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Using VNC Viewer to connect to an Atmosphere VM

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a way to share a graphical desktop environment. The underlying protocol works across operating systems and platforms, and allows a remote user or 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. The Atmosphere VNC enables one or many Atmosphere users to access a machine that is being run on iPlant resources from the user's local machine.

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h2. Connecting to an image via Remote Desktop

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

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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# Click *Projects* on the menu bar and click the project with the instance you want to view in Remote Desktop.
# Click the instance name to use.
# Click *Remote Desktop*.
# If prompted to use the Java applet, click *Yes*. NEED TO CHECK
# In the VNC Viewer window, click *Connect*.
# Enter your iPlant username and password and click *OK*. The VNC Viewer window opens.

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Connecting to an Image via Web Desktop using VNC Viewer

You can connect to an image you own using Atmosphere's Web Desktop. Web Desktop uses a VNC (Virtual Network Computing) viewer that allows the owner of an image that is being run on CyVerse resources to connect from their local machines in a graphical desktop environment. 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.

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

  1. In Atmosphere, click Projects on the menu bar and then click the project with the instance to view in Remote Desktop.

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    You must be the owner of the instance and it must be running.

  2. Click the instance name to open the instance.
  3. Click Web Desktop in the Actions menu on the right.
  4. In the VNC Viewer window, click Connect.
  5. 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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