6.6. Logging in to Virtual Machines

After creating a virtual machine from either a blank template or existing template, you can log in to the virtual machine with either the SPICE, VNC or RDP protocols to customize the virtual machine, install databases or applications, or make changes to the virtual machine.

6.6.1. Logging into Virtual Machines using SPICE

SPICE is the recommended connection protocol for Linux and Windows virtual machines. SPICE provides high quality graphics performance which is comparable to that of a physical machine, and bi-directional audio and video. It also supports multiple monitor display and USB redirection for virtual desktops. You can log in to virtual machine using SPICE if you have selected SPICE as the virtual machine's display protocol when you created it. See Section 6.2.2, “Creating New Virtual Machines without a Template” for details.

To log in to a virtual machine using SPICE

  1. On the Virtual Machines tab select a running virtual machine.
    The Details pane displays.
  2. Click the Console button or click the Console option from the right-click menu.
    Connection Icon on the Virtual Machine Menu

    Figure 6.11. Connection Icon on the Virtual Machine Menu

  3. The SPICE installation process starts if SPICE has not been previously installed. Follow the prompts to install SPICE, and proceed.
  4. SPICE displays the login screen:
    Virtual Machine Details Pane

    Figure 6.12. Virtual Machine Details Pane

    Enter your Username and Password. Click OK to log onto the virtual machine.
  5. When you have finished using the virtual machine, log out according to instructions specific to the operating system.