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4 Connecting To A VM From A Remote Desktop

4.1 Windows XP

You can use the built-in Remote Desktop Connection utility to connect to the VM:

Type in the hostname or IP address of the host (not the guest!):

And voilà, you should be connected to the VM:


4.2 Linux

On Linux desktops, you can use the rdesktop command to connect to the VM. Open a terminal (on Ubuntu, for example, it's under Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and type in the following command:

$ rdesktop -a 16

( is the host IP address, not the one of the guest - replace it with your own IP address or hostname; -a 16 means 16 bit colour depth.)

And voilà, you should be connected to the VM:


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From: Luis at: 2010-06-25 21:40:47

Hi Falko.

 Excuse Me,

 I've follow your "how to" about virtualbox on a server.

 Althoug, when I type on my server: "VBoxManage modifyvm openfire1 --hda openfire1.vdi" I get this error:

" ERROR: Could not find a storage controller named 'IDE Controller'

Details: code Vbox_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80bb........

My PC has sata hard disk. And if I type "VBoxManage modifyvm openfire1 --sda openfire1.vdi", it returns: "unknown option: --sda

Well, I hope you or another one, can help me, I don't know what's wrong. 


Thank you.