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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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Starting Listening VNC Viewer

You can start VNC Viewer in such a way that it does not connect to VNC Server but rather waits for VNC Server to connect to it. This is called a reverse connection. For more information about this feature, and why you might want to use it in conjunction with a host computer user, see Establishing a reverse connection.

Note: Reverse connections are not secure and should only be used in a locked-down environment.

To start Listening VNC Viewer, open a Command or Terminal window and:

•  Under Windows, run the command <VNC Viewer>.exe -listen.

•  Under UNIX/Linux, run the command ./<VNC Viewer> -listen.

•  Under Mac OS X, run the command <VNC Viewer>.app/Contents/MacOS/vncviewer -listen.

Note: If you installed VNC on the client computer, you can start Listening VNC Viewer from the menu system of most operating systems, which may be more convenient. See Setting up the client computer for more information.

Under Windows and Mac OS X, a VNC Viewer icon is displayed in the Notification area or Status bar. Under Windows 7, note this area is hidden by default and accessible from to the right of the Taskbar. Hover the mouse cursor over the icon to confirm that Listening VNC Viewer is running:

Under Windows and Mac OS X, the VNC Viewer icon has a shortcut menu:

You do not need to configure Listening VNC Viewer, but if you want to do so before a connection is established, select Default Options. For more information, start with Configuring VNC Viewer before you connect.

Note: Select New Connection to establish a connection to VNC Server in the normal way. Carry on from Connecting to a host computer.

If a reverse connection:

•  Is successfully established, Listening VNC Viewer displays the host computer’s desktop in a new window on the client computer in exactly the same way as VNC Viewer. Carry on from The VNC Viewer user experience.

•  Is not successful, start with Establishing a reverse connection.