Guacamole Package?


(Adam) #1

I haven’t seen any mention of one of my favorite Linux applications: Guacamole. Are there any plans to create a Guacamole package for NethServer? If not, can there be? PLEEEEAASSSEEE? :smile:


Use case for Guacamole
Guacamole Nextcloud Nethserver Module needed
What is the most awesome module/feature for NethServer, that does not yet exist?
Howto install guacamole
Community Digest 7 - December 2015
(Davide Principi) #2

Are you talking about this?

http://guac-dev.org/


(Adam) #3

Yes! That’s the one. It’s a very handy opensource replacement for the RDP gateway that used to come with Microsoft SBS servers before SBS was deemed to be no more: Remote Web Workplace.


(Bogdan Costin) #4

That is a great app.
I also use this: https://www.ulteo.com/main/images/uovd/doc/pdf/Ulteo%20OVD%204.0%20Feature%20Summary.pdf
It is better for allowing remote into linux and win systems.


(Adam) #5

Never heard of that one. their website is pretty interesting… I think I’ll do some testing with that one too. Thanks!


(Bogdan Costin) #6

Adam, i hope it helps :smile:
Unfortunately after version 4.0.1 they didn’t release any new version for over 1 year but they are announcing changes.
I think they are focusing on something else… after they have been aquired by AZ Networks… de-ja-vu :wink:

Best regards
Bogdan


(Adam) #7

I’m always interested in trying new products/applications. But I’d still love to see a Guacamole package for NethServer. I have some implementations of guacamole that have been running in 20-40 user companies for over a year and it works great. If Ulteo does everything guac does but better, maybe that instead. Either way, I think that type of application would be a great addition to NethServer.


(Bogdan Costin) #8

I think too that it will be a great feature but let’s see how it goes with Guacamole :smile:


(Alessio Fattorini) #9

Looks interesting! But server has no rpms and client need tomcat:

EDIT:
We already have tomcat (with webtop or alone) and there are rpms for fedora:
http://www.rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=guacamole


(Stefano) #10

BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!


#11

i didn’t know guacamole, but if someone is intersted this seems a good howto for centos6 … http://negativo17.org/guacamole-on-fedora-and-centosrhel-6/


(Stefano) #12

interesting but… I can’t see any info about the repo…

Eidt:

sorry, I missed the ink to Epel…


(Adam) #13

It appears that Ulteo uses Guacamole. First boot of a test VM was an eye opener. Guac = win!


(Adam) #14

So does that mean it’s possible?


(Roberto Sitzia) #15

Please @Adam could you show me (us) some case of success where you have used Guacamole and in which way?
I mean nothing too much technical just an abstract.

Thanks.


(Adam) #16

I’m not sure what you’re asking for. You can create as many users and add as many computers as you’d like. Users can then log into the Guacamole web interface and have remote access to assigned PCs. I believe it also supports LDAP integration, although I’ve never used that. I just use local credentials.

It supports RDP and VNC, so you can connect to damn near anything.


(Roberto Sitzia) #17

This is for my bad english? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

OK, I have seen the introduction video on the Guacamole home page.

What I was asking for is: when is this useful?
For instance, is Guacamole useful when I have N servers so I can connect just to one server and find all managed servers? Is this a case?


(Adam) #18

I see. You can find most of this type of info on their website. But this is what I’ve found it to be useful for:
-Connecting to servers in which you don’t want to expose RDP/VNC/SSH ports to the internet for security reasons.
-Giving users remote access to their PCs via user friendly web site
-Some internet services for traveling employees block all ports but 80 & 443. Guac operates over these ports, so it’s available from anywhere.


(Bogdan Costin) #19

Hi @Adam, @sitz,

For example, I use OVD to allow access to inside VM’s that are hosted on the same LAN as the AD and SMB servers.

In this way, I have allowed access to users that are outside of the office to have access to their desktop over browser.
This can be achieved from every device with HTML5 browser.
The user does not even need to have a computer with them. They can go to any internet cafe and access their workstation from the office and work as they were in the office :slight_smile: (It happened to one user that was in vacation in another country)

Another great advantage is that you can have a setup like the following (this is implemented in another office)
I could not yet reproduce it with NS because of TFTP and NFS issues
1 physical server with Virtual machines: windows Terminal server, OVD server. SMB storage and PXE services.
The Lan accepts any machine to be plugged in and boot over PXE bare-metal without SO.
The booted image only allows the user a web browser to be used and nothing more
HTTP and HTTPS are allowed.

This way the office has expanded with hardware because we only placed in blank computers without HDD (and old ones without SO).

So this are some examples of what you can do with GUAC or OVD.
PS. This is also a good DRP :smile:

Best regards
Bogdan


(Roberto Sitzia) #20

Many thanks @Adam and @Ctek