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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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Protecting privacy

Note: The information in this section applies to VNC Server for Windows only.

By default, VNC Server promotes shared connections. That is to say, if more than one user is connected, all users can observe each other’s operations, and if a host computer user is present, then that user can observe the operations of connected users.

Under Windows, you can configure VNC Server to uphold the privacy of connected users by editing various options in the VNC Server - Options dialog. More on this dialog.

Blanking the host computer’s monitor

You can blank the host computer’s monitor in order to prevent a host computer user observing the operations of connected users. To do this, turn on Blank the screen while VNC Viewers are connected. This option is on the Desktop tab.

Preventing input from the host computer

You can disable the keyboard and mouse of the host computer in order to prevent a host computer user interrupting the operations of connected users. To do this, turn on Disable the keyboard and mouse while VNC Viewers are connected. This option is on the Inputs tab.

Protecting the host computer

Note: The information in this section applies to VNC Server in Service Mode only.

You can protect the host computer when no connections are in progress by locking it or logging off when the last user disconnects. To do this, select an alternative to the default Do nothing option from the When last VNC Viewer disconnects dropdown on the Desktop tab:

To protect the host computer by:

•  Locking the workstation, select Lock workstation. Users can immediately reconnect, but must know how to unlock the host computer in order to continue. Note that if you apply this setting to VNC Server in User Mode, users can reconnect but see only a non-operational black screen, and cannot continue.

•  Logging off, select Logoff user. Users can immediately reconnect, but must know how to log on to the host computer in order to continue.