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Old 06-29-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
Red Squirrel
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RDP to windows VM to manage vmware... keep loosing cursor


Unfortunately VMware does not have a Linux client so I'm stuck using a windows VM to manage VMs. Problem is, at random when I go inside the console of a VM, it refuses to release the cursor. It's VERY annoying. I have to keep hammering random keys on the keyboard until it finally gives it back. ctrl+alt is suppose to give it back but it fails half the time. Is there a way to fix this? It's super annoying. I'm using a program called KRDC for remoting in. The VM is Windows 7 and has vmware tools installed. Though I don't think it's a vmware issue, it's to do with the fact that I'm RDPing in. It's like if something in that program is randomly taking over the keys ctrl+alt or something.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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If you're running vCenter 5.0 you should look into using the web client. I installed it on vCenter 5.0, but it came up with a blank page (firefox, chrome) and I never troubleshot it. I expect better support in v5.1+.

Yes, it is very annoying! I only connect that way at home and it's been a while since I've had to. That being said, I think I have remedied the problem by simply Ctl+Alt when I'm moving the cursor away from inside the vm.

I don't believe it is an RDP specific problem. I ran a Windows vm in Openbox at work and would randomly lose the cursor (every month or two?). It never happened when I disabled mouse integration in Openbox.
 
Old 06-29-2014, 08:28 PM   #3
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No vcenter unfortunately, just the free version.
 
Old 07-06-2014, 12:01 PM   #4
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This is still a huge issue. I currently have a VM I can't do anything with because it refuses to release the cursor. How in the world do I get this to work properly? ctrl+alt is not working.

Does Windows act as an X server (when I say server I mean an actual server and not the "client" which actually is a server). If I could access the vmware console through X it would probably work better. I have a feeling the RPD client is mucking things up by taking over some keys or something.

Also, I lost the title bar for KRDC. Smashing the keyboard while franticly shaking the mouse seems to be the only way to eventually get the cursor back, and in that process the toolbar vanished.

Is there a VNC server for windows 7, I can maybe try VNC instead of RDP to see if it happens to fix the issue but when I checked I could not find one that runs in 7.

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