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Install Xrdp on Ubuntu 20.04

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Hello friends. In this simple post, you will learn how to install XRDP on Ubuntu 20.04. This tool will allow Windows clients to remotely connect to Ubuntu Fundamental for technical support tasks.

Xrdp is an open-source implementation of RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), the protocol used by Windows Terminal Services for native Windows desktop connectivity. The xrdp package provides RDP functionality, along with a server capable of accepting connections from rdesktop and Windows Terminal Server clients. One of the main advantages of Xrdp is that all of its communications are encrypted by default,

On the other hand, we live in an age where there is a lot of homework and remote assistance is becoming more and more important. And unfortunately, many people still use Windows, and having Ubuntu 20.04 compatible with Windows for remote assistance is something that can be useful.

Install Xrdp on Ubuntu 20.04

Fortunately, the package is available from the official Ubuntu repositories but in the multiverse section.

So, open the Ubuntu repository configuration file and make sure it’s enabled

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal main restricted universe multiverse

so that it will be enabled. Save the changes if you made them and refresh apt.

sudo apt update

And after that, you will be able to install Xrdp without any problems.

sudo apt install xrdp

At the end of the installation, a system service will be added that you can manage with the command systemctl.

Check the status of the service by running:

sudo systemctl status xrdp

And check that everything is OK

Configuring Xrdp on Ubuntu 20.04

To increase security Xrdp requires that we create a new system user dedicated to the program.

sudo useadd xrdpuser -G sudo

And then assign a password to it:

sudo passwd xrdpuser

The application runs on port 3389 which you have to make sure to open in the Firewall.

Now you have to make some configurations in Xrdp for it, edit it.

sudo nano /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini

And add these changes

max_bpp=128
crypt_level=low
xserverbpp=128

At the end add this one:

use_compression=yes

Save the changes, close the editor and restart the service.

sudo systemctl restart xrdp

Now any computer can remotely access your computer.

Conclusion

In this post, you learned how to install Xrdp but not only that but you make it ready to start all the remote assistance process including from the Windows system.

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