Setup VNC Access to a Windows Server 2008 R2 CloudServer

You may want to have VNC access to your Windows Server 2008 R2 Cloud Server for a number of reasons including being able to view any console messages that may be displayed.

In order to setup VNC access, you need to install a VNC server, and apply a Network Access Group to permit VNC access via a public Ip address.  You can use any VNC server you like, but we have had good results with 'TightVNC'.

1. Download TightVNC from http://www.tightvnc.com/download.php
2. Select 'Complete' installation option for 'Choose Setup Type' step
3. Leave all default checkboxes selected on 'Select Additional Tasks' step
4. Ensure you have 'Require password-based authentiction' enabled on 'Set Passwords' step
5. Specify a password on 'Set Passwords' step for Remote Access and Administration
6. Once installation is complete, go to start menu and locate 'TightVNC'
7. Create or apply an existing 'Network Access Group' to enable VNC traffic to reach your server via TCP port 5900

Once you have completed these steps, you can use your preferred VNC client software to access the VNC server via your CloudServer's public IP address.  VNC clients are available for all major operating systems including Linux, Windows and MacOS.

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