Setting remote-control preferences

You can modify preference settings for the current remote-control session.


Complete the following steps to modify remote-control preferences.

To modify the remote control preferences, click the Preferences icon (Preferences icon). All changes take effect immediately.
  • KVM
    • Percentage of Video Bandwidth. Increasing the bandwidth improves the quality in the appearance of the remote-control session but might affect the performance of the remote-control session.
    • Percentage of Frames Refreshed. Increasing the frame-refresh percentage increases how often the remote-control session is updated but might affect the performance of the remote-control session.
    • Keyboard type. Select the type of keyboard that you are using for the remote-control session. The keyboard type that you select must match the keyboard settings in the local system and match the keyboard settings on the remote host.
      Note: If you select an international keyboard and you need to enter key combinations that require the Alternate Graphics key (AltGr), ensure that the operating system on the workstation that you use to invoke the remote-control session is the same type of operating system as the one on the server that you want to remotely access. For example, if the server is running Linux, ensure that you invoke the remote-control application from a workstation that is running Linux.
    • Scale image to window. Select this option to scale the video image that is received from the server to the size of the video session area.
  • Security
    • Prefer single-user mode connections. Specify whether single-user mode connections is the default choice when connecting to a server. When a connection is made in single-user mode, only one user can be connected to a server at a time. If this box is not selected, the default function is to connect to the server in multi-user mode.
    • Require (secure) tunneling connections. Select this option to access a server through the management node. You can use this option to access a server from a client that is not on the same network as the server.
      Note: The remote-control application always attempts to connect directly to the server from the local system where remote control was launched. If you select this option, the remote-control application accesses the server through Lenovo XClarity Administrator if the client workstation cannot access the server directly.
  • Toolbar
    Note: Click Restore defaults to restore all settings on this page to the default settings
    • Pin the toolbar to the window. By default, the toolbar is hidden above the remote-control session window and displays only when you move your mouse pointer over it. If you select this option, the toolbar is pinned to the window and is always displayed between the thumbnail panel and the remote-control session window.
    • Show keyboard buttons. Specify whether to display the keyboard-button icons (CapsLock, NumLock, and ScrollLock) on the toolbar.
    • Show power control. Specify whether to display the power-control options on the toolbar.
    • Show sticky key buttons. Specify whether to display the sticky-key button icons (Ctrl, Alt, and Delete) on the toolbar.
    • Hide local mouse pointer. Specify whether to display the local mouse pointer when you position the cursor in the server session that is currently displayed in the video session area.
    • Enable mouse-capture mode. By default, mouse-capture mode is disabled. This means that you can freely move the cursor in and out of the video session area. If you enable mouse-capture mode, you must press the left Alt key before you can move the cursor out of the video session area.

      If mouse-capture mode is enabled, you can specify whether to use the Ctrl+Alt keys to exit mouse-capture mode. The default is to use the left Alt key.

    • Specify toolbar background opacity. Lowering the opacity percentage displays more of the video session area through the toolbar background.
      Note: This option is available only when the toolbar is not pinned to the window.
  • Thumbnails
    • Show thumbnails. Select this option to show the thumbnail area in the remote-control session.
    • Specify thumbnail refresh interval. Decreasing the interval for refreshing thumbnails increases how often the server thumbnails are updated.
  • General
    • Debug mode. Specify whether to set debug mode for the remote-control application. The settings determine the granularity of events that are logged in the log files. By default, only severe events are logged. For more information about log-file locations, see Viewing remote-control logs and traces.
    • Inherit system appearance settings. This setting changes the appearance to match color schemes that are configured for the local server (running Windows). You must restart the remote-control application for these settings to take effect.
    • Create desktop icon. This setting creates a desktop icon on your local system so that you can start the remote-control application directly from your system. You must still have access to the management software from your system.
    • Synchronize with management server. This setting ensures that the server data that is displayed in the remote-control application matches the server data that is displayed from management software.