How to Mirror a Remote Observers' Desktop

Most observers will run their observations from '' via an x2go session. In order to eavesdrop on them, they will first need to activate desktop sharing. This will need to be done in each new session.

Activate Desktop Sharing

(Please note that this activation is not necessary for obs[2-6] - skip to mirroring procedure below)
  • From within the x2go session we wish to mirror, have the observer click on Applications > Internet > X2GO Desktop Sharing
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  • An icon of a window with a red "X" in it will appear in the notification bar of the X2GO session. Right click on that Icon and click on "Activate desktop sharing"
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Mirror Remote Desktop

An appropriate session(s) should already exist in the x2go client on obs1. If not, see below for how to set one up.
  • Launch x2go by clicking Applications > Internet > x2go Client
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  • Click the saved session template (in this case, titled robs), and login using the same credentials used by the observer (See the Anonymous Accounts google sheet for passwords). Similar saved sessions should be available for obs[2-6].
    • Otherwise, create a new session with the following preferences (e.g. robs), then login as above:
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  • Once logged in, you will see all available sessions for that user. Pick the appropriate display, and click 'View Only' to proceed
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  • You should now be able to eavesdrop on the Observers' desktop

-- SteveAllanson - 26 Oct 2020
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
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Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-02-58.pngpng Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-02-58.png manage 377 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:33 SteveAllanson Activate desktop sharing
Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-23-45.pngpng Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-23-45.png manage 70 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:34 SteveAllanson x2go saved session
Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-23-50.pngpng Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-23-50.png manage 65 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:34 SteveAllanson x2go session preferences
Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-30-28.pngpng Screenshot from 2020-10-26 05-30-28.png manage 53 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:35 SteveAllanson x2go session displays
Topic revision: r2 - 27 Oct 2020, SteveAllanson
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