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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 Mio. colours.)

And voilà, you should be connected to the VM:


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From: Anonymous

I have successfully used Ctrl+Alt+End to pass Ctrl+Alt_Delete to RDP instance

From: Emil

Hi, Nice article, though I have a small correction;
The "-a 16" option to rdesktop mean 16 bit color depth, not 16 M colors.

Best regards, Emil

From: J*

Way to go playa, excellent tut!

From: sam

Thank you for this tuto


my guest is a winserver

how do you fire ctrl+alt+del from a rdesktop session ?


From: John L

This had just the info I was looking for to have a VM start up automatically in Ubuntu Desktop (by adding startvm command to Sessions) without interfering with the GUI (but still accessible via RDP).  Glad I looked here first for the answer.