NX Client

NX is a secure, compressed protocol for remote X Window System connections. You can use nx if you need to run graphical applications in Olsen lab 308 from a local Windows machine. There are free NX clients available from NoMachine (www.nomachine.com) for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, and Solaris. This page describes detailed procedures for Windows. Procedures for other NX clients are similar. The instructor also provides brief introduction to installation of NX client for Ubuntu in Section 6 of this document.


1 How to Download NX Client for Windows. 1

2 Install 1

3 Configure. 2

4 Run. 2

5 How to logout 3

6 How to Install NX Client for Ubuntu. 3

7 Hosts for 308 lab. 4


1           How to Download NX Client for Windows

  1. Point your browser at http://www.nomachine.com
  2. Click the Download tab ( http://www.nomachine.com/download.php)
  3. In the NX Client Products section, click the download arrow to the right of NX Client for Windows (http://www.nomachine.com/download.php/Prod_Id=3205)
  4. On the download screen, click the Download package button.
  5. Click the Save File button. This will download nxclient-3.5.0-7.exe (current version as of July 2011) to your local machine and save it, probably in your My Documents\Downloads folder.

2           Install

  1. Click the nxclient-3.5.0-7.exe file that was downloaded.
  2. Click the Run button.

The NX Client for Windows Setup Wizard will start. The rest of this page presumes you have accepted all the setup defaults. Detailed information on NX Client for Window configuration is available at http://www.nomachine.com/documents/configuration/client-guide.php

3           Configure

If you see any error message dialog box, just press the .continue. button. If the login fails, give it at least three tries.

  1. Click the NX Client for Windows icon on your desktop.
  2. In the NX window, it will ask for three pieces of information:






UMass Lowell

  1. Click the Configure... button.
  2. In the General tab Server section enter or verify the following information.


One of the lab machines, e.g., hyperion.cs.uml.edu. Refer to Section 6 of this doc.



  1. In the Desktop section select or verify the following information. Compression level depends on type of internet connection that you select.

Select type of your internet connection. ADSL (default)

  1. Click the Save button on the General tab window.

4           Run

Start the NX Client for Windows from the Start menu:

Start -> Programs -> NX Client for Windows -> NX Client for Windows

or, click NX Client for Windows desktop icon. (C:\Program Files\NX Client for Windows\bin\NXWin.exe)

Enter your login id and password in the pop-up window.

Click the Login button.

After you have logged in to the lab machine and the gnome desktop is displayed, select:

Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

5           How to logout

From the gnome desktop, select:

System -> Log Out login_id ...

A small window will open. Click the Log Out button.

Logging out will close the NX Client for Windows program.

6           How to Install NX Client for Ubuntu

       I.            Use Firefox to download the nxclient for Ubuntu at http://www.nomachine.com/download-client-linux.php.

    II.            Click nxclient-x.x.x-x_i386 on Firefox.s .Downloads. list. Wait until the screen shows the installation page for Nxclient.

III.            Click install button and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.

IV.            Once it is installed, you should see a menu item Applications->Internet->NX Client for Linux->NX Client for Linux.

    V.            Click Applications->Internet->NX Client for Linux->NX Client for Linux and follow the on-screen instructions like those for Windows to use nxclient.

VI.            Enjoy it.


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