Hoffman2:Accessing the Cluster-Historical Notes

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NX Clients

PCs or Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier

  1. Go to the No Machine website and navigate to the Download tab.
  2. Find the section titled NX Client Products and click on the one for the operating system you are running.
  3. Download the appropriate installation file and install it on your computer.
  4. Once it is installed on your computer, start up NX Client.
  5. The window that appears will ask for:
    • Login -- your Hoffman2 username
    • Password -- your Hoffman2 password
    • Session -- type Hoffman2
  6. Then click the Configure... button and fill out the necessary information
    • Under the General tab
      • In the Server section
        • Host -- hoffman2.idre.ucla.edu
        • Port -- 22
        • Key -- Click this button and delete the contents of the window that appears. Open up an SSH session to Hoffman2 and run the command
          $ cat /etc/nxserver/client.id_dsa.key
          The output is the key. Copy everything that was printed out and paste it into the Key window in NX Client and click Save.
      • In the Desktop section -- Use the drop down menus to select Unix and GNOME
    • Click Save
  7. Now you can click Login on the main window and a GUI environment connection will be established with a Hoffman2 login node.