What’s the best way to connect to a Skytap VM? There are several ways to access and share a virtual machine.
The following table compares the available access methods.
If you’re unsure which access method to use, try the browser client. This is the simplest way to connect to a VM in Skytap.
- Some or all of these access methods may be disabled by your administrator.
- You can switch between access methods any time. You can use different methods to access different VMs from the same local machine.
|Connection Method||Description||Requires Skytap login to access?||Security||Additional Notes|
|Secure Remote Access (SRA) client||A browser-based secure client, accessible from the Skytap interface.||Yes||Creates a secure connection to VMs through the Skytap infrastructure without exposing the VM to the public Internet.||
|SmartRDP||A secure connection that provides direct access to the VM desktop from an RDP client.||No||Does not expose the VM to the public Internet.
(Makes a secure connection to the VM through the Skytap infrastructure.)
|Sharing portal||A browser-based portal that provides VM or environment access to users who don’t have Skytap accounts.||No||Provides browser-based, SSL-encrypted access.
Sharing portals can be shared with external users and password-protected.
|Published service||A port opening on the VM network adapter that is used to connect to the VM via protocols such as RDP, SSH, and HTTP.||No||Exposes one port on the VM to the public Internet.||
|Public IP address||Makes the VM accessible from the public Internet via an IPv4 address or a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).||No||Exposes every port on the VM to the public Internet; this is the easiest to access, but potentially least secure method.||
Sharing VMs and environments
- To share environments, templates, and assets with other Skytap users in your account, add them to projects. For more information, see Sharing resources with projects.
- To share environments and VMs with users outside of your account, use sharing portals. For more information, see Sharing VMs and environments with sharing portals.