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Connect over SSH

man ssh
ssh -Y username@servername


ssh -Y

Connect from outer world

Now there is only VPN option available

Auto mount network share

Get list of mount points available at your computer: ypcat -k auto.master

 /Volumes yp:auto.volumes
 /Users/home yp:auto.home

It means that information about /data mount point is available via binding, /software - via and so forth.

ypcat -k

 gis -fstype=nfs
 sabine -fstype=nfs
 hawea -fstype=nfs

First column is share alias, second - mount options, third - path to network share

To mount the share all you need is ls: ls /data/gis


FTP could be useful if you need to exchange some data over Internet. We have anonymous FTP server

The server policy is the following:

  * This server is for temporary storage only! Every day, all files older than 30 days are automatically removed.
  * Storage space: before putting a file, please ensure there is enough free space: the amount is shown in a message each time you change directory.
  * Anonymous access is possible to folders /pub/incoming and /pub/outgoing
  * For inner network connections (130.195.*.*) these folders are opened for read and write. When putting files there, it would be appreciated if you could create a folder, with your surname as its name, to store your files in.
  * For outer network the contents of /pub/incoming available for write only, and /pub/outgoing -- read only.
  * For private access to server (personal folder with login and password) ask the Unix Systems Administrator


If you connect to VUW using VPN you can use ssh to connect to any of the servers (on the standard port) without using evison as proxy

There are several VPN Linux clients to choose from:

  • Vpnc (with kvpnc and vpnc NetworkManager backend )
  • Cisco AnyConnect client
  • OpenVPN
  • Openconnect (and OpenConnect NetworkManager backend)

ITS uses Cisco AnyConnect server at

The best and the simplest in operation client is openconnect.

To install (Debian and Ubuntu): sudo apt-get install openconnect network-manager-openconnect

To start VPN: sudo openconnect

You'll be prompted twice to input your login and password. Use your university staff account. To disconnect just press Ctrl+C in the terminal

If you prefer GUI, open network manager settings, select new openconnect VPN connection, set gateway: then start connection.

Remote Session with X2Go

X2Go is a Remote Desktop solution, which some vendors vaguely call Remote Control. This is not to be confused with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, which is a competing Remote Desktop solution and protocol.

With X2Go, you mainly access Linux computers. The Linux computer you are accessing is the X2Go Server. (There are ways to connect to a Windows computer as well; some of them are only available with the Linux X2Go Client.)

You can connect from a computer running Linux, Windows or Mac OS X. This computer is the X2Go Client.

SGEES Linux machines already have X2Go client installed. For Windows or MacOS download and install client from here:

You may connect to the following SGEES servers (select a proper session type in preferences):