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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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Stopping VNC Server

VNC Server runs until it is stopped.

To explicitly stop VNC Server:

•  In all modes and under all platforms except Virtual Mode on UNIX/Linux, select Stop VNC Server from the VNC Server shortcut menu. More on this menu. Administrative privileges are required to perform this operation.

Note: Under Windows, VNC Server in Service Mode will not automatically restart if you do so and then reboot the host computer.

•  To stop VNC Server in Virtual Mode, run the command vncserver -kill :x, where x is the X Server session number. For more information, see page 75.

Note that VNC Server automatically stops:

•  In Service Mode (Windows and Mac OS X) and in Virtual Mode (UNIX/Linux), when the host computer is powered down.

•  In User Mode (all platforms), when the host computer starting it logs off or the host computer is powered down.

VNC Server can also stop under the following circumstances:

•  Under Windows, VNC Server in User Mode stops automatically when the last user disconnects if the When last VNC Viewer disconnects option is changed to Logoff user. For more information, see Protecting the host computer.

•  A connected user can explicitly stop VNC Server if they know the credentials of an administrative user.

•  A connected user can log off and/or power down the host computer.

To see how to start VNC Server again, read Starting VNC Server.