the Delivery Method, Software Version and mostly important, the region where the instance will be launched.
Important: For a better experience with lower latency, select the region closest to you, you can find the closest region in this link: https://clients.amazonworkspaces.com/Health.html
Review all the details in the Marketplace page, including costs, and choose your Instance Type. A t3.medium is a good starting point, you can change that later.
Follow the next steps on the screen to launch the instance.
While the instance is spinning up, install a VNC Viewer client
Once the instance status is passing 2/2, copy the Public IP
In the VNC Viewer client, select that IP and append the port number, which is 5901 for VNC.
VNC will request a password, for this image the password is the first 8 characters of the Instance Id after the dash (Ex: for the instance id i-1234567890abcdef0 , the password would be 12345678)