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Cannot see hardware accelerated features on VNC

Posted on 2011-09-08
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Hi,

I'm using VNC because it has a feature that is essential for me: screen blanking when connected. The problem is that with blanking enabled I "will not see these Aero features as they are hardware accelerate and in using scren blanking this disable your GPU" (literal from VNC support).

This features are important for me to work. I'm using windows 2008 but I suppose this also happens with 7

Perhaps there is a geniuos on EE that can give me a hint to solve this.
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

Can you not simply use Remote Desktop instead?

Have you tried other flavours of VNC such as UltraVNC?

Regards,


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How about TightVNC?

Regards,


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Thanks for your answer. Security issues are important. Remote desktop doesn't protect against "man-in-the-middle" attacks.

The other options you propose don't have the blank page option and only one of the send encrypted content.
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

Man in the middle attacks only relate to earlier versions of RDP. What is your client OS?

If using an RDP 6 or 7 client, you can enable NLA and FIPS over a TLS session.

Take a look at TerminalServicesplus.com - might provide an interesting alternative flavour of RDP.

Regards,


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Win 2008
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by:Ryan McCauley
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The new version of the remote desktop client (When connecting to Server 2008 and above) will automatically check the certificate on the server - if it doesn't match, the client gets a warning and has the option to connect or not (you can force this requirement with group policy, so that clients on your domain can't connect to untrusted servers). On our domain, the local DC handles the certificate automatically - in this way, the new version does prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.

RDP will definitely be the easiest way to go, and the newer version supports Aero acceleration as well, so it meets your needs there.
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Thanks.

This requires to purchase and install a certificate. Another feature I like from vnc is that I can connect from any android device. Very useful when travelling.

I found an easier alternative solution: enabling "auto hide the task bar" + "use small icons" + "never combine" buttons I get the effect I need to see all active windows without occupying all the screen.

This is what better fits for me
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I found it by myself
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