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How to Configure a Distributed Session in Standalone Mode

You can use remote session services to improve performance where your network configuration causes delays that make running a remote X client application difficult. This configuration can also resolve problems using XDMCP when you are connecting through a VPN.

Before you begin

  • Install X Manager on the user's workstation. This feature is installed by default.
  • Log on as root to the X client host (or a UNIX system with a fast connection to this host) and install Reflection X Advantage. Install the Remote Session Services feature.

To configure and start your session

  1. From the user's workstation, start X Manager.
  2. Under Session Definitions, create a new session (or select an existing session). In the General tab, under Remote session services, do the following:
    • Select High-latency network performance.
    • For Host name specify the name of the computer on which you installed Remote Session Services.
    • (Optional) For User name and Password, specify valid credentials on this computer. Note: The password is saved in clear text in the database.
  3. Under X Clients or XDMCP Connections, create a new definition (or select an existing one) and enter the required connection information. For Default session, use the drop-down list to select the Remote Session Services session you just configured.
  4. Start your X client or XDMCP connection.

    If you did not specify a password under Remote Session services in the session definition, you'll see two prompts. The first is to authenticate to the Remote Session Services host. This is followed by a second prompt (if required) to authenticate to the X client host. If you don't want to save your password, and you're running Remote Session Services on the same host as the X client, you can avoid the second prompt by configuring single sign-on, as described in the next procedure.

    In the Session Status display for your running session, under X Servers, you will see an entry for your workstation computer. If high latency is detected in your network connection, you'll see an additional entry for the headless X server. The headless X server will be located on the remote session node.

The next procedure uses a client connection method called "Remote Session Services." This connection type lets you authenticate with a single logon prompt without requiring you to save your password.

To configure single sign-on for sessions using remote session services

  1. Under X Clients, select the client that uses your Remote Session Services session.
  2. Set Connection method to "Remote Session Services."

Related Topics

Remote Session Services - X Manager

X Manager (Standalone) Distributed Session

Connection Problems