Ticket #286 (new enhancement)

Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

make console screen available when vm is powered off & addevirtual power buttons

Reported by: roland Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 1.3.8 Keywords:
Cc: devzero@… Guest type: other
Host type: other


also see my posting in the german forum for this:

i think having access to the console of a vm via rdp is a great feature.

it would be even more great (very nice for VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure -> , if rdp access would not only be available if the VM is being powerdt on, but also when it is powered off - i.e. don't get disconnected when VM reboots/powers down.

the real killer here would be some feature, to add virtual power buttogns to that virtual rdp screen - so that after the admin adding a vm and "enabling the desktop" , the user could power on, suspend, reset, stop his own VM just via rdp - without any additional tools.

comments ?

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by klaus

In principle that would be possible. Currently there is no process running for a powered down VM, and the RDP server is also explicitly shut down when a VM is powered down.

But it might be a good idea to provide a way to start a VM with VBoxVRDP in powered down state (and keep VBoxVRDP running, if a VM is powered down), including leaving the RDP server running.

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by roland

there is a "competing" request at

i´m curious if virtualbox will be the first virtualization solution with this feature ;)

not sure if priority should be remain "minor", though.

if this would be implemented, virtualbox would probably get some significant notice from VDI "consortium". other virtualization vendors would have a hard time to beat this.

i`m not sure if this is so hard to implement - especially because rdp support is already there.....

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by roland

just an idea how this could look like - just made some fake-screenshot for vmware and thought that it would be useful here for explanation, too:

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by achimha

This is being worked on.

You cannot compare our solution to VMware VDI where all they do is turn on the RDP server of Windows XP/Vista. Pretty lame IMHO :)

comment:5 Changed 10 years ago by roland

oh, nice to hear - thanks for telling!

You cannot compare our solution to VMware VDI where all they do is turn on the RDP server of Windows XP/Vista.

do you know of VDI concepts or dedicated solutions doing this different? im not that deep into VDI, but for what i know about all the VDI stuff and fuzz is about XP/Vistas builtin RDP capability. so that concept is somewhat "undercooked".

maybe innotek is the first making this going to be "well-done" :D

Pretty lame IMHO :)

Yes, absolutely !

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by achimha

We've invented and deployed what VMware calls "VDI" in 2001.

Note that USB over RDP is also unique to VirtualBox.

comment:7 follow-up: ↓ 8 Changed 10 years ago by roland

i`m beginning to realize that i have highly underestimated virtualbox/innotek.


comment:8 in reply to: ↑ 7 Changed 10 years ago by roland

This is being worked on.

if you like somebody to test this at a beta/development stage, please keep me informed or tell me what url i need to poll to get bleeding edge builds of virtualbox

comment:9 Changed 8 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to GUI

comment:10 Changed 7 years ago by roland_k

any news on this?

is this feature available in 11/2009 ?

i have not yet seen any virtualization software where you could power on your own desktop via rdp ;)

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