Enable VNC access in Safe Mode
Posted by Yury Averkiev, Last modified by Yury Averkiev on 01 April 2012 09:31 PM

This article explains how to reboot a remote computer into Safe Mode with VNC access enabled.

To reboot a remote computer into Safe Mode with VNC access
  1. Right-click a computer or a group of computers select Computer Management Tasks \ Shutdown/Reboot Computers/Safe Mode with VNC command.
  2. Select Restart into Safe Mode with VNC Server enabled command from the Action combobox.
  3. Specify VNC distribution installed on remote computers. It's important to specify the correct VNC distribution. Otherwise VNC access may not work after a computer has rebooted into Safe Mode. You can use VNC Tasks \ Scan for Installed VNC Distribution command to check to see what version of VNC is installed on a remote computer.
  4. If a remote computer has Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installed, specify name of a writable share that will be used to upload an application that will do boot.ini modifications.
  5. Optionally, enter the user name and the password that will be used to login to the remote computers.
  6. Click the Execute button.
Safe Mode with VNC
To reboot a remote computer back into Normal mode

Eventually, after you have finished fixing problems with a computer, you would want to reboot it back into Normal mode. To do so you will either need to run bcdedit.exe /deletevalue safeboot command (use this command on Vista or newer OSes only) on each remote computer that needs to be reverted back to the Normal mode or use the Restart/Shutdown Remote Computer window. In the latter case, you should select Restart into Normal mode (cancel Safe Mode with VNC) item from the actions list.

APPLIES TO: SmartCode VNC Manager (Enterprise Edition) v5.5.7.0 or newer.