How to create an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS with GUI on Contabo using RDP – Tutorial

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Shows you how to build an Ubuntu 20.04 Instance with GUI (Graphical User Interface) on Contabo

Timestamps in the Video
0:00 Introduction
0:43 The Contabo VPS ordering process
3:42 A look around the Contabo Control Panel
4:45 Getting and Using the VNC client
5:25 The Operating System Reinstallation Process
6:25 Connecting to the Instance by SSH using Putty
7:20 Configuring the Instance via SSH
7:54 Installing the Ubuntu Desktop and RDP
10:04 Connecting to the Remote Instance via RDP
10:50 Running the HTOP Task Manager
11:09 Looking round the GNOME Software Store
11:25 Disconnecting and Reconnecting to the Ubuntu Desktop
11:52 Stopping the Instance from going to sleep
12:33 The Conclusion

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt install gnome-software
sudo apt-get install xrdp htop

# The following command removes the annoying frequent prompt
# about your password is needed to create a colour device.
# ——————————————————————

sudo rm /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.color.policy
sudo adduser remote (password : se7ye9l6#6hLP912x )
sudo usermod -aG sudo,adm remote
sudo reboot

PLEASE NOTE : Since making this video, there are a couple of settings that I have found that speed up the responsiveness of this Videos Ubuntu VPS noticeably. The Video explaining what they are is only abound 4 minutes long, and can be found here :

In this video i will show you how you can get a cloud virtual server with 4 CPUs and 8 gigabytes of memory, for less than 10 dollars a month. On which we will install the ubuntu desktop, and be able, via a remote desktop connection, to connect to it from anywhere in the world.
So, by the end of this video you will have a powerful machine, with a full ubuntu 20.04 desktop on it, separate from your current PC, allowing you to experiment and make mistakes on, without putting your current machine at risk., all for less than 10 dollars a month.
I have previously set up virtual servers at the 11 cloud providers you see on screen, but found that for 10 dollars per month, which is my budget, that gets you only a small, low powered instance, that will struggle to run a full desktop, so I started looking further afield.
The cloud provider I found was called Contabo, and their web site is on screen now. Because the process of ordering a server is a bit different to normal, I will show you what was involved when i placed my order.
When ordering a VPS there is a one-off setup fee, but that is written off if you sign up for 12 months, however as I had never used their servers before, I signed up for just a monthly contract, which will automatically roll over to the following month, but I would be able to cancel if I wanted too. As a result, I had to pay the 7-dollar one-off setup fee.
There were several addons available, none of which I took, I will however show you what the options were.
Having completed the previous screen, I am asked to fill in the normal contact information.
And finally, the payment method for the server I have ordered.


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