You can set VMware Fusion so that any VNC client can access the virtual machine by connecting to your Mac.

Virtual network computing (VNC) software enables you to view and interact with one computer from any other computer or mobile device anywhere on the Internet. VNC software is cross-platform, allowing remote control between different types of computers.

There are three ways to have VNC set up, as described in Options for VNC. The option of using the VNC server provided by VMware Fusion is the subject of this help topic.

Options for VNC

Option

Description

Remote Desktop, Screen Sharing, or Third-party VNC server on the Mac host

This enables controlling the entire host Mac, including VMware Fusion and any other applications. The connection to this server is made using the host's IP address or hostname.

VNC server provided by VMware Fusion

This is available for each virtual machine, and must be set to unique ports that are not already in use, as described in the procedure in this help topic. Using the VNC server provided by VMware Fusion enables controlling the virtual machine whenever it is powered on, even before the guest operating system is running. The connection to this server is made using the host's IP address or hostname.

VNC server inside the virtual machine's guest operating system

This VNC server is installed like any other application inside the virtual machine. It allows controlling only the guest operating system, and it is only available once the guest operating system starts up. The connection to this server is made using the guest's IP address or hostname when using Bridged networking.

The following procedure describes how to use the VNC server provided by VMware Fusion to enable a VNC Client to access the virtual machine remotely.

1

Select Virtual Machine > Settings.

2

In the Settings window, select Advanced.

3

Click the Remote display over VNC checkbox.

4

(Optional) Type a password.

Because data sent over VNC is unencrypted, do not use your regular password.

5

Identify the port on the Mac.

The default port is 5900. If you enabled Screen Sharing on this Mac, port 5900 might already be in use and you must use a different port, like 5901. For multiple virtual machines, increment the port number for each additional virtual machine.

Your virtual machine is visible to VNC clients.