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frou
Mar 14, 2009, 08:10 AM
I'd like to run a PowerMac G5 (Dual G5, "June 2004") headless.

i.e. in a cupboard

To act as a glorified NAS/file-dump, amongst other things.

It would be running Leopard. Is this possible? How would one login and access the OS X desktop over the network on the rare occasion that something needed to be configured or changed?

Thank you for any input.



Blue Velvet
Mar 14, 2009, 08:14 AM
Sure you can. Provided your other Mac is also running Leopard, you can use Screen Sharing set up in the Sharing pane of System Preferences. Works like a charm.

In the past, I've also used Wakeup (http://www.coriolis.ch/en/wakeup/) to ping network machines that I've put to sleep.

Here's some useful links:
http://lifehacker.com/software/mac-os-x-leopard/leopard-simplifies-networking-317033.php
http://lifehacker.com/software/remote-control/add-more-functionality-to-leopards-screen-sharing-334759.php

robinp
Mar 14, 2009, 08:15 AM
Sure you can. Provided your other Mac is also running Leopard, you can use Screen Sharing set up in the Sharing pane of System Preferences. Works like a charm.

In the past, I've also used Wakeup (http://www.coriolis.ch/en/wakeup/) to ping network machines that I've put to sleep.

hey, that looks fab - just what I needed! Thanks

tkidBOSTON
Mar 14, 2009, 08:27 AM
I'd like to run a PowerMac G5 (Dual G5, "June 2004") headless.

i.e. in a cupboard

To act as a glorified NAS/file-dump, amongst other things.

It would be running Leopard. Is this possible? How would one login and access the OS X desktop over the network on the rare occasion that something needed to be configured or changed?

Thank you for any input.

Just make sure the machine has enough air. Running it in a cupboard may not provide adequate ventilation and may lead to overheating.

summitscout
Mar 14, 2009, 12:08 PM
I do a lot of remote access and access by other computer via VNC server.

I run Vine Server (http://www.testplant.com/products/vine_server/) which is free. It boots with the machine so you can access it even before it has been logged in.

To access, you just need a VNC client which you can do from any computer (not just Leopard), even not on your local network. This is advantageous when you need to access the machine when you are away from home.

HTH

frou
Mar 14, 2009, 12:52 PM
Sure you can. Provided your other Mac is also running Leopard, you can use Screen Sharing set up in the Sharing pane of System Preferences. Works like a charm.Great - I got that working very easily.

Just make sure the machine has enough air. Running it in a cupboard may not provide adequate ventilation and may lead to overheating.Roger!

I do a lot of remote access and access by other computer via VNC server.

I run Vine Server (http://www.testplant.com/products/vine_server/) which is free. It boots with the machine so you can access it even before it has been logged in.

To access, you just need a VNC client which you can do from any computer (not just Leopard), even not on your local network. This is advantageous when you need to access the machine when you are away from home.

HTHLeopard's Screen Sharing appears to allow access without anyone being logged in. i.e. from a cold boot of the headless machine, where it has automatic login disabled, successfully opening a Screen Sharing connection (supplying username/password) presents you with the graphical login prompt where you must enter the username/password again. I'll keep Vine in mind for accessing from non-Macs, though!

Thanks everyone.

barkmonster
Mar 20, 2009, 06:36 AM
Once I get a new mac, I'm planning on using my G4 just as an audio/video jukebox and for software synths.

I have a spare USB Midi interface and a cross over ethernet cable too already, not to mention a spare monitor I could use for video mirroring.

Excellent info there. Didn't think it would be so easy to find, good thread. Thanks :)

OrangeSVTguy
Mar 20, 2009, 11:02 AM
I've used Chicken of the VNC (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/chickenofthevnc.html) and it works great too!