Portlock Knowledge Base

Using VNC with Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare

Date Published: August 8, 2008

VNC password: portlock

Introduction

VNCVirtual Network Computing (VNC) is a server/desktop sharing utility that allows remote control of another computer. This allows Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare to be used on a server that may or may not have monitor or keyboard controls – otherwise known as a headless connection – from a remote PC.

A VNC server is pre-configured on Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare. All that is needed to remotely connect to the Portlock Boot CD is a VNC viewer. There are several different types of VNC viewers – UltraVNC, RealVNC and TightVNC – each will successfully connect to Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare. Each viewer provides different options upon connection and from the viewer console.

The example to the right shows varying connection options with UltraVNC Viewer and RealVNC Viewer.  Portlock recommends Ultra VNC Viewer as it has a file transferring feature.

Connecting to a Windows or NetWare machine from Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare

VNC Server can be installed on either a Windows or NetWare system. Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare includes a VNC viewer in the "Remote" tab that can be used to connect to a machine that is running a VNC server.

Download VNC for NetWare and unzip the vncnw file from the root of the SYS volume with the unzip filename command. Change to the "bin" directory and load "vncpass.nlm" to set a password for VNCServer. Load VNCServer from the same directory. Open any VNC viewer and enter the IP address of your NetWare server followed by the password that was just set.

For more information on VNC for NetWare, please view the readme.txt file included in the VNCServer download.

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Connecting to Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare from a remote system

VNC Type the VNC server’s IP address in the VNC viewer’s dialog box and then select "Connect" or "OK." The default password for connecting to Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare remotely from the VNC Viewer is portlock in all lowercase letters.

The remote console appears after establishing a connection. UltraVNC Viewer has several icons at the top of the remote console that provide connection management features.

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Transferring files with VNC

A useful utility of the UltraVNC Viewer is the "file transfer" feature. This allows file transfer from a local machine to a remote machine. The screenshot below illustrates copying "stormgr.lic" to the "Storage Manager" directory of Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD for NetWare, using UltraVNC Viewer’s file transfer wizard. The file transfer icon is located at the top of the remote console.

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Troubleshooting

If you receive the message "Warning: File Transfer is Disabled on the Remote Machine," you may need to stop and restart the winvnc service. To restart this service, issue the command winvnc -kill from the "X:\Program Files\UltraVNC" directory. Once the service has stopped, restart the process by issuing the winvnc command.