Fedora uses a program called Virtual Networking Computing (VNC) to facilitate remote desktop sharing. Therefore, the remote viewer must use VNC as well. The Microsoft Windows operating system uses the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) protocol by default; therefore, a third party client must be used if connecting from Windows. Apple’s OS X uses VNC by default.

To activate desktop sharing, select System > Preferences > Internet and Network > Remote Desktop from the user menu. This opens the Remote Desktop Preferences window:

The following procedure describes the most secure method to share a desktop:

  1. Under Sharing, tick the box labeled Allow other users to view your desktop.
  2. Next, tick the box next to Allow other users to control your desktop.
  3. Make a note of the command listed under Users can view your desktop using this command:
  4. Under Security, tick the box next to Ask you for confirmation.
  5. Next, check Require the user to enter this password and enter a password. This should not be your account’s password; pick a new password that you will only reveal to the remote viewer.
  6. Finally, click on the [Close] button.

Be sure to inform the person performing remote technical support/viewing the command from step three, as well as the assigned password. When the person connects to your desktop, click on the[Yes] button when asked for confirmation.

Once the remote viewing feature is no longer needed, turn off desktop sharing by completing the following:

  1. Select System > Preferences > Internet and Network > Remote Desktop
  2. Uncheck the Allow other users to view your desktop box
  3. Click on the [Close] button.

This turns off the remote desktop sharing feature.

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