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best way to remote administer Linux Mint

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What's the best way to remote administer Linux Mint?
For example, I have some family members with different logins. I could install Teamviewer but would that allow me to connect and act as an administartor if anything needed updating?
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Teamviewer is the easiest option if they are in different locations you can even get teamviewer to auto accept incoming connections - setup a strong password, all very easy. If in the same building VNC.

Please see http://usbtux.hostzi.com/How_to and specifically http://usbtux.hostzi.com/teamviewer
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
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http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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I prefer ssh. Have a look at http://mark-bishop.net/Vbox.php. My article includes a remote administration strategy.

Basically, I use Putty to manage the ssh sessions. Usually, I run apt updates directly from the Putty terminal. When I want access to the desktop, I run x11vnc at the remote machine (from the Putty terminal) then access it using Remmina.
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trapperjohn wrote:I prefer ssh. Have a look at http://mark-bishop.net/Vbox.php. My article includes a remote administration strategy.
...from link given ...Starting up in the morning will be slow. I won't recommend it, but our current solution is to set the BIOS to start the computer at power restore then put the computer on a timer that cuts the power during off hours and turns back on before people come in for the day. It's a host-stressful procedure but the power fails around here every day or so anyway. ...
:D trapperjohn - How does the user shut down the machine if he shuts down the VM it drops into the linux desktop? or is that not the point, maybe once all setup you could start linux without a desktop.
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Hi,
You can completely skip the VM part and just apply the Putty/ssh and remote desktop strategy to a native install. Using the tutorial, Install and configure openssh on the computer that will be remote. Install Putty on the local machine and generate a key pair, then extract its public part. Bring the public part to the remote machine and save it as the authorized_keys file. Make sure you do the permissions part.

It's a bit of a wrestle at first, but if you follow the steps carefully it will work, In the article, just jump to Install & Configure SSH serve. Once configured, it's very effective and easy to logon remotely and do administrative tasks..
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