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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:


Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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worked very well for me.

By: Anonymous

How can I get the VM to startup at boot time, without me having to log on and starts it everytime?

By: Anonymous

Great as far as it goes, but after a reboot at the end of the OS installation I simply get shunted back to the installation iso set-up again. How do you change the vm configuration to boot from the OS you've just installed rather than the installation iso?

By: planet_fox

If you want more guests starts on same time you must this commamnd before run

VBoxManage modifyvm <vmname> -vrdpport 4777

then can you start the vm on an other port