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How to use the legacy VNC service at BMRC

Instructions for connecting to the WIN VNC server on BMRC (win001).

We strongly recomment the use of Open On Demand for remote desktop use. These instructions are kept for historical interest

Set up a VNC session on win001

Log into cluster1

ssh win001
vncserver -PlainUsers <BMRC-USERNAME>

This will give you a session number ':N'. Use this to calculate your port number with this formula.

<PORT> = 5900 + <N>

Set up an ssh tunnel for VNC on win001 to your laptop

ssh -L <PORT>:localhost:<PORT> <BMRC-USERNAME> -t ssh -L <PORT>:localhost:<PORT> <BMRC-USERNAME>

You should be asked for your BMRC username and password (First and Second Factors.

Connect with the client on your laptop

On your laptop, in your TigerVNC client, Connection Details, VNC Server:


You will be asked for your BMRC username and password. For the password you will give it your password and your second factor together as a single string (no spaces or separators).