Remote desktop sessions to your Helsinki University work computer

SnapGene running remotely

If you have a work laptop, you can take it home to do work. But what if you have a desktop computer and need to access it from home? The technology to make this possible exists for more than 20 years, but if you think that University IT has made this easy for you, you would be wrong. In fact, I don't know anybody who knows how to do this easily.


How to start openvpn or ssh server under Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04

sudo systemctl start openvpn@client
The "client" is derived from the configuration file name (/etc/openvpn/client.conf). If your configuration file is server.conf, the command needs to be
sudo systemctl start openvpn@server
When you want the service to start up automatically during system boot, you issue:
sudo systemctl enable openvpn@server
Templated versus non-templated services