Beginner's guide to Virtual Mode

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What is Virtual Mode? 

Virtual Mode allows you to create individual user sessions in separate virtual desktops through VNC Server. The virtual desktop is not the actual desktop you see when you log on to your account desk-side on that computer, but rather one that exists in memory only. It is only visible to you as a connected VNC Viewer user, which is useful when multiple users need to connect to one PC but need separate sessions without disturbing each other. 

For a more detailed description of Virtual Mode click here.

Requirements for Virtual Mode

Virtual mode is only available on Linux. For a list of the Linux operating systems that are supported by VNC Server, please see this page.

Running Virtual Mode 

To start a Virtual Mode instance (session), run the below command:

vncserver-virtual 

At the end of the command output, VNC Server will print the IP/hostname and port to use to connect, e.g.:

New desktop is SERVER1:1 (10.10.17.84:1)

To end a virtual mode session, the user can either "log out" using the power/user menu in their desktop environment, or by running the below command

vncserver-virtual -kill :DISPLAY

For full command line options for running virtual mode please see the manual page.

Configuring Virtual Mode

Virtual mode can be configured using VNC Server parameters. They can either be specified at the command line to apply to the session being launched, or in configuration files to be used for all sessions.

The desktop environment used in virtual mode can also be changed to provide users with a clean desktop environment for the duration of their session.

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