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Connecting to an Image via Remote Desktop (VNC Viewer)

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For full instructions on using the Remote Desktop Viewer, see Logging In to an Instance.

VNC is a way to share a graphical desktop environment. Atmosphere's Remote Desktop uses a VNC (Virtual Network Computing) that allows one or many Atmosphere users to access an image that is being run on CyVerse resources in a graphical desktop environment on their local machines.

The underlying protocol works across operating systems and platforms, and allows remote users to access, use, and share a computer system. There are many free VNC clients or viewers, some of which are mentioned in this section.

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VNC Viewer is not compatible with the Chrome browser on Mac OS X (though not in Windows or Linux) due to compatibility issues between Chrome and Java. If you experience Java errors and failure to launch, use the Safari or Firefox browsers or download the standalone VNC viewer from RealVNC.

  1. In Atmosphere, click Projects on the menu bar and then click the project with the instance to view in Remote Desktop.
  2. Click the instance name to open the instance.
  3. Click Remote Desktop under Links on the right. 
  4. If prompted to use the Java applet, click Yes.
  5. In the VNC Viewer window, click Connect.
  6. Enter your CyVerse username and password and click OK. The VNC Viewer window opens.

To learn more about sharing your instance with other users via SSH or VNC, see Sharing an Instance with Other Users.

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