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Extract VNC Passwords – Remotely

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by Steve Wiseman on June 30, 2011 · 10 comments

in Tips,Tools,Utility


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I got a question from Linda:

Hi Steve

I just started using your remote control software, and I have a problem I have run into.

We have a few computers that have VNC installed. I no longer know what the password is. They are in another building, and it would be fantastic if I could somehow get the passwords from these systems. That way I would not have to drive over there to install the agent software for your remote control product.

This is an excellent question. I have a few answers….but first let me tell you: The only way this will work is if the computer is within your LAN or WAN, and you have a windows administrator account.

If it is across the internet, you are out of luck.

One way to resolve this is to use our remote VNC password set utility. You can find more about that tool here:

http://www.intelliadmin.com/index.php/2006/06/set-your-vnc-password-remotely/

You could use that utility to re-set the password, connect with a VNC viewer, and then install the software.

But it sounds like you might not want to change those passwords. So I had our team build a new utility:

The VNC Password viewer:

VNC Password Viewer

You simply pick the machine you want to pull the password(s) from, enter your username/password info (You can leave it blank if you want to use the account you are logged into)…and press the start button.

It will grab the password from the remote machine, decrypt it, and display it in the form.

You can download it from here:

http://www.intelliadmin.com/VNCPasswordView.exe

As always, no spyware, adware, or any extra junk – Just free software goodness.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dave Smathers June 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Looks like a great tool steve. Downloading it right now

2 Jen Minsk June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Just tried it steve – works perfect. Another tool to add to my flash drive.

3 Steve Wiseman June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Great to hear. Glad you like it.

4 Michael Allen June 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

“That way I would not have to drive over there to install the agent software for your remote control product.”

Does That Mean You Have IntelliAdmin? If So That Has The Server Install Option, That Should Let You In Providing Those Machines Have The File & Print Sharing Enabled.

On A Side Note, Could This Tool Be Incorporated Into Network Administrator So That It Could Be Run On Multiple Machines?

5 OFF June 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Cool! Thanks.

6 Mathew Jenkins June 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Excellent tool steve. Thanks for the freebie.

7 Steve Wiseman June 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Hello Michael,

You are correct she could have used the automatic install feature.

In regard to Network Administrator, the execution engine is not good enough yet to add this feature to it. What you are seeing with this tool is us actually testing the components of the next version of NA. So yes…it will be in there, but not yet.

Steve

8 Marcelo August 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Made a few tests and it seems not working on Windows 7, it loads the bar but shows nothing.

9 Steve Wiseman August 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

Hello Marcelo,

Make sure you run it as administrator…right click and pick “Run as administrator” That might fix the issue.

10 Date --> August 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

^Oh, the irony!^

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