Rocky 8.5, GNOME-Classic, and Guacamole

Hello. I’m new to Rocky, but not to Linux in general.

We are trying to implement a set of VMs running Rocky 8.4 and 8.5 in VMware ESXi, and make the desktop available via Apache Guacamole using XRDP. We have been successful, except for one problem - our specification requires that the Gnome-Classic desktop be displayed, and we cannot find a way to cause that to happen. No matter what we do, we get the GNOME3 desktop. RHEL documentation says to simply change the contents of /var/lib/AccountsService/users/$USER, and we’ve done that, but to no avail. we’ve also tried to adjust the contents of the .desktop files in /usr/share/xsessions, still with no joy.

I am working on testing using VNC as the remote protocol today to see if that makes a difference.

Any suggestions or feedback would be most appreciated!

What if you remove “unnecessary desktops”?
See what you have/is available with:

dnf list \*session\*
dnf provides /usr/share/xsessions/*.desktop

Thanks for the suggestion, jlehtone. We tried it… didn’t work.