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Having an RDP access enabled for a production VM seems like a huge security hole, so I'd like to disable it as soon as an OS is installed and SSH access is configured.

I've tried

VBoxManage modifyvm "myvm" --vrdp off

and

VBoxManage modifyvm "myvm" --vrdp=off

but anyway when I then

VBoxHeadless --startvm "myvm"

The VM starts up with VRDP active. The only working way to disable VRDP I've found is starting the VM with "--vrdp=off" as a starting command parameter like

VBoxHeadless --startvm "myvm" --vrdp=off

But can I save this choice? For a simple

VBoxHeadless --startvm "myvm"

to start without an RDP server?

PS: By the way, what does the letter 'V' in VRDP mean?

UPDATE: A silly thing I've asked about V :-] obvious that it stands for "virtual". The actual idea I meant asking this is how does it differ from the standard RDP, or is it exactly the same protocol and only a marketing trick to add the V.

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vrdp will always remain "on"/"enabled" for a "headless" configuration according to:

http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch07.html#vboxheadless

The "v" stands for "virtual" for the "virtual session"/"virtual machine."

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A silly thing I've asked about V :-] obvious that it stands for "virtual". The actual idea I meant asking this is how does it differ from the standard RDP, or is it exactly the same protocol and only a marketing trick to add the V. –  Ivan Nov 16 '10 at 20:45
    
Probably "v" as it is RDP for the VM, so it is OS independent as long as it runs within VirtualBox. –  user48838 Nov 17 '10 at 8:08
VBoxManage modifyvm <uuid|name> --vrde off
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