Using an X Windows Manager (Xming)

Xming has an extremely useful feature that allows you to copy and paste blocks of text between Windows and Linux applications. For that reason alone, you should learn how to get Xming running on your laptop and/or home computer.

Using Xming in Conjunction with SecureCRT (Manual Startup)

Go to File->Connect. Left-click the New Session icon (third over on the top). Do not use the Wizard if it is offered. For the "Connection" panel, you can put best-statdesk.stat.wisc.edu in the Name box. The Protocol box should be set to the default of SSH2. Select the "SSH2" panel (from the list on the left) and enter best-statdesk.stat.wisc.edu in the Hostname box, and your user ID in the Username box. Other setting should be good as the defaults (Port box is 22 and Firewall is None). Select the "Remote/X11" panel (from the list on the left) and select Forward X11 packets. This allows Xwindowing operations on the terminal session. Click on OK at the bottom to save the entry and exit SecureCRT.

For a manual startup of a Xwindows application, first download and install Xming. Next start Xming from either the Start -> Xming -> Xming path, or from an icon originally placed on your Windows desktop or start menu. DO NOT use XLaunch. Now, start SecureCRT from the Start menu or from a desktop icon. Click on the Connect icon (top left) if the Connect menu did not already come up. Then click on the best-statdesk.stat.wisc.edu entry to connect to one of our servers with the most available resources. Enter a valid password and a terminal session will be started. It is better to work from an Xterminal than from the SecureCRT window, so at the command line, type:

xterm &

You can then do all of your work from the Xterminal window.

When the session is completed, it is best to clean up the Xwindows environment but shutting down the SecureCRT window. Then be sure to shut down Xming. To do this, right click on the Xming icon in the Windows task bar and select Exit. The automatic setups described below start up applications automatically and clean up automatically at the end of the session.