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Summer 2010: Hummingbird Exceed has been withdrawn from use on all AD systems and will no longer be made available on other systems. A new Windows 'X' Server application has been introduced called XMing.

XMing is installed on the Terminal services machines and is available to any AD system upon receipt of an RT request for its installation by your local IT support team. Please remember to always include the hostname of the computer you want it installed upon.

Please note that PuTTY is installed on all Mech Eng AD systems and the campus TERM's

Other links...

YouTube based example of using XMing



(Q) I find myself trapped in an Xming 'X' window and cannot get out of it?

(A) Press and hold the Alt key then press the Tab key, this will display all currently running Windows applications. Continue pressing the Tab key to select an alternative Windows application. Alternatively to shutdown the XMing screen, press Alt+F4 and select Exit.

Examples of making Connections

Example 1: Making a connection to a remote Unix system (E.G. birch or larch) and running an 'X' tool (E.G. xclock, xterm etc)

To do this one must first create a suitable Xming shortcut...

  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Xming\xming.exe and dragging this to the desktop (or somewhere else suitable for your use) hold the Ctrl+Shift keys, drop it as a shortcut.

  3. Right click on the shortcut and select Properties.

  5. In the 'Target' box, add '-ac -multiwindow' to the end of the current line. This should now look like...
    "C:\Program Files\Xming\Xming.exe" -ac -multiwindow

    Click Apply then OK to close the Properties window

Now we can use this new shortcut to accept 'X' data coming from the remote system...


  1. Now double click this new shortcut. This will place an Xming icon in the System Tray

  3. Telnet into the requisite machine, either with or without SSH depending on the remote system.
    For this either PuTTY, Teraterm or even the MSWindows Telnet session may be used

    Login as normal using your BUCS username and password


  4. Type the following command at the unix command line within the telnet/SSH window...
    echo $DISPLAY

    This should show the machine you have just logged in from. For example an AD PC enpc-host01 would show...


    If the DISPLAY environment variable does not show this (though with your PC hostname) then try...

    For bash (bourne) shell users: DISPLAY=enpc-host01.campus.bath.ac.uk:0;export DISPLAY

    For csh users : setenv DISPLAY enpc-host01.campus.bath.ac.uk:0


  6. Assuming that you have a PATH setup to the Unix systems 'X' windows commands (e.g. /usr/X/bin, exact path depends on the Unix system), you can type an 'X' command such as 'xterm -sb' (without the '') at the command line and see it appear on your PC's screen.


Example 2: Connect to a local Sun machine and display the Solaris GUI login interface

NOTE: This does NOT seem to work against the campus Suns or LCPU systems, no idea why at this time but is probably to do with the XDMCP??? but it does work against our local Mech Eng systems, though only if you have an account on such systems and thus might work on other Sun (or even SGI's) on campus).

  1. Double click on the XLaunch icon in C:\Program Files\Xming
  2. Select 'One window'
  3. Select Open session via XDMCP
  4. Connect to host name
  5. No changes to next screen
  6. Finish

Please note that this method does use plain text passwords.

However, you should then see a normal Sun GUI login screen, just as if you were on its console. If the remote machine you are trying this out on won't connect via this you will probably see a blank screen with a large 'X' cursor, which will allow you to do absolutely nothing! In which case either press Alt+F4 or the 'x' in the screens top right corner.