How to connect to Ubuntu Server 13.10 on Amazon EC2 using XRDP

By default, the Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Server instance does not come with a GUI desktop environment. You can only connect to it via SSH using a client side application like “Putty” to perform any operations on it.┬áThis post will be focused on how to setup a remote desktop environment on the Ubuntu Server 13.10 using xrdp so one can connect to it using Remote Desktop. At first when I installed the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server (xrdp) via the Ubuntu Software Centre which runs on my local machine VirtualBox, I tried to RDP to it but for some reasons, the screen appeared Grey.