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Connect to a VM


The main way of accessing the VM is the console offered in Cloudstack, it is independent of operating systems or network problems.

To use it select Instances in the left column, choose the Instance desired and push the console button in the tool bar:

Consola en la barra de herramientas
There is a problem with the console https connection that provokes a security warning. Firefox requires to explicitly allow the connection clicking in the shield symbol to the left of the address bar and Chorme just does not allow the connection.

A new browser window will open and in a few seconds it will show the VM screen as if watching a monitor directly connected to it. We can use a mouse (with a certain delay) and a keyboard. Con esto se nos abrirá una ventana nueva en el navegador en la que al cabo de unos segundos tendremos la imagen proveniente de la máquina como si tuvieramos un monitor conectado a ella. Podremos usar el ratón( con un cierto “retraso”) y el teclado. Unfortunately the keyboard layout does not match the english or spanish layouts.

How to get common symbols in this layout:

Symbol Key
/ shift+6
: shift+<
- / in numeric keypad

The objective of the console is to prepare as soon as possible another remote access method.


In the Linux templates the ssh service is active by default in port 22. The only thing necessary to access remotely using ssh is to configure the network so port 22 is reachable from the outside.

Remote desktop

In the Windows XP template remote access is already configured, in other VM the remote desktop service has to be configured according to its operating system and later the network has to be configured to allow access to TCP port 3389 for RDP in Windows or TCP 5900 for VNC.

To be able to use rdp in WinXP with passwordless users:
Start→ Run… ,write gpedit.msc and accept to start the Group policy editor.
Open “Computer configuration \ Windows Settings \ Security Settings \ Local Policies \ Security Options \ Accounts: limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only”
Double click “Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only”
Set it to Disabled and Accept.
Close the Group policy editor.