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Old 10-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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Disabling VMPlayer Display


In VMPlayer, there is an option to enable remote desktop by enabling RemoteDesktop and setting its port. I want to try to run this as a thin client. The idea is simple.

On server, run VMPlayer with RemoteDesktop enabled, this will result in VMPlayer redirecting the display to port 5901. I just want it to continue output remotely to port 5901 but run in the background. On client, i just have to listen to port 5901 so that I can get the output of VMPLayer from server1.

How can I configure VMPlayer so that the display is not shown on the server? Alternatively, is there any Linux program that will allow me to run a program in the background so that the output does not display. But I can still control the program i.e. shut it down.

I understand that I can technically do this easily with X11 via SSH -X. But I am really looking more at making use of VNC for this.

Thanks in advance.
Aaron

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Old 10-04-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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Btw, I tried running once.

vmplayer <config files> > /dev/null

But it didn't work.
 
Old 10-05-2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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VNCServer

Alternatively, anyone with any expertise on VNCServer? What happen is that I was thinking rather than for me to disable output for VMPlayer I can make use of VNCServer to call the applications instead.

I tried this approach, but not sure whether I did something wrong or this won't work too?

I basically, include the following line in the xstartup script inside .vnc: exec vmplayer <vnc-config-file>

And then i: vncserver :1

I tried connecting to port 5901 from my client, but it gave me some random display and not that of vmplayer.

Is there anything i am doing wrong here? Anyone with any ideas?

Thanks
aaron
 
Old 10-05-2008, 09:03 PM   #4
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Hi there,

On further research I managed to find something called xvfb, anyone have any ideas how I can run this application with VMPlayer? Based on the above, I was thinking if i could run VMPlayer and redirect the output using xvfb so that it does not display on the host, but remotely on port 5901. I would then connect to port 5901 using VNCviewer.

Any idea how can i use xvfb with vmplayer? How does the command look like?

Thanks
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