Remote Desktop Clients

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CNU182, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    Is there one/which is the best if I need to control XP machines remotely from my MacBook. It would be great if I could use XP to control them as well. Thanks.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    VNC comes installed on all Macs (assuming even a vaguely recent OS version), so any VNC client on a PC should work (just make sure you've set it up on the Mac in System Preferences...->Sharing->Apple Remote Desktop).

    Chicken of the VNC works well as a client to most VNC servers, such as those you'd install on Windows.
     
  3. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    There's Remote Desktop Connection.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Timbuktu is an expensive, but excellent resource for controling to/from Macs/PCs. (It's very much cross-platform)

    Apparently now PCAnywhere supports OS X.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    Seconded. The RDC client and server are both built into Windows, all you need to do is enable the server (System control panel) and connect using the client.
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Timbuktu Pro is the best PC > Mac control I've used.
    For the other way around (Mac > PC) like the others have said, the freely available Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac is the easiest option.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    *** slaps forehead ***

    Of course, that's much better than what I recommended. I'm still upset with myself that I forgot about it. Works only with XP Pro and Win 2K/NT Server editions, though, right?
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Correct. XP Pro & various server styles.. and possibly Vista (once it's released).
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    OK anyone have any first hand experience in running RDC on Intel Macs? Does Rosetta render it less useful than on PPC.

    FWIW there's also an X11 RDP client called rdesktop available from fink http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/rdesktop I know it's fairly decent on Linux.

    B
     
  10. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I use it nearly every day over a 1Mbit link. Absolutely no issues worth mentioning. LAN speed is a bit slow but I'm not sure whether this is a problem with RDC clients in general or the slowness of Rosetta. You can certainly see the processor utilisation increasing though when RDC is cranked up (i.e. Rosetta overhead).
     

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