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Running ReflectionX

In order to make connections to Dartmouth's UNIX/Linux servers using ReflectionX, you will need to install ReflectionX and an SSH client.

  • See: SSH Secure Shell/SFTP.

After you have installed these programs, you will need to make a bookmark in ReflectionX to start up the SSH program, and bookmarks in the SSH program to connect to the remote host.

Once you have configured ReflectionX and the SSH client that you installed, your system is ready to connect.

Running ReflectionX for the First Time

If you are running ReflectionX for the first time:

  1. Start ReflectionX. A window similar to the one below will appear:

    Performance tuner
  2. Running the tuner makes ReflectionX run more efficiently on your system. Click Yes; the following window will appear:
    Performance tuner
    Wait for the performance tuner to finish; do not use the system while it is running.
  3. After it is done running, a window similar to the one below will appear:

    XDMCP host
  4. Click Cancel (we are not using XDMP for connections). The following window will appear:

    Client Wizard
  5. Click No, then wait for the X client manager to be initialized.
  6. Select Window Manager from the Settings tab.

    Settings window
  7. Make sure the Microsoft Windows desktop and Reflection Window Manager radio buttons are selected.

    X settings
  8. If you run java applications (like jmenu, jblitz, or the matlab frontend), or if you run arcview, be sure to uncheck the Allow remote window manager checkbox.

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Running Reflection X After the First Time

  1. Start up ReflectionX and select the bookmark that you made for the SSH client.:

    SSH client bookmark
  2. Click Connect. The SSH program should start.

    Note: With ReflectionX, the SSH client usually starts up behind the main Reflection window. Try minimizing that Reflection window or move it out of the way so you can see the SSH program.
  3. Select one of the bookmarks in the SSH program (you may have to click Connect), then enter your name and password when prompted.
  4. You should be logged on to the remote system.
  5. If you made a tunneled connection, you are done. Run your programs as if you were sitting at a UNIX terminal.

    If you made a non-tunneled connection, you will have to set your display back. For more information, see Setting the Display Back to the Local Machine.(add link)
  6. In order to close your connection, close all the programs, then enter exit at the prompt in the SSH client.

    Close the SSH program, then close ReflectionX.

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Last Updated: 8/20/10