7.10. Connecting to a Virtual Machine

You can connect to a virtual machine using its console. The console is the remote control system of Oracle VM, and enables you to work and interact with your virtual machines.

If you have VNC Viewer (from RealVNC), or TightVNC Viewer installed on your client computer, the Oracle VM Manager user interface finds the installation and uses it to create the connection with the virtual machine. Oracle recommends you install RealVNC on the client computer as it renders more quickly, has better keyboard support, and has less mouse control issues than Tight VNC.

If no client viewer is available, the Oracle VM Manager user interface looks for TightVNC on the Oracle VM Manager host computer and uses this to create the connection with the virtual machine. See Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide for information on installing TightVNC on the Oracle VM Manager host computer.

The key mapping for each VNC session is set when you create or edit a virtual machine, in the Keymap field. See Section 7.7, “Creating a Virtual Machine” and Section 7.9.2, “Editing a Virtual Machine” for information on creating and editing a virtual machine.

To connect to a virtual machine's console:

  1. Click the Servers and VMs tab.

  2. Select the server pool on which the virtual machine resides in the navigation tree.

  3. Select Virtual Machines from the Perspective drop-down list. Select the virtual machine in the management pane, and click Launch Console Launch Console icon in the management pane toolbar

  4. A dialog box may be displayed requesting to start a Java proxy to connect to the virtual machine. Click OK.

    This figure shows the open Java proxy dialog box to connect to the virtual machine.
  5. If a VNC viewer is found, it is started. You can configure which VNC viewer to use with the Options > Configuration menu item of the Java proxy window. Enter the path to the VNC client on the host computer and click OK. Use quotes around the path if it contains spaces.


    If the console does not start, check that your web browser allows pop-ups to be displayed. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, add the base URL of Oracle VM Manager (for example, http://example.com) to the list of trusted sites in the security settings. You may also need to downgrade the security level from medium to medium-low for the Trusted sites zone.

    If the virtual machine's console is in use by another user, a message is displayed asking if you want to take over the connection. If you take over the connection, the other user's session is disconnected and the VNC session is started on your client computer.

    The virtual machine console is displayed. Log in and interact with the virtual machine as you would through any other VNC session. This example shows the initial installation screen for a virtual machine created with an Oracle Linux operating system ISO file.

    This figure shows the virtual machine console screen.

    If required, enter the user name and password of the guest operating system to log in to the operating system.

Depending on the method by which you created the virtual machine, you may need to continue with some further tasks before you can use the virtual machine.