Linux VMs

Connecting to Linux VM

  • Connect via Putty

    • Start Putty and enter the IP-address of the Linux virtual machine, then hit 'open'. This IP-address is listed on the portal.

    • Admin on the workspace, have sudo rights. Normal users do not. If you wish to grant other users sudo rights, use visudo.

  • Connect via X2Go

    • Create a new session. The 'host' should equal the IP-address name of the Linux machine; dws###srv2. You can leave everything at default, EXCEPT the Session Type, which should be set to XFCE. Save the session, and connect to your Linux machine's graphical environment.

    • Note: X2Go client is not 100% compatible with server 2016, and will give an error concerning audio not working. This warning can be ignored and optionally disable audio to remove the warning.

SSH for Linux

In the current setup access to Linux VMs is by default via one of the Windows VMs in the same Workspace.

The default Workspace has a workable but controlled way to ingress and egress data. The default Workspace ingresses and egresses data via the portal during which authorization and logging takes place.

The RDP settings used ensure this; it is not possible to ingress nor egress data via RDP.

However, SSH protocol cannot block ingress and egress directly via SSH. I.e. SSH reduces the level of auditability we and you might require for a default Workspace; think GDPR-compliance -- being demonstrable accountable for where the data is and who has access to it (e.g. Art. 5 1f and 2).

Understood, we still like SSH

Request procedure

  1. Download and fill in the request <TODO>

  2. Have it signed by your departmental head

  3. Send the document to

  4. You will be notified when SSH is available or if the request is denied