Article updated on September 30, 2007

This article will show you how to create a secure tunnel with putty, using ssh. The client is a windows xp computer connecting to a linux server and use vnc.


  1. Start vncserver on the linux server
  2. Enable ssh in hosts.allow for windows xp client computer ip (linux server)
  3. Open port 22 in firewall on linux server
  4. Download putty (Windows xp)
  5. Start putty (windows xp)
  6. Go to SSH | Tunnels

  7. Type "5901" in source port (Port on windows xp client)
  8. Type "localhost:5901" or "whatever-ip:5901" in destination
  9. Press Add
  10. Go to SSH

  11. Check "Don