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Quicktip: Use your own VNC client for Softlayer CloudLayer console

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Contrary to what Softlayer sales would have me believe, Softlayer’s CloudLayer service does, in fact, provide console access. It’s provided via a java VNC applet accessible from

I use Linux on the desktop, though, so anything involving the words “java” and “applet” seems destined for failure. Fortunately, Softlayer is stand-up enough to provide the VNC connection information on the same page, so I thought I might fire up PPtP and give it a shot.

Strangely, I was unable to get Vinagre or gtkvncviewer to work. They would connect and send keystrokes successfully, but the display would remain blank. Bummer. The jtightvncviewer provided by Ubuntu’s tightvnc-java package works, though, and I don’t care enough to figure out why Vinagre didn’t work.

Good Luck, and if you figure out why Vinagre doesn’t work please let me know.

Written by Lee Verberne

2012-02-12 at 13:29

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  1. Found you from googling the issue with vinagre. Quite strange. At first I thought it wasn’t sending keystrokes but then I logged in and saw myself in the output from w. Any later developments on this?


    2012-05-30 at 14:14

    • Nope, I never did figure it out. I’d love to hear the details if you solve the puzzle, though.


      2012-05-30 at 14:40

  2. I also use Linux on the desktop (Ubuntu Lucid at the moment) and I find xtightvncviewer works for most of my VNC needs.


    2012-07-04 at 04:36

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