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Configure VNC service to allow more than 2 new simultaneous sessions

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


GNOME desktop environment and gdm (GNOME Display Manager)
Tightvnc started through xinetd

You want to allow more than 2 new vnc sessions to your vnc server. However, after you try to establish the third new session you get an error:

ERROR: VNC server supports protocol version 3.7 (viewer 3.3)
ERROR: vncviewer: read: Connection reset by peer

Sometimes only a single VNC session is allowed at a time on a SLES 11 server


The problem is caused by the default setting of the display manager, that allows only 2 simultaneous connections.

For SLES 10:
  1. Edit the file /etc/opt/gnome/gdm/gdm.conf and uncomment the switch:
    and put a number of displays, that you wish to display at the same time. In this case it would allow 8 sessions at the same time.
  2. Additionally, you might want to check the
    switch that controls the maximum number of open XDMCP sessions that are allowed at any point in time.
  3. Restart the xdm service:
    rcxdm stop
    rcxdm start
    to apply the changes.
For SLES 11:

Edit the same setting in the /etc/gdm/gdm.schemas file and restart the xdm service.

Additional Information

An rcxdm restart might not always startup the xdm service properly


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  • Document ID:3833668
  • Creation Date: 23-Mar-2007
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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