NX Linux Remote Desktop Cluster

The CS Dept. has a six server NX/Nomachine Linux cluster available for use by all CS account holders. This cluster provides graphical linux desktop sessions from a client running on Windows, Mac, or Linux. This cluster consists of a front end server (nxfront.cs.virginia.edu), and five back end servers (labsrv01-05) providing Linux desktop sessions. From the NX server, you can access all CS Dept servers.


Users can download an NX client onto their laptop or workstation from https://www.nomachine.com/download. Then run the NX client and specify nx.cs.virginia.edu as the server to which to connect.

Here are more instructions for using NX in the CS Dept.: nx-setup_v3a.pdf


When you log into an NX session, it's just like you are logging in to any of our Linux servers. You will find your home directory just like anywhere else.

The session servers run CentOS 7x. Most common linux software is already installed and available on these servers. Take a look at our software modules page.

1st time CS network user?

If you are a first time CS network user (you've never logged in before), it is best to reset your temporary password (as provided to you in an email from the Dept when your account was setup) on the portal cluster, THEN login via NX. To do so, open a terminal window and type ssh <userid>@portal.cs.virginia.edu (for example, ssh abc1de@portal.cs.virginia.edu). You will be asked for your current (temporary) password, then asked to enter your new password, which you will verify. Then start up the NX client and login with your new password.

  • nx_lab.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/08/03 01:31
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