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Using VNC to Connect to Hybrid and Cloud Virtualizations

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Scope

This article describes steps for remotely connecting to a cloud-based or hybrid virtualization by using VNC.

Prerequisites

This article assumes that you have already started a cloud-based virtualization from the Recovery Launchpad or a hybrid virtualization from the Datto appliance GUI. The virtualization does not need to have networking.

Procedure

Obtain the VNC Credentials

From the Recovery Launchpad:

1. From the Recovery Launchpad, make note of the running VM's RDP/VNC server address. Then, click the Remote Connect button, and click See authentication credentials, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: See authentication credentials


2. Make note of the RDP/VNC password shown in the Remote Credentials box, and then click Dismiss.

Figure 2: Remote credentials


3. Proceed to the Connect to the Remote VM section of this article.

From the Datto appliance GUI:

1. From the Manage Restore page of your hybrid virtualization, make note of the VNC server address shown in the RDP Link field, as well as the Username and Password values shown in the Security field (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Hybrid virtualization credentials


2. Proceed to the Connect to the Remote VM section of this article.

Connect to the Remote VM

1. In the VNC application of your choice, connect to the VNC server address you noted. The following sections use VNC Viewer to demonstrate the process.

Figure 4: Entering VNC server address in VNC Viewer


You might receive an "Unencrypted connection" warning similar to the example shown below. Click Continue to proceed with the connection process. Optionally, you can also check the Don't warn me about this again on this computer box to dismiss future encryption warnings for the connection.

Figure 5: Unencrypted connection warning in VNC Viewer


2. When prompted, enter the VNC Password you recorded, and then click OK to proceed. You can also check the Remember password box if you do not wish to be prompted for the VNC password for this connection again.

Figure 6: VNC password prompt in VNC Viewer


3. You will be connected to the virtual machine via VNC.

Figure 6: Successful VNC viewer connection to a VM on a Datto appliance


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