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Contents

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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Restricting access to features

By default, while a connection is in progress, you can control the host computer using your keyboard and mouse, and in addition copy and paste text between applications running on the client and host computers.

For connections to VNC Server (Enterprise) and VNC Server (Personal), you can also:

•  Print host computer files directly to a local printer.

•  Exchange files with the host computer.

•  Chat with other VNC Viewer users connected to the same host computer, or with a host computer user.

Note: VNC Server may have been configured to prevent some or all of these features. For more information, see Restricting functionality for connected users. In addition, VNC Viewer might have been configured to disable printing before the connection started.

You can restrict access to features while the connection is in progress by configuring options on the Inputs tab of the VNC Viewer - Options dialog. More on this dialog. You might want to do this if you are watching a demonstration on the host computer, for example, and want to prevent inadvertent interruption.

Note: You can enable features again at any time. To prevent this for the current connection only, disable the VNC Viewer toolbar and shortcut menu. For more information, see Changing appearance and behavior.

Making VNC Viewer ‘view only’

You can quickly prevent all interchange with the host computer, making VNC Viewer ‘view only’. To do this, select Disabled (view-only mode) from the Inputs dropdown.

Disabling your keyboard

You can disable the client computer’s keyboard. To do this, turn off Enable keyboard input.

Disabling your mouse

You can disable the client computer’s mouse. To do this, turn off Enable mouse input.

Disabling file transfer

You can disable file transfer between client and host computers. To do this, turn off Enable file transfer.

For more information about this feature, see Transfering files between client and host computers.

Disabling copy and paste text

You can disable copy and paste text between applications running on the client and host computers. To do this, turn off Share clipboard with VNC Server.

For more information about this feature, see Copying and pasting text between client and host computers.

Disabling chat

You can disable chat. To do this, turn off Enable chat. For more information about this feature, see Communicating securely using chat.