Silently Installing a VNC and Connecting

Using PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory in conjunction makes it easy to install and run a VNC session. Be sure to check out the accompanying video tutorials on installing and starting a VNC.

Installing VNC

To initiate a remote session, you’ll need to have a VNC server installed on the machine you want to control and the VNC viewer needs be installed on your own console. A VNC server provided in the Package Library is TightVNC. You can silently install this VNC server, but you will need to manually download and install a VNC viewer on your own console.¬†

Before you rush off to deploy TightVNC, you’ll want to open up the package and look at steps three and four. These are two install steps for 32-bit and 64-bit. In each of these steps down at the parameters line a password is set for TightVNC. The parameter is: “VALUE_OF_PASSWORD= ” if you’re smart you’ll set that equal to something a little more creative than “helpdesk”. Make sure you make that change for BOTH the 32-bit and 64-bit install steps.

Note: VNC only allows an eight character password. The parameter will allow a longer password but will truncate the value to only eight characters.






Initiating a VNC Session

You can quickly start a VNC session from PDQ Inventory. To set up a VNC protocol in PDQ Inventory go to Preference>VNC. Here is where you will navigate to the viewer exe. (For TightVNC it will be called tvncviewer.exe) For TightVNC use 0 as the display number, other VNCs might have a different display number though.

After that you’re ready to select any computer that has the TightVNC installed on it right click>Tools>VNC. (For you shortcut keystroke junkies: Ctrl+Alt+V) You’ll get a pop up requesting you to enter the password and you’re good to go.




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