NX remote desktop: mac
NX is a remote desktop program which lets you to connect to a remote server and run graphical applications remotely on that server. Your local machine acts like a terminal on the remote server. NX connections are secure as they use SSH encryption and authentication.
To install NX Client on your Mac download:
- NXclient package for Mac (CCB login required)
Note that later versions (eg v6.0.66) will NOT work with the CCB servers.
Once the package has downloaded, install the application by double clicking on the .dmg file:
Double click on the .pkg file:
Next, open the Application and you should see a screen like the one below - Click "New" to establish a new connection:
Select SSH as the protocol and click continue:
Type in the host name. To connect to 'deva' type 'deva.molbiol.ox.ac.uk'. To connect to our alternative server, 'klyn', type 'klyn.molbiol.ox.ac.uk'. Then click Continue:
Select "Use the NoMachine Login" and click continue:
You will need one of the CCB SSH server keys.
Click this link and download the appropriate key (for deva or for klyn):
Tick the "Use an alternate Server Key" and browse for the deva_key file you downloaded earlier. Click continue:
Choose "Don't use a proxy"
Choose a name for the connection e.g. 'deva' and click "Done"
Now double click on the "deva" icon
Log in with your CCB username and password:
The following steps need only be set once if you choose the tick boxes to "Save this Setting in the connection file". Choose "Create a GNOME virtual desktop":
You should see the virtual desktop appear. To create a shortcut to terminal, from Applications menu, choose "System Tool - Terminal", then right click and choose "Add this launcher to panel".
Click on this "Terminal" icon to open a terminal window