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Digital Signage with VNC

Posted on 2014-12-17
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Setting up digital signage with a PC driving a slideshow to an LED monitor.  Have setup this up before using VNC to remotely connect to the PC and run the slideshow.  Currently when I disconnect from the VNC session it stops the slideshow.  In the past VNC has worked well for this purpose.  Tried an older version of VNC and different PC's with PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.

Would appreciate some assistance!
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by:larryh
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You may need to look for a setting that does not log you out when you disconnect.  I have used UltraVNC in the past and I could connect/disconnect without exiting any programs.  It actually stayed logged in using whatever the last Windows login was.  

My setup was similar in that there was a program running 24x7 that I needed to check on periodically.  If there isn't an option to not do a Windows login when you connect then I'd look for a different VNC client/server.  

I know I had to install a "server" component on the remote machine to accept my connections.  Perhaps your setup is only using Windows login.  Adding the server piece may allow you to connect without affecting the "login" status.
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by:Webcc
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Have RealVNC server loaded and have chosen option not to disconnect.  After loading version 5.2.2 it seems to be better however still disconnecting.    Maybe UltraVNC would work better.
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It always worked for me on our network.  I just set up a list of Windows users that could log in through UltraVNC.  It never logged me out of the remote Windows session.  I could log out manually and then log in again if need be.  That's what I liked about UltraVNC - I could log out of the remote Windows session but still have control.  I was connected to the Server service instead of the user session.  Hope UltraVNC works for you too.
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by:Webcc
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Thank you.
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