Friday, April 07, 2017

How to configure X2GO Client on Data Science Virtual Machine


While i was trying to connect to a newly provisioned data science virtual machine in Azure. I have received few challenges on successfully start a session in X2GO client app.

The Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) VM image makes it easy to get started doing data science in minutes, without having to install and configure each of the tools individually.
This virtual machine contains: Cent OS, Microsoft R Developer edition, Anaconda python distribution, Standalone spark, CNTK, Rattle, XGBoost, in addition to other tools. Check out this article for the full details of this VM.

X2GO client provides a client tool for windows users to RDP to linux VMs, you can install this tool from here.

After you install this tool and try to connect to the DSVM VM, you will get this error:

unable to start startkde

To solve this problem, follow these steps:

1) Connect to the VM using any client linux tool to such as Putty.
2) After you login to the VM, execute the following command:

sudo yum install @kde 

This will install and upgrade existing packages on the VM. The VM will prompt you to accept installing all required packages and upgrades.

3) This command will take few seconds to complete. Below screenshot upon completion step is finished.

4) Return back to X2GO client and login using your username and password.

5) You will be able to successfully RDP to DSVM machine.

Hope this helps!

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