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    VirtualBox OSE VNC Server

    Does anyone know how to setup guests with a VNC server? From what I can find, the OSE version supports VNC server to access headless setups.
    I am looking at this because I need to enter in the passphrase for an encrypted partition on boot.
    I wanted to see if I can get this working before installing the full version of virtualbox to access the VRDP server.
    Cheers

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    Re: VirtualBox OSE VNC Server

    Yay! There was an update for virtualbox-ose and it seems to have resolved my problem.
    It now has the VNC server option by default.
    Usage:
    -s, -startvm, --startvm <name|uuid> Start given VM (required argument)
    -n, --vnc Enable the built in VNC server
    -m, --vncport <port> TCP port number to use for the VNC server
    -o, --vncpass <pw> Set the VNC server password
    -c, -capture, --capture Record the VM screen output to a file
    -w, --width Frame width when recording
    -h, --height Frame height when recording
    -r, --bitrate Recording bit rate when recording
    -f, --filename File name when recording. The codec
    used will be chosen based on the
    file extension

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    Re: VirtualBox OSE VNC Server

    Sounds like you got it worked out, but you might also want to look at FreeNX. I like it much better than VNC.
    “You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.” --Homer Simpson

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    Re: VirtualBox OSE VNC Server

    Virtualbox doesn't have support for FreeNX. Yes, I could use it to access the guest once it's loaded, but I wouldn't be able to enter in the password prior to the system loading.

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    Re: VirtualBox OSE VNC Server

    According to your other posts, I guess a newer version of VBox supports VNC at the host level. My OSE 3.1.6 install does not. So the solution for me to have VNC support in a client OS install is to run a VNC server inside the client and connect to it. The HostOS doesn't know anything about the VNC running in the quest.

    Anyway, I figured someone else might need this information. If the client OS supports RDP (Windows Professional or greater), then simply enable that service like normal for RDP support in the client.

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