Managing Virtual Machines From iPhone
With the Parallels Mobile application, you can start, stop, and suspend your virtual machine or simply view its desktop right from your iPhone when your Mac is out of reach. All you need is to connect your iPhone to the Internet, launch the Parallels iPhone application, and establish a connection with your Mac.
Before you try to connect your iPhone to Parallels Desktop on your Mac:
- Enable the Allow connections from iPhone option in the General pane of the Parallels Desktop Preferences.
- Contact your system administrator or Internet provider to learn the external IP address of your Mac.
- Check your short user name by entering the following command in Terminal:
- Make sure that the port 64001 is not blocked by firewall. (This action is optional, since firewall does not block port 64001 as usual.) Port 64001 is used by Parallels Desktop for external connections.
Installing Parallels Mobile
The Parallels Mobile application can be downloaded for free from the App Store and is installed like any other iPhone application. Just search for "Parallels Mobile" at the App Store.
Starting Parallels Mobile
You can start the Parallels Mobile application by clicking its icon on the iPhone Home screen.
Adding your Mac to the Hosts list
- Start the Parallels Mobile application and click the add button .
- Specify the IP address of your Mac, your user name, and the password.
When finished, click the Save button.
Note: The computer you are trying to connect to should be turned on and have a stable Internet connection.
- When the connection to your Mac is established, it will be added to the Hosts list.
Viewing and managing your virtual machines
- Select your Mac in the Hosts list. This will open a list of virtual machines available on your Mac.
- The list of virtual machines displays the names of the virtual machines available on your Mac and the types of operating systems installed in them. The virtual machines that are currently running are indicated by this sign:
Select a virtual machine from the list to see its console window.
- The appearance of the virtual machine console window depends on its current state:
- If the virtual machine is running, you will see its live screen shot. To refresh the screen shot, click the refresh button .
- If the virtual machine is stopped, its screen will be black.
- If the virtual machine is suspended or paused, its screen will be dimmed.
For managing your virtual machine, use the toolbar buttons that correspond to the actions you want to perform with this virtual machine:
- - Use this button to start the virtual machine if it is stopped or to shut down it if it is running.
- - Use this button to reset the virtual machine.
- - Use this button to suspend your virtual machine. When the virtual machine is suspended, this button changes its appearance to . Click this button to resume the virtual machine.
- - Use this button to pause the virtual machine. When the virtual machine is paused, this button changes its appearance to . Click this button to resume the virtual machine.
- - Use this button to refresh the virtual machine live screen shot.
When supervising applications and processes running in the virtual machine, you will need to use the Refresh button , since the virtual machine's screen can be refreshed only manually.
To go back to the list of virtual machines, click Virtual Machines.
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