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Domain Setup to Leave a Session and Rejoin from a Different Computer

This sample configuration demonstrates how you can configure a personal Reflection X domain that makes it easy for you to continue working from home on a session you started on your work computer. You can pick up your work exactly where you left off.

The components of this configuration are:

Computer Description
Office computer (1) Runs the domain controller, X Manager for Domains, and the Administrative Console. You can access your sessions from any computer running X Manager for Domains that has access to this computer.
Home computer (2) Runs X Manager for Domains.
X client host (3) The computer that runs the X client application.

To set up the domain components

  1. On your office computer, install the following features:

    X Administrative Console

    Domain Services (including the Domain Controller feature)

    X Manager for Domains


  2. From your office computer, start the Administrative Console and log on using your Windows domain credentials. For domain name, enter your computer's name.

  3. From the tabs located along the left-hand side of the window, click Authentication.

    Notice that your name is already added to the list of user accounts and is selected as the administrator. By default, the first user to log on is set as the Reflection X domain administrator. For this sample configuration, no additional authentication configuration is needed.

    The next step configures your office computer to act as a domain node. By creating a node, you enable your domain to maintain a suspended session even after you close X Manager for Domains.

  4. Open a Command Prompt window (Windows) or terminal window (Linux) and run the following command:

    rxsconfig join localhost

    You'll be prompted for Administrator credentials. Enter the user name and password you use to log onto this computer. You'll see a message saying that node was successfully created. In the Administrator Console you can now see your computer listed in the Domain Composition pane under Domain Nodes.

  5. On your home computer, install X Manager for Domains.

To configure and start a session at work

  1. From your work computer, start X Manager for Domains and log on with the same user name and password you used for the Administrative console. For domain, specify the name of your office computer.

  2. Create a session definition that supports suspending sessions. To do this, in the General tab, under Remote session services, select Session suspend/resume.

  3. Configure an X client or XDMCP connection and set Session to the session you created in step 2.

  4. Start your X client or XDMCP connection and get some work done.

  5. When it's time to go home, under Session Definitions, right-click the running session and click Leave.

  6. Close X Manager and leave this computer running.


    Because you enabled session persistence and left the session running, the server remains active even though it is no longer producing a display. To confirm this, you can start the Administrative Console, click the Domain Status tab and view Running Sessions.

To join your session in progress from your home computer

  1. Confirm that your home computer has network access to your running computer at work.

  2. Start X Manager for Domains and log on with the same user name and password you used on your office computer. For domain, specify the name of your office computer.

  3. Right-click your running session and click Join.

Persisting a Session on the X Client Host

In the configuration shown above, the session components run on your office computer, which means that you need to leave that computer running if you want to rejoin the session from home.

Another possible configuration is shown below. In this configuration, the domain controller and domain node run on the same computer that runs the X client application. To configure this, install the domain controller on the X client host and create a domain node on that host. With this setup, you can shut down both your home and office computer, and the session will remain active on the X client host.

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