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I would like to use Amazon EC2 but I need to know if an AMI with Linux distribution with GUI exists.

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Try this in RHEL 6.3 64-bit:

# yum groupinstall "Desktop"

# yum install tigervnc-server xorg-x11-fonts-Type1

# vncserver

# chkconfig vncserver on

# vi /etc/sysconfig/vncservers

Edit the last two lines, uncommenting them, where myuser is a created user (usually ec2-user).


VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 1280x1024"

Save changes.

Edit iptables:

# vi /etc/iptables

Add this line:

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5902 -j ACCEPT

Restart iptables:

# service iptables restart

Next, edit the xstartup file:

# vi /root/.vnc/xstartup

Make the last line be:

exec gnome-session

To finish:

  • Reboot the instance (to reset your vncserver services)
  • Ensure the amazon security group permits TCP 5902 traffic
  • Launch a VNC Viewer like RealVNC's on your local pc
  • Connect to public_ip:5902

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