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About This Guide

Chapter 1: Introduction

Principles of VNC remote control

Getting the computers ready to use

Connectivity and feature matrix

What to read next

Chapter 2: Getting Connected

Step 1: Ensure VNC Server is running on the host computer

Step 2: Start VNC Viewer on the client computer

Step 3: Identify VNC Server running on the host computer

Step 4: Request an encrypted connection

Step 5: Connect to VNC Server

Troubleshooting connection

Chapter 3: Using VNC Viewer

Starting VNC Viewer

Starting Listening VNC Viewer

Configuring VNC Viewer before you connect

Connecting to a host computer

The VNC Viewer user experience

Using the toolbar

Using the shortcut menu

Using the VNC Viewer - Options dialog

Managing the current connection

Changing appearance and behavior

Restricting access to features

Chapter 4: Connecting From A Web Browser

Connecting to a host computer

The VNC Viewer for Java user experience

Working with VNC Viewer for Java

Chapter 5: Exchanging Information

Printing host computer files to a local printer

Transfering files between client and host computers

Copying and pasting text between client and host computers

Communicating securely using chat

Chapter 6: Setting Up VNC Server

Licensing VNC Server

Starting VNC Server

Running multiple instances of VNC Server

Working with VNC Server

Configuring ports

Notifying when users connect

Preventing connections to VNC Server

Restricting functionality for connected users

Stopping VNC Server

Chapter 7: Making Connections Secure

Authenticating connections to VNC Server

Relaxing the authentication rules

Bypassing the authentication rules

Changing the encryption rules

Preventing particular connections to VNC Server

Restricting features for particular connected users

Uniquely identifying VNC Server

Protecting privacy

Appendix A: Saving Connections

Saving connections to VNC Address Book

Using VNC Address Book to connect

Managing connections using VNC Address Book

Saving connections to desktop icons

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Connecting to a host computer

This section summarizes how to connect from a client computer running VNC Viewer to a host computer running VNC Server. For a step-by-step guide, see Chapter 2, Getting Connected.

1. Start VNC Viewer on the client computer. The VNC Viewer dialog opens.

2. In the VNC Server dropdown, enter a private or a public network address for the host computer, quali­fied, if applicable, by the port number on which VNC Server is listening, for example

3. From the Encryption dropdown, select an encryption option, or retain the default: Let VNC Server choose.

4. Click the Connect button.

You may be asked to confirm a VNC Server signature, acknowledge the encryption status, and authenticate to VNC Server.

If the connection is successful, VNC Viewer displays the host computer’s desktop in a new window on the client computer. Carry on from The VNC Viewer user experience. If the connection fails for any reason, start with Troubleshooting connection.

Note: Once connected, you can save a connection so you can quickly reconnect without having to remember the network address and authentication credentials. For more information, see Appendix A, Saving Connections.