Getting started with Web-based access using NoMachine player
Starting from version 7, for those users that have NoMachine installed on the connecting client, it’s possible to configure and start web-based sessions directly from inside the NoMachine player. In doing so, NoMachine will open the default browser for you and automatically connect you to the remote desktop or host where you will be able to log in with your usual account credentials.
This option changes nothing for those users who do not have NoMachine or Enterprise Client installed on their connecting device, who can continue to connect to the remote server using just the browser. For instructions on how to connect using only a browser, please consult our other tutorial 'Getting Started with Web-based access'.
How to start a web-based connection using NoMachine player
You need to check these four things first:
- A server product from the NoMachine Enterprise range must be installed on the remote host you want to connect to.
- You will need to know the IP address or hostname of the server.
- Make sure you have account credentials to log in to your desktop.
- You have installed the free NoMachine product or Enterprise Client on the connecting device.
Step 1: Open NoMachine on the connecting client
A web-based session is created in the same way as a traditional connection. When a web-based connection file is created, it is stored in the Machines panel together with your traditional NoMachine sessions and computers advertized on the LAN etc. Make sure you are in the ‘Machines’ panel and click ‘Add’.
Fig. 1 - Click ‘Add’ in the Machines panel
Step 2: Configure the web-based connection
Select HTTPS as the protocol to be used as shown in Fig. 2. NoMachine automatically fills in the port field for you. Then insert the IP address or hostname and name details (Fig. 3).
Fig. 2 - Select HTTPS as the protocol
Fig. 3 - Insert the IP address or hostname and name details
Step 3: Ready to connect
Click ‘Connect’ to start the connection. NoMachine triggers the default browser to open with your chosen configuration and you will be connected to the server. You need credentials for an account on the remote host. Check with your Administrator what these are if you are not sure. Click ‘Login’.
Fig. 4 - Insert your account credentials
Step 4: You're in
Upon connecting, Welcome screens appear which explain all the details and options available during the remote desktop session. Your adventure with NoMachine remote desktop has begun (Fig. 5). Use the key combination Ctrl+Alt+0 or move the mouse cursor to the corner of the screen to show page-peel and run the ‘NoMachine Menu’ to manage the session and services.
Fig. 5 - Welcome screens guide you through how to use NoMachine
TIP: The next time you need to connect via the browser, you’ll find the connection file conveniently in the Machines panel. It’s identifiable with the symbol. Starting a web session from here triggers the default browser to open.
Fig. 6 - Your web-based connection is stored in ‘Machines’
How to edit a web-based connection using NoMachine player
Step 1: Find the Web-based connection in ‘Machines’
In the Machines panel, NoMachine displays any web-based sessions alongside any traditional player connections that you have previously configured from the NoMachine UI (Fig 7). If the item list is long, use the search to filter them.
Fig. 7 - The ‘Machines’ panel stores both web-based and traditional player connections
Step 2: Enter the ‘Edit connection’panel
If you want to edit a web-based connection, select the session in Machines and click ‘Edit’, or right click and select ‘Edit’. You can change details such as hostname if appropriate.
In ‘Configuration’ it is possible to disable WebRTC for that specific session if it has been enabled on the server. When enabled, it gives the best possible performance when multi-media is being played within the session (Fig. 8).
TIP: It is not possible to change how authentication is configured because this is a setting which is decided on the server by the administrator.
Fig. 8 - Edit connection > Configuration
Information about the Web-based connection
In Info you can find details about the NoMachine server you are connecting to and on what system the NoMachine server is installed (Fig. 9).
Fig. 9 - The Info panel shows details of the connection