Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have an Ubuntu Server install which is running as a Xen guest on a VPS. I am looking to emulate something somewhat similar to SUSE Studio's test-drive feature which allows a VNC-style connection in the web browser to a Virtual Machine running on their servers.

QEMU is necessary as I need to emulate ARM hardware. As the disk image will remain the same for all QEMU sessions my first thought was to put a VNC server on the QEMU guest. Is this a sensible solution, or is something more elaborate needed?

I have two IPs, so I can dedicate one to QEMU if necessary.

It should be noted that performance slowdowns of the QEMU guest are not an issue as the emulated hardware target is low-performance.

share|improve this question
What do you want? If you need a graphical connection to your server you can simply use an X11 windows with ssh. –  Nils Nov 25 '11 at 22:07
Hi, sorry for the late reply. I need individual VNC connections to each of the QEMU VMs running on the server. After browsing through the documentation a bit I have discovered that I can use the QEMU -vnc argument which (in conjunction with Xvfb) works nicely. Though this is not resolved as I haven't tested this fully. –  mikeanthonywild Nov 28 '11 at 17:50
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.