Apple Remote Desktop 2.2 Now Available

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Now available via Software Update:
The Apple Remote Desktop version 2.2 Client Update delivers improved reliability and compatibility for Apple Remote Desktop 2 and is recommended for all users of Apple Remote Desktop.

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n300760

NOTE: Apple Remote Desktop version 2.2 Clients can only be managed by Apple Remote Desktop version 2.2 Admin software. Please ensure that you have upgraded your Apple Remote Desktop Admin software to version 2.2 before upgrading your clients.
 

Sir Al

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bobleaux said:
VNC works fine and is cross platform. Does Apple Remote Desktop really provide any advantage over VNC?
Yes, unlike VNC, it allows management of the whole computer, software, accounts, settings, and much more. It's a very handy utility for admins and such.
 

yellow

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I will be using it shortly, it's got very nice Tivoli-like qualities that are good for enterprise solutions. Not ever Mac user is at home! :)

ARD 2.2 simply allows it to work in Tiger. ARD 2.1 crashed because it's kext didn't work with Tiger. I don't think there's anything special about it other then that.
 

datamandan

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Remote Desktop 1.x does NOT work with Tiger

Just upgraded to Tiger, on my PowerBook G4 17".

Next: test existing software for compatibility.

Apple's "Remote Desktop" 1.4.2 does NOT work

Call to Apple Tech Support reveals it WILL not work; must upgrade to 2.x.

Bummer.

:(
 

bobleaux

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yellow said:
I will be using it shortly, it's got very nice Tivoli-like qualities that are good for enterprise solutions. Not ever Mac user is at home! :)
I currently manage about 25 Macs and 50 PCs on an Active Directory based network. This could certainly make Mac management easier. I must look into this some more.
 

gorkonapple

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Questions about ARD

Does this come with Tiger??? Does one need to buy this? It would be nice to have a RDC like client for the Mac, although I use and ABUSE VNC! :D Installing Tiger on my Powerbook right now! :D Also, is there a ARD client for Windows? Probably not, but it's almost 3 hours til the big party at the store and I am already giddy! May not be much for me to do there but just geek amongst the Apple brethren, but I am contemplating getting iWork. Any specific reason for using it over Office? May try and snag a copy of the Office disks from work as I kind of us both my personal powerbook and my work issued thinkpad for work. Use the powerbook for web page testing.
 

ZildjianKX

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Just tried out 2.2, so far it seems the same... don't have time with it to fiddle too much. I like how it can control non upgraded Panther clients.
 

Object-X

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Fixed it.

miketcool said:
Wonder what the mondo changes are for 2.2, Tiger seems to still be the big topic for today.....
The big change is that Remote Desktop doesn't work with Tiger and this update fixes that little problem. I was just about to get mad, but thought, they still have until Friday to fix it. Good job Apple!
:)
 

Aeolius

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Can you actually use this version to remotely monitor/control another Mac, via internet access (trying to control an iMac in SC from my PowerMac in NC)? 1.0 was supposed to do this, but I could never get it to work.
 

dotdotdot

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This is the new APPLE UPDATE DAY!

I'm serious - even though Tiger came out today, there were so many other updates... Remote Desktop, Quicktime, .Mac... even things we didn't think would get updated!
 

ZildjianKX

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Aeolius said:
Can you actually use this version to remotely monitor/control another Mac, via internet access (trying to control an iMac in SC from my PowerMac in NC)? 1.0 was supposed to do this, but I could never get it to work.
Works for me. I'm controlling a mac 20 miles away, version 2.0 worked too.
 

varmit

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Did they take out the VNC part, or just that if you update your remote desktop on the clients, you have to update the controller.
 

macorama

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obeygiant said:
does anyone really use this software?
Anyone who has to manage computers that aren't all in the same room as they are should be using it. VNC is a good alternative, and it's free, but ARD still offers the best experience, so that it really is like you're at the remote computer.
 

outZider

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bobleaux said:
VNC works fine and is cross platform. Does Apple Remote Desktop really provide any advantage over VNC?
Yes. For one, it's better optimized. Two, it doesn't suck. Screen sharing alone is faster than the standard VNC protocol, and thank god for that, because VNC sucks hard.

Also, along with screen sharing comes a complete management interface. I like command lines a lot, but ARD makes things so easy it hurts.
 

ZildjianKX

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varmit said:
Did they take out the VNC part, or just that if you update your remote desktop on the clients, you have to update the controller.
The VNC part is still there, but it looks like you have to update the controller.
 

yellow

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For those that have it:

There's a client installed on each Mac, and then there's an Admin client one uses to do all the voodoo that one wants to do? Is that correct?
 

blackcrayon

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ARD 2.0 was the buggiest piece of software apple ever released commercially (that i used :), 2.1 was the second worst ;)

2.2 fixes some of the more infuriating bugs still left in 2.1 (admin application forgetting its settings across launches, broken search feature, often unreliable screen sharing).. If it also fixes the massive unexpected quits and other odd behavior, it will be a really great piece of software (and worth the $500 per admin seat :)
 

varmit

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yellow said:
For those that have it:

There's a client installed on each Mac, and then there's an Admin client one uses to do all the voodoo that one wants to do? Is that correct?
Yes, at least every Mac has Apple Remote Desktop 1.0 I believe on them. 2.0 didn't come though the System Update an needed to be manually installed to get the improvements. Now to install 2.2, you have to manually upgrade clients as well as the controller software. The controller software can be found on Apples website, and I think goes for $299 or $499, something very expensive if you just want it to control one or two other macs. Its mainly for large installs of 10+ macs. You can use VNC software like Chicken of the VNC to connect to the ARD, but you need go download the update for ARD for the client to get the VNC funtionality, which is what I was asking about earlier.