Ticket #125 (closed enhancement: invalid)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

Headless mode

Reported by: KhaoticMind Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 1.3.6 Keywords: headeless server
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


I'd really like to have the possibility to keep a system running without a GUI window open. This is very good when a VM is playing the role of a server in a environment (being it development or production), and you don't really need to see what is going on on it.

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comment:1 follow-up: ↓ 2 Changed 11 years ago by frank

And exactly this is possible using the VRDP mode. Just start a new VBox session with VBoxManage startvm <vm name> -type vrdp . Then attach to it with an RDP client, for example rdesktop on Linux. This feature is only available with the non-OSE version.

comment:2 in reply to: ↑ 1 Changed 11 years ago by KhaoticMind

Didn't knew about it. Anyway, for what I understood, if i start the VM this way I can connect to the machine ONLY through RDP, right? And can't switch between headed/headless mode.

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by umoeller

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to invalid

Both the VirtualBox and the VBoxVRDP programs have a built-in VRDP server. You can enable it on a per-VM basis via VBoxManage; VirtualBox now also has options for this in the GUI (click on settings -> remote display). I _think_ this is already in 1.3.6, but certainly in the current development version.

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by KhaoticMind

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution invalid deleted

I do not think this is the BEST solution, but hey! :)

Anyways... what about the OSE edition, that doesn't come with RDP?

comment:5 Changed 11 years ago by KhaoticMind

Just tried RDP mode in 1.3.6, it is SLOWWWW. Host WinXP SP2, Guest Kubuntu 6.10! Also, starting from the GUI, it is not "headless".

Starting from VBoxVRDP it eats 100% of my CPU, after i access the guest using mstsc (RDP client for Windows XP) and click on it. It is all OK if i start from the GUI with VRDP enable. All VboxVRDP.exe keeps the prompt opened (so there is still a "head" so to speak).

comment:6 Changed 11 years ago by umoeller

  • Status changed from reopened to closed
  • Resolution set to invalid

I suppose that if you really have VRDP performance problems, they should go into a separate bug report. Make sure that you have the guest additions installed because they greatly improve RDP performance. We do, however, support headless mode so I'll close this bug.

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