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Article ID: 873 - Last Modified: May 20, 2011

I want to run Maestro on a Linux host and display it to my Windows PC, but it appears that I need an X server. Where can I get one?

If you want to run Maestro remotely on Linux and display it to Windows you have to install your own X server on Windows. There are several option, some are commercial products, some are free open-source. One free product is Xming, which you can download from http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/. Make sure to download and install both the 'Xming-Mesa' and 'Xming-fonts' packages. You will need to manually start the Xming X server before connecting to the remote machine via ssh with -X forwarding and launching Maestro.

However, we recommend installing Maestro on your Windows PC and running it locally, because you will get much better performance. Since Suite 2009, Maestro no longer requires an X server to run locally on Windows. If you are running remotely only so that you can submit jobs, you should consider setting up remote job submission from your PC (see chapter 6 of the Installation Guide).

Another alternative is to install an NX server on your remote machine and a client on your local Windows machine, and use NX to connect to your remote machine using an ssh tunnel. We have tested this mechanism and it gives superior performance.

Keywords: Maestro , X server , Xming , Windows XP, NX

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