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  • Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

    http://www.geeklab.info/2010/01/use-...re-esx-guests/

    I saw a recent training video the other day by David Davies and noticed he was using VNC to connect to the "console" of an ESXi server. Effectively a headless set up. ESX has the ability to act as a VNC server as i can see the setting for it in the security profile. The instructions above show how to enable access to guests but what is required in order to enable VNC access to the console on ESXi or ESX?

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    Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

    As far as I know you cannot enable VNC to host itself.

    The management of the host is mostly done with a command line anyway - besides the DCUI - which has very limited functionality anyways.

    You can enable remote shell to the ESXi box and manage it that way.
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      Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

      Originally posted by Maish View Post
      As far as I know you cannot enable VNC to host itself.

      The management of the host is mostly done with a command line anyway - besides the DCUI - which has very limited functionality anyways.

      You can enable remote shell to the ESXi box and manage it that way.
      Remote SSH or WinSCP i use all the time to the servers. But im baffled as to "how" David Davies had the console running in VNC to ESXi?

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      • #4
        Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

        The instructions on that webpage are for ESX4.0 not ESXi.

        Can you provide a link to the video???

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        • #5
          Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

          Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
          The instructions on that webpage are for ESX4.0 not ESXi.

          Can you provide a link to the video???
          I have both ESX and ESXi. I don't mind if it's either or. And these were the Train Signal videos by David Davies. When i have a mo il upload a screenshot. Although David was using VNC to get to the ESXi console. If i can do the same il be a very happy man.

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          • #6
            Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

            My guess is that he was running ESX/ESXi inside a VM, rather than directly on physical hardware...
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              Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

              Originally posted by scott28tt View Post
              My guess is that he was running ESX/ESXi inside a VM, rather than directly on physical hardware...
              Seeing as ESX has that ability that may be a plausible explanation. Although in the security profile on ESX you can open up VNC. I take it that feature is only for connectivity to the guest VM's then?
              Even though iv enabled VNC when i do a firewalk on the server for the port range for VNC (5900 to 5980 or so) are all closed...

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              • #8
                Re: Connecting to the ESX/ESXi console with VNC

                For the ESX hosts you gonna need a remote ILO/DRAC/KVM console.
                I'm sure David Davis uses a lot of virtual ESX(i) hosts to demonstrate.

                I'm not aware of any VNC installation or configuration on the host itself. You can however open up the VNCserver to connect to your guest systems, as explained in your article you posted;

                Connect to the IP/hostname of the ESX server - not the IP/hostname of the guest!
                The VNC server for each VM guest you connect to will have a different display number.
                Display numbers and tcp port numbers are linked: display 0 = port 5900, display 1 = port 5901

                RemoteDisplay.vnc.enabled = "TRUE"
                RemoteDisplay.vnc.password = "your_password"
                RemoteDisplay.vnc.port = "5900"
                You can apply these settings by editting the .vmx file
                Maybe the article below is a bit more clear.
                http://www.novell.com/communities/no...ng-vnc-server-
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