Access Mac desktop from a remote PC

skp574

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Jan 16, 2005
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greenwich.london.uk
Is it possible to remote desktop a Mac from a PC. I know you can do it the other way round with with MS Remote Desktop Connection.

I may need to access my Mac at home from work which only has PCs.
 

skp574

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Jan 16, 2005
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greenwich.london.uk
I don't have my Mac just yet so can't test the Mac version. But have downloaded the Windows version of the server and viewer.

Installed the server on my PC desktop and tried to log in with my laptop and I get an error message. I opened up my Firewall to accept connections but it still doesn't work. I haven't gone any further than that.

I'll definitely report back about the Mac version when I get my Mini.
 
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andrewfee

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Aug 29, 2004
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If you download the latest Apple Remote Desktop Client, there's a built-in VNC Server.

To enable it, from system preferences, go to sharing, and enable apple remote desktop. In the access priviliges, there's an option "VNC viewers may control screen with password"

Once you set a password, you can connect to the mac via any vnc client.
 
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Kevin Nelson

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Feb 25, 2004
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Couple things...

When using VNC - try Chicken of the VNC, seems to be a little easier to configure. Try connecting in the form of your IP address to the outside world and don't forget the port # of the viewer (usually 5900) Make sure that you you have a password enabled on the server as that is usually why it disconnects.
I am by no means an expert on this, you can search osxhints.com for some answers as well, like I did at first.
Don't give up, once you understand how to connect the possibilites are endless!
I use VNC on my pocketPC to look at my home computer and to run my powerbook ala Salling Clicker.
Cheers!
 
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