When a session is launched, the status window opens. The progress of establishing the connection is displayed through icons, and the session log file.
This section shows examples of the launch status of two sessions: SSH, XDMCP. The appearances of the launch status of rsh and rexec connections are similar to XDMCP.
The following illustration shows a SSH session was launched, and the session was accepted.
Other connections, RLogin, telnet, rexec, rsh, command, and XDMCP, show fewer steps (icons) than SSH - fewer security protocols are implemented.
The five icons of the SSH Status window illustrate the five steps that establish the SSH session. Initially, all icons are gray. When a task is completed, the icon changes to color and the next step is implemented. The launch steps are as follows.
Look up the host address.
Connect to the host using SSH.
Initiate protocol negotiation, the perform key exchange and user authentication.
Setup the X11 tunnel for secure communication.
Send the display command to the remote host, when enables the host to open a window on your local workstation, as shown below.
The details of connecting to the host can be viewed. This is recommended if an error occurs: the information can be analyzed, and corrections determined.
The illustration below shows that the connection failed.
An error message is displayed in the Status text field
Some of the icons are still gray, which indicates those tasks were not completed
To view the status log, press the Details button.
Viewing the status log shows the error was in locating the host linux.demo.com. In this case either the host is not available (off-line), or the host address was entered incorrectly.
The following illustration shows that an XDMCP connection was launched, and the session was accepted. However, with XDMCP, steps may be required to work with the remote host - the number of steps required is related to how the session was configured.
In this case (Indirect mode), a host must be selected to which to connect. To do so, select (click) the desired host, then push the Connect button.
I the next window, enter your user ID and press the OK button.
In the next window, enter your password and press the OK button.
After successfully logging in, the host then sends the display information to your local monitor.