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Has anyone gotten VNC on Windows Server 2008 R2 to work?

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I use VNC often, but not on my Server 2008 development machines, because one must pay for the enterprise license for vista-based operating systems and up - thus I tend to use Remote Desktop over VPN for win2k8+ – condiosluzverde Nov 2 '09 at 16:34
Why on earth would you want to use VNC?! – Izzy Nov 2 '09 at 16:38
I had it installed on a VM running Server 08 R2. Could you inform us of the issues you're having by editing your original post? – Stevoni Nov 2 '09 at 17:05
This question has been passed around the stackoverflow network:… and Yes, someone has. Which VNC are you talking about specifically and what are your difficulties with it? – Wesley Nov 2 '09 at 17:44
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Yes. I just installed Real VNC on my Windows 2008 R2 server 4 weeks ago. It worked just fine for me.

Note: you'll require the Personal Edition (or better) for Windows Server 2008 support. The Free Edition doesn't support Windows Server 2008. See

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Looks like UltraVNC works with Windows Server 2008 R2 and it's free. Version did not work. See

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Are you talking about the client or the server?

The client should work just fine.

If you're talking about the server... why? Just... why?

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+1 to the question – Carlos Garcia Nov 30 '10 at 15:49
Doesn't MS charge you extra beyond a certain number of Remote Desktop licenses per server? (They did in win2k3...) – Kev Nov 30 '10 at 16:17
@Kev: Yes, if you're going to use it as a terminal server (more than two concurrent connections), you'll need additional licenses. But VNC will anyway only let you connect to the console session, so it's of no use here. BTW, in my opinion it's of no use anyway. – Massimo Nov 30 '10 at 22:26

TightVNC should also work see:

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