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Installation of a Graphical Desktop with RDP Access for SUSE SLES 11

SAP installations may require graphical tools to be operated on the target server.

Important dependencies

  • xrdp uses vnc
  • vnc uses X11 and window managers

Software Installation

AWS SUSE installations come by default without a GNOME desktop environment. The following commands will install a GNOME desktop and an xrdp service to connect to the systems:

# zypper install -t pattern gnome-basic
# zypper install xrdp

Enable VNC Remote Login

  • Start yast
  • Select " Network Services"
  • Select first entry "Remote Administration with VNC"
  • Enable service

Configure Window Manager to use Gnome

  • Edit file /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager
  • Change entry DEFAULT_WM="" to DEFAULT_WM="gnome"

Startup the RDP service and make it start automatically after Reboot

These commands need to be executed with the sudo command from the ec2-user.


# service xrdp start
# chkconfig --set xrdp on


# systemctl start xrdp
# systemctl enable xrdp 

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