Apple Remote Desktop VS Windows Remote Desktop

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  1. josh1231 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    I have an iMac running Windows 7 on Parallels on OS X Lion. I'm going to be out of town and need access to my windows virtual machine. I have remote desktop working from my laptop to my iMac and connecting to my Parallels machine, however I am worried that if I lose power or lock-up, I will not be able to connect to my Windows running on Parallels.

    Because of this, I am thinking of purchasing Apple Remote Desktop. My concern is that it will be slow, like VNC. Windows Remote Desktop is extremely fast and efficient, but VNC seems to have very slow refresh. I am afraid that Apple Remote Desktop will be slow like VNC.

    Anyone who has used both version on Lion, could you give me some advice, and let me know your experiences with both. Thanks in advance.
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Your iMac already has the guts of Apple Remote Desktop built in. ARD adds tools for controlling, upgrading and managing large number of remote machines as you might find in schools or big business.

    If you are using an Apple laptop, you can ssh to your iMac and forward a local port (like 5901) to your iMac port 5900 and then connect using the URL vnc://localhost:5901.

    Apple Remote Desktop uses the VNC protocol, just like Apple Screen Sharing, it is not as efficient a protocol as Microsoft's RDP – but maybe you will only need it long enough to fix up your virtual machine so you can use Remote Desktop.

  3. josh1231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Great, thanks for the advice. I'm going to do this!

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